Monday, March 3, 2014

Oscar fashion 2014: my top 5

Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani.
The only thing missing is a pop of red on the lips.

The Oscars is a girly girl's Super Bowl. We watch that Red Carpet with hawk-like eyes, never missing the play by play on who wore what and how they wore it. With equal parts envy and fascination, we gaze at those otherworldly dresses and the women who so confidently wear them.

Some years, we are inspired by sheer artistry (Zac Posen and Givenchy, for instance). Other years we gasp at timeless looks like Michelle Williams' breathtaking Vera Wang gown or Julia Roberts' vintage Valentino. And then there are those Red Carpet moments when we get our minds blown, like when Bjork wore that swan dress in 2001 (I think we're all still scratching our heads on that one-- but you've got to give her credit for taking such a delightful risk).

Unfortunately, last night's Oscars left much to be desired. There was a lot of nude, sheer, beading and peplum but nothing that really knocked my socks off. Even Lady Gaga seemed rather tame in Atelier Versace

Nevertheless, here are my favorite looks from last night (including Cate Blanchett's above):

Sandra Bullock looked absolutely divine in Alexander McQueen.

Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong'o
is a princess in this frosted blue Prada gown.

The unexpected cape/sleeves on this Versace
dress earns Kate Hudson bonus points.

Karen O exudes Red Carpet cool in this sleek Camilla Staerk number. 

And my five least favorite looks...

A girlfriend of mine pretty much summed up Elsa Pataky's
Elie Saab gown: "It literally looked like she was carting
a massive egg around under her dress!"

Anna Kendrick's J. Mendel gown looked straight out of David's Bridal.
Anna should have stuck with this sexy Versace dress
(which she wore to the Vanity Fair party later that night).

I love Sally Hawkins but I did not love her Valentino gown.

I wasn't a fan of the breastplate and belt on
Anne Hathaway's Gucci halter dress. 

Liza, you'll be forever fabulous but this shapeless
cobalt blue pantsuit isn't helping. 

Last year's Red Carpet was awesome.

The year before? Not so much.