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Oscars red carpet countdown: Which men will bring mega style?

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

The ladies always are in the limelight on the red carpet, but let's not forget about the men, who know a few things about fashion, too.

This Sunday, here are a few of them worth keeping an eye out for on the Oscars red carpet.

Brad Pitt

As the first male face of Chanel, he's no stranger to style and can combine ruggedness with elegance like the best of them. At the Academy Awards, he's up for Best Picture for "12 Years a Slave" and also will be a presenter. (Pictured below at 2012 Academy Awards)

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Jared Leto

Our interest in his man style at the Oscars can be summed up in four words: man-bun or no man-bun?

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Matthew McConaughey

He knows how to embrace style! Emerald velvet blazers, sharp-yet-subtle prints, a maroon suit and tie, a casual beige suit from Hugo Boss and many looks from Dolce & Gabbana have helped him stand out on the red carpet (and his stunning and equally style savvy wife Camila Alves always helps). (Pictured below at the Golden Globes in January)

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Pharrell Williams

Weeks after the Grammy Awards, the music producer's Vivienne Westwood hat (pictured below) still is stirring talk. The latest: it's for sale on eBay. As of Tuesday morning, bids had reached $15,000. Will his Oscars style also be meme inspiring?

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Bradley Cooper

He's been spotted making the rounds at New York and London fashion weeks to support his girlfriend, model Suki Waterhouse. On the hunt for red carpet clothes, perhaps? (Pictured sitting next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour at the Burberry runway show at London Fashion Week earlier this month) 

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Photos courtesy of Associated Press and Getty Images

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Oscars red carpet countdown: The women to watch for fabulous fashion

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Can you sense it? Oscars excitement is in the air!

With the awards show just a few days away on March 2, Stylebook is counting down all this week with daily blog posts about the stars and trends we hope to see on the red carpet (and the styles that should be left at home). Stay tuned!

Today, we salute the ladies we anticipate will be the night's style standouts based on their fashion picks at past awards shows. 

In no particular order, here are five women to watch on the red carpet:

Lupita Nyong'o

She's fashion's new *IT* girl. Vogue named the "12 Years a Slave" actress one of the rising style stars to watch. Plus, she was spotted making the rounds earlier this month at New York Fashion Week (even sitting next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour at Calvin Klein's runway show). So far, she's impressed in vibrantly colored gowns with minimal embellishments by such designers as Gucci (pictured below), Ralph Lauren and Dior.

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Cate Blanchett

She's showed off several iterations of elegance this awards season, from the black lace-and-sheer J. Mendel gown at the Golden Globes to the softer blush halter-style dress by Givenchy (pictured below).

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Angelina Jolie

We haven't seen much of this style star this awards season, but she will be a presenter at the Academy Awards. Will she pull out a Hollywood glam look like the white Versace gown with the swipe of scarlet across the collar from the 2012 Golden Globes (pictured below)? Or will she bring sexy back with her signature skirt slit and show some leg? 

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Jennifer Lawrence

Being the face of Dior, it's a done deal that J-Law will be wearing something couture from the French fashion house. She's tends to stick with full silhouettes, such as the pale strapless look from last year's Oscars (pictured below). In January her white Golden Globes gown inspired a meme where people started comparing the dress to Disney characters or snapping photos of themselves wearing white blankets held on with black bands or cords. It would be fun to see her try something a bit different, such as a column dress with a pop of color.

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Anne Hathaway

Like Ms. Jolie, Anne Hathaway's red carpet style made a splash last awards season but has been largely out of the spotlight this year. But she will be making an appearance as a presenter at the Academy Awards. At last year's Oscars, she opted for soft sophistication in a powder pink silk Prada gown (pictured below).

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Who are you excited to see? Tweet your thoughts and fashion predictions to @SaraB_PG(Photos courtesy of Associated Press)

 

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Drones to help stream Fendi runway show at Milan Fashion Week

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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Streaming fashion shows online is nothing new. But with Milan Fashion Week kicks under way, leave it to Fendi to add a fresh twist.

According to various media outlets, including nymag.com, a little drone will fly above the runway during the Fendi fashion show and capture aerial images with a high-definition camera that will be transmitted to the show's livestream.

Fendi is calling its techy take on livestreams "an innovative project" and says it "surpasses the traditional notion of fashion shows."

Could drones be part of fashion's future? What do you think?

Photo: An image of a Fendi-branded drone that's circulating the Web.

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Kardashians to launch kids clothes -- and they're actually pretty cute

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They're the sisters everyone loves to talk about, for one reason or another. Now they're giving people something else to discuss.

Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian have teamed with global fashion supplier Jupi Corp to create a collection of clothes for girls up to 24 months that will be available at Babies "R" Us.

Clothes are cute and girly and include colorful butterfly prints, shimmering stars and -- of course -- a little leopard. There are onesies, blankets, caps, jackets, dresses and two-piece sets.

This isn't the first time the sisters have dabbled in design. They also have a collection (or more appropriately "a kollection") for women at Sears.

Kardashian Kids will retail for $15-$30. It will hit stores and www.babiesrus.com/kkids starting March 15. Check out more clothes from the collection below:

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Pittsburgh Fashion Week seeks nominees for fifth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame inductions

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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For the fifth consecutive year, Pittsburgh Fashion Week will cap events with the induction of new members into the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame.

The public is invited to nominate people with ties to Pittsburgh's fashion and beauty communities to be considered for induction. To make a nomination, people are asked to submit the following:

  • The name of the nominee
  • An explanation of why he/she deserves to be inducted
  • Contact information for the nominee

Send the information by March 21 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or to Pittsburgh Fashion Week, P.O. Box 17947, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15235.

Nominees will be evaluated based on the longevity and degree of impact they had on Pittsburgh's fashion and/or beauty scenes. They can be residents of the city or people who now live elsewhere but have Pittsburgh roots. Five to eight nominees will be recognized at Pittsburgh Fashion Week.

For the second year, the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame also will honor an up-and-coming member of Pittsburgh's fashion and beauty industry with the "Exceptional Artist Award."

Honorees will be announced in the spring and inducted at a luncheon at the Omni William Penn on Sept. 28.

Information: www.pittsburghfashionweek.com

Photo: Some of the 2013 Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame inductees, from left Tom Julian, Jacqueline Capatolla (Exceptional Artist Awardee), Jean Bryant and Debbie Norrell. Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette

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