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The Oscars: Arsenic and Old Lace

03 Mar 2011 in celebrity, dress, Fashion, Faux Pas, Red Carpet

Author : Myra Gonzales

Alright, here it is people. Here are my favorite winners for best dressed at the Oscars. It was a tough call because, there were so many beautiful gowns, but again, I base my judging on the overall look of the contestant, consisting of hair, make up, shoes and accessories. These all have to harmonize and work together, as well as enhance the person and/or personality. Make sense? Great! So, let’s start with my worsts, which would have to be Michelle Leo. The gown was designed especially for her, by Marc Bouwer and was made of what seemed to be lace. It was a long, straight sihouetted gown, with a high collar, short sleeves, V-neck and a slit down the middle. To me, it was very “mother of the bride”, with the gown made up of all lace. Usually, lace connotes romance, femininity and youthfulness, but in this case, youth has long gone. It just wasn’t glamorous at all. Lace seemed to be a common thread with other actresses as well, such as Scarlett Johannsen and Amy Adams.

Now, for the best dressed winners. It was a toss up between Reese Witherspoon and Mila Kunis. Here’s why. First up, Reese Witherspoon rocked a simple black and white gown by Giorgio Armani Prive. She looked very elegant in it with her 60’s updo. Her makeup was flawless, with black eyeliner on the top lids, and diamond bracelet and ring by Neil Lane. She exuded the Old Hollywood look with the silhouette of her gown, which was appropriate for the event. I’m always a sucker for people dressing thematically appropriate for events. And she did just that. She just looked glamorous. All that was missing was a gold Oscar statuette to complete her look.

On the other hand, there was Mila Kunis, who looked softer in a gorgeous, romantic, lavender gown by Elie Saab. Kunis reminded me of a modern Greek goddess in the dress along with her jet black hair done up loosely and diamond earrings. It’s been awhile sine I’ve seen anyone wear lavender on the red carpet and she pulled it off perfectly. The color went well with her skin tone too.

Last but not least, I have to make honorable mention to Cate Blanchett, who always has impeccable style and this time was no exception. I always consider her to be fashion forward among other Hollywood actors. She is one of my favorite actresses and I feel that this gown she wore reflected her versatility in her roles, for example as an elf in Lord of the Rings. She wore a gown by Givenchy Couture, which I would describe as ethereal and could easily be one of her costumes in her fantasy movies. Her hair was simple enough, so as not to overpower the gown and only Blanchett could pull it off. It was pure couture at its finest. The more I look at the dress, the more I grow to like it because it sort of shows a glimpse into the future of fashion, which might include lots of texturing and interesting cutouts. It’s not conventionally pretty, but it’s definitely interesting and current.

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