After all the pageantry and glamour of this Sunday’s much-anticipated Academy Awards has died down and the winners have been announced, the Oscars will officially draw “Red Carpet Season” to a close. But just because awards season is ending is no reason not to look like a movie star any time of the year – especially when you live in Atlantic City!
Luckily for us, Atlantic City is jam-packed with shops that are chock-full of glamorous items for men and women that can be worn and adorned at any red carpet event or to one of A.C.’s awesome restaurants, bars or clubs year-round.
Here are some of our top picks for finding sensational apparel and accessories to make you look like a million, even if it’s only a regular Tuesday night.
Dress to the Nines
These last few days leading up to Sunday’s broadcast of the Academy Awards naturally means that Hollywood (and everywhere else) will be abuzz with who’s wearing what or whom to the big event. You, too, can cause a stir thanks to a few fabulous boutiques that are always there to help make you red-carpet ready!
Drama will abound in an exotic tribal sequined tank dress available at Talk of the Walk (The Quarter at Tropicana and The Pier Shops at Caesars). For extra spectacle, top it off with Talk’s private label sequined burnout half-sleeved jacket.
Both men and women will be well-suited for their next night out with an outfit from ENextDoor. Couples will look smashing in complementary ensembles by Versace Collection – including a striking black cocktail dress with a criss-cross neckline for women and a super-hot jacquard tuxedo jacket with satin trim for guys.
Right Foot Forward
Shoes have become almost as important as the outfit. In fact, in many ways, your choice of shoes brings out your personality more than any other part of your garb.
That said, you’ll need a killer pair for a night on the town.
Men who love comfort as well as style will go nuts for Clae Shoes at Emporium. They combine the coziness of a sneaker with the elegant designs of a dress shoe. Of special note are the sophisticated and durable Strayhorn Boot, the unpretentious Ellington and the Powell, which is a cool combination of a classic saddle shoe with a modern wing-tip.
Women can find fab shoes at Emporium, too! Such as the totally glam B Brian Atwood Shoes. These dangerously high heels come in a range of bright colors and sassy metallics. For an Oscar-worthy party, be sure to check out the gold Cassiane with its flirty chain-link fringe.
In the Bag
Of course, gals will need something to carry their necessities, such as lip gloss and breath mints. What you don’t want is anything too large to distract from your dress. A little hand-held clutch is the perfect bag to clasp when dressing up.
Emporium has two that will do the trick nicely. The Vince Camuto Onyx Clutch is the perfect little evening accessory and looks absolutely adorbs with a simple black cocktail dress. Rebecca Minkoff’s Wallet on Chain is sleek and shiny and the chain allows your hands freedom to hold other things, such as your martini or a cocktail wiener.
No red carpet outfit – for women OR men - would be complete without some jewels. Thankfully, A.C. shops have a variety of bling in a range of prices so you can be beautifully adorned.
Men can keep track of the time with the always-popular Invicta Pro Diver two-tone watch with a gun metal finish and rose gold accents. It can be found at Wolf Fine Jewelers (The Pier Shops at Caesars).
Also for men and also at Wolf, is the Blackjack cubic zirconium stainless steel bracelet. Guys will be dressed to impress with this stunning bracelet with 40 black and white hand-set CZs. And because it’s 100 percent stainless steel, it will resist any fading, rust or corrosion.
Wolf also can satisfy the ladies with Swarovski’s striking new Taina necklace and earring set, which is ideal for any dress-up occasion. Inspired by folkloric patterns, this modern set displays cuts of crystallized mesh interlinked with crystal beads. The result is a breathtaking sparkle combined with a fluid design making it very comfortable to wear.
For those who truly want to emulate their favorite celebrity, Tiffany & Co. (The Pier Shops at Caesars) has a few lovely items that have actually been seen on today’s hottest celebs at recent red carpet events.
Charlize Theron was seen donning Tiffany’s Metro Five-Row Diamond Hinged Bangle in 18k white gold at the Cinema for Peace Gala at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month.
At last month’s Golden Globes Awards, Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams dazzled in Tiffany Lucida Diamond Earrings in Platinum.
And Oscar fave Jennifer Lawrence made a statement in Tiffany’s 1837 wide cuff in RUBEDO metal at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Thanks to these great A.C. shops, you’ll be able to dazzle the crowds all year long.
Comings and Goings
Professional and amateur chefs and bakers will be pleased as punch to know of the recent opening of Kitchen Collection at Tanger Outlet, The Walk. Kitchen Collection prides themselves in carrying anything and everything a cook or baker would want, need or desire for the kitchen. Look for items such as small electrical appliances including mixers, blenders and griddles to a vast array of basic and unique cookware and bakeware. Be sure to check out their fun gadget collection, too, as well as a special “As Seen on TV” section.
The Big Deal
To commemorate their aforementioned grand opening, Kitchen Collection is offering 20 percent off any Hamilton Beach product through the end of February.