Oscar Fashion: Finding the Right Beard Style for the Red Carpet

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I was clean-shaven when I left for Palm Springs for Christmas. A few days later, I arrived back at home in Los Angeles with a beard.

I didn’t plan on my new hirsute look. I just don’t like shaving. I avoid it when I can. But as my beard grew in, my friends started telling me they liked it. They remarked at how “distinguished” it looked with its mix of ginger and white. I was worried I might appear older than I am, but my cousin insisted that she thought it actually made me look younger.

I decided to go for a trial run by keeping the beard for the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s opening night gala red carpet. I needed to see how it looked on camera. The beard was a hit. Austin Butler told me he liked it and so did Colin Farrell. A few days later at the Golden Globes, Andrew Garfield said, “The beard looks nice. The ginger and white is like a Prince Harry thing you’ve got going on.”

I decided the beard was here to stay. Yup, I’m that easy. Star-studded compliments meant new year, new beard.

But then some worry set in. How long should it be? How do I trim it? Should I be using beard oil? Is there anything as too much white in my beard? I had questions.

“I’ve tried to do it in the mirror myself and it’s like a little boy trying to be an adult,” says bearded recent Golden Globe winner Paul Walter Hauser tells me about his upkeep. “I feel like I’m cutting up a bonsai tree.”

With that in mind and the Oscars just around the corner, I sought out Hollywood’s top male groomers for their advice on how to make sure a beard is red carpet ready.

“Grow a beard if you have never experienced it,” says David Cox, who works with Chris Pine, John Mayer, Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Goldblum and Matt Bomer. “Start with a small beard and see how it looks.”

Length Matters

“I feel like a groomed, scruffy beard is in right now, more grown out that a 5 o’clock shadow,” says Kim Verbeck, whose clients include Javier Bardem, Adam Scott, Kumail Nanjiani, Charlie Hunnam and Josh Brolin. “I love that look with a nice haircut. After two to three weeks of growth, make sure to start maintaining by using clippers. Clean up your neck and cheek lines and the top lip.”

Healthy Hair

“To keep your beard soft and healthy, I recommend using beard oils and conditioners. They also leave a nice scent to the face” says Marissa Machado, whose roster includes Jack Champion, the Jonas Brothers and Zachary Levi. “Some of my favorites are by House 99 and Baxter of California.”

Verbeck and Cox recommend Tom Ford conditioning oil. “The smell is incredible and you only have to use a small amount,” Verback says. “Keeping your beard clean and hydrated is so important. It will

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The Style Evolution Of Florence Pugh: Her Best Fashion Looks

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Florence Pugh may have only become a household name in the past few years thanks to stellar performances in films like Little Women and Don’t Worry Darlingbut the actress has been walking Hollywood red carpets for almost ten years.

Naturally, her style evolution has developed as she’s grown up in the spotlight – Pugh is now a bona fide fashion star, constantly landing on best dressed lists for avant-garde designs she chooses to wear to premieres and award shows.

Below, see Pugh’s journey from the beginning of her acting career to a high-profile trend setter.


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A then 19-year-old Florence Pugh attended the premiere for The Falling with pal Maisie Williams – a mystery thriller and her acting debut in which Williams and Pugh play best friends at an all-girls school.


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2016 was the year Florence Pugh made waves, thanks to a scene-stealing role in the independent drama Lady Macbeth. In 2017, she attended the European Film Awards in Berlin, wearing this timeless jeweled gown and platform heels. This was also her red hair era, and we kind of want it back?


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2017 was when we started to see Pugh finding her style, starting with this iridescent gown by Miu Miu, which she wore to the British Independent Film Awards. Pugh said she felt like a “funky fairy” on Twitter.


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For the London Film Critics Circle Awards, Pugh wore a Sandra Mansour Oberon embroidered dress, and was transitioning from red hair back to blonde.


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Florence Pugh loves to wear color, and has a preference for red carpet fashion with an edge. This Staud dress, worn to a Royal Academy of Arts party, offered a hint of the star’s penchant for ruffles and striking detail.


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Now very much hitting the big time in her acting career, Florence Pugh wore this showstopping Valentino mini dress to the Governor’s Awards in Hollywood. 2019 was Pugh’s international breakthrough year following standout performances in both midsommar and Little Womenso naturally her style ramped up accordingly.


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Snapped on her way to Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2020, Pugh chose a Galvan sequinned midi dress, reflecting her current love of disco-inspired party pieces.

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For her first appearance at the Oscars, Pugh wore Louis Vuitton, once again embracing ruffles and volume – two silhouettes the actor adores to this day.

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For the after party Florence Pugh chose Louis Vuitton again, this time exuding old Hollywood glamor in a 1920s-inspired floor length gown of (you guessed it) sequins.


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Florence Pugh’s red carpet confidence developed over the late 2010s and solidified through 2020 and 2021. Here, at the Black Widow premiere, the actor proves why she’s a paparazzi favorite red carpet – her dip-dyed ends to match her eye makeup and this Miu Miu midi stand out – Pugh never shies away

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Victoria Beckham on finding her stride as a fashion designer

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Write by Nick Remsen, CNN

With her second runway show at Paris Fashion Week behind her, Victoria Beckham appears to be ushering in an exciting new era for her eponymous label, nearly 15 years since it was launched.

“I’ve been doing fashion longer than I did music,” Beckham said, introspectively, over a phone call from London just days after her Fall-Winter 2023 show in the French capital.

Still known by many beyond the fashion world as “Posh Spice,” her nickname as one-fifth of one of the Spice Girls, she is a celebrity gossip site mainstay, with a famous husband, David Beckham, and increasingly well-known children: Brooklyn, who married actor Nicola Peltz in a high-profile wedding last year, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.

Yet, Beckham’s brand, launched in 2008, has been warmly supported by the upper echelons of the fashion industry (Anna Wintour is a regular guest at her shows).

Having shown regularly during New York and London fashion weeks before making her Paris Fashion Week debut last September, she is certainly no fashion novice and her label has long been synonymous with a sexy and streamlined aesthetic — not a far cry from the sharp minis and sleek silhouettes that were so integral to Posh Spice’s look, although now rendered in an undoubtedly more grown-up, glamorous way.

The fact that her fashion line has existed for so long is notable. While Beckham has received critical praise in his tenure, it’s rare for celebrities without formal design training to find success. Even Rihanna’s ready-to-wear line, Fenty, backed by the luxury conglomerate Louis Vuitton-Moët Hennessy, was shuttered after two years (though, it should be noted, Rihanna’s beauty brand of the same name is thriving).

Eva Longoria, Nicola Peltz Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham, Edward Enninful, Harper Beckham, David Beckham and Anna Wintour attend the Victoria Beckham FW23 show during Paris Fashion Week. credits: Darren Gerrish/WireImage for Victoria Beckham

Despite her longevity, the commercial viability of Beckham’s operation has often been questioned — though it appears business may finally be on the up. According to Women’s Wear Daily, Victoria Beckham Holdings Limited, which is the centralized entity between Beckham’s fashion and beauty ventures, reported profitability for the first time for the 2022 fiscal year. In January, the brand’s CEO Marie LeBlanc also told the Business of Fashion that sales have grown by double digits over the last four seasons.

“I think that now I can really, truly start building,” said Beckham while reflecting on these milestones.

Beckham’s company recently underwent a complete restructuring on both the business and creative sides — from improved IT and digital planning systems along the back end to the lowering of prices (slightly) to a “new design team, new atelier and new members across every department, if you like,” she said.

A look from Victoria Beckham FW23.

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While she’s made many changes, Beckham’s commitment to quality control has long been unwavering: “I never want to rush anything. I think, ultimately, it’s got to be right.

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Fashion influencer shares style mistake which can age women by ‘two decades’

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Fashion and beauty influencer Shea Whitney shared with her one-and-a-half million subscribers how women can age themselves unnecessarily with a few style mishaps.

Fashion and what looks good is subjective and honoring your personal style is paramount.

However, according to the influencer, there are some objectively aging garments and accessories that people can do with ditching in order to look younger instantly.

According to Shea, there is one type of handbag women overwear but shouldn’t.

She told her subscribers that handbags with pockets on the outside are dated and “aging” – “they look so not good”.

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She said: “I know a lot of you guys like your organization and you want to have a spot for your chapstick, a spot for your keys. I understand the appeal but it’s going to age you by like two decades.”

She continued: “There are so many stylish purses out there – they are very affordable – and all you need is a purse organizer.”

She recommended investing in a “sleek looking tote” and placing a handbag organizer inside of it.


This way, there’s lots of orders and a spot for everything on the inside, but on the outside you look “polished”.

Shea said: “You’re going to look chic, you’re going to look put together, and you’re going to look a lot younger.”

Her next tip was for the glasses-wearers among us. How can women wear specs without adding years to their age?

According to Shea, the key thing is to pick a style of glasses you love and “run with it”.

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However, there are two styles to stay away from at all costs – “rhinestones and embellishments”.

The influencer’s next style tip was to avoid huge floral prints, opting for “dainty” ones instead.

She explained: “You see a lot of floral patterns in dresses and pants and shirts, just really everywhere.

“Florals are always in style but I really think that the big, bulky, bold florals make you look so much older.

“I don’t have any scientific evidence as to why but I think that as a general rule, big patterns aren’t really that flattering.”

Instead, smaller, subtler and “daintier” patterns are what Shea suggests women go for for a more youthful look.

Shea’s next tip for mature women was to avoid styles frequently worn by children, for example, “little cardigans”. While these are supposedly “juvenile”, they can actually have an aging effect.

“I think there are better options. You could wear all kinds of different jackets, blazers – you could wear a cardigan but maybe a little oversized.”

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10 Easy London Fashion Week Outfits You Can Wear This Weekend

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The street style scene can be incredibly theatrical, with guests having at least three outfit changes in a day in the back of their chauffeured cars, pieces borrowed by designers for an hour or so, and outfits chosen for their wow factor. As fabulous as these moments can be, we find ourselves drawn to the quieter outfits that we can actually use as styling inspiration for months, if not years, to come.

Out of all of the international fashion weeks, London always has a more relaxed and practical energy—maybe it’s the high chance of rain, or the likelihood that you’ll be spending a couple of hours standing in a frozen warehouse in Hackney. Most editors, stylists, and buyers tend to wear their minimalist staples, such as jeans or black tailored trousers, as a base, and then add some more interest with accessories or a few trend-led pieces.

There were a few trends we saw, again and again, this London Fashion Week, namely bomber jackets, the leather motocross trend, wide-leg jeans, and oversized silhouettes. If you are in need of some fresh outfit inspiration, then let the below ten looks help guide some of your styling decisions or new purchases for the season ahead.

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The Minimalist Dream

When at fashion month, British Vogue’s deputy editor and fashion features director, Sarah Harris, always focuses on timeless, simple wardrobe pieces. Instead of shouty prints or extroverted trends, she keeps it polished and classic in elegant tailoring and refined separates. In London, she wore loose-fitting black trousers with a utility shirt-style jacket, white T-shirt, and pointed pumps—an outfit you don’t need a fashion show to invite to recreate.

Totême cargo-pocket jacket

Cos crossover-waist pants

Ninety Percent Lena T-shirts

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The XL Camel Coat

This season, Tove showed its debut fashion show, and Caroline Issa showed us just how beautiful its clothes are in this beautiful combination. We can’t decide which we love more—the wrap-effect, ruched bodysuit in a rich chocolate hue or the ankle-skimming wool-blend camel coat.

Tove Joni wrap-effect bodysuit

Tove Jore belted felt coat

Khaite Pippen leather loafers

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Let Your Motocross Jacket do the Talking

We’ve been telling you for several months now how leather motocross jackets are about to make a comeback, and this outfit gives us a lesson in how to style it. The key is to keep the rest simple, with black trousers, black loafers, and a classic leather shoulder bag, and let your jacket do all the talking.

Open Edit wide leg work pants

Prada Re-Edition 2000 zip shoulder bag

Bottega Veneta Monsieur 50 leather loafers

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Update Office Classics With a Graphic T-Shirt

Alexa Chung went all-out with this London Fashion Week outfit, carrying a JW Anderson frog clutch and wearing lime green strappy sandals in February. If you look past

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