In an incredible night of glitz and glamour, Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 95th Oscars. What a magnificent occasion of pure elegance and sleek modernity, showcasing a rainbow of colours from red, green, pastel pink, purple and yellow – a contemporary mix with Hollywood glamour that stood out in a range of voluminous gowns, corset boning, neutral tones and million dollar jewels that bedazzled. The Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood had the world’s most excellent fashion on a unique champagne-hued step and repeat.
The Academy Awards – one of the most-watched red carpet events in the world, generating an estimated global viewership of several hundred million last year – adopted a champagne-hued carpet on Sunday, 12th March 2023, while remaining an international stage of high-end fashion.
Men’s fashion at the Oscars has improved, showcasing eclectic styles juxtaposed against tailored suits and non-conventional colour codes such as turquoise. Viva Magenta, the Pantone colour of the year, was not a hit on the champagne-hued carpet compared to monochrome, pastel pink and metallic hues.
Tribute blue ribbons also appeared in support of the UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency, which coordinated the #WithRefugees ribbon as an emblem of solidarity with refugees forced to flee their homes.
Here is a rundown of my top looks amongst an array of haute couture at Oscar night.
(See a list of the winners here) https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2023
The tradition of gifting stars with expensive items during award season stems back to the 1990s. Hollywood award gift suites offer nominated celebrities, award presenters and top influencers gifts from several brands. Most gifting suites hosted around significant events, such as the Academy Awards, are not affiliated with the latter. However, it is a chance for brands to increase awareness and exposure amongst celebrities and influencers.
Nathalie Dubois, CEO of the DPA luxe gift suite, was back in the Brentwood Rooms of The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, featuring unique and unforgettable international brands. Originally from France, Nathalie Dubois is renowned for hosting professional and well-organised suites and has proven exceptionally innovative and successful in celebrity gift suites. This year’s line-up of innovative brands included Fallen Stars, Magician Facialist, Sakai Clinic 62, Scent Si Bon, Skin Medica, and Historically Modern Designs, amongst other brands. DPA also occurs in the most prominent film festivals such as Cannes, Venice or Toronto. DPA also celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2023 and its 18th year, producing gift suites worldwide. You can find details on DPA at www.dpagroup.org.
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GBK Brand Bar operates and curates a high-end, bespoke general & gift store concept exclusively at the Kimpton La Peer Hotel in the heart of West Hollywood. https://www.gbkbrandbar.com/
Debbie Durkin’s EcoLuxe Pre-Oscar Gift Suite and Luncheon took place at the prestigious Beverly Hilton Hotel OASIS GARDEN in celebration of the 2023 Oscars. https://www.instagram.com/producerdeb/
Melissa McAvoy Gifting. McAvoy has created a unique niche in growing her clients’ brands through Celebrity Gifting Lounges. This year, Melissa McAvoy hosted many celebrities, presenters and influencers at Valerie Beverley Hills. https://www.luxuryexperienceco.com/
Lexus UPTOWN Honors Hollywood
Founded in 2004, UPTOWN Magazine celebrates the luxury lifestyle of professional and influential urban consumers nationwide by creating a national magazine with city-specific editions in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, D.C., and Charlotte. On Wednesday, 8th March 2023, the luxury car brand and the culture publication honoured Cedric the Entertainer, Kym Whitley, Deon Cole, and Guy Torry for their contributions to American culture, arts, and entertainment. The event coincided with the 50th anniversary of hip hop, as Guy Torry’s iconic documentary “Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy” explores the intersection of the music genre and Black comedy during a significant time in the 1990s. Anthony Anderson was on hand to present Cedric the Entertainer his award.
Essence Black Women in Hollywood (include pictures)
ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards is an annual celebration that honours pioneering and immensely talented Black women in Hollywood – both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. On Thursday, 9th March 2023, at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, CA, ESSENCE marked this momentous occasion honouring luminaries: executive Tara Duncan (President, Freeform and Onyx Collective), director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Woman King), SAG, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice and NAACP-nominated actress Danielle Deadwyler (Till), actress Dominique Thorne (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), and Emmy-Winning Actress & Activist Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbott Elementary). Coca-Cola™ sponsors the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards, and Netflix’s Queen Charlotte will be available on ESSENCEStudios.com and ESSENCE.com.
DriveH2 Green Pre-Oscar Gala
DriveH2 is a public service initiative by Energy Independence Now (EIN), an environmental non-profit committed to educating the world about the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. The organisation engages in comprehensive research, policy advocacy and public outreach to promote the widespread adoption of a diverse zero emissions portfolio.
Non-profit environmental group Energy Independence Now (EIN) and a gathering of eco-conscious celebrities, athletes and influencers gathered at the beautiful Petersen Automotive Museum on Thursday, 9th March 2023, for the Hollywood Community and supporters committed to research, green innovation, policy advocacy and public outreach to promote diverse, equitable zero emissions solutions. The event will bring an unforgettable night of entertainment, cars, celebrity chef-procured cuisine, sustainable cocktails and a glimpse into a more sustainable future.