Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at the Oscars: one of the best looks of the night?

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Kate Hudson really brought the drama in this Atelier Versace, right? She was one of the best people on the red carpet, and I thought her dress “walked” well on stage too – it was a 360 dress, good from every angle. It also doesn’t look like Versace to me, but perhaps Donatella made this especially for Kate. I mean, what else is there to say? She looked fantastic. Everything worked. Great hair, great makeup, her dress was the perfect combination of drama and flattering design. I guess the “caped” effect is maybe a throwback to Gwyneth Paltrow’s caped Tom Ford, but this Versace isn’t really a cape.

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And here are some pics of Kate’s dress change for the after-parties. She wore Zuhair Murad, a designer favored by the likes of Jennifer Lopez. I could totally see this dress on J.Lo too, which makes me not like it so much on Kate. I kind of think she should have just stuck to the Versace for the after-parties. I should also note: Hudson did the Oscars without Matthew Bellamy. I think they’re over, you guys.

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I think I saw Penelope Cruz on the red carpet last night, but maybe I was hallucinating, because I don’t remember her in this Giambattista Valli gown. Am I hallucinating? I’m a bit Oscar punch-drunk right now. Anyway, this is beautiful and it reminds me of Elizabeth Taylor. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Penelope had consciously tried to channel Taylor. I don’t mind all of the fabric and I don’t mind the pink. My one qualm is the black belt and the bow, which isn’t really flattering and I think Valli could have achieved the same basic design in a better way. The black belt is also a bit too matchy with the clutch, so the effect is that she looks like a wrapped gift from Victoria’s Secret.

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  1. don't kill me i'm french says:

    I agree on all ( the dress,the make up,the hair,the private life)

    • SonjaMarmeladova says:

      Kate looked great.
      Penelope looked really bad. The dress is horrible and she shouldn’t wear her hair so stiff.

    • Meredith says:

      Kate Hudson always kills it on the red carpet. She is “old Hollywood” glamor and style. Pity she doesn’t have an acting career to go with it.

      Interesting that her co-star from the rom-com Fools’ Gold (Matthew McConachy) won the Oscar for best actor. So being a rom-com actor and known for your looks doesn’t doom you forever. But Kate doesn’t seem to be getting good roles anymore.

      • SonjaMarmeladova says:

        Kate is past her prime. Matthew is man. His prime will last until he’s dead.

      • Esmom says:

        “Pity she doesn’t have an acting career to go with it.”

        Exactly what I was thinking, that she is dressing above her station, so to speak. This look is befitting a nominee, I think, not…Kate Hudson.

      • Jaded says:

        Kate should just step back out of rom-com world and do a couple of gritty indies for little to no money to get her acting chops back. Nobody takes her seriously as an actor anymore.

      • Alexis says:

        Sexism in Hollywood is real, no lie. But given the number of over-40 women recognized at the oscars and Kate’s early success, family connections, and the fact that she’s aging great, I do have to lay most of the blame for her lack of career success recently at her own feet. She totally could have still been in big and/or quality movies now if she had better hustle.

      • Esmom says:

        Alexis, good point. Maybe she doesn’t really care and just “dabbling” is/was enough for her.

      • Decloo says:

        Can’t agree that Kate always kills it on the RC. She wore one of the most reviled dresses of all time a few years ago: that grey number with the high neck and the fringe? It keeps appearing on the “Worst Oscar Dresses” lists. I think she’s pretty hit or miss overall.

  2. sundaygal says:

    YESS! Was waiting for this one. The best look of the night. The dress, hair, makeup…everything.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree, best of the night. I LOVE the pleating on this dress, it is so flattering to her figure. The angels of the cape make it extraordinary.

  3. Maria says:

    This dress was everything for me.

  4. NerdMomma says:

    I actually think Kate looks terrible. It’s unflattering and fussy and are those shoulder pads? In a cape? Plus it covers up her best feature, which is her booty.

    • emmie_a says:

      I’m with you. The dress is TOO much. The cape, the low cut, the drama. It’s like the designer put all her favorite details from several dresses onto one dress. Overkill.

      I sort of like Kate’s after party dress but it’s nothing great – I’ve seen different versions of this gown before.

      • Wiffie says:

        I love her muhad after part dress! I know similar things have been done, but to me it’s still beautiful, always. I fall for nude and black every time. And it fits her perfectly.

    • erindipity says:

      Agree 100%. Not into this look at all, it’s way over the top.

    • Tessy says:

      Me too. It looks like something straight out of the 80′s with Joan Collins shoulders and all; and I just don’t like it. And as a rule, I despise those necklines that plunge to the waist. This dress looks no different than one that everybody was excoriating for being too fussy. Sorry I forget whose but nevertheless. I don’t mind the one she wore to the party though.

    • Deedee says:

      Agreed. I thought this dress was fug-lllly!

  5. Val says:

    Now that’s how you pull off a deep neckline when you’re small chested.
    Best dressed of the night hands down!

  6. foxyw says:

    Not sure how I feel about Kate’s dress. The cape thing is kind of weird, and it looks like she’s either wearing wonky shoulder pads or she just has super angular shoulders. I think it would be really pretty without the cape. Her second dress, though, is mahvelous.

    And Penelope Cruz, guh, what a beautiful woman. She always looks amazing. It is so ridiculously unfair that one woman should be gifted so much beauty. I’m going to go cry into my oatmeal now.

    • Zadie says:

      Really? I always thought Penelope was one of the ugliest women in Hollywood. She looks like a turkey. And you would think her accent would soften a bit after all those years.

      • SamiHami says:

        Agree. She is just not very attractive at all. She usually has an expression that suggests she smells something awful. I’ve never understood her popularity-unattractive and untalented IMHO.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        So agree. I thought she was flat out unattractive last night. That hair. Ugh.

      • AG-UK says:

        Yes but she doesn’t live in the US she lives in Madrid and after a certain age I think it’s hard for your accent to change unless you really really work at it. Liam Neeson still sounds like he’s from Northern Ireland and he’s been in the US for 20 years.

      • Esmom says:

        I’m with you. My husband once said something about how hot she was and thought it was jealousy talking when I disagreed. I wouldn’t go so far as to say ugly, but I definitely don’t see “beautiful.” And her accent has always been like nails on a chalkboard for me, even worse than Sofia Vergara’s schtick, imo.

      • I agree w/Esmom. I think that she is attractive and cute, but she’s not gorgeous. Plus she’s kind of an asshole (or so I hear), so that ruins it for me.

  7. Relli says:

    She did look great but did anyone else notice that when her and Jason walked the stage and got to the podium he shook her off his arm? It was sort of strange. And I noticed everyone else kept their arm in their presenting partner but they looked truly awkward.

  8. Nicolette says:

    What can you say? She looks amazing in both gowns. The Versace is just perfect Hollywood glamour and elegance, she looks like a movie star. It’s a tie between her and Sandra Bullock for best dressed to me. They both looked stunning.

  9. Chicagogurl says:

    Loved Kate’s awards dress. Is penelope pregnant again?

    • yennefer says:

      I doubt it very much. Maybe she hasn’t lost all the baby weight since her last labor.

  10. frivolity says:

    Great look? Really? I though she looked like Krystal Carrington! Straight out of 80′s soaps …

  11. Sabrina says:

    Kate definitely was one of the best-dressed of the night. Everything about her look was great.

  12. yennefer says:

    Wow, I must have overlooked that Versace dress. Charlize has got competition in “biggest drama” now.

    I love, love, love Penelope Cruz, but pale pink doesn’t work on her. She should stick with darker, rich colors.

  13. queenfreddiemercury says:

    Kate’s white dress is really lovely . I didn’t care for the rest.

  14. blue marie says:

    I think Kate looks great, beautiful dress. When I see her at the shows though, it just reminds me that she can’t act for sh-t.

  15. QQ says:

    It pains me to say it cause really What kind of actress is this chippy? ( how do they still invite her Gawd?!) but to me is one if not my TOP of the night, in Both dresses she killed

    • Liberty says:

      I am laughing, your comments are always the best! — but I agree. I do think she wore a beautiful gown very well and yes, looked like a nominee versus….?

      • QQ says:

        THIS!! Whereas many many many ( Hi Amy Adams!) Nominee ladies looked like presenters of seat fillers… Tons of Boringness

    • pru says:

      Hehe. And her Mom too. She introduced 3 nominated movies. Why?

      • QQ says:

        Pru on THAT note , how does Zac Efron gets to present alone and then BIG ASS NAMES had to pair up? What?

  16. MinnFinn says:

    I would like KH’s white dress much better without that cape thingy.

    Penelope looks like she got caught in a pair of curtains and then she took the ribbon from the packaging on her new comforter and tied that around her waist. That blush pink looks good on her though.

  17. smee says:

    Kate Hudson seems to have gotten more beautiful. I thought she had incredible composure and looked absolutely stunning. She may not the world’s greatest actress, but she does very well in these award ceremonies!

    • Esmom says:

      I think her looks have changed since this last baby. Something about her recently does read as less “cute” and more “beautiful.” Is it maturity? Some procedures of some sort? Or both? I’m genuinely curious because to me the change is pretty dramatic.

  18. Lucy2 says:

    Old school glamour, I love it (even if I find her annoying). I would have liked her party dress if the middle had the pattern also.
    Didn’t care for Penelope’s.

  19. HoustonGrl says:

    I actually did not like this look, but in general I dislike silver dresses, especially on blondes. I think this looks cheap but I can’t figure out why.

  20. Tsarina says:

    I did not like the look. The cape just really threw me and she does dress way above her station as an actress.

  21. Hiddles forever says:

    Best one on the red carpet in my opinion….

  22. shellybean says:

    I think Kate is so sexy, she could make a sack look hot. She looks absolutely stunning in this dress, and her hair and makeup are flawless.

  23. Jayna says:

    She looked like a vision walking out on that stage. One of the top looks of the night.

  24. Falula says:

    My husband and I went back to the performance of Happy to show it to our 3-year-old this morning, and we swear Kate came onstage and busted a move for a few seconds during the song. Did anyone else see this?

  25. Littlewood says:

    Kate was one of the best dressed last night, I really like her style. If only she was a better actress.

  26. Aria says:

    Kate’s look reminds me of Gwyneth’s Tom Ford cape. Perfection but not overwhelming.

  27. poppy says:

    holy shoulder pads!

  28. KateBush says:

    Best look of the night! Amazing dress I loved the drama of the cape and the shoulder pads.. The oscars is the one night of the year to pull out all the stops! oMG I would have looved to see Angie in this! I didn’t like the after party dress so much.. But she has an amazing body!

  29. AmandaPanda says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. If I wasn’t already married I’d wear either this or Naomi’s dress to my wedding.

    Penelope – urgh. Her hair! Definitely not her best look.

  30. Marianne says:

    Kate Hudson had THE best look of the night.

  31. Kosmos says:

    Kate can look beautiful when she tries, as in this beautiful dress. She can really wear it, so I have to give her that, it worked…..I’ve seen Penelope in soft pink before and she looks great. I’m not over the moon for this dress though….is it the black ribbon or just too much drapey dress? Also, her hair is so severe, not sure I’m liking that either…..but Penelope is really a beautiful woman when the styling is right….she was recently the face of Lancome Cosmetics, and they wouldn’t choose anything but a beautiful face to represent their line.

  32. MisJes says:

    This was hands down the BEST look of the night. Kate completely blew the others away – that gown is gorgeous and her figure looks to die for. Best dressed!

  33. Vilodemeanus says:

    Penny would have killed to have Kate’s dress… I agree with your idea about Cruz’s dress, it’s pretty and she wears it well but that belt or something was needed to break up all that fabric, but somehow it just misses by a fraction of an inch.