Feb 28, 2011

Oscars 2011: The fashion

It's the Super Bowl of fashion, the Oscars. If there is one red carpet to be seen on, this is the one. The real movie stars come out and show off their best red carpet looks. The red carpet last night was beautiful. So here we go, the fashion of the 83rd Academy Awards.

Let's start with the trends. Blush was big on the red carpet again, and red also made a great comeback.

L to R: Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein, Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang and Anne Hathaway in Vintage Valentino Couture

Lace was another big trend on the carpet. And it's not your grandma's lace anymore. The lace was in great colors and gave these gowns tons of interest and detail.

L to R: Mila Kunis in Elie Saab and Scarlett Johanssen in Dolce & Gabbana
Another beautiful trend on the carpet was metallics. These weren't your normal metallics, these metallics looked like liquid. The fabric in these gowns is just gorgeous.

L to R: Celine Dion in Armani Prive and Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein

Some of our favorite couples looked great on the Oscar red carpet. Here are some of my favorites.

Annette Benning & Warren Beatty
The most improved award goes to Annette Benning. This is the way a Best Actress nominee should dress. The dress shows off another big trend of the night, short sleeves, and all over sparkle. She set it off just right with simple earrings.

Javier Bardem in Gucci & Penelope Cruz in L'Wren Scott
This couple was the talk of the carpet for two reasons. First Javier's best actor nomination and second, the fact that Penelope gave birth to their son weeks ago. She looks amazing, though I'm not a huge fan of the dress.

Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter (in Colleen Atwood)
These two are always wacky, but I thought they looked Oscar appropriate while still keeping their style. I really loved that Helena had the costume designer Colleen Atwood make her dress, which I thought was great on her. I also love the fan purse.

Now it's time to get down to the nitty gritty. The best and worst dressed. I'll start off with the best dressed men.

5. Matthew McConaughey in Dolce & Gabbana with Camila Alves
I just love Matthew McConaughey. And McConaughey in a tux? That's just a no brainer.

4. Jeremy Renner in Yves Saint Laurent
Jeremy smartly sported a white shirt for the Oscars. The shawl collar and classic bow tie make this Supporting Actor nominee look as good as ever.

3. Zachary Levi
This was a big surprise to see TV's Chuck clean up and look like such a movie star. Hand-tied bow tie and a classic, and here is the key, well fitting tux gave Zachary star power.

2. Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford with his mom
Now we all know JT was a fashion icon well before he made it in the movies. And now that's he's more an actor than a singer, his fashion is all movie star. Tom Ford even custom fitted this suit to him.

1. Robert Downey, Jr. with wife and producer, Susan
Never in my wildest dreams did I think that RDJ would be on the best dressed list, let alone at number 1! He finall looks as he should on the red carpet. He's actually in a tux! and the white tie is great. It makes him look different, but in such a classy way.

No for the ladies... I couldn't decidre on 5, so I picked 6 (It's my list, so I can do what ever I want!) So here are the Best Dressed Women:

6. Cate Blanchette in Givenchy Couture
Cate is a fashion risk-taker. And she took a risk wearing this Givenchy Couture creation. But her risk paid off. This dress is perfect for her, risk taking yet stil elegant and prefect for the Oscars. her hair and minimal jewelry let the dress do all the work. This is a walking piece of art.

5. Reese Witherspoon in Armani Prive
I always love Reese, and she did not disappoint. This retro-inspired look suits her. And you know how much I love a retro-inspired look. The dress is gorgeous, simple and elegant. She didn't do a big necklace, like has been done in the past, she kept it simple with earrings and a bracelet. Then the retro ponytail finishes off the look.

4. Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa
Hailee is a breath of fresh air to the carpet. This 14-year-old knows how to dress for her age while still getting that movie star glamour in there too. She actually had the idea for this dress and Marchesa made it for her. It's beautiful and so appropriate for her. She looks absolutely beautiful and I love the tea length of the dress.

3. Jennifer Hudson in Versace
Jennifer Hudson is looking amazing these days. And she's taking advantage to show off her new svelete frame. The former Oscar winner is absolutely stunning in this tangerine versace. The dress is grand, but there is no better place to wear a grand dress then the grand red carpet of the Oscars.
2. Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier
This was a HUGE surprise when I saw Mandy Moore on the carpet. I have never seen her look so beautiful and polished. The Monique Lhuillier gown is stunning. Though it looks like the crystals are floating on Mandy, there is actually netted fabric that reaches all the way to the neck and down the sleeves.. But it has been done in such a perfect way, that it is barely noticable. This gown will definitley be copied.

1. Michelle Williams in Chanel Couture
Michelle Williams totally redeemed herself after the disaster that was the Golden Globes this year. The beautiful beaded Chanel Couture gown was perfect and simple. I loved the sleeves and the high neck, who said you need cleavage to be sexy. The color is gorgeous on her and it all works perfectly with her pixie haircut.

Now, the fun stuff. First, the Worst Dressed Men:

5. Colin Firth with wife Livia
As much as it pains me to do this, but I have to make this year's best actor, Colin Firth, one of the worst dressed. He's Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones. We all usually love him, but the main culprit here is the hair. Could it be any messier? Mr. Firth, find yourself a good barber. (P.S. Loved you as the King in The King's Speech)

4. Jesse Eisenberg
Just because you played Mark Zuckerberg, who prefers sweats to suits, doesn't mean you can't buck up for the Oscars. He did wear a suit, that seems to fit him, but it looks wrinkled. And he looks sooo happy to be there. I know you knew you wouldn't get the win, but be happy to be there.

3. Christian Bale with wife Sibi
I really love Christian Bale. Had he kept the long hair he had at the critics choice, I might be all over this, but I'm just not digging the shorter hair. And the black shirt, again? Couldn't you have gone with a white one for the Oscars?

2. Francis Ford Coppola
Why just why? There is no excuse for this Mr. Coppola. I don't care how many awards the Academy has given you. There is just no excuse for that tie.

1. Russell Brand
Russell Brand was invited in part to pimp out his new version of Arthur (yes that 80s movie with Dudley Moore), but this is the Oscars, not some regular show. The plaid shirt is just the highlight of this disastrous navy blue debacle.

And at long last, the Worst Dressed Women:

5. Halle Berry in Marchesa
Halle used to be one of the best on the red carpret, but I'm not a fan of her lately. This dress just looks like she was mauled by a cat, who ripped apart the dress.

4. Nicole Kidman in Dior Couture
Sometimes wearing couture just doesn't work in the real world. Did Nicole want to remind us that she now has two babies by making her hips look so big? I do love the orange shoes though.

3. Melissa Leo in Marc Bouwer
Just so much wrong here. Now if you just put up a huge ad campaign for your in consideration ads with you looking all hot and sexy, please don't show up to the awards looking like this. Melissa Leo looks like she took her grandmother's tablecloth and made it into a housecoat. Maybe if it fit better it might have worked, but this is just a mess.

2. Sharon Stone in Christian Dior
Who invited Sharon Stone? And did she misunderstand and think it was a costume party? The Bride of Frakenstein look does nothing at all here.

1. Florence Welch in Valentino
Now I know Florence Welch is all hipster and cool and stuff. But this is the Oscars. She looks like a victorian ghost. Her skin is the same shade as the fabric. Florence, this is the Oscars not the Grammys your machine is not with you so leave the steampunk at home.
Well that's it for awards season this year. Who did you think were best and worst dressed? Who did I miss? Let me know!

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