Oscar Fashion: The Good, The Bad, and The Blah

Monday, February 25, 2013

Did you watch the Oscars? If you didn't, you can attempt to piece together what went down from my tweets (just a heads up though -- I'm pretty sure 62% of them are about Adele).

As usual, the stars busted out their favorite designers (Prada, Miu Miu, and Dior, oh my!) to strut down the red carpet. And, as usual, there were hits, misses, and bores. And of course, I'm going to talk about them, because red carpet outfits kind of make my life.

The Good

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

When I saw her on the red carpet, I literally started tearing up. She looks so perfect and princess-like (I'm always a sucker for a good ballgown). Perfection.

Adele in Jenny Packham

With the exception of that dreadful Grammy ensemble, Adele can do no wrong in my book. She's got killer pipes, she's gorgeous, and she seems like she'd be a blast to be friends with. Her hair and makeup are flawless. I just love her.

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

 Now I could understand why some people might not like it (it's an awful lot of look, after all), but I love it. I think the grey is a nice, fresh neutral in comparison to the normal black or nude, and the silhouette is beautiful. The feathered skirt is dreamy, and I love that she kept her accessories simple.

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Absolutely stunning. The cutout makes it modern, the metallic is on-trend, it has an interesting texture, and the silhouette is super flattering. The soft updo provides a nice contrast to the hardness of the dress.

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

She looks so beautiful. The dress hugs her in all the right places. It's pretty, and dreamy, and looks comfortable, which you can't really say for most of the dresses on the red carpet! I'm also digging the bangs!

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton
I've been a huge Reese Witherspoon fan for well over a decade now, and she rarely disappoints me on the red carpet. This look is no exception. It looked darker on camera, but even photographed, it's still a very pretty color. This look oozes Old Hollywood glamor. The dress looked gorgeous on her, and the Veronica Lake waves were a perfect addition.

The Bad

Halle Berry in Versace

I know I might get a little hate for this, but I really didn't like it. At all. She looks like she's dressing up as Alexis Carrington for Halloween and just forgot to put on her wig. And I really don't think it's that flattering on her. Yeah, the curves on the dress kind of make her look curvier, but they also kind of make her figure look more boyish at the same time.

Brandi Glanville in a design by Brandi Glanville

First of all, I'm still trying to figure out why Brandi Glanville was even at the Oscars. Apparently she was a correspondent or something, but I don't understand why. Second, this dress has pretty much zero redeeming qualities. It shows too much skin, the color isn't flattering (plus it's boring), and the textiles don't go together. It's a hot mess.

 Anne Hathaway in Prada

Miranda Priestly would not approve. The necklace? Fab. The hair and makeup? Fab. The dress? Terrible. The color is lackluster. The silhouette does nothing for her. Her nipples now have their own twitter account. It looks like a sub-par mid-90s prom dress. She can do much better.

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille Couture

There are definitely elements of this dress that I like (the belt, the bow, the embellishments at the neckline), but all together, it just doesn't work. It's like when you give kids different materials to make a collage, and they put a ton of everything on the paper. It's just too much. This could be personal taste, but I think the ruffles are too dark in comparison to the dress; it's a stark contrast instead of a gradual, ombre-esque change. I like her makeup, but the hair is kind of boring.

Naomie Harris in Michael Badger

I appreciate the story behind this gown. It was designed by a man who was born in Ghana, for the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge. It's made of organic silk, vintage beads, and recycled materials (like zippers and candy wrappers), and was dyed with flowers. I can appreciate that. Apparently the design was inspired by a volcano. I can appreciate that. What I don't appreciate is the fact that I'm practically looking her hoohah in the eye. That slit is waaaaaay too high.

The Blah

Melissa McCarthy in David Meister

 I love the color, and I love the makeup. The embellishment on the shoulder is kind of fun. Unfortunately, the dress is really unflattering; the fabric is bunching in all the wrong places, and the draping hits her oddly. The embellishments on the wrist just look awkward. And the hair makes me wonder if she's prepping for a turn as Tracy Turnblad (which is fine if you're onstage or it's Halloween, but it just looks odd on the red carpet). It's not the worst look of the night, but it's nowhere near the best.

Giuliana Rancic in Rafael Cennamo

Black is usually a good, albeit safe, choice, but I'm not digging this look. G normally rocks the red carpet, but this dress looks like someone took a super huge satin baby blanket and tossed it around her body. You can do better, babe.

 Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen

This look isn't terrible, but I really wish she'd start wearing color again. This dress does nothing for her but wash her out. Pretty makeup though.

 Nancy O'Dell in Mark Zunino
Uh, Nancy? The Miss America pageant already happened. The color is nice on you though.

What was your favorite look of the night? Least favorite?

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  1. I definitely agree with you! I loved Amanda Seyfried's red dress that she wore on stage when she sung with the cast of Les Mis. I wish that was her main dress instead of the other one.

    Anne Hathaway and Brandi Gianville's dresses were just a complete no no. Anne usually does no wrong.

    1. I completely agree! I saw it and just kept saying, "Why couldn't you have worn THAT?!"

  2. naomi watts totally stole the show in my book. that neckline?! amazing

    Harley & Jane

    1. Right? So gorgeous! It's hard to believe she's in her 40s sometimes!

  3. My favorite outfit was by Jennifer Garner but I didn't like Adele's outfit

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  4. Ahh I love this! I love that you made a list that had some of the same points as my own, and yet, some of them are so opposite! Example? I put Zoe and Guiliana on my best dressed...I was dying over G's structured hip detail! Anne stole the show for most boring look ever and it's no wonder she had to add interest with her nip ons, come on now!

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    1. I love seeing what other people think -- like you said, it's always so interesting to see how others agree and disagree with you!



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