Friday 15 May 2009

The Top Ten Shops To Get Your Oscar Dress From

Instead of walking in to any old "supermarket" style
designer mall, why not get that party dress worthy of the
Oscars from the source? You are assured of the high-quality
of workmanship and the authenticity of the style. It's not
only what you buy, after all, but where you buy it from.
Here are the top ten designers that are not only preferred
by the brightest of stars, but are also deserving of their
own Academy Awards.

10. Vivienne Westwood. Westwood is unique, and her "punk
style" is making its own mark. True, not all of us can
carry off the "Sex Pistols" look (dog collars, spikes,
razors, safety pins, black leather, and velvet), but years
from now, she may be to the future generation what Dior,
Chanel, and YSL were to today's fashionistas. She hasn't
made the Oscar walk yet, but the wedding gown she made for
Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex In the City) has been the talk of
the town. Not only that, she made Camilla Parker Bowles
look good, and fortunately, not in a punk outfit. That has
to count!

9. Oscar Dela Renta. Feminine, flashy, flowery, and
fashionable: Oscar De La Renta's ornate and luxurious style
make you want to wear ruffles, lace, and floral designs.
His signature style includes beads, buttons, and ornaments
on his designs, and if you feel like you can get away with
it, try on a gown, just like Sandra Bullock a few years

8. Versace. Donatela Versace had big shoes to fill, but she
certainly proved that she was more than just "Giani's
sister". Her designs may be just a tad more feminine and a
little more wearable (read: not so "high fashion"), but it
was good enough for Madonna, so who are we to argue?

7. Dolce & Gabana. Do you want to look like Fergie,
Jennifer Lopez, Gisele Bundchen, Michelle Williams,
Madonna, Monica Bellucci, Ashanti, Christina Aguilera,
Isabella Rossellini, and Kylie Minogue? Maybe not, but you
can dress like them. The aristocratic elegance of Dolce &
Gabana, highlighted by the immaculate Italian tailoring, is
perfect for the celebrity royalty walking down the Oscars
red carpet. Picture perfect.

6. Valentino Garavani. Speaking of royalty, here is a
designer that, not only has royalty in mind, but has them
as clients as well: Princess Margaret, Jackie O, and
Elizabeth Taylor (a true royalty in her own right), to name
a few. Though not as innovative as his contemporaries,
Dior, YSL and Chanel, he definitely has an eye for glamor
and elegance, and even Julia Roberts donned on a vintage
Valentino for her walk on the red carpet.

5. Giorgio Armani. While we all can't date Christian Bale,
we can have our date looking like him with a suit made by
Giorgio Armani. As they say, "it ain't a suit if it ain't
an Italian suit", and Giorgio Armani is one of the best in
the business. If your man can't look good in an Armani
suit, then girl, you have got to be kidding!

4. Gucci. One of the five great designer houses (along with
Chanel, Givenchy, Dior, and YSL), Gucci not only offers
fashion, but durability as well. Elegant and chic, just
like Jessica Alba - that is the promise of Gucci.

3. Chanel. We can thank Coco Chanel for every woman's
wardrobe "must-have": that little black dress. A true
pioneer, Chanel was a fashion innovator. She modernized the
stuffy Victorian fashion, and made comfort part of the
deal. Feminine, sophisticated, and simple: that is how
Chanel fashion is often described, and apparently Natalie
Portman, Diane Krueger, Kate Bosworth, and Victoria (Mrs.)
Beckham like it that way.

2. Givenchy. Hubert de Givenchy not only gave rise to his
own fashion empire of modern and ladylike styles, but has
influenced and developed many of today's fashion designers,
as well. He dressed the classical beauty of Audrey Hepburn
in Sabrina, and THAT is the epitome of elegance. Some names
that have been connected with Givenchy are Alexander
McQueen, the fashion world's "enfant terrible" and John
Galliano, who is also affiliated with Dior).

1.Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. Before anyone
else, there was Christian Dior, and with Marlene Dietrich
as one of his primary clients, Dior set the standards for
high fashion. His death left the House of Dior not only
without a lead designer, but a company head, as well. This
was when Yves Saint Laurent stepped in, modifying Dior's
style, making it lighter, softer and easier to wear in the
process. But, he modified it too much, and the House of
Dior and YSL soon parted ways. Nevertheless, these two
names as synonymous to high fashion, and you can't go wrong
with either one. If you're skeptical, think about this:
almost anybody who's anybody has worn one, or the other.

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You might not be attending the Oscars, but, hey, a girl's
gotta have her party dress! Get it from today.

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