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Flashback! Jennifer Lawrence once again hits Oscars carpet in red gown

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The more things change, the more things stay the same.

Jennifer Lawrence went back to basics earlier tonight when she hit the red carpet at the Oscars in a red Dior gown (right), calling to mind the Oscar winner’s first Oscar look (in Calvin Klein), back in 2011 when she was a nominee for Winter’s Bone.

Which red gown do you prefer?  READ FULL STORY

Sarah Jessica Parker discusses her shoe line...which includes 'The Carrie'

Sarah Jessica Parker may just go to a shoe store today and wistfully exclaim, “Hello, Loverrrrr!” at a pair of strappy stilettos. Only this time, they’ll be her own creation.

The once and future Carrie Bradshaw’s inevitable shoe line, SJP, hits Nordstrom this week. The shoes are designed with George Malkemus, CEO of Manolo Blahnik, and run in the $300 range.

The actress spoke with the Associated Press about the project and explained why now — 10 years after the show ended its original HBO run — was the right time to get into the shoe business. “I was very kindly being offered a lot of opportunities in the shoe category and I kept rejecting them,” Parker explained. “And I couldn’t figure out why. … And I was sitting with some women friends of mine and they said to me, ‘What is it?’ And I said, ‘Well, I know it’s not going to be the shoe that I want it to be.’ And I said that really my dream partner is George Malkemus. And they said, ‘Have you asked him?'” READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lawrence stuns in new Dior ad

Third time is certainly a charm for Jennifer Lawrence, whose third series of Dior ads have debuted just in time for Oscars.

The series of shots feature the 23-year-old actress in both black-and-white portrait shots (short, tousled hair still intact!), as well as full-color pictures complete with Dior bags. The print campaign is slated to break in Marie Claire in the U.K. on Thursday, followed by the April issue of Vanity Fair in the U.S., according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Anyone who tracks Lawrence’s red-carpet looks know she regularly dons couture Dior dresses. Starting next week, there will be video on Dior’s site of Lawrence discussing going to Dior’s fashion house to select her dress for Oscar night (Hello, sneak peek!). “Now I get the haute couture thing,” the reluctant fashionista told the camera, according to WWD. “It’s a big deal.”

'Dallas Buyers Club' costume designers on Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto's transformations

Jared Leto learned what it was like to walk in someone else’s heels thanks to Dallas Buyers Club costume designers Kurt and Bart, who brought to life the film’s mid-’80s-inspired wardrobe. Still, the duo — who are nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award — give full credit to their cast.

“It was fantastic to work with such committed actors,” said Kurt and Bart, who reached out to EW from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay set, where they are currently overseeing the film’s next two installments.

Leto was so committed, in fact, that he remained in character as Rayon — an HIV-positive transgender woman — throughout their time together. “We spoke to Jared once on the phone and then [he stayed in character as] Rayon the entire time from the first fitting out of a suitcase and a plastic bag at his airport hotel room [to] right before his first meeting with [director] Jean-Marc [Vallée].”

Because of this, Kurt and Bart often reference Leto by his character’s name when discussing the costume process. And, according to them, Rayon had one definite opinion when it came to what she wore. “The only thing Rayon was adamant about was she never wanted to wear pants,” they explained, noting that Leto declined to wear a pair of “glam, but also very feminine” high-waisted pink flared trousers that the two had presented. “I know Jared was very into embracing the unfamiliar. He explained it as, ‘I know what it feels like to wear pants.’ I think the vulnerability of a dress or skirt helped him find Rayon, which totally makes sense.”

Kurt and Bart also embraced Matthew McConaughey’s extreme weight loss, though it did pose a unique challenge for the costume designers. The only thing tighter than the film’s budget was its 23-day schedule. “Our shooting schedule didn’t allow for any time to shoot Matthew with a little more weight on him for the ‘healthier’ sequences. We worked really hard to tailor the clothes that he repeated in the film so that they fit differently in different parts of the film. Working with single vintage garments, this was a feat of last-minute tailoring. We made him three different lengths of the same belt to add to the effect,” they said. “We found that if his clothes were more fitted it actually made him look healthier instead of emphasizing how thin he was. We played with oversizing his jeans and shirts a bit when he was sicker to make him look smaller.”

For their hard work, the duo — who have collaborated since 2000 working on everything from music videos (Britney Spears’ “Slave 4 U,” Madonna’s “Me Against the Music”) to television series (How to Make It in America) and films (Stoker with Nicole Kidman) — are up for their first CDG Award. Nominated in the period film category, Kurt and Bart are up against 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, The Great Gatsby, and Saving Mr. Banks. The costume designers couldn’t be more thrilled. “Receiving a nomination from your peers is the best, especially for this film.”

Read on for EW’s exclusive Q&A with Kurt and Bart to learn who made McConaughey’s signature cowboy hats, what it was like working around Leto’s real-life tattoos, and to find out who wore a shirt right off the costume designers’ backs. READ FULL STORY

'Blue Jasmine' costume designer on working with Woody Allen, borrowing Chanel jackets

For her Oscar-nominated role in Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett required a designer-label wardrobe worthy of a wilted New York socialite. The only problem? Costume designer Suzy Benzinger had a limited, more Nordstrom Rack-esque budget. (In fact, a New York Times piece estimated that the film’s entire wardrobe budget was $35,000, which is often the cost of just one Hermes Birkin bag.)

Knockoffs simply wouldn’t do to truly sell the story of a woman who lost nearly everything except a handful of luxury goods. That’s when Benzinger — who has worked with director Woody Allen since 1994 on projects like Deconstructing Harry, Celebrity, and Whatever Works — took a deep breath and a leap of faith.

She began calling fashion houses like Chanel, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Ralph Lauren to see what strings she could pull.

“I relied on the generosity of all these designers,” Benzinger told EW. “I made a list of things I had to have for Cate’s character in order to tell the story. … Every day, my assistant and I would go through [the list] and I would say, ‘I’m going to call Hermes up. Wish me luck. I’ve got to get this Birkin bag.’ Every day we’d check off things on our list. [When] I got to the Chanel jackets, I thought, ‘Everything is going fabulous and this is where it’ll stop. … I’m not going to get the Chanel jacket. We’re going to try though. Wish me luck.’ When we got that, I burst into tears. I thought, ‘How did I get my whole wish list?'”

The costume designer admitted her experience was far from the norm. While brands often loan to celebrities for the red carpet, they rarely loan to films. “None of my friends who are costume designers have had the same experience that I’ve had,” she said, crediting Cate Blanchett’s personal fashion house relationships as a huge help. “The gods were watching when Woody wrote the script, because I [initially] thought, ‘Oh my God.’ I never thought I would have gotten all these things. I really owe it to Cate.”

With one character down, Benzinger turned her attention to Jasmine’s sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins), who had a more casual aesthetic that reflected the character’s working class status. For this, the costume designer bargain hunted at stores like Century 21 in New York and Loehmann’s in San Francisco, where Blue Jasmine was shot. The biggest irony? “Sally Hawkins’ wardrobe cost more than Cate Blanchett’s. Isn’t that hysterical? I actually spent more money on Sally then I did on Cate. You have to laugh. But it’s only because of the generosity of designers like Karl Lagerfeld.”

Thanks to her thriftiness, Benzinger is nominated for her first Costume Designers Guild Award. “I’ve been doing this for many, many years. It’s nice to get the recognition on this. My feeling is that it’s for the whole Woody Allen family.”

Read on for our exclusive Q&A with Benzinger to learn what makes a Woody Allen set different from all others, Sally Hawkins’ surprising reaction to her wardrobe, who kept those designer pieces, and what it was like working with Bill Murray on Ghostbusters. READ FULL STORY

New York Fashion Week: Rodarte debuts 'Star Wars' gowns

Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mullevay stunned fashionistas everywhere Tuesday when they capped their runway show by showcasing a series of silk gowns that incorporate images from George Lucas’ Star Wars films into their designs.

The gowns, which are part of Rodarte’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection, feature the likes of Luke Skywalker, Yoda, and even the Death Star across the bottom portion of the dresses. Check out two of the creative designs below:
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'Muppets Most Wanted': Vivienne Westwood designs Miss Piggy's wardrobe

Miss Piggy will be as glamorous as always in the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted — mostly because fashion designer Vivienne Westwood created couture designs just for the ladypig’s movie wardrobe.

In the movie, Miss Piggy hopes for a wedding with Kermit as the Muppets crew journeys around ever-romantic Europe. Will the two lovebirds actually tie the knot? We don’t know, but we do know that Miss Piggy will wear a long, ivory wedding gown with corset detailing and a tulle veil designed by Westwood. Wedding or not, Miss Piggy will be wearing a fancier gown than most human brides. Oh, to be a Muppet.

Miss Piggy will also sport other looks designed just for her by Westwood, including a houndstooth-check coat and a silver hand-embroidered floral lace gown. The movie hits theaters March 21.

Oscars 2014: The makeup of 'Dallas Buyers Club' and creating a realistic portrait of AIDS

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When you think about the look of Dallas Buyers Club, makeup probably isn’t top of mind. Everyone knows about Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s extreme physical transformations and Jean-Marc Vallée’s preference for natural light and handheld realism, but to the untrained eye, beyond the transgender beauty makeup on Leto’s Rayon, it might be hard to see on the surface why the film is one of the three Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar nominees.

All Matthew McConaughey had to do was gain and lose that weight, right? Wrong.

“People don’t realize how much makeup is actually in the movie, but that’s the ultimate compliment. That’s exactly what I was trying to do,” makeup lead Robin Mathews told EW.

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Amy Adams responds to Valentino controversy: 'Truly appalling'

This is a major faux pas for a fashion house.

Amy Adams attended the funeral of Philip Seymour Hoffman over the weekend. Hours after the funeral, design house Valentino took a paparazzi photo of Adams entering the church and blasted it out on social media, touting that the actress was carrying a Valentino bag.

Valentino USA issued a statement on Twitter the next day in light of the company’s insensitive press release. “We regret releasing a photo of Amy Adams with a Valentino bag. Unaware of the circumstances it was a mistake and we apologize to Ms. Adams.”

Adams’ rep also clarified to E! News that the Oscar nominee “is not a paid spokesperson for Valentino, and the suggestion she would use this moment to participate in a promotion is truly appalling.”

Kids model Grammy fashions worn by Taylor Swift, Madonna, Pharrell, and more

ToddleWood is back!

All of the Grammys good, bad, and WTF? fashion moments — Madonna’s pimp cane, Pharrell’s hat, Paula Patton’s rabid zebra-print dress to name just a few — have been immortalized in kid-size glamor shots.

Founded by former advertising executive-turned-photographer Tricia Messeroux, the photo project imagines everyday kids as A-list celebrities, historic figures, and more recognizable icons. The idea was born in 2008, when Messeroux decided to shoot her then-three year old daughter, Skylar.

“My process now is to think about what the look that I want to  achieve is, so it needs to be an iconic celebrity or a political figure or someone notable, or a moment in time,” Messeroux told EW last year. “The Grammys have some of the most outrageous outfits, which for someone like, me is exciting.”

Click through the gallery to see the pint-sized versions of Madonna, Pharrell, Katy Perry, Paula Patton, and more Grammy styles.  READ FULL STORY

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