Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscars Red Carpet Recap

And so, as of last night, Awards season has come to a close. Oscar night is my Superbowl. I have my "teams" that I cheer for, and sometimes still make my picks based on what they're wearing, much like when I make picks for football teams. (Which, honestly I don't do often at all, only when I'm helping someone else make their decision). I have to say there was a lot of glamour on the red (did it look faded to anyone else?) carpet. And there was also a lot of misses. I was expecting to see a lot more Sapphire jewelery thanks to all the Royal Wedding hoopla, but it seems that bright emerald greens have continued through all of the ceremonies this year.

So lets discuss!

The Good:

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab. Lovely color and I wish I had a picture from the front because over her girls were pale lavender lace insets. She just wouldn't quit. Sexy and elegant, people should learn from this. Lace and chiffon are eternally ladylike. Great color for spring too.
Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa. This little fashionista is always age appropriate from the hair to the shoes, Hailee is always spot on. She also mentioned this is a OOAK dress that she helped design. Shouldn't come as a surprise, her generation did grow up with the Olson twins!
Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang. This is Sandra's color, and I'm so glad to see her bangs are gone. Those were bad! Her dress really stood out in a sea of muted tones, and I think she did a fantastic job!

The Bad:

Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott. This aged her big time. I don't know if it was the dress alone though that sells her for worst dressed for me...her necklace also does nothing for this look. Which is a shame, she's wearing over a million dollars worth of Cartier. What a waste...
Melissa Leo in Marc Bouwer. Mirrored gold and lace and popped collar. No thanks. The dress was just too much and not flattering. And honestly looked like a grandma's table covering if grandma also had a closeted obsession with gold foiled fabrics.
Cate Blanchette in Givenchy Haute Couture. When I first saw this, I wasn't sold on the "sleeves" but then I saw it all, and it just got worse. It looks like an old Victorian frame. It also appeared that it was two pieces layered together, and I feel without all the framing/armor it could have been a lovely gown.

The Trends:

I noticed, as I'm sure you all did, a lot of recurring themes on the Oscar red carpet...

Blush-y nudes
Hale Berry in Marchesa, Michelle Williams in Chanel Haute Couture, Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier, and Florence Welch in Valentino.

While we're here, holy cats did Mandy Moore grow up! I didn't recognize her at first! She's come a long way from her Walk to Remember days. I think she looked gorgeous in that dress, and the bright red lip is perfect.

Next up, bed head.

Florence Welch again, and Scarlett Johansson in Dolce and Gabbana. It's the "I just rolled out of bed" look. There's nothing about ScarJo's look that I liked, and the hair only helped bring everything down, instead of trying to recover for anything. Florence looks great though.

Last trend worthy of discussion-What the? bottoms.

Nicole Kidman in Dior Haute Couture, Hilary Swank in Gucci Premiere and Marisa Tomei in vintage Charles James Couture. All 3 of these dresses I loved the top half and then when they showed the entire gown I was left disappointed. Nicole Kidman has a pop of color with those shoes, but as much as I love a bright pop of color, this was not happening.

Best Recovery:

Helena Bonham Carter in Colleen Atwood. Her hair and matching shoes are an instant redemption from the Golden Globes catastrophe. While she is always true to herself, and I love her for that, the GG's were not her strongest moment, but she had fun with it. Then, Colleen Atwood won the Oscar for costume, so it was a good night for the both of them. I also die for her fan clutch she was carrying. That was perfect.

And finally, some eye candy. The one true Mr. Darcy. Even more dreamy in a tux.

Did you watch? What did you think of the Red Carpet?


Amanda said...

See I thought Amy Adams always looks good, same goes for Scarjo... and I laughed when you said that about Helena B. Carter... Joan Rivers made fun of her on the fashion police... that woman needs a new stylist big time. She is so talented but is a joke on the red carpet.

Romance In A Glance said...

I agree on you with Amy Adams. She could have picked something more flattering!!!

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Meg said...

Love reading what others think about all the red carpet looks! I did a recap post as well :)