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It’s awards season and one of our favorite times here at XOJohn.com as we love giving you insider access to all the star watching and best brands on the scene.

Kicking off the start to Oscars weekend on February 24-25, 2017, we had the opportunity go inside GBK’s Pre-Oscar Luxury Lounge held at a private residence in Beverly Hills. As the doors opened, flanked by GBK’s signature logo made out of roses, we serendipitously ascended the stairs the same time as the incredibly talented Randy Jackson. While inside, the lounge was set up outside the front area and a side lawn of the private residence, making the entire experience very exclusive, yet still laid back with the sounds of The Rich Group, pumping out the proper grooves to complement the ambiance and atmosphere.

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2017 Oscars: Best and Worst Dressed

by Desha Winborne

Tonight is the night we’ve all been waiting for, The Oscars are finally here! This year’s list of nominees is more diverse than ever before with some of our favorite performers in the running. Taraji Henson, Mahershala Ali, and Michelle Williams are just a few of our favorites vying for the coveted statue this year. Before the opening number ever takes place the magic starts on the red carpet with glorious fashions and the year’s hottest looks.  Some of our favorites from the carpet include:

Taraji  P. Henson isn’t hiding her figure this evening. The gorgeous star of Hidden Figures wore a form fitting velvet gown with thigh-high split. We love this understated yet elegant look on Taraji.

Brie Larson gives the black dress new depths in this gorgeous black gown with architectural details. The stunning ruffle and pointed bodice are whimsical but chic.

Octavia Spencer accentuated her curvaceous figure with a cinched waist gown with a voluminous skirt. For this look, she kept her makeup and hair simplistic with a soft smoky eye for just a touch of drama.

Viola Davis looks radiant in a floor-length crimson gown. The beautiful bright red looks amazing against her bronze skin. We are in love with her slick face-framing haircut and her soft golden glow. Congrats on your win!

Chrissy Teigen gave us glittering glamor in this white hot gown with silver embellishments and cape detail. The look is unique and fits her vivacious personality.

Hailee Steinfeld is absolutely resplendent in this gown. From top to toe she’s like an ethereal fashion goddess.

Janelle Monae brought #BlackGirlMagic to the Oscars. We love the silhouette, the hair, the accessories, just everything about Monae’s look.

While some wowed us on red carpet others left us underwhelmed. Our least favorite looks for the night were:

Dakota Johnson channeled her inner golden girl and came up with this mess.  The dress is virtually shapeless and fit for ladies night at Shady Pines, not the glamorous red carpet.

Michelle Williams’ dress is just blah. It’s one of those safe dresses thin girls throw on when they can’t find anything else. The chest-baring bodice and color blocking are off-putting and too casual for the Oscars.

Emma Roberts clearly got her fashion cues from whoever dressed Michelle Williams.

Halle Berry has us perplexed with this dress. The contrast mess she’s wearing has us confused enough but what’s with the lopsided fro? What was she thinking? Is the wig backwards?


Blanca Blanco brought out the gaudy number for the red carpet.  The print is too busy, the slit is too high and the little red belt is just plain ugly. To add insult to injury she does the infamous Jolie leg pop for a added touch of cheap.

Last but certainly not least our award for best dressed of the year goes to Lion’s Sunny Pawar! He is so handsome in his tailored suit with slightly tousled hair. How could anyone resist that million dollar smile and perfect little tux?

Good luck to all the nominees, tonight we make movie history. Check out the gallery below for more Oscar fashion.

Pharell Williams and Helen Lasichanh
Karlie Kloss
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
Dev Patel
Gennifer Goodwin
Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP and Dan MacMedan/USA Today
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2017 Oscar Nominations

by xoJohn

Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced live today. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs was joined by Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe, and Ken Watanabe in announcing the 24 award categories via pre-taped video footage filmed in six cities around the globe.

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In celebration of the 2016 Academy Awards, in collaboration with GBK, Life Cell, and Alessi Institute, we had the opportunity to attend a luxury gift lounge at the iconic London Hotel in West Hollywood in Los Angeles. We’ve rounded up a variety of our favorite gifts from the lounge below as we ring in 2016 Oscar weekend.

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Tonight we celebrate the 88th Annual Academy Awards one of the most controversial in years. Thankfully all the boycotting and blatant racism has no place on the red carpet. As expected the stars were out in their absolute best and like their films some were great and others not so much. Take a look at our Oscar fashion winners and nice people who should try again next year.

Best Dressed:

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Oscars 2016 Nominations List

by xoJohn

The 88th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 28, with comedian and actor, Chris Rock as the host. It’s definitely going to be a good show. The nominations were announced early Thursday morning by directors Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee; along with Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor John Krasinski.

You can watch the live-stream of the nominations right here and check back for the full list. Our fingers are crossed for Leo!

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Awards season is wrapping up and what better way to end it than the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Here are our picks for the best and worst of the Academy Awards.


Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o: The new comer and red carpet favorite is not afraid of color. Lupita wore Prada on the red carpet tonight.

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Grey Goose and Vanity Fair Toast American Hustle

by xoJohn

Vanity Fair and GREY GOOSE hosted a private cocktail party last night at AGO to toast director David O. Russell and the cast of the Academy Award–nominated film, American Hustle, as part of Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood. The event was held in support of the Ghetto Film School, an organization that educates, develops, and celebrates the next generation of great American storytellers, and a cause close to David O. Russell’s heart.

Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood - Vanity Fair And Chrysler Toast American Hustle

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