I love the Oscars, as I’m sure most fashionistas do. Couture
gowns with trains, corset like bodices, bias cut dresses and is there ever too much sparkle?! However, this year the Oscars dresses seemed a bit boring. After the Grammys issued a dress code, I thought I would see more pizazz. Not necessarily J. Lo leg or Katy Perry boob, but more interesting silhouettes or vibrant colors. For the most part the stars kept it safe in both categories. Silhouettes ranged from straight and slinky (Anne Hathaway in Valentino) to a weird drop waist/mermaid poof (Jennifer Lawrence in Dior). While there were pops of color: Jane Fonda in Versace, Jennifer Aniston in Valentino, Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton, Jennifer Garner in Gucci and Kerry Washington in Miu Miu, the overarching color trend of the night was very pale hues and blushes. Overall, I liked more looks than I didn’t (a complete 360 from the Grammys!) Here are my top five favs.
Jessica Chastain in Giorgio Armani
This dress just fits her body so perfectly. The pale shade picks up the tones in her hair and skin. It is very glamorous and without being tooooo Jessica Rabbit.
Anna Hathaway in Prada
Even after the dress debacle
and darts that look like nipples, I LOVE this dress. Many of the fashion worlds’ finest disagree with me, but the dress is just so outstanding in its simplicity. Anne is quickly becoming the modern Audrey Hepburn. Her dress picks up the hues in her skin and lips and I love the new haircut. Both Genovia and Miranda Presley are very proud.
Naomi Watts in Armani Prive
If I was star, I would wear this dress. Once again the dress is fitted to her perfectly. This cut out is an unexpected but still completely appropriate. In the words of the infamous Stacy and Clinton, the dress gives serious visual interest, not only in the material but also in the silhouette.
Charlize Theron in Dior
This is very reminiscent of Anne Hathaway’s Golden Globe dress (which I hated. Can’t believe I just hate I hated anything Chanel. Please forgive me.) But Charlize Theron really revved this look up! A tough short haircut and strong shoulders with a fitted, v-neck peplum and a flowing floor length skirt, gave her body definition and with a touch of femininity.
Olivia Munn in Marchesa
Now this is a dress! Olivia departed from the close fitted and pale hued dress trend and gave me a gilded bodice and an interestingly draped / wraped skirt. The Oscars can be a time to take risks, if done properly. The dress was fitted to perfection and the bottom half doesn’t weigh her body down or make her look too big. This is how you take a risk and win!
Some honorable Mentions: Reese Witherspoon In Louis Vuitton, Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli, Jane Fonda in Versace , Jennifer Gardener in Gucci, Halle Berry in Versace (minus the sleeves), Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab (minus her hair) and of course, surprise guest Michelle Obama In Naeem Khan.
While I disliked some looks (aka J. Law in Dior), these two go on my worst dressed list.
Jennifer Aniston in Valentino
Unless Jenn’s dress is hiding a secret child (and no, not a secret pregnancy, but an actual 10 year old) it is way too big for her frame. It needs to be fitted either lower on her hips or higher on her waist and lose several yards of fabric.
Melissa McCarthy in David Meister
Melissa. Fire your stylist, hire me, build a time machine and let’s go back in time and at least put you in a Tadashi Shoji dress. You are a hilarious actress who deserves better than this. There are just so many things wrong with this dress, from the fabric choice to jewel placement and what is that gather across your midsection all about? No no no.
Now that you've heard my opinions, what are yours? Who goes on you best and worst dressed list? And make sure to check out some more Oscar 2013 looks on my Pinterest!