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Oscars (yawn) Fashion Recap

I was a little underwhelmed by this year's Oscar dress selections - were you? Granted, there were some winners, some "meh"-ers, but overall, everyone played it a little too toned down and safe. I can't think of any instances where, five years from now we'll be saying, "Oh, THAT dress!" I'm sort of inspiration-less for a recap post.
Still, there were some gorgeous moments...
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I thought Mandy Moore had the overall, prettiest look of the night. The netted neckline blended seamlessly with her complexion, and her hair and makeup (bright lips!) were absolute perfection. Mila Kunis' lavender Elie Saab number, with its teasing, low and lacy bodice left everyone, including gay men gasping in awe. Also, thought her hair was insane gorgeous. Anne Hathaway chose VERY wisely - vintage Valentino in the trademark, red hue. Stellar. And the Body that Won't Quit - Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein. I actually love that she went sans bling - clearly, she doesn't need anything to distract from that physique.

People I was on the fence about:
Best Actress Winner, Natalie Portman - Her Rodarte dress photographed better than it looked on live camera. When I initially saw it, I thought, "Why maroon?" (aka worst color ever), but in the still shots, it reads more plum, which is only slightly better. The drape and neckline are perfect for a preggo body, though.
Scarlett Johannson's D&G proves my point about the color maroon.
Another dress that didn't read as well live on tv as it does in photos - Halle Berry's Marchesa. Gorgeous, but a bit too predictable for me.
I'm sure I'll get a few boos from the gallery, as Gwynnie's custom Calvin Klein liquid platinum sheath was an overall crowd pleaser (at least according to last-night's tweets), but it just left me a little cold. Right now, I think GP is into anything that shows off her coathanger of a figure. As there's a lot of work, and not much eating involved in this endeavor, I can't say I blame her. Afterall, she's marketing a product (i.e. her investment in Tracy Anderson, her trainer)
Cate Blanchett doin' her own thing, Fashion as Art style. No, I don't like the dress, but she can do no wrong in my book, so I'll forgive her the yellow-boils-on-her-back look of her Givenchy.
If Amy Adams' L'Wren Scott had had a different neckline and sleeves (notoriously unforgivable to the arms), I think it would have worked better. What a waste of that incredible emerald necklace, too.
This woman just had twins. Girdle of steel? No matter. Get her outta my face.
And, last, her Royal Divaness herself, Sharon Stone - working the carpet with unrivaled fierceness. You go on with your nip-tucked self, I happen to LUV ya!


Nancy U said...

Amy Adams did not do those emeralds justice. A dark, almost black wine colored dress would have been a lot better.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I really loved Gwyneth's dress- thought she looked stunning. And I so agree about Cate..she's just stunning in every sense of the word. I thought Amy Adams necklace on top of that dress was terrible and was not a fan of either purpy/maroon number. Michelle Williams was gorgeous (though rather underwhelming when talking)and Mila was beyond gorgeous.

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Gwyneth was one of my faves of the night. I think there were a lot of dresses that were pretty but...Like Mila Kunis, pretty but I couldn't stop staring at the lacy boob things and Amy Adams, pretty but that necklace had to go.

Not my fave year for Oscar fashion.

Raina Cox said...

I missed the really terrible creations, everyone played it safe. If Helena Bonham Carter refuses to play along, then you know the whole evening is doomed.

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

Estoy de acuerdo on most. Loved Mila, loved all of your winners actually. Major poo for Amy Adams, what was THAT lesbian fiasco all about? Not flattering.
Gwyneth. Her face had the sads. I think it was the eyebrows? She looked ill. Needed some color on that mug.
Overall the Oscars just made me feel hugely uncomfortable all night.

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

Thanks for the re-cap! I missed it... so I'm busy trolling around the blogs this morning trying to catch up! I can't handle the yellow boils-on-the back dress even though Cate is stunning.

Appletree said...

I really wished Natalie's earrings hadn't matched her dress. Weird.

And I'm not sure why I felt bad for her, a little embarassed almost. Maybe because she has been called a homewrecker and had to get up there with the evidence of it?

Cara said...

There was nothing that just blew me away. There were some good dresses but nothing absolutely stellar. My favorite was probably Camila Alves.

Lavender and Lilies said...

I have to admit I wasn't as excited this time. I liked Natalie Portman because I thought she did a good job of dressing her belly and that's really hard. Agree with you 100% on Scarlett. My fave was Hillary Swank and Anne Hathaway's first dress on the show.

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

i bow down to blanchett's fashion balls.

no one has them. and as a result the oscars are boring as piss.

Susie Riley said...

I fell in love with Anette Benning's gown. Thought it was deliciously retro-elegant. A wonderful taste of old Hollywood. Must have only been me though - no one else seemed to have gone nuts over it...

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