I’m going to apologize from the start, since I have to run so many errands I will keep this post short (as opposed to previous red carpet review posts). The most exciting red carpet of the year is over (actually for me the most exciting is the MET Gala, but Oscars are the most sought after, obviously) and I have to say that I am pretty dissappointed. With Nicole Kidman losing her edge years ago, Amy Adams playing safe for the past few award shows, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain both opting for princess look keeping in mind there is a high possibility of getting a goldy figurine (nobody wants to take a risk and turn the best day of their lives into a worst dressed list nightmare), Anne Hathaway actually thinking she is Audrey Hepburn (I blame the chop) but miserably failing to be so (there is and will be only one Audrey, sorry) and of course – absence of Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tilda Swinton; 85th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet gave me nothing but boredom.
My absolute favourite of the night is Naomi Watts, mesmerizing me once again with her wise choice of Armani Prive gunmetal sculptured gown and her beautiful do. Amanda Seyfried comes in second, in her delicate custom made Alexander McQueen gown. I love these two because they get it right almost everytime, and they never play safe.
Jessica Chastain is less remarkable than her Golden Globe appearence, in a copper strapless Giorgio Armani gown. Nonetheless she looks breathtakingly beautiful, her hair & make up & jewelry combination together with the tone of the dress is like a perfect mediaeval fresco. My white dress of the night winner is Charlize Theron, in a peplum Dior (and damn the woman looks good, dances perfectly too!).
Sandra Bullock shines bright like a diamond in her gunmetal Elie Saab gown, and she arrived just when I was about to faint cause of Elie Saablessness (it’s a real medical condition). Finally, I never thought I’d say this but Stacy Kiebler (who I generally like to refer as George Clooney’s red carpet accessory) looks really elegant in Naeem Khan and old Hollywood glamour hairdo.
Just a few words about Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence; both of whom people went nuts about but they failed to excite me. Sure they look heavenly, but as a person who detest the strapless ball gown design even on wedding gowns you can imagine how I felt when they showed up like this. Please leave the “I was the princess that day” look for your own very special day, ladies. (BTW, congrats to J.La to her very deserved win, and I knew that she was going to fall on the stage)
An honorable mention goes to Naomie Harris; who wore an eco dress which was made from candy wrappers for the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge.
The afore-presented ladies are on my average list (aside from Sally Field who looks gorgeous!). I’m not sure about that distracting belt thingy on Alicia Vikander‘s gorgeous Elie Saab and not such a fan of Kerry Washington‘s embellishments (and her hair which looks like it’s ruined from humidity or something). Jennifer Anniston is as safe as can be, but thats our Rachel and we like her that way. Plus, somebody should carry the red Valentino torch, right? Finally, the reason I’ve put Jane Fonda on this list and not the “worst dressed” one is the fact that she still looks freakishly young and beautiful. Respect.
The award winning Anne Hathaway caused one of the biggest PR scandals in history and wore a Prada eventhough the Valentino reps confirmed that she will wear a Valentino piece to the awards. I would like to say that I much rather prefer (at least seeing) the other Valentino gown; considering it probably couldn’t be worse than this one. Actually I fancy these type of gowns, saten straight cut and halter neck, but it just doesn’t look OK on Ms Hathaway. Jennifer Garner is another lady who had the party on the back of the dress and just like Anne Hathaway, she failed to play a good host to that party. I would have to say though that their jewels are to die for.
Helen Hunt caused another stir because of her choice of brand, and yes you’ve read it right, its H&M. She said she choose it because of our beloved brand’s contribution to saving the environment. Kudos to the courage and elegance; but the style is only OK.
Finally the best part of my post; the worst dressed list! Halle Berry said the people over at Versace turned her into a James Bond girl again, but if you ask me she looks more like David Bowie, and thats not a look I prefer seeing on red carpet channelled by anyone other than Bowie himself. Zoe Saldana‘s paper embroidery on the upper part is really cute but the belt, the hem and the shoes are so horrible that I can not put her anywhere other than this list. Olivia Munn looks like a poorly wrapped gift box, and without any jewelry that weird hairdo looks even more dull. Kirsten Stewart‘s dress was probably the least weird thing about her tonight; her bruised arms, messed up hair and hunchback took the focus well away from her dress – which actually could look good on anybody else. She looks like a total failure to me.
That’s a wrap, I’m going to sleep!
image sources: just jared