The Sexiest Oscars Dresses of All Time

Oscar nominees tend to play it safe with their gowns at the Academy Awards, but a few guests have brought a bit more skin to the red carpet, and we appreciate them for that. Here’s a roundup of the sexiest dresses to ever hit the Academy Awards.

Vikki Dougan, 1957
Going backless in 1957? No big deal for Vikki, here.

Ava Gardner, 1960
A little plunge never hurt nobody.

Natalie Wood, 1962
Look back at it!

Elke Sommer, 1968
Yes to this cleave moment.

Diahann Carroll, 1968
Deep Vs and sheer sleeves.

Elizabeth Taylor, 1970
Diamonds and décolletage go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Raquel Welch, 1972
Plunging blue wrap dress, FTW.

Cher, 1973
OK, Cher. We see you in this crop-top, ultra sheer two-piece look.

Lauren Hutton, 1975
The ultra-plunge neckline was obviously a major Oscars trend in the ’70s.

Jennifer O’Neill, 1985
Cutouts!!

Rita Moreno, 1987
Strappy backs!

Cindy Crawford, 1991
More extreme plunge action, right this way.

Rachel Hunter, 1993
Like a sexy exclamation mark.

Marisa Tomei, 1994
Taking backless to new extremes.

Ellen Barkin, 1994
What free the nipple looked like in the early ’90s. (Kinda the same as it does now.)

Elizabeth Hurley, 1995
Living that low-cut, sweetheart neckline and spaghetti strap life.

Halle Berry, 2002
Three words: Totally. Sheer. Top.

Hilary Swank, 2005
Now, this is backless.

Chrissy Teigen, 2009
More plunges, less problems.

Camila Alves, 2011
‘Lil more side boob for you.

Kerry Washigton, 2016
Love a leather bondage sitch on the red carpet.

Charlize Theron, 2016
Red hot, right?

Priyanka Chopra, 2017
This dress was basically just a skirt with a front flap and back flap and lots of side-boob action.

8 Things You Never Knew About the Mysterious Karl Lagerfeld

1. No One Really Knows When He Was Born

A true enigma, even something as seemingly straightforward as his date of birth is shrouded in mystery. Though the internet claims he was born on Sept. 10, 1933, this date has been repudiated by both Lagerfeld and his representation — the former claims he was born in 1935, while the latter told The Telegraph in 2013 that the designer was born in 1938. Lagerfeld reportedly explained that his mother “changed the date” because “it was easier to write a 3 or an 8.” Birthdays are a social construct anyway, I guess?

2. He Once Cast Strippers in a Runway Show

Back in 1993, when he was designing for Fendi, Lagerfeld sent Italian porn star Moana Pozzi and a crew of strippers down the runway in lace-trimmed swimsuits. It was reportedly not to a ~certain~ renowned fashion editor’s tastes, as she made an abrupt exit during the presentation.

3. PETA Considered Him a “Nemesis”

Lagerfeld, long a proponent of fur in fashion, met the ire of PETA on multiple occasions. In 2001, the feud reached a fever pitch when six members of the organization threw tofu cream pies at the designer. Ironically, they missed — instead hitting designer Calvin Klein, who was vocally fur-free. Upon the announcement of Lagerfeld’s death, PETA released a statement many have labeled as insensitive, reading: “Karl Lagerfeld has gone, and his passing marks the end of an era when fur and exotic skins were seen as covetable. PETA sends condolences to our old nemesis’s loved ones.”

4. He Used to Carry a Fan Everywhere

5. He Lost 92lbs in 13 Months

In 2001, Lagerfeld showed off a noticeably thinner physique. The designer claimed to have lost 92 lbs in just 13 months, and even released a book revealing his controversial weight loss secrets. Gems of advice included a proclamation that dieting “has to be a sort of punishment,” you should only exercise “fifteen minutes three times a week,” and that “when you are on a diet, you need to stay home as much as possible.”

6. His Famous Mane Wasn’t Really White

In 2012, Lagerfeld admitted to Harper’s Bazaar that his hair is actually “kind of grayish” and that he maintains the snow white aesthetic with Klorane dry shampoo. “That is the best thing to do because my hair is always clean,” he shared.

7. He Was Famously Candid

Lagerfeld wasn’t one to bite his tongue. He made plenty of controversial comments throughout his career, including calling Princess Diana “stupid,” saying he didn’t like Pippa Middleton’s face, declaring his hate for “ugly, short men,” and labeling Adele “a little too fat.”

8. He Was Obsessed with Diet Coke

Lagerfeld drank 10 cans of Diet Coke daily. “I drink Diet Coke from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed. I can even drink it in the middle of the night, and I can sleep. I don’t drink coffee, I don’t drink tea, I drink nothing else,” he told Harper’s Bazaar.

Chanel Red Carpet Moments

In his wake, Karl Lagerfeld leaves a legacy of couture creations that make up some of the most iconic red carpet moments of the millennium. Who can forget Blake Lively’s Met Gala sheer number or Keira Knightley’s gaucho tuxedo?

Nicole Kidman

 

Margot Robbie

Julianne Moore

Diane Kruger

Emma Stone

Keira Knightly

Elle Fanning

Chloë Sevigny

Kristen Stewart

Sarah Jessica Parker

Janelle Monae

Keira Knightley

Penelope Cruz

Blake Lively

Karl Lagerfeld, iconic Chanel fashion designer, dies

Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died in Paris following a short illness.

The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry’s most prolific figures and worked up until his death.

His signature ponytail and dark glasses made him an instantly recognisable figure around the world.

Industry heavyweights, including Italian designer Donatella Versace, issued heartfelt tributes.

“Today the world lost a giant among men,” said the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour.

Lagerfeld’s website says his year of birth was 1938 – though most placed his age at five years older.

Rumours of Lagerfeld’s ill health had swirled for several weeks after he missed a number of events – including Chanel’s spring/summer show last month.

He died on Tuesday morning after being admitted to hospital the night before, French media report.

As a designer he transformed the fortunes of Chanel, one of the leading names in high fashion, but his work also filtered down to the high street.

Away from his work, Lagerfeld made headlines for a range of provocative, and sometimes offensive, statements.

New life at Chanel

He was born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt in pre-war Germany in the 1930s.

Lagerfeld changed his original surname from Lagerfeldt, because he believed it sounded “more commercial”.

He emigrated to Paris as a young teenager, and became a design assistant for Pierre Balmain, before working at Fendi and Chloe in the 1960s.

But the designer was best known for his association with the French label Chanel.

He began his long career with the fashion house in 1983, a decade after Coco Chanel died.

Lagerfeld’s designs brought new life to the label, adding glitz to the prim tweed suits the couture house was known for.

The designer worked tirelessly, simultaneously churning out collections for LVMH’s Fendi and his own label, up until his death.

He also collaborated with high street brand H&M – before high-end collaborations became more common.

Lagerfeld was known to encourage new designers, like Victoria Beckham – who has praised him for his kindness.

Lagerfeld’s own look became famous in his later years – wearing dark suits and leather gloves with a signature white pony-tail and tinted sunglasses.

Lagerfeld said of his appearance: “I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that.”

Despite his age and decades within the industry, the designer remained prevalent within popular culture – appearing in 2015 as a character in Kim Kardashian’s Hollywood smart-phone game.

Lagerfeld’s beloved pet cat Choupette, whom he doted on, has a cult following of her own online.

 

Barbie Is Now in a Wheelchair and Has a Prosthetic Leg

Now six decades old, Barbie is a lot different than she used to be. That is, there’s no one way Barbie looks now. A far cry from the disproportionate blonde, white woman she started off as, Barbie today is much more representative of the young people who play with her. She’s still white and blonde, yes, but thanks to Mattel’s latest addition to its Barbie Fashionista line, she’s also black, brunette, skinny, curvy — and, now, in a wheelchair.

Mattel announced new additions to the Fashionista line on February 11, adding Barbies with braided hair textures, new body types, and disabilities. Barbie will now have a wheelchair, and another doll will have a removable prosthetic leg. While the line has added more than 100 new looks over the past few years to make its stock increasingly diverse — like the young people who play with Barbies — the latest additions are a direct response to what Barbie fans want.

“We’re going to be introducing a doll in a wheelchair and a doll representing physical disabilities. She has a prosthetic limb,” Kim Culmone, Mattel’s vice president of Barbie Design, told Teen Vogue. “[There will be] additional body sizes — a Barbie with a smaller bust and less-defined waist. A wheelchair or doll in a wheelchair was one of the most requested items through our consumer … hotline. It’s important to us to listen to our consumers.”

In order to properly represent disabled people, Mattel worked with them to create Barbie’s wheelchair — which any of the Barbies in the “Made to Move” collection will fit in — and the Barbie with a prosthetic limb. In addition to working with a team at UCLA to create the wheelchair, Mattel worked with 12-year-old Jordan Reeves, who has a prosthetic arm. According to Culmone, Jordan helped the design team with details about prosthetic limbs, like asking that the prosthetic be removable to be more realistic.

“That was one of our first big ahas,” Culmone said of Jordan’s request that the prosthetic be removable. “That’s not necessarily something we would have realized how important it would be to someone living with this experience.”

For people with certain types of disabilities, seeing Barbies who look like them can be a huge deal. Many studies have shown that how a doll looks can influence the young person playing with it (studies on how dolls with disabilities impact disabled young people is limited, however, because there isn’t an abundance of disability representation in toys). And the doll lines like American Girl that do have disabled dolls are cherished by consumers. As it is for anyone, it’s affirming and validating to see yourself represented in the media, something journalist Rebecca Atkinson, who started the #ToyLikeMe campaign to make toys more disability-inclusive, previously explained.

“When I was growing up, I never saw a doll like me. What does that say to deaf and disabled children?” she said to The Limping Chicken. “That they aren’t worth it? That they’re invisible in the toys they play with? That they’re invisible in society?”

Barbie, of course, wasn’t always as inclusive as she is now. It wasn’t until 2016 that Mattel, Barbie’s parent company, launched its “curvy” dolls (which, it should be noted, still feature a doll with some slim features, and a more robust torso and hip area). It also took the brand until 1969 to launch its first black Barbie. And even with the recent additions of more diverse body types and a wider range of skin colors, the brand has faced backlash regarding hair texture, availability of the more diverse dolls in stores, and, of course, that for years the dolls may have contributed to unrealistic body standards for young girls.

According to Culmone, Mattel heard the criticism and, starting in about 2015, responded.

“The feedback we got about the doll and the brand was not in line with what our intentions were. We took that really seriously,” Culmone said. “Out of it came increased ethnicity, body type — all things we had explored on the brand previously over the past 20 years I’d been here. So we then decided there would be a cadence of revisions done to the brand.”

Culmone told Teen Vogue that Mattel intends to keep listening to what its consumers want to see for Barbie in the future.

“It is a continuation of our mission to really show all girls they have limitless potential, that it’s not the end,” Culmone said of the new line. “This is just a continuing commitment thats about the present and the future.”

The new line of dolls will be available for purchase in Fall 2019.