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WHO WORE WHAT?....89th Annual Academy Awards: Debbie Matenopoulos in Custom NIKOLAKI

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WHO WORE WHAT?....89th Annual Academy Awards: Debbie Matenopoulos in Custom NIKOLAKI

Debbie Matenopoulpos in Custom NIKOLAKI--2017 Academy Awards

I am just beside myself at how GLAM GORGEOUS the beautiful and very talented Debbie Matenopoulous, Co-Host of "The Insider" Entertainment TV Show, looked at this year's Academy Awards Red Carpet. I am very proud to say that--along with my design partner David Paul--we designed and created this fabulous Custom NIKOLAKI gown for her!

Golden Girl: Debbie Matenopoulos in Custom NIKOLAKI--David Paul and I have collaborated on all of Debbie's awards show gowns in the past including this year's Golden Globes--as well as last year's--and the entire 2016 Awards Show Season (SAG Awards, Emmys, Oscars) . We created this gorgeous gown for Debbie after she approached us, asking us if we would make her a Custom NIKOLAKI. Done and done! The gown featured a blush colored silk sequined tulle, silk satin crepe lining, plunging neckline and silk chiffon one shoulder cascade cape.

"The Insider" TV Show's Debbie Matenopoulos--in Custom NIKOLAKI--and Louis Aguirre--2017 Academy Awards

Read about how we took Debbie's dress from Sketch to Red Carpet FABULOUSNESS! in this great People Magazine Article.


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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Jessica Biel in Kaufmanfranco

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Jessica Biel in Kaufmanfranco

 Jessica Biel in Kaufmanfranco Pre-Spring 2017

Jessica Biel aka Mrs. Justin Timberlake looked RAVISHING in this golden sequined gown from Kaufmanfranco Pre-Spring 2017 Collection. I loved the simple sheath silhouette, long raglan-seamed sleeves, small train, and especially the "Devore"-like sequined fabrication...

In terms of accessories, that Tiffany & Co. necklace was EVERYTHING! I also loved how she styled her hair in that chic center-parted chignon. She looked elegant and regal.

Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake--Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, 2017 Academy Awards Red Carpet

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Brie Larson in Custom Oscar de la Renta

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Brie Larson in Custom Oscar de la Renta

 Brie Larson in Custom Oscar de la Renta

Brie Larson attended last night's 2017 Academy Awards in this dramatic black gown from Oscar de la Renta. The custom-made dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta's new design duo Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia and featured a sculpted silhouette, cinched waist and ruffled volants trailing into a hem. She reminded me of a modern "Madame X" from the famous John Singer Sargent painting:

French socialite Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau in John Singer Sargent "Portrait of Madame X"

Pointed: The neckline was directly inspired from one of the runway looks (the pointed bustline jumpsuit in the right photo above) from the latest Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017 collection.

I liked the drama and severe elegance of this gown! What did you guys think? 

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein Collection

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein Collection

 Naomie Harris in Custom Calvin Klein Collection

The stunning "Moonlight" actress, Naomie Harris, looked chic and modern in this white paillette gown from Calvin Klein Collection, from its new Creative Director, Raf Simons. As you may remember, Simons, was previously with Dior and now has been scooped up by the American fashion house.

The strapless dress featured a cocktail length main style with a small peek-a-boo cut-out in the front underbust section and a rectangular train in the back. The style was VERY MUCH in the design realm of the Belgian-born Simons with its clean, architectural shape and no-fuss aesthetic. This also marks the first time his newest designs for Calvin Klein Collection have appeared on a major red carpet. I loved her hair, and styling, especially the slightly mismatched ankle strapped yellow heels.

Chic, Modern, Architectural...Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein Collection by Raf Simons

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture

 Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017


The statuesque--and gorgeous--Charlize Theron attended last night's 2017 Academy Awards in Christian Dior Haute Couture. Theron is a long-time spokesmodel for the French fashion house so it was no shocker that she would wear Dior. The fan-pleated golden lame/black tulle gown was from the most recent Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 collection, designed by the new Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri. The dress evoked a 1950's Old Hollywood Glamour sensibility.

Slight Change: While the design was almost straight-off-the-runway, in terms of style, there were two slight changes to the bodice, with the addition of black tulle for more coverage and a cross-over effect at the center front.  To be honest, I wish they would have left it more open, because it did make it look more "top heavy", which Charlize is not.

 I do LOVE those gorgeous Chopard diamond earrings!

So...What did you guys think of Charlize's Golden Gown choice? Old Hollywood Glamour or Too Top Heavy? 

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive

 Nicole Kidman in Custom Armani Prive

Nicole Kidman was PERFECTION in this blush/nude colored halter style gown Custom-made for her from Armani Prive. the $80,000+ costing gown featured hand-sewn sequins in circular and scroll-like motifs. The gown also had beautiful gold jeweled crystals as well--all sewn over a blush/nude colored silk backing. The column-shaped dress featured a back silk chiffon godet piece.

The gown was customized for her from this runway style featured in the Armani Prive Spring/Summer collection shown earlier this year in Paris:

Armani Prive Spring/Summer 2017

I love the pop of color she added with the earrings that go perfectly with her lip color.

As I was there at the Oscars doing my Red Carpet commentary for ABC's "On the Red Carpet At the Oscars" Show, I got a view of her and let me tell you, she looked FLAWLESS! And she was very much on-trend with the Blush/Nude Gowns as well as Golden Gowns Red Carpet Trend.

What did you guys think? Did you LOVE it as well?

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Halle Berry in Atelier Versace

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Halle Berry in Atelier Versace


 Halle Berry in Atelier Versace

Always gorgeous actress Halle Berry arrived on the Red Carpet in another "controversial" look that is sure to have the web-o-sphere on fire with crazy memes! While I actually like the dress.....

 and think that the hair is quite FABULOUS! The two together do not work for me....

If she would have let the hairstyle be the star and worn a more architectural silhouette (think Viola Davis), I think she would have made a much stronger impact.


But with that being said, this Atelier Versace Gown is stunning! The Gold fringe and Draped and Twisted Black silk tulle is quite beautiful!

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Viola Davis in Armani Prive

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Viola Davis in Armani Prive

 Viola Davis in Armani Prive

"Fences" actress Viola Davis wore two of the biggest trends on the Red Carpet: Red and Armani....and she looked STUNNING wearing both! One thing is for sure, if you want a gown that fits you to perfection, go to Armani Prive to make it happen. Of course, that can only happen if you have $100,000 or are an A-List Academy Award nominated actress!

Either way, this was a fantastic look on Viola. The draped halter neckline, the striking color and the figure flattering shape all united to make this look a RED CARPET WINNER!

 Not to mention the fact that her hair looked FANTASTIC too!

Congrats Viola on another fantastic Red Carpet moment...now all you need is an Oscar to complete the look!

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Janelle Monae in Elie Saab Haute Couture

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Janelle Monae in Elie Saab Haute Couture

 Janelle Monae in Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring 2016

Actress and singer Janelle Monae chose this Elie Saab Haute Couture Gown to wear to the 89th Annual Academy Awards. Janelle is always a fashion risk-taker, and this certainly is quite a statement!  I was hoping someone would make a BIG fashion splash on the Red Carpet tonight, but I'm not sure this is exactly what I had in mind. While it is undeniably a exquisitely made gown and I understand how Janelle and her stylist felt that it fit within her aesthetic, I think that this is just too much dress for her.  

It seems as if they added extra tulle to the overskirt to make it even more....grand.  While I definitely like it better than her choice for the Golden Globe Awards, this was not my favorite look of the night.

I will say that she is certainly "feelin' herself" and you can't fault her for that! LOL!

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture

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WHO WORE WHAT?.....89th Annual Academy Awards: Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture

 Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture

Emma Stone wore this Gold Beaded and Embroidered Fringe Dress from Givenchy. Gold is one of the biggest trends of the night and what I love best about the dress is the ombre dyed fringe detail.

 The fit is PERFECTION and while it is not the most daring dress on the Red Carpet or that Emma has worn, it is perfect for her....possibly....winning her first Oscar in.

Emma was probably one of the most anticipated actresses to hit the Red Carpet, not just because she isn't tied to a specific design house, but also because she is the favorite to win her 1st Academy Award. Actresses that are the front-runners are always under extra pressure to look perfect as these photos will live on forever and I think Emma hit the perfect balance between classic and fashion.

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