Jennifer Lawrence- Hollywood’s Silver Lining

Academy Award Winner At 22

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Lawrence brings “Oscar” to the Vanity Fair After-Party after changing into a stunning Calvin Klein dress

Jennifer Lawrence has a new man in her life.

 (No it’s not Bradley Cooper) Yes, he may be a bit shorter and smaller than she is; not to mention he is stationary and very…gold. However, I have a feeling Jennifer doesn’t care, because she has Oscar.  She proudly showed off her “Oscar” which she won for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work in the book turned movie, Silver Linings Playbook.  Lawrence co-starred with Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper in the dark comedy.  Cooper along with Hugh Jackman came to her aid during the awards show just after Lawrence was named Best Actress; more on that to come..

BUT,…

I am getting ahead of myself. Before Lawrence became an Academy Award winner at just 22 years old, she was truly a vision on the red carpet.

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 In Dior Haute Couture with Chopard jewelry, a Roger Vivier clutch and Brian Atwood shoes

Jennifer Lawrence exuded beauty in a pink pastel toned gown

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Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway‘s Backwards Necklaces

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Leave it to Rachel Zoe to bring back a vintage trend!

 The super-stylist looped a Chopard strand over Jennifer Lawrence‘s Dior ensemble and added a Tiffany & Co. necklace to Anne Hathaway‘s Prada column—and for both ladies, she draped the pieces backwards, so that they dangled down their backs.

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Jennifer Lawrence made quite the impression on the red carpet, even being

named “Best Dressed”

BUT,

Her time in the spotlight was far from over…

 

Sitting through the awards show, because they always announce Best Actor and Best Actress at the end of the ceremony, must have been torture for Lawrence.

Finally,

 

2012 Academy Award Winner,Jean Dujardin, presented the Award for

Best Actress in a Leading Role

 

***As I said in a previous post, I was pulling for Jessica Chastain to win***

 

“And the Oscar goes to: Jennifer Lawrence,

Silver Linings Playbook

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 Completely in Shock…Priceless

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Makes Her Way to the Stage

But sometimes the combination of a large ball gown, 4 inch pumps, and the

excitement of such an honor, makes a girl…

trip & fall.

 

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***It didn’t hurt that co-star Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman, immediately rushed to Lawrence’s aid***

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“I like when things are hard; I’m very competitive. If something seems difficult or impossible, it interests me.”

– Jennifer Lawrence

 

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And with that attitude, the 22 year old Best Actress Winner, composed herself and with grace walked onstage to accept her award.

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Accepting her “Oscar” fromJean Dujardin

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“You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell.”

– Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar speech was no let down.”

-The Huffington Post

 The “Silver Linings Playbook” star won Best Actress at the 85th annual Academy Awards and delivered a stirring, funny and provocative speech while accepting the honor. Lawrence, 22, left her mark on awards season by giving a number of memorable interviews and speeches.

An Alternative Look At The 85th Annual Academy Awards

 Away She Goes…

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Some of you may be left wondering, what is a silver lining, hence the movie name

“Silver Linings Playbook”

 

silver lining- noun

a sign of hope in an unfortunate or gloomy situation; a bright prospect: Every cloud has a silver lining.
(Dictionary.com)

Jennifer Lawrence is a silver lining.

 She has proved that she belongs on Hollywood’s A-List at just 22; is the star of “The Hunger Games” series, and has a bright future ahead of her.

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As for now, E! News reported that the Best Actress winner dyed her hair jet black to resume her role as Katniss in the Hunger Games.  

(This girl doesn’t take a break; but then again, why would you when your career is red hot)

Congratulations Jennifer, You Deserve it!

XOXO

The Passionate Fashionista

(AND more on Jennifer Lawrence later this week)

 

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From Fashionista to Stylista

Evolution of the “Stylist”

“There was no such thing as a stylist when Grace Coddington got her start: The girls all carried their own wigs, makeup, and jewelry, transforming themselves to suit the job. Grace seemed to have a particular knack for this, always pulling just the right piece out of her bag. As the decade came to a close, she turned that talent into a career as a fashion editor. At British Vogue, she began making the fantasy travelogues that would become her signature. ” (Source: Voguepedia.com)

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A Young Grace Coddington

 However, today, it seems like Rachel Zoe is a household name. Rachel Zoe is a “famous” celebrity stylist who works with celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, and Anne Hathaway. Although she does not have any formal fashion training, she has her own recognizable style. Zoe went freelance, in the beginning giving her the opportunity to meet and work with some high-profile clients.  She also has written a book called, “Style: From A to Zoe.”  ****(I highly recommend her book)

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Those are the stories of 2 amazing but completely different stylists, then there’s mine.

Here’s the story of a girl who fell in love with fashion at age 12. Her style icon was her mom, and she learned everything she knows from her. She loved reading about fashion in magazines or fashion books but struggled with her own personal style. Another one of her favorite things to do was people watch; she loved seeing what people were wearing and often critiqued them in her head. Actually that’s a lie; she would tell her mom or whoever she was with about the lady with the ugly sweater, or the woman who was wearing baggy clothes yet you could tell that she had a good body, she just didn’t know how to dress for her body type.  She would have given anything to help that woman find a new wardrobe.

When it came time for her to choose a college, she wanted to major in fashion. Her style was a little more evolved at this time but still wasn’t “her own.” She attended a small school in North Carolina that had a great fashion program; however she was homesick and hated having to dress “business casual” for class everyday because the school was in the heart of a city and wanted their students to look “professional.” Retailing 101 was the only fashion class she ever attended but learned a lot from her professor. Her professor provided her students, with their first opportunity to learn about styling. On a Saturday in November, at a local Dillard’s store, a workshop on fashion was put on by a professional stylist and a woman who worked “behind the scenes” at fashion shows, making sure everything went smoothly. The students were also give a fun challenge: they were assigned a model, and had to style her from head to toe using Dillard’s resources. They also had to choose a hair and makeup look and then their models were photographed by a Vogue photographer.

The Final Product: An edgy, sophisticated  look with  feminine details

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She fell in love.

She only attended that school for one semester; as much as she loved the school’s fashion program, she wanted to be closer to home. After a brief stint at a local college, she told her parent’s she wanted to follow her dreams and work in fashion. However, in fashion, like most professions, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. She started by working at the Gap. Being a quick learner, was a great advantage and in no time her superiors recognized her talent. She utilized her fashion knowledge, and quickly became one of the top sales associates; not only could she sell but she took her time with each customer, helping them with their specific needs. It felt good to help a customer find a perfect pair of jeans, not only satisfying the customer, but herself. If the customer was happy, she was happy.

That summer, she was told about a fashion program in NYC, put on by Teen Vogue magazine, where you attended seminars put on by some of the biggest names in fashion; plus the key-note speaker was Michael Kors. She wanted to showcase her talent as a stylist in her application for the seminar. Luckily, she didn’t have to look far to find a model; her gorgeous sister would be the perfect model. Like, Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue who comes up with storylines for her editorials, this girl wanted to not only showcase a few of the latest trends but tell a story with her photographs.

Story 1- Bohemian Chic with a focus on the “Maxi-dress”

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Dress- Old Navy

Sandals- Circa Joan & David

Necklace- Rodrigo Otazu

Bracelets- Random

Sunhat- Mom’s

Look 2- Bright Colors/Color Blocking

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Tee, Shorts, and Headband- J. Crew

Bracelet- Rodrigo Otazu (same bracelet worn by SJP in “Sex & The City 2)

Gold Hoops- Mom’s

Final Look- Inspired by Gossip Girl

***My sister has been told she looks like Leighton Meester AKA Blair Waldorf***

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Seersucker Blazer- BCBG

Dress- Model’s Own

Belt- Banana Republic

Handbag- Macy’s

Pearl Necklace- Vintage from my Grandmother

Shoes (not shown)- Isaac Mizrahi

Her photography skills came in handy when she took these photographs. Later on, she would be told they look professional. She sent her application in with her photographs and waited. One September day, while trying on clothes in a J. Crew fitting room, she got an email that changed her life; she had been accepted into the Teen Vogue Fashion University Class of 2011. There was screaming, cursing, jumping up and down and tears shed. She was proud of herself for the first time in a long time. Later, while attending the seminar, she would find out that over 2500 people from 20 countries had applied, and she was one of the lucky 500 accepted. All along, she had known that she was good at styling but the fact that other higher up industry professionals thought that she was good.

The seminar gave her just what she needed; it ignited that spark, that fire of passion for fashion that she never knew she needed.

What is our aspiring stylist up to now?

She is a Michael Kors’ girl by day/Fashion Blogger by night and up and coming Stylist

That girl is me.

And I am The Passionate Fashionista.

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My beautiful model/lovely sister and Me

If you have a dream or a passion, my advice to you is to follow your heart and go for your dream; yes you may never become famous (like Rachel Zoe) and you will face challenges along the way, but if you don’t pursue it, do you want to wake up one day and regret that you didn’t chase your dreams?

So reach for the stars, and follow your dreams with all your heart.

xoxo The Passionate Fashionista

(sorry for writing such a long post)