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April 7th, 2014

The Net-A-Porter Mothership!

Net-a-Porter has undeniably revolutionised the way we shop and the way we look at fashion.  I was so excited when my friend Lupe Puerta who is the head of Personal Shopping in Net-a-Porter invited me to visit the head office and to see what actually goes behind a company like Net-a-Porter.    It was exactly as  founder Natalie Masanett envisioned her office to be.  Her dream was to make her office all white with large windows and crystal chandeliers.  All the of meeting rooms were transparent as this was the culture in Net-a-porter.

 

The main office.

It was so exciting to be there and I even caught a glimpse of Natalie Masanett dashing off for a meeting.  I just wanted to share with all of you what happens behind one of the most exciting companies existing today and I only left inspired.  Thank you Lupe for inviting me and I still have to see you in Manila!

They are still expanding.

 

I loved the giant chandeliers.

 

This is my friend Lupe Puerta.

 

The lobby.

 

the entrance

 

What a privilege to have been able to see all of this.

 

HUGS,

RAJO!

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March 4th, 2014

My Wedding Gown is in Town & Country Weddings!

I am so excited to share with you some bit of good news!  Last year I collaborated with my friend Rafe Totengco on a gown for his niece Denise Kreft.  It was a dream collaboration and the dress was really beautiful.  I was so proud that if fitted Denise so well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

She just emailed me to let me know that her wedding was in the latest Town & Country Weddings!  The photos really express the love and the joy of the moment.  I am deeply grateful to be part of her wedding and so happy that our dress was published in an international magazine!  Enjoy the photos!

HUGS,

RAJO!

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March 3rd, 2014

OSCARS 2014 Red Carpet Review!

The Academy awards is always very special to me!  it’s the only TV show I wake up at 530 in the morning for, move all my appointments after lunch and put practically everything on hold and just stay glued on my TV screens taking it all in.

Best dressed for me has got to be Lupita Nyong’O wearing in her words #nairobibli pleated chiffon Prada gown that was inspired by Champagne bubbles! I loved it so much from head to toe that I watched the Oscars wearing a gold head band the whole time! LOL! Bravo Lupita we love you!!!!!

 

 

My favourite part of the Oscars is obviously the red carpet. Eveyone watches it and everyone in the fashion industry pays close attention to what the stars are wearing because this is what everybody will be wanting in the season to come.  Now more than ever I feel that it is very relevant because everything is so accessible, the whole world is watching and the impact is really undeniable.

The best fit on any gown that evening was this Navy masterpiece worn Amy Adams designed by Gucci

 

Anna Kendrick i did not like the front of this gown but the back was really beautiful, I would have kept the gown’s front simpler.

 

Anne Hathaway dazzled on stage wearing Gucci this crystals were a show tin itself!

 

Hollywood’s most beautiful couple! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wearing Elie Saab can simply do no wrong!!!!

 

Always dapper Bradley Cooper! I love him a bit blonder though.

 

Class personified! Cate Blanchett wears this Armani Privé masterpiece! It’s the best nude gown this season! The embellishments are just sensational!

 

When black is breathtaking! I love the neckline and the way Charlize Theron is owning this Dior gown.

 

When Black is bad and boring Christian Bale looks unkept and his partner is simply forgetful!

 

This is now what not to wear when you are pregnant! I mean this dress on Elsa Pataky is probably the most hideous thing I have seen on the red carpet ever! Good think her husband Chris Hemsworth is so darn handsome that I just look at him and erase that awful image of a dress!

 

Emma Watson is nonchalant elegance personified. This is how chic simply is! I love it!

 

Serving Magenta realness is Gabourey Sidibe

 

Idina Menzel in a great colour Loden green by Vera Wang.

 

The return of the white dinner jacket! Jared Leto – Saint Laurent

 

Jennifer Garner in another safe fully beaded nude number. Somehow you feel like everyone is being dressed by the same person?

 

I love Jennifer Lawrence and she wears RED extremely well Bravo!!!! Dior!!!

 

Jessica Biel wearing classic Chanel. This is beautiful but again I feel it needs something exciting.

 

A classy couple indeed! John Legend and Christine B. Teigen

 

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski looks like those bad wedding cake toppers that you must edit when it enters the ball room! Wrong number!!!

 

Julia Roberts is a star! I think this Givenchy gown is very flattering and it really suits her.

 

Julie Delpy looking very matronly in Jenny Packham.

 

Karen O in another caped moment! This time is black.

 

Kate Hudson in Versace couture! I loVe the cape!

 

Kelly Osbourne as Mary Poppins! LOL! Joking aside she looks great in this Badgley Mischka gown.

 

Kelly Ripa I would remove that triangle insert immediately it looks so wrong there!

 

Jason Wu’s first dress at the Oscars! Kerry Washington making pregnant chic!

 

Kristen Bell in a dress that just is nice however I wished she took a risk, there is nothing wrong with it, it’s just a sleeper.

 

Lady Gaga channeling old in Versace! I am not sure if this look is her, it feels so safe and underwhelming….maybe if she levitated? LOL!

 

Blue is big this season as worn on Liza Minelli including her hair! I loved the neckline as it was flattering but I am not sure if pants were the best option? A long skit would have been more chic!

 

Black is back! Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

 

The white dinner jackets is the biggest news this Oscar season Matthew McConaughuey proves why. Pale colours are also quite the trend as worn by Mathew’s partner Camila Alves. Although I would have removed a few pieces of draping as I found this a bit much.

 

So elegant and chic! Meryl Streep strikes gold in this ensemble!

 

Olivia Wilde looks a bland in her Valentino gown with her husband Jason Sudeikis

 

I love pale blue pink colour of this Giambattista Valli worn by the gorgeous Penelope Cruz.

 

Pharrell Williams in a tuxedo short set! I am not sure this was such a good idea? He looks like a lithely boy lost. A failed risk.

 

Navy is the new black! Sandra Bullock in an exquisitely draped Alexander McQueen. I love how flattering this gown is on her.

 

Sarah Paulson looks safe in nude. There is another dress somewhat like this on the red carpet!

 

Loving color on the red carpet Viola Davis wearing an emerald green Escada

 

How beautiful are Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith (in Versace) I love how this couple ages with grace.

Oscars is arguably the most important red carpet event.  It has captivated my obsession since way back and this is my little peanut gallery on what the fashion was like.  I do hope you enjoy!

HUGS,

RAJO!

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February 24th, 2014

“Living Liquid” at the #ArtFairPH.

A few days ago I was invited by Summit’s creative director and my friend VInce Uy to join in a very unique experience.  Preview magazine was hoisting an event at the recent Art fair Philppines.    Vince asked me together with visual artists Leeroy New and Nikki Luna to do a performance of sorts.  Art and fashion has always had a very beautiful relationship.  A relationship that through time has evolved and developed to a seamless and beautiful  results.

Preview’s- Fashion and art!

 

I immediately accepted the invitation without knowing what I was going to do.  I for one was a bit nervous as I have never done anything like this before.   I then thought of my creative process and how this is one of my favourite parts of my work.  To be able to show this in public might be quite interesting.

My favourite part of my work in the draping process. This means I take the ideas i have in flat patterns and make them come alive 3-D!  I discovered this amazing material material while I was doing my mattresses for URATEX.  I call in bonded foam. Where in a thin piece of foam is bonded and sandwiched between materials.  I chose a poly-cotton material as it worked very well with the foam and it felt very structured but at the same time had this liquid diaphanous quality.

 

This is it!

 

So there I was in a small room at the art fair cutting and draping on one of my favourite models Ria Bolivar and creating 3 dresses in less than an hour! Talk about  rest time project runway pressure! LOL!  I was quite anxious because I usually do this process alone in the intimacy of my own little studio and to have an audience around me was daunting but the performer in me also got excited.

Thank you Ria! I LOVE YOU!

 

This was actually the last piece I made.

 

Thank you to Joy Mallari for lending me her space.

If not for the genius of Instagram I would not have actually seen the results because for a while there I was lost in the moments of creating. I would like to thank everyone who posted photos of my work because of your images my work truly became alive.

Ria looks amazing!

 

Right after me was the turn of wonder boy artist Leeroy New who created a living art piece called “Chrysalis”  I loved the process and the results were hauntingly beautiful.  To be able to witness this was indeed amazing.  Nikki Luna created a slide and film show that sadly I failed to see as I had to leave for a prior commitment.

Right after me was the performance of Leeroy New.

 

It was fascinating!

 

To be able to see this live was really special.

 

This was the second look I created.

 

We started with this.

 

Then I moved on to this one.

 

Thankful to all those who place the works on IG!

 

I loved this second look the best.

 

This photograph is beautiful!

 

Really grateful to all those who posted their photos of my work. They are all so beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working on the last piece!

 

Thank you Summit and VInce for having me, it was really fun!

HUGS,

RAJO!

 

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February 18th, 2014

BAFTAS 2014 Red Carpet!

The BAFTAS are the British Oscars and although it’s decidedly low key the red carpet fashion is still worth watching!  As I mentioned before the awards season is a very important barometer as to what the market will want as their reaction to all of this warrants us designers to be aware as it will definitely affect our business in the coming months.

Amy Adams does black very very well she is wearing Victoria Beckham

 

Le Smoking version 2014 Angelina Jolie (Saint Laurent) and husband Brad Pitt (Valentino)

 

Dreamy Bradley Cooper in a Classic Alexander McQueen tuxedo.

 

I LIOVE HER!!!!!Cate Blanchett is killing it in Alexander McQueen- Best T-shirt gown adaptation this season.

 

Best actor winner Chiwetel Ejiofor knows that the best accessory on the red carpet is a gorgeous date that is the case with Ms. Sari Mercer

 

Why is Emma Thompson looking like a disgruntled Mrs. Santa Claus? I mean was it that cold? She could have opten to remove the bathrobe no?!!!!

 

Golden gal! Fearne Cotton wearing Scaasi…..Gosh I haven’t seen his work in years!

 

Looking like the royalty in Games of Thrones is Georgina Chapman wearing Marchesa naturally! She is very very beautiful!

 

is it me or in this photo does Gillian Anderson look cross eyed? Her classic Vintage Balmain Couture suits her well although I am not digging her do.

 

I love how appropriate Ms.Hellen Mirren looks! That for me is style.

 

I am so tired and bored of the sheer leg long gown thingy ma jig! Lea Seydoux Prada gown is a fail for me.

 

Fun colouring on Lily Allen wearing Vivienne Westwood, although I need to see the front part of the dress to be 100% sure if i like this dress?

 

This young lady can truly do no wrong!!!! Best dressed again goes to Lupita Nyong’O in this fabulous emerald green Christian Dior Couture

 

Maggie Gyllenhaal looses out in Lanvin. Nor working for me.

 

this is a really good silhouette and colour on Michelle Rodriguez I love the tender but strong vibe in the look.

 

Pretty in HOT PINK! Naomie Harris does a Gucci 80′s vibe.

 

Queen Oprah Winfrey slam dunks this Stella McCartney number!

 

Divine minimalism Samantha Becks looks amazing in this Calvin Klein gown. I love the quiet details.

 

Funny how they say not to wear black on the red carpet. However Uma Thurman in Atelier Versace proves them all wrong!

 

So lets take a few minutes to check out who wore what and how they wore it.  It’s my little peanut gallery review.

HUGS,

RAJO!

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February 3rd, 2014

LVMH PRIZE x CJ CRUZ!!!

Congratulations CJ and I’m really proud of you and your baby! BEST WISHES and good luck with the competition!

Carl Jan Cruz’s visual autobiography is his hyper realisation of clothes, colours, emotions, and memories that got preserved in the past 2 decades of his life. Pragmatically questioning and constantly grounding himself by looking “in” and transcending these pure emotions in to fabrics and silhouettes that are familiar and reinventing it in his own ways and terms. Developing new ways of approaching these accessible textiles, wash developments, “tailoring/interlining” everyday fabrics, repurposing interior decor fabrics, redeveloping the pique’s and rib jerseys, “rehandling” exotics.  The simplified ethos of identity and story that Carl Jan Cruz have lived in Manila and London, he hopes to share a sense of clarity and emotion of what we’ve all become. To never look too far and that the concept is just about being able to “Feed your gut with guts”.

 

 

Let’s help CJ win the prize via instagram! #LVMH PRIZE #CARLJANCRUZ2014 #INDUSTRIE

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January 27th, 2014

The Grammy’s Red Carpet 2014!

The Grammy’s red carpet review is always quite exciting as the music industry folk tend to push boundaries more and create more visual explosions more than the film and tv world.  I always enjoy the Grammy’s red carpet because you really don’t know what to expect.

Serving some booty curves is Alicia Keys in a great colour! I would have loosened the skirt a wee bit as she is looking extremely “pearish” in this number.

There have been a load of shenanigans like meat dresses or a revival of 18th century courtesans however they all add to the entertainment and the delight of everyone.  I for one am so looking forward to what everyone will be wearing this year and do enjoy the fashion and my review.

 

 

I love Navy and I love this dress on Anna Faris

 

Showing a bit of daring décolletage is Anna Kendrick in Azzaro. What was she doing there? LOL!

 

Ariana Grande looking so delectable in Dolce & Gabbana! I love how this looks so age appropriate on her! BRAVO!

 

The reason why Jay-Z & Beyoncé in Michael Costello are the true ROCKSTAR ROYALTY!!!!

 

Ciara celebrating her baby bump in a solid Gold Emilio Pucci- I wish she opted for a cleaner hair style.

 

Cyndi Lauper is ROCKING it!!! That caped piece is cool!

 

Love the colour of Giuliana Rancic’s lace gown! I would though release her hair and make it wilder!

 

Chrissy Teigen is golden while John Legend is absolutely perfect! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!.

 

Kacey Musgraves now this is what “ETHEREAL” looks and feels like! Good job Armani Privé

 

Kathy Griffin should really peel off her snakes skin gown now!!!! UGGGH!!!!!

 

Sadly Katy Perry was hitting the wrong notes in Valentino

 

Kelly Osbourne serves some Malificent witchery!!!!!

 

Madonna and David Ritchie is KILLING IT in Ralph Lauren!!!! I love it!!! BRAVO!!!!!!!

 

I like the coral on Natasha Bedingfield I am not sure that it’s age appropriate though?

 

Paris Hilton wearing Filipino Designer Albert Andrada! YAAAY!!!!!!

 

Pink in RED! I want her to do more! I think took the safe route in this gown.

 

Rita Ora Channeling mad-men’ sci fi vibe! The tin foil look is not working.

 

Robin Thicke looking classic & Paula Patton looking absolutely wrong in this Zebra catastrophe!!!!

 

Ryan Lewis & Macklemore very daring and although one of them was only to pull it really together I applaud their courage.

 

Sara Bareilles her Blumarine dress looks so itchy! Texture really gone wrong! I mean it looks like the effect of a really bad goose down pillow fight gone bad!

 

Skylar Grey in Michael Costello is WOW!!!! I love this shape and the shade on her!

 

70′s icon Stevie Nicks looking very casual and very coven at the grammy’s! I wish she used her magic spells to spruce herself a bit for the occasion.

 

WOW!!!!!! Taylor Swift in Gucci looking like a gazillion dollars! So far best dressed for me!

 

HUGS,

RAJO!

 

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January 20th, 2014

The SAG Awards Red Carpet 2014!

I just spent a good part of my Sunday Morning in bed enjoying this cool Manila weather snuggled up in bed and watching the SAG awards.  I truly enjoyed it and I loved the show.  I have a long time ago conceded that the awards shows of the West are far more superior than ours on all levels and even if I try to watch our award shows I just end up loosing interest and end up hoping that we can somehow in the near future improve on our own award shows.

 

I love this woman to bits but I felt that the dress was a bit loose as she was fidgeting with it the whole time on stage. The colour is fabulous but this Givenchy gown failed to get me excited the was Cate Blanchett normally does. She looks shapeless and a preggers.

 

Moving on to the SAG awards, my personal highlight was the acceptance speech of Rita Moreno!  I love that woman and I am in awe of what she has achieved in her life and at her age she looked and felt SENSATIONAL!!!!  She is a great example of a life that is lived!  My favourite part of the show is obviously looking at all the clothes and giving my peanut gallery review.  So here it is and I do hope you enjoy the red carpet fashion as much as I do.

Amanda Peet looks dowdy and odd. She reminds me of Maria in the sound of music when she met the children for the first time wearing clothes that the poor did not want.

 

LOVE! Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi! Bravo to daring necklines and this colour is perfect for her!

 

Will say it now and say it again…. Printed gowns do not work on the red carpet! Case in point is this dress worn by Ariel Winter of Modern Family.

 

Hugh Dancey & Claire Danes looking smart and smouldering. I love the textures on her dress and that smoky eye really works.

 

Elisabeth Moss should have put her hair up and added some fresh accessories to make her look more relevant rather than this unremarkable number.

 

Great color on Giuliana Rancic wearing Basil Soda

 

Helen Mirren always the epitome of elegance! This is how one dresses elegantly for her age. I would edit the dangling earrings though and opt for some shorter ones.

 

Isla Fisher is chanelling Veronica Lake in this gorgeous ensemble! Loving it!!!!

 

Simply elegant!Jennifer Garner in Max Mara…when your this gorgeous you really don’t need anything else.

 

looking like a gorgeous tall serving of sevruga caviar is Jennifer Lawrence wearing Dior

 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus love Navy and Black as it’s always chic!

 

Julia Roberts is very safe in Valentino! I like the colour and it is flattering but a bit boring for me.

 

I love this gown on Julie Bowden! It’s modern fresh and the colouring is spot on!

 

See what I mean by Printed dresses? Juliette Lewis is actually looking great on this but the print is off.

 

Great colour choice for Kaley Cuoco

 

I would have lowered the neckline! Kathy Griffin’s head is too big for a neckline this close to her face.

 

HOTNESS!!!! Katrina Bowden nailed it! Blonde ambition version 2014!

 

Kelly Osbourne decided to match her hair to her Zac Posen gown! LOL! I like the dress as it’s flattering but I would re think the colour.

 

UGH!!!! Why oh Why?…… I mean Kerry Washington is having a baby and this just makes her look fat! That is just wrong.

 

I like the cut of the dress but I am on the fence of the colour as this washes Laura Carmichael out.

 

Lena Headey a good dress for a resort/ beach event but not for the SAG!

 

Can Lupita Nyong’O in Gucci look any better! I LOVE THIS COLOR on her! BRAVO!!!! I love the neckline and the textural details are just beautiful! Best dressed for me!

 

This gown is a risk and I am glad she took it as it’s different and interesting. Although Malin Akerman should fire her hair stylist the look has potential.

 

Maria Menounos the suggestive cuts and the darts accentuating her nipples is disturbing.

 

Meryl Streep should have this Fred Leighton lengthened. It seems wrong for the event.

 

Michelle Dockery literally need some “support”

 

Mindy Kaling should have done something with her hair this dress by David Meister is flattering on her but the rest is just a bit dull. I mean she should really show her personality.

 

Looking too safe is Morena Baccarin…..A halter neckline would be better.

 

I LOVE the colour on Oprah Winfrey in Badgley Mischka! WInner!

 

JACKPOT!!!! Sandra Bullock looks lovely in Lanvin! The colour is great and it’s very flattering.

 

I like this dress on Sarah Hyland the hem is also very interesting.

 

Sarah Paulson looks strange wearing her daughters dress! LOL!

 

Shining himmering splendid! Sofia Vergara wears Donna Karan Atelier with much aplomb! I love her and even if this has a Dynasty vibe to it I still love it!

 

Sophie Turner in a cropped top and a mermaid skirt ensemble. This works because she is young!

 

Tina Fey in her Morticia Adams moment with matching Wednesday Adams in tow!

 

All photos from NYMag.com!

HUGS,

RAJO!

 

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January 14th, 2014

The Golden Globes 2014 Red Carpet!

I am so excited that the award season is already upon us!  Gosh time does fly fast!  I love the awards season as it’s like a palpable trend fest on the red carpet.  The Golden Globe is the first important awards show that everyone in looking at and I personally enjoy seeing what everyone looks like and what everyone is wearing.  What happens on the red carpet is a strong indication on what everyone will be wearing for formal events in the coming year.  From the colour, shape and silhouette all this will greatly affect all fashion.  From what my clients will want and what buyers will be looking for.  The media presence is so strong and influential that we cannot deny nor turn a blind eye on how this will influence our bushiness.  That being said just like everyone else I just enjoy seeing all the beautiful clothes and sometimes I leave some opinions and that is part of the fun.  So for all lovers of fashion out there….. Enjoy the show!

Black and white is always a good idea and although this Alexander McQueen on Alison Williams is safe I think the textural elements on the bodice is very cool!

The colour is interesting but the I am getting an “old” vibe to the styling. Plus I am getting a wee bit weary on the high slits. Sorry. Amber Heard

 

I LOVE THIS!!!! Amy Adams looks sensational in Valentino! I love the colouring and the adore the classic but sexy neckline. This might get my vote as best dressed.

 

I love the modernity of this dress! I think Amy Poehler looks fantastic in Stella McCartney

 

Note to self! Please dress people according to their age! Ms. Ariel Winter looks decades older than herself.

 

I have one word for this! EDIT!!!! All those flowers are just too much for Ms.Berenice Bejo. It looks like the dress had an allergic reaction. UGHHH!!!

 

I like the colour but I would cut the sleeves and make it 3 inches shorter. I also think the hair Caitlin Fitzgerald is wrong. This needs some editing.

 

Can this woman do no wrong?!!! Cate Blanchett is a dream Armani Privé! That neckline is gorgeous!

 

How adorable is Drew Barrymore wearing Monique Lhuillier! I love the baby bump too. Great colour and the textural flowers are really sweet.

 

LOVE! Elisabeth Moss wears J.Mendel. I am liking all these little cap sleeves on the gowns!

 

Classic at it’s best! Emma Roberts scores big points wearing Lanvin. I adore the neckline and the Morticia Adams skirt is cool in a freakish way. LOL!

 

I LOVE this!!!!! Emma Watson is a winner in Dior. I love the surprise of the back with the pants. I think its very fresh and beautiful.

 

I love the colour of this gown Gabourey Sidibe. I think its a very flattering design and she looks great!

 

Tsk Tsk Tsk!!! She looks old! Jacqueline Bisset could do so much better. Worst dressed for me.

 

I love Jennifer Lawrence!!! I think she looks amazing in this Dior gown. This on the wrong girl can really look awful but because it’s worn by this fantastic girl it hits a home run!

 

For someone like Jessica Chastain whose been touted as the new muse by several fashion houses this Givenchy number makes me sleepy.

 

This classic with that pop of colour is just the right punch for Julia Louis-Dreyfus

 

I have seen this look before and although it’s fun and all that for someone like the super star that is Julia Roberts this Dolce & Gabbana is a sleeper! I would have made the shirt sheer of edited that belt out.

 

Julianna Marguilies is another best dressed contender in Andrew GN! I love the sleeves and the gold coral detailing!

 

Julie Delpy is another winner!!!! I love that strong neckline balance by soft draping.

 

Something about this dress Kate Beckinsale looks dated! It would have worked for me 5 years ago but now it just looks pass.

 

great draping but horrible hair! Too bad Kate Mara looks like she got into a cat fight before walking the red carpet.

 

VERY CHIC!!!! Scandal’s star Kerry Washington wears Balenciaga with a baby bump with pure panache.

 

Laura Carmichael wearing Viktor & Rolf articulates how a dress can lengthen a woman and make her look taller.

 

fabulous color!!! I love this Zac Posen gown on Lena Dunham. A lot of people won’t get it but I think it’s really cool! Bravo!!!!

 

Interesing detailin on Lily Rabe gown. The black and nude combination is very chic.

 

I find this gown on Lizzy Caplan by Emilio Pucci very interesinting. I love the pattern. I would have put her hair up though.

 

Best dress for me goes to Lupita Nyong’O in this Ralph Lauren! The clolor works and I see this dress influencing many fashion folk for the year to come.

 

love the chain detailing on Margot Robbie’s Gucci gown! I love the clean styling but I would sew the slit close.

 

Matthew McConagheuy in loden green velvet suit looks positively slimy and Camila Alves looks just as serpentine in this gown. Thumbs down to both.

 

Michelle Dockery wears Oscar de la Renta! I do like the styling as it’s fresh without any accessories.

 

Mila Kunis is looking too safe in this metallic and taupe gown. She could have done better.

 

Wake me up Miss Naomi Watts! This Tom Ford number washes you out girl!

 

Goergeous material on this Gucci gown worn Olivia Wilde! A great way to show of the baby curves!

 

Ruffles gone bonkers! I think someone taller could pull this gown better than Paula Patton. A severe chignon and no earrings will also be a better move. Right now it’s just all too much.

 

WINNER!!!! The simplicity and the strength of color of this Calvin Klein gown on Reese Witherspoon makes me happy! I think the fit is also fantastic!

 

I am on the fence on this Prabal Gurung gown on Sandra Bullock. Although I find it very interesting it also looks like a deflated piñata?!!! I think a 4th or 5th colour addition would make it more interesting. Like adding an acid colour to the mix.

 

Interesing lenghth! I like it! The texture and the fabric give the gown both a vintage and modern spin to it.

 

Zac Posen’s immaculate ball gown on Sophia Vergara is a true scene stealer and those turquoise beads just make it pop!

 

Very chic!!!!! I love the colour! Taylor Swift wins again!

 

Hmmm…..Grandma’s drapes and sofa fabrics again are a wrong choice for the red carpet!

 

Always chic and always stunning Uma Thurman does black and Versace a hudred thumbs up!

 

This is the kind of dress that keeps things interesting. Zoe Saldana always makes provocative choices that makes designers like Prabal Gurung a star!

 

LOVE LOVE LVOE!!!!!Zooey Deschanel wearing Oscar de la Renta!!! I think this dress is a dream! Best dressed nominee for me!

 

BRAVO!!!! I love this Reem Acra gown on Zosia Mamet! I think it’s a very flattering dress and she looks great in it.

All photos thanks to Vulture.com!
HUGS,
RAJO!

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December 26th, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I like traditions as it gives everyone an anchor of sorts.   One of my personal Christmas tradition is to do an fashion illustration for the season.  It also gives me a chance to reflect upon the year that passed and to look forward to what’s about to happen in the coming year.  2013 was really like a roller coaster ride filled with great highs and tragic lows.  However in the end were all still here doing the best that we can doing hopefully what we were set out to do.  I personally am deeply grateful for 2013 as it has been truly a blessing.

I just want to wish each and everyone of you a Merry Christmas and I pray that the true meaning of the season lives in your hearts and homes.  Have a beautiful day and may you all be happy always.

HUGS,

RAJO!