The Oscars bring out the best dresses, glamorous hairstyles, sparkling jewels, and sky-high stilettos. The 82nd Academy Award red carpet was spectacular; there were the classics who know what looks good on them and always play it safely; the haute couture group that wear things seen on the runways weeks earlier, or go for a vintage from some house of fashion; this year there were some risk takers--love them or hate them at least they tried something different. Then there were my three disappointments: Carey Mulligan, Anna Kendrick, and Amanda Seyfried, who are young enough to push the envelope, beautiful enough to be able to wear almost anything, yet they still pick dresses that are too old, too cheap-looking, and too Ugh! Come on, you are the future of Hollywood, if we have to spend the next few decades watching you walk down a red carpet at least spice it up a bit.
You may or may not agree with me on my choices for Oscars 2010 Best Dressed, either way I definitely want to hear what you think of the celebrity clothing choices.
Here are my Oscars 2010 Best Dressed red carpet looks:
Maggie Gyllenhaal, up front she was my favorite look of the evening. She wore Dries van Noten who I absolutely adore. I actually bought a pair of his shoes two-three years ago in London, they were ridiculously high and very extravagant--I kept them for a week and felt so guilty about the price I paid and the few times I would actually wear them that I returned/exchanged them for Jill Saunders gladiator sandals--BIGGEST mistake of my life! Back to Maggie whose dress was a reflection of her personality. It was great seeing color and pattern on the red carpet, especially when it is a spring 2010 trend. Gyllenhaal looked relaxed, and really seemed to be enjoying the red carpet.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Carrie is taken over SJP's look. The always stunning and ever fashion-plate Sarah Jessica Parker showed up to the 2010 Academy Awards in Chanel Haute Couture. The yellow was perfect, the strap around her neck attached to the back of her dress was flawless; she carried that look so well (no pun intended). Although the woman could gain a few pounds, I know she is tiny but sheesh!
Penelope Cruz, always a favorite of mine on the red carpet, she looked stunning in a cranberry-red Donna Karen gown. Looking ravishing next to her finacee Javier Bardem.
Miley Cyrus, yes this tween made my 2010 Oscars Best Dressed list. Wearing a Jenny Pacham gown, Miley looked every inch her age without a prom feel.
Sandra Bullock, 2010 Best Actress winner, looked glowing in a gold Marchesa
gown. She looked every bit of the winner she was.
Mo'Nique, taking home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Mo'Nique looked radiant in a blue gown. A dress both beautiful and comforting, keeping her calm while waiting for her name to be called as the winner. She epitomizes class and grace.
Now onto the Risk Takers. I admire each of these women because I think that they chose to think of red carpet fashion as art; enabling artists to promote their work and expression. Here are my top five Risk Takers on the 2010 Academy Award red carpet:
Zoe Saldana, the Avatar actress wore Givenchy Haute Couture. I must say I love the color and that this dress incorporates all the spring 2010 fashion trends; if you look at Zoe from the knees up she looks absolutely stunning. The bottom is a little much but I think she works it. It was a risk and I must say I enjoy it. (I can't even talk about Charlize Theron, what happened to her? She was a red carpet icon!)
Jennifer Lopez, when I first saw her Armani Prive dress I thought "bubble wrap," as I saw her move and walk around in it the dress grew on me. Jennifer is so beautiful and the she definitely wore this dress, I think if the dress wore her I may have different thoughts but she owned it and looked great.
Nicole Richie, in a backless Reem Acra gown. Not something you would normally see Richie walking down a red carpet in. The color and she shape of the dress was definitely a risk that worked.
Diane Krugur, absolutely beautiful in Chanel Haute Couture. She is always a risk taker on the red carpet, making her interesting and one to always look for.
Rachel McAdams, looked stunning in her multi-colored Elie Saab gown. When she walked on stage with Jake Gyllenhaal I thought, "now that would be a cute couple." Her dress was flawless, just like her.
My 2010 Oscar Red Carpet Disappointments:
Carey Mulligan, Anna Kendricks, and Amanda Seyfried
I cannot leave you without mentioning the Classics who always look great and have a sense of grace, class, and fun about them: Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, and Cameron Diaz.
For the Gentleman's category Tom Ford, in Tom Ford, hands down.
What do you think about my Best Dressed choices?