Feb 25, 2008

Oscars 2008 Fashion

Oscar night! I was so ecstatic when the writer's strike was over a few weeks ago, just in time for Oscar night. This will be the fashion roundup Oscars post, and tomorrow we'll have the awards reaction.

So here goes the dbD fashion review. Overall, everyone played it pretty safe on Oscar night. I think since the strike was on, and the Oscars was in limbo, people weren't preparing very far in advance as usual. This is why I think we saw so much black and what appeared to be the hot color, red. Let's take a look at some people I just had to mention.

Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera

Renee just doesn't do it for me, at all. Please stop squinting your eyes, puckering your lips, and getting in that contorted pose. The tousled hair started off the look badly. Did she just get out of bed? Then top it all off with this Carolina Herrera creation and it goes from bad to worse. She totally looked like she woke up and found the sparkly-est thing she saw and put that on. She never gets it right for me.

Cameron Diaz in Doir by John Galliano

Cameron, oh Cameron. Why do you always look like you don't care? Your dress looked wrinkled, your hair in that same boring ponytail you always wear, and you didn't even bother to go to the MAC counter and get your makeup done? This is the Oscars (in case you didn't read your invite), dress like it!

Colin Farrell

It's so nice to see Colin out and about again. He brought his Mom Rita as his date. His hair is yummy and grey-ing and beautiful (I love it when it's clean). His tux is classy, and the long tie and scruffy beard give him just the right touch of bad boy couture. And Mom is looking stunning and super-young to have such a bad-ass son.

Now onto some trends, I spotted on the red carpet. First the feathers....
Apparently the feathers were a big trend on the runway that only a brave few brought over to Oscar. Penelope Cruz in Chanel Haute Couture and Jessica Alba in Marchesa were the brave ones that tried this trend. Personally, I'm not a big fan of extra doo-dads on a dress, so the feahters fell kinda flat for me.

The color of the night last night was definitely red. So many of Hollywood's leading ladies chose this uber-flattering color to make that red carpet sizzle.

Anne Hathaway in Marchesa
Anne made a huge fashion comeback at the Oscars this year after last years HUGE bow dress. Elegant and perfectly accessorized, I heard her call the dress a diaphanous column. I'm not one for fabric flowers, but they accented the dress and her collarbone and her hair in a simple yet elegant ponytail set it all off perfectly.

Heidi Klum in Haute Couture by John Galliano

Heidi's dress was grand and totally deserving of a walk down Oscar's red carpet. The dress is being auctioned off for heart disease, but she made it look so good while she had it. I also loved her updo, just a bit of volume in the front and a beautiful bun in the back. The train and flowiness of the dress while she walked was gorgeous. (Plus having her hot hubby, Seal, as her date didn't hurt either.)

Katherine Heigl in Escada

I'm a Grey's fan, but Katherine Heigl on the red carpet is totally annoying me. Her hair was totally overdone and looked hard (I'm not liking her shorter do), but get a good look at the dress. The fabric was ruched within an inch of it's life, but I loved it once I got a closer look. The peek-a-boo shoulder was adorable! Such a good new look. If I overlook her hair, I like her look.

Miley Cyrus in Valentino

I don't know why she was even there, but Miley Cyrus wore the red trend too. The Valentino chiffon gown was a great shilouette and fit for the young up and comer. The hair should have been looser and the red lipstick only highlighted her less than perfect smile.

Dame Helen Mirren in George Chakra

All hail the queen again! Helen just knows what works for her. She's always age appropriate without being frumpy. Her satin gown, which hugged her body like a beautiful sculpted second skin was accented with Swarovski crystal sleeves. Stunning!

Ruby Dee

Another fabulous lady that dresses for her age without a frump in site. The red really made little Ruby pop. The gown with jacket and crystal belt gave her all the elegance she needed as a Supporting Actress nominee. The long diamond earrings gave it all the extra bling it needed.

...and now at last (drumroll please), my worst dressed stars of the night.
Worst Dressed Man:
Dr. Wesley T. Snipes
Wesley. This picture does no justice to the atrocity that was Wesley's purple suit. And a light colored bow tie? Is this all Mr. Tux had left for rentals?
Worst Dressed Woman:
Tilda Swinton in Lanvin
Okay, so you've never been to the Oscars, but have you never been out in public before? No makeup, no jewelry and a dress that looks like a velvet sheet was draped over your skinny frame? It all adds up to the worst dressed of the night. It didn't help that you won your Supporting Actress Oscar in that horrid disaster of a dress.
And now the good guys...
Best Dressed Man:
George Clooney in his own tux
Classic, polished, old Hollywood. George knows how to work his tux. And from what I've heard, he owns this classy little number, so he doesn't have to deal with it when he needs one. This boy knows how to clean up... hair combed, tux pressed, and a dapper smile. Clooney is always compared to Cary Grant when he's in his tux and we can see why. My only complaint id Sarah Larson. Her dress just confused me. But let's forget about that while we look at George.
Best Dressed Women:
I couldn't pick just one, so here are the 3 ladies that took the night.
Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta
Jennifer Garner is certainly dressed like she wants Hollywood to take notice. Her ruched and embellished Oscar de la Renta gown was paired with a gorgeous vintage looking choker, some sparkly cuffs and true elegance. Her hair was to die for the gown, perfect. I didn't see Mr. Affleck on the red carpet, but I'm sure he was beaming about his lovely lady.

Keri Russell in Nina Ricci
I didn't expect to see "Felicity" on the red carpet, but she was there to introduce a song from her movie August Rush. And Keri took this great opportunity to show off what a great Oscar look is all about. Her hair was done, but not overly so, the jewels were light and fresh, and her Nina Ricci gown was truly ethereal. The new mom glowed in the champagne color that played off of her skin. Truly effortless elegance!

Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gaultier
This certainly was her night, and Marion kept it all with the French wearing this Jean Paul Gaultier custom gown. Gaultier can look like too much sometimes, but Marion wore it perfectly. Simple hair and a few pieces of well-placed jewelry let the gown speak for itself. A true mermaid dress, the gown appeared to have silver and white scaled on it. and the scales hugged her body in all the right places. Once I saw her on the red carpet I knew she was a winner. The gods don't let a dress that good go to waste!
Well that's it for the Oscars 2008 Fashion roundup. Stay tuned tomorrow for the recap of the awards!

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