Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Oscar 2010 red carpet fashions

Warning - this is a very image-heavy post.

Let's talk about Oscar fashion! I've already said that I loved Sandra Bullock's dress:

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa
The silver lace over the silver skirt is divine.

Sandra Bullock wasn't the only one wearing neutral colours, however. In fact, shades of neutral was the most popular dress colour. There were whites, ivories, silvers, and pale pinks and peaches. There's nothing wrong with that, but at first glance some of these ladies looked sort of naked.

Anna Kendrick in Elie Saab
What a pretty, ethereal dress.
Demi Moore in Atelier Versace
Queen Latifah in Badgley Mischka
I love the asymmetry in this dress;
the asymmetrical waist and shoulder strap
make it really interesting.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel
There's something about her eye makeup that I
really don't like - someone should tell her that
black-ringed eyes look small. And I expected
her hair to be smoothed (shellacked?)
to her head. When she went on stage,
it looked like she had a halo because
of her flyaway hair.
Julianne Moore in Calvin Klein
Diane Kruger in Chanel
The middle part makes this dress look strange...
it cuts the body in thirds and adds weight
to the hip. Weird.
Miley Cyrus in Jenny Packham
It kind of looks like the top is too short for her,
 or else her boobs are trying to wrestle themselves
free. Either way, this dress would have looked
better with a different top.
And she'd look better if she stood up straight.
Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta
She towered over everyone, like a model.
Deborah Ann Moll in Nicole Miller
This dress wasn't terribly flattering. The skirt
is too lightweight for the heavy top, and the top
doesn't really do anything for her figure.
Plus it's a weird colour that doesn't really
flatter her.
Kate Winslet in Yves Saint Laurent
This dress is very unflattering because
it makes her stomach look chubby.
Plus the top and bottom colours don't
really match. This just doesn't work.
Amanda Seyfried in Armani Prive
This fabric is used in two dresses, and
I like this dress more.
Jennifer Lopez, also in Armani Prive
This dress is less flattering than the other one.
JLo doesn't need extra fabric stapled to her hip.

Aside from neutrals and pastels, the most popular colour was blue in all its shades, from light to navy. This is a trend I love, because I love blue :)

Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka
I love love love this dress... I love the colour,
I love the ethereal sleeves, I love the ethereal
overlay, and I love the sparkles. Gorgeous!
Elizabeth Banks in Atelier Versace
I'm completely in love with this dress...
it's so ethereal and structured at the same
time. Plus I love the steel blue colour.
Gabourey Sidibe in Marchesa
What a beautiful dress!
The colour, appliques, and fit make her look gorgeous.
Mariah Carey in Valentino
Even when she's dressed nicely she manages
to look tacky.

Molly Ringwald
Great dress, but what's up with her hair?
Kristen Stewart in Monique Lhullier
What a gorgeous dress!
Too bad she's too bored or whatever to smile,
because a smile would have improved the dress.

There weren't many red dresses, but the ones that were on the red carpet were striking.

Sigourney Weaver in Lanvin
This dress is not at all flattering.
It makes her look boxy and bigger than she is.
Michelle Pfeiffer in Carolina Herrera
She looks so beautiful here...
the ruching and asymmetry are gorgeous.
Penelope Cruz in Donna Karan
More ruching, more asymmetry, and still gorgeous.

Finally, we're left with the other colours. There were only a couple of black dresses, a few print dresses, and a few dresses in colours other than neutrals, blues, and reds.
Carey Mulligan in Prada
Oh, where to start.
The dress originally has a bubble hem,
which would be better than the modified hem.
It's the shoes that really break this outfit -
 they're so clunky and wrong.
Tina Fey in Michael Kors
I like this, although the black belt is too matte.
Kathryn Bigelow in Yves Saint Laurent
This dress is ok, but it doesn't seem to fit well over
the stomach. It's also kind of a dull colour.
Nicole Richie in Reem Acra
I love this dress - it looks dressy but also comfy.
And I love love love her eye makeup.
A close-up of the makeup I love.
Rachel MacAdams in Elie Saab
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries Van Noten
This is the second print dress.. I don't love it.
It feels sort of beachy to me, not formal.
Zoe Saldana in Givenchy
The top is pure sparkle on tv , and I like the
ombre ruffles.
Vera Farmiga in Marchesa
Great colour, and I love love love the ruffles!
This dress was unlike all the others.
As you can see, there weren't all that many unique colours on the Oscars red carpet, and there were no real "out there" dresses. Even the shapes of the dresses were similar: sheath-type things or lots of volume. At least there were no wardrobe malfunctions and most outfits were tasteful, if not flattering.


Robin said...

I don't watch the Oscars so I was counting on you to give us a look at the dresses, so thank you :) I loved the floaty fabric in some of them and I agree, Sandra Bullock's dress is the best. I want her figure too :)

Anonymous said...

I love your comments and the fact that you included the name of the designers. I think that if Laney Chan (blech!) can become a entertainment reporter because of her blogs to her friend then you should be recruited by Jeanne Beker to work on Fashion TV.

manchester fat acceptance said...

i like rachel mcadams' dress the best - the flowing fabric, romantic cut and muted tones really appeal to me.


Allison said...

My favourite is Rachel MacAdams's dress. That watercolour-y fabric and the classic style are gorgeous.