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The Oscars 2015: ScarJo’s Necklance, Gaga’s Gloves and Bradley the Vampire

Published February 23, 2015 by The Feminist

Last night was the night we had all been waiting for: The Oscars!

It was a splendid show, not only because Neil Patrick Harris showed up in his underwear (yassss)

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or Eddie Redmayne won (he won!),

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but especially because the marvelous Patricia Arquette had the guts to stand up and demand equal pay for women in the industry. Her speech gave me goosebumps and looking at how Meryl and J.LO reacted, I’m guessing it gave them goosebumps too…

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Anyway, what a wonderful night it was indeed!

So back to the dresses, because there is plenty to be said about last night’s parade. First of all, I often do NOT agree with the general opinion of all the other fashion bloggers. Why does everyone hate ScarJo’s necklace? Seriously, I luuuuuuv it. Why did they despise Gwyneth’s giant shoulder flower so much? I thought it looked amazing! And yes, maybe Lady Gaga’s gloves were a bit weird, but for heaven’s sake, it’s Lady Gaga we’re talking about!

So here is my very own red carpet report. Take it or leave it.

Just really really pretty…

You can always count on Kerry Washington to bring some elegance to the party.

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This Miu Miu gown with peplum may not be as bold as some of the other looks, but it definitely is really really pretty.

I’ve never been that much of a Jennifer Aniston fan. Not when it comes to her acting, and definitely not when it comes to her wardrobe choices, but damn, even I have to admit that that is one hell of a nice dress!

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I’m a huge sucker for black and white colour-blocking myself, so Reese Witherspoon’s Tom ford ticks all the boxes in my opinion.

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Jennifer Lopez often has the tendency to show off too much of her curves… and although you really can’t miss her very present plunging cleavage, the combination with the nude tones, the  transparency and the embellishments makes the entire look much more refined and classy.

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I love the colour of Chrissy Teigen Zuhair Murad’s gown. But if there is anything I am truly thrilled about it’s her dark lipstick. Absolutely gorgeous!

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Oprah Winfrey demonstrated that you don’t need a size zero to look stunning on a red carpet. This nude toned Vera Wang is sheer perfection.

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Did Dakota Johnson take another trip to the Red Room of Pain to find inspiration for the colour of her dress? Whatever she did, it paid off, because this red gown with a bold cut is just every fashionista’s dream!

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The boldly beautiful 

I have no idea why so many hated the necklace. Scarlet Johansson is making me green with envy over her stunning jewel! (pun fully intended)

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Kudos to Rosamund Pike! Her intricate, corset-like, Givenchy dress is seemed to the brim with roses.  It’s bold. It’s beautiful. It’s exactly what an Oscar dress should look like!

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Emma Stone wearing Elie Saab. Things really cannot get any better than that.

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Although the slightly greenish gold is a difficult colour to pull off, Emma does it so well. Sigh.

Jennifer Hudson’s classic silhouette becomes stunning in this bold mellow-yellow hue.

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The beautifully bold

Lady Gaga wore hands down one of the most interesting dresses.  She looks totally otherworldly in this structural Azzedine Alaïa dress!

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And my guess is that, given the dish-washing gloves, she might as well be hiding a detergent spray underneath her skirt. To get rid of all those hateful comments about her dress, I presume. Haters gonna hate, Lady Gaga, so don’t care about these conservative party-poopers!

Why everyone else was so against Gwyneth Paltrow’s flower, is beyond me. Maybe all those critics simply aren’t blessed with the gift of looking at life through rose-coloured glasses?

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Anyway, I think Gwyneth’s cotton candy, regal-looking dress is awesome and all the haters could really use some fairy dust sprinkled in their asses.

The “Hmpf, you can do better”

Marion Cotillard may be wearing Dior, but it more looks like she took down her own shower curtain, perforated it with the perforator on her desk and if that wasn’t enough, decided to create a pouch at the height of her beautiful derriere with what seems to be scotch tape.

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Summarized: not the most flattering silhouette, Marion!

If I were still a Disney-loving six-year old, I would have adored Felicity Jones’ Cinderella gown. But I’m not six anymore. My princess-aspiring days are over (well sort of anyway), and even though I love the top part of the dress with the embellished high neck, the bottom part is just too bombastic and tent-like to be considered pretty in this age of realistic simplicity.

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Admittedly, Lupita has set an insanely high bar for herself on the red carpet, for she has always looked like a true goddess in all of her previous gowns. Although she still looks pretty god-like, I’m not very fond of her pearled Calvin Klein dress.

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For a dress that reportedly took an incredibly long time to make (with over 6000 pearls, pfew!), it seems pretty dull to me.

That gorgeous statement necklace aside, Cate Blanchett’s black gown is the perfect example of how black can often become boring.

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The Men: More than Meh!

See that, ladies?

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Chris Pratt wants me. So hands off!

Matt McGorry looks incredible in this very bold, yet stunning textured jacket.

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Benedict Cumberbatch may not have won, but he secretly had some liquid comfort tucked away in his jacket.

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Can I take a sip, Benny?

And last but not least, I would like to take a moment to ponder the weird transformation Bradley Cooper has undergone these last few months. Is it just me or did he indeed go from sun-kissed (sometimes a tad too orange) God to an eerie-looking Vampire? Not sure whether this look is for a new movie or maybe he got allergic to self-tanner, but in any case,

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somebody seriously needs to give the man some vitamin pills.

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Golden Globes 2015: Red Carpet Extravaganza and Cumberbatch the Great

Published January 12, 2015 by The Feminist

Last night the Golden Globes officially kicked off the most wonderful time of the year: awards season!

There were plenty of gorgeous dresses, some rather “meh” dresses and –unfortunately- the odd monstrosities.

And then there was Benedict Cumberbatch.

So get your inhalers ready, because this recap will take your breath away!

In the category “Safe is for pussies”:

It’s not easy to showcase a vavavoom cleavage, while keeping up a classy and elegant appearance (yes, I’m referring to you, Kim Kardashian), but Kate Hudson shows everyone how it is done.

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Naomi Watts literally lets the sunshine in with this yellow Gucci gown

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Metallic. Ombre. Feathers. These are all marvelous fashion trends, but putting them together in one outfit might often appear too ostrich-trying-to-be-a-disco-diva… at least that’s what I thought. Jullianne Moore demonstrates that sometimes “less is more” is total bullshit.

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In the category “power suits for power women”:

Emma Stone in a flawless jumpsuit by Lanvin. (* feel free to start hyperventilating due to so much fabulousness.*)

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Lorde looks- very befitting to her name- regal in this men suit with crop top.

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In the category “ Classic goddesses”:

Diane Kruger confirms once again that she is part human, part goddess

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Another goddess, ruling from Mount Olympia: it’s Jessica Chastain

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Chrissy Teigen looks dreamy in Zuhair Murad. No wonder hubby John Legend feels like a god when he’s with her.

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In the category “questionable friendship”:

Lena Dunham thought it would be fun to wear some remaining Christmas wrapping paper to the Golden Globes… no wait, it’s Lena in a dress by her good friend Zac Posen! Are you sure he’s your friend, darling?

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Dear Keira, I know your pregnant, but that doesn’t give you the right to wear a 1950s tablecloth to the Golden Globes. Seriously. Only explanation? She must have pissed off bestie Herr Lagerfeld by getting pregnant (or as he would call it: “fat”) and this is how he “rewards” her.

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In the category “I can’t believe that’s Crazy Eyes!”:

Uzo Aduba looks stunning in this sequined dress.

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In the category “Lupita, Lupita, LUPITA!”:

It’s Lupita. (Duh.) In Giambattista Valli Couture. No comments necessary. Just sit back… and drool.

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And if all this marvelous fashion wasn’t enough: Benedict Cumberbatch did it. Again. After U2 at the Oscars, he photobombed Meryl Streep… which makes him the most awesome human being on the planet. (But I’m assuming you already knew that 😉 )

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Having a Bad Day? Listen To This Song And You’ll Feel So Much Better!

Published November 18, 2014 by The Feminist

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Dedicated readers of this blog will probably know by now that I’m a true admirer of the God-like über man that is Bruno Mars (Correction: dedicated followers will probably be sick already of all my Bruno adoration!). Although my inner Bruno-fan has been hibernating for these past few months, I think it is about time to unleash that crazy fan once more.

Why?

Because my imaginary lover has just released his collaboration with the brilliant Mark Ronson.

“Uptown Funk” is without a doubt the best song you will have heard in months – nay – years! It’s funky, it’s groovy and with sassy, albeit not particularly deep, lyrics like “uptown funk gon’ give it to ya” and “gotta kiss myself, so pretty” these two wonder boys truly make my ovaries tingle.

Even if you’re not a Bruno or Ronson fan, this song has everything (ev-er-y-thing!) to bring a smile to your face. A smile so ridiculously large, people might start to wonder whether something is wrong with you. (At least that was how people were looking at me when I was grocery shopping a couple of hours ago.)

Seriously, dear readers. If this song doesn’t become a huge/massive/ record-breaking hit, I’m honestly going to move to another planet.Interstellar-style.

Fo realz.

Thursday Trash Talk: Feminine Frustrations

Published June 12, 2014 by The Feminist

Frustrations. We all have them sometimes. And some people have them more often than others. Personally, I seem to be dealing with a lot more frustrations than usual and I find it increasingly difficult to find an outlet for those filthy creatures.

Hence, this post. I’m currently stuck at home, forced to write one paper after the other, so who else am I supposed to turn to?

Over the past couple of weeks, when I was busy studying/writing/working my bloody ass off, there have been quite a few things that have been bothering me. Little things. Stupid things. And yet they are still driving me mad. When I told my brother about these little frustrations, he simply rolled his eyes and sighed “phaaa, women”.

So since I can’t use my family as a sounding board for all the things that have been bothering me, I decided to share all my “feminine” frustrations with my dear readers! Aren’t you all excited! 😉

Are you ready?

Okay here I go.

Frustration Nr. 1: World Cup Craziness

I’ve said this before: I honestly don’t get watching sports on television. I seriously don’t. I simply don’t have the attention span to sit through an entire game, watching how men run after a ball.

So you can imagine how I feel about the FIFA World Cup.

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And yet, football is everywhere. Everywhere I go, every newspaper I read, every supermarket I visit, the World Cup is there to torment me. Don’t get me wrong, I normally have no problem with tournaments like these. Everyone deserves a moment of glory. But what on God’s Green Earth is the point of selling  sausages, bread, soda and beer with a football image on them? Or –the horror!- with Belgium’s national flag?

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Normally, Belgium is not a very patriotic country. If people ask us whether we like living in Belgium, we say meh and shrug our shoulders. But all of a sudden, we have turned into a nation of frantic, national anthem singing, flag waving, football obsessed lunatics.

And these lunatics are driving me insane!

Frustration Nr. 2: Game Of Thrones’ Killing Spree

I absolutely adore Game of Thrones. It has intrigue, great dialogue, some nudity and awesome fighting scenes. It is honestly the best show on the planet.

However, it is also the worst show on the planet. Because week after week, this marvelous series has got the habit of killing off all my favourite characters.

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Last Sunday, Ygritte was next on the GOT death list. I don’t know about you, but I always thought she was so incredibly cool; with her arrow, fiery red hair and charming Jon Snow insults.  She will be missed. I mean, who is now going to remind our dear Jon Snow that he knows nothing?

But the most horrifying, cruel and agonizing GOT death -by far!- was the episode from two weeks ago in which the smolderingly hot Oberyn Tyrell was literally squashed by a terrifyingly large guy called the Mountain. Seriously, not only was his death incredibly sad, it was also horrendously revolting.

I didn’t know what to do first.

This:

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Or this:

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Yes, yes. I know Game of Thrones is just fiction. But it still remains a mystery why someone would ever want to kill a character so handsome as Oberyn (played by the divine Pedro Pascal). I mean, that guy is sex personified…

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Do you understand my frustration?

We are now almost at the end of season 4, and there are hardly any handsome actors left to drool over. Indeed, we have Jamie Lannister, but the incest thing is still kinda creepy. Yes, we have the mysterious Grey Worm, but we still don’t know for sure whether he has his pillar and stones. And then there is Jon Snow, who admittedly is ridiculously handsome, but just looks so mopey all the time. (Like a rougher, bearded version of Sheldon Cooper who didn’t get tickets for Comic-Con.)

Frustration Nr. 3: People Dressed like S***

For some reason, some people seem to believe that nice weather is nature’s way of telling us to wear boring clothes. Suddenly, everyone is wearing jeans shorts, gladiator sandals and printed T-shirts. Yawn.

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Summer is supposed to be a time of joy, fun, bold choices and equally bold colours! So throw out those boring, hideous sacks and buy some interesting stuff for a change!

Frustration Nr. 4: When arguments don’t go the way you planned

We’ve all been in this situation before. You’re talking to someone and he or she is saying something you absolutely do not agree with. You try to explain yourself but for some odd reason, he or she still doesn’t see where you’re coming from and now starts acting like a serious dickweasal. All you want to do at that moment is to give him or her the most articulate speech on the planet. To blow him or her away with your fancy words. But anger and frustration are a serious bitch as well. So all you end up doing is stuttering like an imbecile:

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This happened to me twice these couple of weeks. Every single time I just stood there like a complete idiot, and the most frustrating thing about it is that only one hour afterwards, I came up with the most brilliant, most eloquent remarks of rhetorical genius.

I mean… aarrggghhh!!

 

Frustrations: we all have them.

But I finally got mine off my chest.

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So thanks! 😉

How to Survive in a Post ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Era: Watch The Mindy Project

Published April 7, 2014 by The Feminist

Almost one week ago, the much anticipated (and dreaded) finale of the best comedy TV series on the planet How I Met Your Mother was aired and left us all with a gigantic –nay, legendary!– hole in our hearts.

What are we going to watch next? That is the million dollar question that lies on all our lips. Yes, you could watch some Friends re-runs or indulge in some Big Bang Theory “binge watching”, but this very sad moment in television history might be the ideal occasion to discover a new comedy TV series, like… say… the Mindy Project.

The Mindy Project, of course, is not a brand new show (the pilot episode was aired somewhere in 2012) but for some odd reason it is not very well known across the Atlantic ( in this funny place called Europe). When I talk to friends and say how much I love the Mindy Project they frown and look at me in bewilderment. They had never heard of it and maybe some of you –my dearest readers- haven’t heard of it either.

It’s a shame, because it is completely awesome. And bonkers. And over the top. And bonkers. And hilarious. And crazy. And bonkers.

And.. oh yeah, did I mention that it is bonkers?

I often ask myself: why the hell am I watching this? But then I realize… it’s because Mindy gets me. She says out loud all the things I only dare to silently mumble in the hope that no one notices. She is like the American version of Bridget Jones, but with much nicer hair…

And here is a fun fact: Did you know that on the exact same day of the last episode of HYMYM , the Mindy Project returned after a mid-season break? Talking about destiny!

In order to convince you of the brilliant craziness that is the Mindy Project, I decided to give you a list of all the things Mindy and I have in common:

1)      We love chocolate fountains

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2)      We are crazy ass smart

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… But why does nobody see that??

3)      We both have trouble defining what’s more important in a guy: beauty or brains

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4)      Why can’t guys talk about their bloody feelings??

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…Why, dudes? Why?

5)      We are both very rational people…sort of.

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6)      We know what we want

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But maybe those standards are a little bit too high…

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7)      So yeah, we both really really like Michael Fassbender

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… But, I mean, who doesn’t??

8)      We both watch too much Scandal

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9)      We have the same problem…

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10)   And then the last one…

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Academy Awards 2014 Best Moments: Lupita Won, Jennifer Fell (Again) and … Oh Yeah…There Was Pizza

Published March 3, 2014 by The Feminist

With Ellen DeGeneres hosting the Oscars, you just knew it was going to be an extraordinary night –and boy!- I was not disappointed. From the Selfie Heard Around The World to the reappearance of Pharrell’s Hat, everything was just perfect…

… except for the fact that Leo, poor fella, had to go home empty-handed for the umpteenth time. (But I’m guessing he soon drowned his misery in lots of champagne or super models. Probably both.)

So let’s start, shall we? 😉

1)      Jennifer Lawrence fell…again.

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2)      Ellen DeGeneres Opening Monologue

A couple of hilarious sneers:

“For those of you watching around the world, it’s been a tough couple of days for us. It has been raining. We’re fine. Thank you for your prayers.”

“Possibility No. 1: ’12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture. Possibility No. 2: You’re all racists.”

3) Pharrell was Happy!

He even went off stage to shimmy with Meryl, Lupita and Amy.

4)      Best. Selfie. Ever.

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5)      There was pizza!

…and they had to pay for it like all other 99% of ordinary people on the planet

6)      Lupita Won!

Lupita won… and everyone was crying. But Cumberbatch was the prettiest cry baby of them all.

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7)      Another wonderful Cumberbatch moment: He photobombed U2 on the red carpet

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Can things get any better than this?

No they can’t.

And with that, there is nothing more you need to know.

Oscars 2014: Red Carpet Beauties

Published March 3, 2014 by The Feminist

Last night was the night we – fashion divas par excellence– had all been waiting for: the Oscar 2014 red carpet!

Without further ado, here are my favourite looks of the evening.

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Cate Blanchett was one of the big winners of the night. Not just because she won an Oscar for Best Actress for her brilliant performance in Blue Jasmine, but also because she looked like a true modern-day goddess in that Giorgio Armani dress.

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One of the other winners, Hollywood’s newest it-girl Lupita Nyong’o, looked stunning in this low-cut baby blue Prada gown.

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Jennifer Lawrence sticks to Dior like dog hair sticks to Velcro, but in this case her Dior-obsession is completely justified. She looks simply breath-taking in that bright orange gown with peplum effect. Love her short, combed back hair as well!

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I am so jealous of Angelina Jolie. Not just because she is the world’s most beautiful woman, but also because she got to wear Elie Saab Couture! I really need to find myself a Hollywood A-lister, so that I can wear glittery dresses with sheer elements as well.

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Another Hollywood star rocking an elegant short hairdo, it’s Anne Hatheway in Gucci.

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Oh my, Sandra Bullock is the epitome of style and elegance in this magnificently blue Alexander McQueen dress.

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Honestly, I am on the verge of hyperventilating right now. They must have slipped some kind of style pill in everyone’s drink, because literally every actress is bringing her A-game. Julia Roberts, shining in Givenchy Haute Couture, is no exception.

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Emma Watson looks like an old-school Hollywood diva meets fashionable rebel in her figure-hugging Vera Wang dress.

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Dear Jada Pinkett Smith,

Please don’t let your husband’s Razzies bring you down. You look gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous!

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I can’t discuss a Red Carpet showdown without including Kerry Washington. I love the silhouette of her Jason Wu dress, but to be fair, I am far too busy drooling over that gorgeous lipstick colour to be able to pay much attention to her actual outfit.

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Every time I see Meryl Streep, there is one thing that immediately pops into my head: God, I want to look like her when I get old.

Seriously, that woman has got some amazing style genes.

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Everything about Kate Hudson’s dress is simple perfection: the super low-cut cleavage, that shiny creamy white colour, that awesome clutch and that ridiculously stylish cape. I want it. I want it all.

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Now, Belgium may not have won the Oscar for Best Film in a Foreign Language (quel bummer!), but our very own Belgian star looked stunning. Go Veerle Baetens!

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Red Carpet disappointment: Amy Adams. Don’t get me wrong, she still looks absolutely beautiful and it is a nice dress, but frankly, I expected so much more from a fashion queen like Amy.