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Johnny and Tara Are Picking Oscars Outfits! Go Behind the Scenes of Their Super-Glam Fitting

Feb/27/2014 at 05:45 PM ET

Tara and Johnny OlympicsRalph Oshiro (3)

The Sochi Olympics ended less than a week ago, but figure skating commentators (and BFFs) Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski have moved on. Now they’re giving commentary on another big event that involves lots of sparkles and a high potential to fall: the Oscars!

Weir, 29, and Lipinski, 31, along with fashion correspondent (and Style Council member) Louise Roe, are teaming up with Access Hollywood‘s Billy Bush to critique what people are wearing on the biggest night in film. And obviously, one can’t comment on other people’s ensembles without a great look of one’s own. On Wednesday, PEOPLE joined the two Olympians, as well as the Access team and photographer Ralph Oshiro, at West Hollywood’s Decades vintage boutique as they tried out three potential looks for Sunday night.
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Oscars Gown Showdown: Sandra Bullock vs. Nicole Kidman -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/27/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Sandra Bullock, Nicole KidmanSteve Granitz/WireImage; Gilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo



The Showdown: Sandra Bullock in Marchesa (2010) vs. Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga (2007)
The Editor’s Pick: Nicole Kidman
Who Made the Call?: Bronwyn Barnes, Senior Style Editor
Why She Chose It:
Balenciagaaaaaaaa! Sorry, I just had a Myrtle Snow moment there. (American Horror Story: Coven fans will know what I’m talking about.)

Nicole’s halter dress, created exclusively for the actress by the French fashion label, is the pinnacle of crimson-hued red carpet gowns – or at least it was until Lupita Nyong’o came along.

The look was polarizing: Some fashion critics raved, while others gave it two thumbs way down. Much of the discussion centered around that giant bow, which surely would have been the fashion meme of the night had Twitter been as popular in 2007 as it is now. The oversize knot was a little much, but I loved the way it draped into an over-the-shoulder train that cascaded down Nicole’s back, adding just the right amount of volume to the gown’s crepe silk skirt. I didn’t love the matchy-matchy red shoes, but this isn’t the Best Oscars Footwear Showdown.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

(Speaking of shoulder embellishments, there was actually a bow detail on the original Marchesa design that Sandra wore in 2010, but the actress and her stylist removed it when they reworked the dress for the red carpet.)

With its lace-patterned illusion bodice and a sterling beaded skirt that shimmered like liquid metal, Sandra’s gown was a fitting choice considering that, by the end of the night, she had picked up the ultimate accessory. Not only was the dress a fan favorite, it became a part of Oscars fashion history, marking the first time Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig had ever dressed an Oscar winner.

They’re both memorable gowns, but for me this decision came down to looking at the side-by-side photos and deciding who wore it better. It may have had nothing to do with her ensemble — it’s just as likely she was experiencing a few Oscar nominee jitters — but Sandra seemed a little uncomfortable on the red carpet. And whether you loved it or hated it, you have to agree that Nicole really worked that dress.

Voting is now closed but click here to see who came out on top — and to weigh in on today’s matchup: Anne Hathaway vs. Nicole Kidman!

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Oscars Gown Showdown: Charlize Theron vs. Nicole Kidman -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/25/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Charlize Theron, Nicole KidmanJeff Kravitz/FilmM; Gilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo


The Showdown: Charlize Theron in Dior (2013) vs. Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga (2007)
The Editor’s Pick: Charlize Theron
Who Made the Call?: Zoë Ruderman, Deputy Style & Beauty Director
Why She Chose It:

Phew. I’m really glad that you guys chose Nicole over Gwyneth Paltrow in the previous round, because I would have needed to take a personal day to spend some serious time alone with my thoughts to decide between Charlize and Gwyn.

But back to the showdown at hand…

I’m not saying this choice was super-easy (it was no Cameron vs. Sandra showdown, which, ahem, most of you didn’t agree with me on!) — I just didn’t need a whole day to mull it over. But I did find myself belaboring the call a bit so — just like when I couldn’t decide at age 7 which crush I should eventually marry — I made a list. I’ve assigned points to each of the positive attributes. (Picture this written in my Lisa Frank diary.)

Charlize:
-the bright-white color +5 for unexpectedness and how it flatters her skin, +2 for offering up fresh wedding gown inspiration to brides everywhere
-the unique neckline +3
-brings the drama without a major voluminous skirt +2
-does the peplum thing before every dress, top, skirt and bathing suit bottom had one +7
-stole everyone’s attention without a single cutout, sheer panel, Swarovski crystal, floral embroidery or view of underboob +10

Nicole:
-red (my favorite color to wear) +5
-also dramatic without being ballgown-ish +2
-also nabbed attention without all those extras +7 (because I don’t think it got quite the buzz Charlize’s Dior did)
-neckline competes with hair down over her shoulders -1 (only 1 because her hair does look very pretty)
-coordinating lip color +3

It’s simple math, people. Nicole earned 16 points and Charlize comes out on top with 29.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

Voting is now closed but click here to see who came out on top — and to weigh in on today’s matchup: Anne Hathaway vs. Michelle Williams!

Oscars Gown Showdown: Hilary Swank vs. Sandra Bullock -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/24/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Hilary Swank, Sandra BullockAFP/Getty; Steve Granitz/WireImage



The Showdown: Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche (2005) vs. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa (2010)
The Editor’s Pick: Sandra Bullock
Who Made the Call?: Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor
Why She Chose It:
Two gorgeous ladies in two truly striking dresses that were perfectly picked to showcase their strengths (in Sandra’s case, her radiant face; in Hilary’s, her ridiculous figure). So how am I supposed to choose a winner from this evenly matched pair?

I agonized over this decision – and no matter who wins, I won’t feel despondent the way I did during my last gown showdown. But ultimately I had to give it to Sandra.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

That’s because her glittering golden Marchesa column is so closely associated in my mind (and the minds of others, I think) with her big golden moment: triumphantly hoisting her Oscar with a big smile on her face, perfect pink lipstick and glossy waves shining to perfection.

Not too fussy but just glitzy enough for a defining life moment, Sandra’s dress is the epitome of a great Oscars gown –- which is why she gets my vote. But I’m happy to entertain other opinions in the comments!

Voting is now closed but click here to see who came out on top — and to weigh in on today’s matchup: Charlize Theron vs. Nicole Kidman!

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Exclusive Photos: See Mindy Kaling's Custom CDGA Awards Gown From Start to Finish

Feb/22/2014 at 09:08 PM ET

Mindy Kaling CDGA gownCourtesy Salvador Perez

We imagine there are a lot of pretty cool things about having your own show on television, but right now we’re envying Mindy Kaling for having a costume designer who not only brings her as a date to the Costume Designers Guild Association awards but also whips up a custom gown for her to wear on the red carpet. Salvador Perez shared a behind-the-scenes look with us from first sketch to final fitting, and he and Kaling told us about how much fun they have working together — on this and every day on The Mindy Project.

Kaling and Perez’s relationship began when she picked him to work on her show after seeing the movie Think Like a Man (“The women in it were curvy and urban, like I am,” she says). They’ve become close because “he has a great sense of humor, and with the hours on the show, that’s a prerequisite.”

It was that friendship that led Perez, the president of the CDGA, to invite Kaling as his date — and to create the azure one-shoulder embellished gown especially for her. “I wanted something colorful and dramatic,” he says. “I showed her some sketches [below, drawn by illustrator Aasha Ramdeen] and she selected one. Before I was a costume designer, I ran costume workrooms for movies, so designing and making clothes is second nature to me.”
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Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Big (and Baby) Bows, Underwear as Outerwear and the Pumps to Put Away

Feb/21/2014 at 06:00 PM ET

Trend report: bows, bras and pencil skirtsSplash News Online; Getty; WireImage

In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we saw some major bow detailing, a top that can’t even be called cropped (it’s too tiny) and footwear that has passed it’s expiration date (for now).
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Oscars Gown Showdown: Michelle Williams vs. Reese Witherspoon -- Pick Your Favorite!

Feb/21/2014 at 09:45 AM ET

Oscar Gown Showdown: Michelle Williams, Reese WitherspoonFrazer Harrison/Getty; Fernando Allende/Splash News Online



The Showdown: Michelle Williams in 2006 vs. Reese Witherspoon in 2009
The Editor’s Pick: Michelle Williams
Who Made the Call?: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor
Why She Chose It:
If this were a contest on who has the best hair, Reese would get my vote — hands down. She literally looks like she walked off the page of a Pantene ad with her crazy-shiny pin-straight strands. And those bangs were enough to make me consider reaching for the scissors. (True story: I remember bringing this photo to the salon and having a lengthy discussion with my hairstylist about getting fringe. And it’s still saved in the “maybe haircuts” folder on my desktop. What? You don’t have one of those folders?) But as you know, this isn’t about the hair. This is about the gowns. And Michelle’s marigold Vera Wang design totally trumps Reese’s Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci creation.

Check out the full Oscars Gown Showdown bracket here!

I know there are probably legions of fervent Reese fans who are ready to picket outside my apartment, but let me explain. This was Michelle’s first Oscars appearance ever, and I love that she totally went for something bold and fresh. With the vibrant color, ruffled neckline and ruching at the waist, it’s no surprise this design launched the nominee to the top of best dressed lists.

Reese’s deep-amethyst gown, on the other hand (and if you’re a fervent Reese supporter, stop reading), falls a bit flat. In fact, I was slightly surprised it was chosen as one of the original gowns in the bracket. It feels like so many strapless gowns I’ve seen before, and even though I think the actress could make a burlap sack look chic, I also have to be honest with my feelings and give the big “W” to Michelle.

Voting is now closed but click here to see who came out on top — and to weigh in on today’s matchup: Hilary Swank vs. Sandra Bullock!

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