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Michigan and 2010 Oscars Fashion: Degrees of Separation

It goes without saying that the movie industry has begun to move to Detroit as of late.  Such films to have come out of the area recently include:  Whip it, Transformers, Semi Pro, and Jumper.  Each of these films then includes a plethora of famous faces  ranging from Drew Barrymore to Will Ferrell and Shia LaBeouf to Kristen Stewart.  Drew Barrymore has been in movies such as Charlie's Angels with Cameron Diaz (a presenter at the 2010 Oscars) and He's Just Not That Into You with Bradley Cooper who was in All About Steve opposite 2010 Oscar winner for Best Actress, Sandra Bullock. 

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Just because the connection between Michigan and the Oscars can't easily be seen this year, it doesn't mean the connection doesn't exist.  That can clearly be seen above and can likely be devised through extensive thought.  However, wonder may develop as to what this article has to do with fashion.  Quite simply, through Drew Barrymore's films and co-stars, there is a common thread:  metallic/gold coloring and beading detail as seen in the dresses of Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bullock.

Cameron Diaz sparkled in Oscar de la Renta.  The strapless number grabbed attention as Diaz was the last to arrive at the Kodak Theatre.  The beading detail was breath-taking and exquisite.  True to fashion and because of the extensive amounts of beading, Diaz kept everything else simple.  Her blonde mane fell graciously in soft curls, make-up was kept soft with a hint of red in the lips, and jewelry was minimal with gold ear-drop earrings and a simple ring.

Sandra Bullock mimicked the Oscar statue in British label Marchesa.  It was said that this was done purposefully by her stylist, because everyone "knew" she was going to win.  The coloring of the gown was metallic gold, seeming to be a popular favorite, with impeccable flower detail.    The flower detail, extended from the torso through one shoulder at a diagonal.  It seemed to play on not only the coveted statue but also on the current fashions in  that baring one shoulder is easy for and beautiful on every woman.  Again though, it was essential for Bullock to keep the jewelry simple, because the focus was to be on the dress.  Therefore, the simplicity was kept with 1/2" diamond dropping studs and a thin bracelet on the left wrist cautiously away from the shoulder detail, but still maintaining that asymmetric importance.

Take cues from these stars at the biggest award show of the season!  Utilize the pointers on a day-to-day basis through make-up and accessories in feminine pieces such as blushes from Sue DeVitt (Solomon Islands) and Pur Minerals (Hot Rocks) or play up the metallic in eyeshadow and eyeliner including Mark Mini Mark It Stick for Eyes (Gold Opal) and CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Eyeshadow Palette (Vibrant Browns).  For those gutsy individuals or those headed out on the town, look to Diaz and Bullock for inspiration when picking out the perfect dress.  For instance, a metallic minidress that is too hot to touch (try Wish or H&M) or a one shoulder party dress with similar flower detail (try Marchesa).  Remember when playing up one aspect, keep others simple.  Wearing all metallic?  Do not contrast in a dark heel, wear nude or clear instead.  Detail in the dress = simple accessories and hair.  Keep these tidbits in mind and you're bound to look fabulous!!

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