Since I have already covered the Grammys and the Golden Globes (here and here), I thought it was only appropriate to comment on the most important red carpet fashion, the Oscars! I thought I would do a “Best and Worst dressed” like my previous posts, but everyone played it so safe last night it made it hard to come up with any “worst.” So, I’m just going to name some best dressed and point out the top trends.
The trend I immediately saw emerging on the red carpet was a draped one-shoulder (as seen on Stacy Keibler, Kate Mara, and Missi Pyle). The much-talked-about peplum trend for Spring also was present on Tina Fey and Michelle Williams.
I was hoping for some pops of color, but the carpet was mostly dominated by light-colored gowns in white, nude, or metallics with a couple of black and red gowns thrown in. Can you imagine how fab Rooney Mara would have looked in a fuchsia gown? Sigh, o well.
Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab Couture: One of the first stars I saw on the red carpet – glittering snow-white perfection with a fashion-forward cap sleeve.
Stacy Keibler in Marchesa: She looked radiant in the draped gold metallic gown. Even the rose detail on the hip that would have probably bothered me on anyone else somehow worked on her.
Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji: Octavia has been wearing Tadashi Shoji this whole awards season and I think they saved the best for last – she looked fantastic in this white beaded gown that gathered in the middle, accentuating her waist perfectly.
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace: Sticking the leg out the whole night was a bit of overkill, but she looked stunning as always. It was nice to see her in some volume too, rather than the usual slinky gowns she’s been sporting.
Shailene Woodley in Valentino Couture – The cutouts on the front of the dress made it edgy enough to work with long sleeves and not look too matronly.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford: Who thought a cape would work so well on the red carpet? The gown was architectural perfection without a hint of a wrinkle or pucker in the fabric.
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton: I am so happy she went for a more youthful look this time around – the silhouette worked great on her and the bow brooch was a very cute touch.
Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive: This wasn’t the most exciting gown, but it was very classic and the icy-blue color was fantastic on her.
And I don’t think I can cover the Oscar red carpet without mentioning the incident with Ryan Seacrest and “The Dictator” Sasha Baron Cohen. For those of you that didn’t watch, Ryan was interviewing Sasha when he all of a sudden dumped “ashes” from an urn he was carrying around all over Ryan’s tux. Ryan stayed classy, but you could tell he was kind of pissed off at the situation. Good promo for Sasha’s new movie though!