Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture
The 81st Oscars took place tonight and one word that summed up the night – from the set design, to the fashion – is CLASSY. It seems like the actors took heed of all the previous award show fashion critiques because most of the dresses were gorgeous and there weren’t many mishaps. The set design of the show was gorgeous – the curtain was made from 100,000 Swarovski crystals lit from behind. The band was brought on stage to evoke the big band era of the 1940’s and the way the Best Actor categories were announced brought a few tears to the eyes. That said, let’s get to the fashion! There were definitely some trends – the main one being light, neutral colors like white and beige. One of my favorite dresses of the evening was Nicole Kidman’s but sadly I don’t have a photo.
Pale colors were very popular on the red carpet from Marisa Tomei’s white Versace gown to Sarah Jessica Parker’s “barely mint,” pastels were the color of the evening.
Tarji P. Henson in Roberto Cavalli; Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab
Ms. Henson’s flower petal dress is gorgeous and she carries it so well. Ms. Wood’s dress is very sophisticated, and together with her retro hair, her look hearkened back to old school Hollywood glamour. The dangling earrings and black nail polish were a nice touch.
Anne Hathaway in Giorgio Armani Prive; Jessica Biel in Prada
Both dresses are lovely – my only comment about Ms. Biel’s dress is that no matter how great your figure, no one really needs that much extra fabric in front.
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Miley Cyrus in Zuhair Murad; Penelope Cruz in Vintage Balmain
Two of my favorites of the evening were Ms. Cyrus’ Zuhair Murad gown and Ms. Cruz’s vintage Balmain dress. They were both dramatic and beautiful and these women glowed in their gowns.
Marisa Tomei in Versace
This gown’s pleating is gorgeous and looks like it could have been designed by architect Frank Gehry.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Dior Haute Couture
The dress is gorgeous – it’s haute couture (um, if you were going to the Oscars WHY wouldn’t you wear couture?????). I will say that I love SJP, but I think that after you reach a certain age you should stop wearing princess dresses with tulle skirts.
Red on the Red Carpet
Amy Adams in Carolina Herrera; Heidi Klum in Roland Mouret
Amy Adams pulled off having red hair and wearing a red dress but her Fred Leighton necklace stole the show. I didn’t love Ms. Klum’s red dress – the neckline was pretty – but wasn’t a big fan of the overall look (though it was for a good cause).
Sugar Plum Drops
Natalie Portman in Rodarte; Alicia Keys in Giorgio Armani Prive
This beautiful color showed up a few times on the red carpet and will be big for Fall ’09 (stay tuned for our tradeshow coverage!).
Kate Winslet in Yves Saint Laurent
This isn’t technically a belt but belt’s were big on the red carpet – see Marion Cotillard’s, SJP’s and Miley Cirus’ dresses pictured above. I loved the lace overlay on this dress and Ms. Winslet looked like a goddess in her asymmetrical dress.
Vanessa Hudgens in Marchesa; Freida Pinto in John Galliano
Ms. Hudgens’ dress was very pretty and the mermaid silhouette seemed to be pretty popular this year as well. The black and white floral applique on the bustier was very pretty and age appropriate for the young starlet. Ms. Pinto looked stunning in royal blue and I loved the lace but overall I was not a fan of this dress. She’s such a stunning beauty and she has yet to wear a dress that can match her natural beauty (not a bad problem to have).
Beyonce in n/a; Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab
I never really like what Beyonce wears – the only cool thing I’ve ever seen her in are the Bless glasses from her Diva video. This dress illustrates her problem – the gold on that dress is too much (and she ALWAYS wears mermaid dresses). Beyonce has so much money I don’t understand her inability to hire a good stylist. Get mom off of the payroll, hire a proper stylist. Sorry, don’t mean to sound harsh, but she’s been on enough red carpets and made enough millions, no? As for Angelina, I can only say that I’m glad she finally dressed up for an award ceremony as her last few outings at award ceremonies this season were pretty boring. The dress was nice but her enormous emeralds stole the show.
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