The 87th Academy Awards was a night of pearls, embellishments, simple high ponies, lots of red, strapless downward turned necklines, and statement necklaces.
LUPITA NYONGO, custom Calvin Klein Collection
FAITH HILL, J. Mendel
DAKOTA JOHNSON, St. Laurent
MARGOT ROBBIE, St. Laurent
JENNIFER ANNISTON, Versace
ROSAMUND PIKE, Givenchy
ZOE SALDANA, Atelier Versace
SIENNA MILLER, Oscar de la Renta
REESE WITHERSPOON, Tom Ford
JENNIFER LOPEZ, Ellie Saab
FELICITY JONES, Alexander McQueen
NAOMI WATTS, Armani Privé
JULIANNE MOORE, custom Chanel
KERRY WASHINGTON, Miu Miu
VIOLA DAVIS, Zac Posen
GWYNETH PALTROW, Ralph & Russo
JESSICA CHASTAIN, Givenchy
NICOLE KIDMAN, Louis Vuitton
EMMA STONE, Ellie Saab
SCARLETT JOHANSEN, Versace
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Obviously, I don’t expect reality stars to make resounding contributions to art… society, politics, business, anything at all, really… but my even my fairly low standards have been forced lower and lower by this onslaught of cochlea-harassing club tracks, courtesy of Hollywood starlets and their awful-yet-ascent-inspiring career decisions (e.g. Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and other members of the Seacrest mafia).
It’s futile to criticize the time-honored practices of publicity stunting and unwarranted business opps. This is just a grating reminder that we cannot always trust iTunes to spoonfeed us the crème of contemporary music. My go-to: the soundtracks from many a runway show, season after season. Like the collections themselves, the tunes are generally a far-reach from the mainstream. After all, the beat has to be strong enough to propel a fierce heel-clad strut, and if that isn’t enough for you, I don’t know what is.
This is the playlist for the au courant consumer. May it pull you from the depths of your top-twenty doldrums…
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