This year’s Oscar ceremony may have been a little dry, according to critics, but the red carpet fashion was stirringly stylish, I’ve started with my top four favorites which are timeless, ultra-feminine, & very memorable looks. Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, & Hailee Steinfeld shined in Giorgio Armani Prive, Gucci, & Marchesa (my favorite designer!). Steinfeld’s gown was custom-made for the youthful fourteen-year-old nominee. I have to say that I also love the diamond-studded headband as a final touch for the whole look.
One of the big colors of the night was purple. When Mila Kunis showed up in this delicate lace Elie Saab gown. Her Black Swan co-star, the always sophisticated Natalie Portman, stole the show, winning the big award of the night for Best Actress in a plum Rodarte creation, but Portman’s The Other Boleyn Girl co-star, Scarlett Johansson, who struggled to win critics over with this two-toned lace dress- at least from the front. The back of the Dolce & Gabbana all-over lace gown was truly the best asset of her whole look. Also, there’s the always innovative & sometimes androgynous Cate Blanchett who celebrated fashion in a beaded Givenchy gown.
The other big color of the night was red, how fitting for the red carpet. These previous Oscar favorites wows in many different silhouettes, but it was Jennifer Lawrence‘s Calvin Klein Collection that really made headlines, especially since the gorgeous newcomer arrived early & enchanted every media outlet that was covering the star-studded event. Although, it does remind me very much of Scarlett Johnasson’s 2006 Golden Globe look in Valentino.
Some returning favorites from previous Oscars are Celine Dion & Helen Mirren who show that gowns with sleeves aren’t just for women of a certain age. Has anyone ever seen these two beauties look better? Celine, four months after giving birth to twins, shows off her post-baby body in a plunging Giorgio Armani Prive gown & Helen takes a sexy turn in Vivienne Westwood.
What’s an Oscar ceremony without some sparkle? Mandy Moore has never looked so regal, while Amy Adams & Gwyneth Paltrow went for all-over sparkles to show off their shape! Designs by L’Wren Scott, Chanel, & Naeem Khan also hit the red carpet, channeling old Hollywood, 80s glamour, & effortless elegance. I would’ve picked Amy as my favorite of the night if not for the off-putting necklace, but the bracelet was really a nice touch for the three-time Academy Award nominee. Penelope Cruz looked like a million dollars in this red glittered dress, although Joan Rivers exclaimed on E!’s Fashion Police that Penelope looked like she belonged in a telanovela. I disagreed.
The of course, we have the risk-takers of the night, who went for it big time with volume, lace, embroidery, feathers, & tiers. Perhaps Melissa Leo‘s acceptance speech was the most memorable of the night, but her gold lace-covered gown turned heads with such strong shoulders & a sexy slit. In my opinion, Marisa Tomei‘s vintage gown was ill-fitting & matronly. That color could have worked so much better on her in a different shape. However, I admire Helena Bonham Carter for her pro-film as opposed to pro-fashion approach b/c she’s just herself each & every time she shows up to an award’s show & we can almost expect some sort of decadent period-piece-inspired look from the co-star of The King’s Speech each time.
The risk-takers continue with Nicole Kidman‘s Asian-inspired gown which was also ill-fitting. I wanted to see her in something fabulous like the tiered gown she wore at this year’s Grammys, but was left wondering if she was trying to recall the neon green Dior creation from back in 1997. Sharon Stone finally made a glamorous comeback after several flops, but our favorite songbird it-girl Florence Welch looked better during her on-stage performance than in this Valentino dress that looked like her swan-adorned Grammy gown.
So now that award’s season is over, we can spend the spring & summer anticipating the youthful fun of the MTV Awards & all the best red carpet appearances for this summer’s blockbusters. I can’t wait to see what else Blake Lively, Malin Akerman, Emma Roberts, & Isla Fisher have in store for us. In the mean time, happy styling!!