First, friends, let me just say that I haven't watched the Oscars, otherwise known as The Academy Awards, in more than a decade. I don't care anymore, now that the big stars are gone, plus I never go to the movies anyway. It's that simple.
What I do do, however, is follow Oscars fashion, which requires no more investment than a minute and a half on one of those brain-dead sites like the Yahoo.com homepage the following morning. Add a few sewing/fashion blogs and your research is done.
Over at Lilacs & Lace, I picked up something about Angelina Jolie sticking her leg out and I will say she looked awful doing it. Not to sound too much like an old queen -- and I'm not talking Elizabeth II -- but let's face it: you can dress these girls up but you can't give them class. Most actresses today couldn't carry off, say, a vintage Charles James gown if they tried and some have tried and failed, badly.
The Oscars are all about the stylists and clothing designers, not the actresses, who seem all too willing to abdicate their individuality. It's about marketing ("Who are you wearing?") and that's why it's ultimately boring. Give me Cher in a Bob Mackie feathered headdress any day.
But today I want to talk about peplum gowns. Apparently they're back, or they will be very soon thanks to the likes of Tiny Fey and Michelle Williams, or rather, their stylists. I think it's fair to say that if you have curves, this gown can be very flattering. If you don't, you look like a toilet brush -- or is that the mermaid gown? Anyway, it's for an hourglass figure.
We last saw the peplum in the Eighties and it hasn't been missed, but guess what? It's back. You know how I feel about the Eighties but nevertheless I had to share the nausea:
And while we're regurgitating the Eighties, can we talk about Best Actress Meryl Streep and her gold Lanvin?
Hello, McCall's Nolan Miller Dynasty Collection!
But I digress. Not one to miss a trend -- even one I don't like -- I immediately snatched up this vintage 80's Butterick on eBay (yes, I know, I violated my New Year's resolution), just in case Cathy wants to give it a try. (I predict a run on this pattern starting....now.)
Gamine Cathy is hardly an hourglass, but thankfully Steinlauf & Stoller sells hip pads, along with pretty much any other figure-enhancing pad you might need.
In closing, readers, this could have been a Yea or Nay post but I just did one of those last week. And I vaguely remember Gretchen talking peplums last year, though I'm too lazy to check. I say Nay to the peplum but as you can see, I'm not above going against my own taste and jumping on the Oscar night-induced bandwagon. I'm only human.
Any pent-up peplum-related (or any other Oscar gown-related) feelings you need to get off your chest? Here's your chance!
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!