Usually we do separate best and worst dressed post for the Oscars, but there wasn’t any truly atrocious fashion among the big names, and that’s a disappointment. Like the ceremony itself, the red carpet seemed to go off without a hitch with a few minor bumps. Everyone looked lovely, with no one really nailing it or or failing miserably. There’s been criticism that the actresses are playing it too safe on the red carpet, and it’s true that there wasn’t anyone to point in awe or laugh at.
If you just look at Renee Zellweger’s dress and not her hair (I’m trying to be nice here) it was amazing. Her beaded gown was incredible, and she usually plays it too safe in Carolina Herrerra, but this time the designer really came through for her. Hilary Swank looked flawless, and maybe that’s because when I saw her close up during her interviews her makeup was perfect. Her dress also was a good balance between simple lines a and a moderate risk, but both MSat and Jaybird told me she looked boring.
I like elegant design and clean lines without a lot of frills. In these fashion posts I invariably get called on my conservative taste, which is why I consulted with MSat last night as we gossiped about the arrivals’ gowns. Other standouts for me were Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Linney and Helen Mirren.
MSat loved Marion Cotillard’s cream-colored Jean Paul Gaultier dress. The mermaid design was a bit of a risk and she really pulled it off. Another one of MSat’s favorites was Amy Adam’s deep green strapless gown. It complimented her coloring well and wasn’t an overly-safe choice in that it featured a small belt on the bodice and a sculpted bustline. Anne Hathaway’s striking scarlet red Marchesa gown draped her perfectly and featuring snaking roses that led from one shoulder down the front.
Many thanks to People.com for the details below on the fashion last night.
Best Dressed: Celebitchy’s Favorites
Best Dressed: MSat’s Favorites
Other lovely gowns:
Penelope Cruz in Chanel with feather detail at the bustline with Chopard diamonds and a Roger Vivier clutch. I didn’t like this dress and want to put it in the “worst” list, but I think that would be too biased of me.
Worst Dressed: Celebitchy’s Picks
These “worst dressed” noms looked pretty good by a lot of people’s estimation, and I don’t find any of their dresses awful, just slightly off. You may disagree, and that’s expected since there’s no real fashion bloopers here. Last years worst dressed are improving, but still landing in the same category.
Cameron Diaz in a John Galliano too-tight gown with Bulgari jewelery and a Roger Vivier clutch. She made the same mistake with that dress that she did last year. It’s too tight and too light for her coloring. I even thought her dress last year was the same designer, but it wasn’t, it was Valentino.
Heidi Klum in a John Galliano dress with too much fabric. She must not have seen what he did to Charlize Theron at the 2006 Oscars
Kelly Preston’s bright yellow dress. Still not as bad as her leopard print last year.
Jennifer Hudson’s white dress looked like it had a snake working as a shelf for her boobs. It was also much better than the bolero jacket she wore last year.