There are quite a few interesting dresses on this red carpet which should be no surprise because not everyone knows how to dress to flatter their figure or colouring. I know there are stylists to help but not everyone uses a stylist and not ever stylist knows what they're doing.
There wasn't that much black on this red carpet which was a welcome change. White and nude are still popular colours and there were also varying shades of blue and a few reds which I really liked. There was a lot of beaded and sequin fabrics and embellishments which of course I love :)
Anyways, enough of me blathering on. Let's look at the dresses!
This is almost an awesome dress, except for where the tulle covers the embellishments at the waist. Had the flower embellishments been on top of the tulle, this dress would be beautiful.
|Tabatha Coffey in Marc Zunino|
She was hosting for some tv show so at least we know why she's there. Is it just me or does it look like someone styled her skirt with a bunch of gel? Can she not stay away from hairstyling for a couple of hours?
|Maria Menounos in Romona Keveza|
This prom dress is nice enough but not quite big enough to contain her bosom and about a half an inch too long.
|Giuliana Rancic in Rafael Cannamo|
There's just too much fabric and too much dress for her. She's drowning in those extra fabric panels and that extra length.
|Anne Sweeney in Kaufmanfranco|
She's the co-chair of the Disney media group and president of the Disney-ABC television group so she's fairly important. As befits her station, she's well- and suitably-dressed but not flashy.
|Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé|
Hold up your hand if you love this dress! Jessica, you're wearing the dress - we assume you love it. It's nice, and it fits well, but I wish it was a slightly deeper colour that wasn't so close to her skin tone.
|Fatima Ptacek in Bonnie Young|
She's the star in the Dora the Explorer tv show and also starred in the short film Curfew. I love her hair but it isn't quite enough to make up for her toilet-paper cover of a dress.
|Dawn Laurel-Jones with Tommy Lee Jones|
Oooh, I love that neckline! The print is a little busy and the bodice a little blousy but I could look at that neckline all day.
|Yong Chavez in Oliver Talentino|
Is she picking the dress out of her bum? Oops, no, her hand is on her hip; the angle is just a bit weird. And the overskirt looks like it's pulled back and needs adjusting.
|Robin Deardon with Bryan Cranston|
While no dress should be too long on the red carpet, no dress should be too short. This dress is gorgeous but it's too short to be a long dress and too long to be a shorter dress.
|Samantha Barks in Valentino|
There aren't enough pockets on red carpet dresses. That this one manages to have both pockets and a plunging neckline and still look easy to wear is an example of great design.
|Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta|
That's a whole lot of skirt there. It is a beautiful colour and it fits her perfectly... even if it does have a big shaggy skirt.
|Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton|
The combination of the colour-blocking and the expanse of upper chest there makes her breasts look perilously close to her waist. I wouldn't want to look that way myself but she's clearly much braver than I am.
|Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille Couture|
The center front of the skirt comes to a point in front, which I don't much like, but I love the multiple layers of fabric on that skirt. The embellishments on the bodice are the perfect balance to the skirt.
|Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji|
One thing I love about this dress is that the sleeves and collar widen her shoulders, the skirt widens her hips, and the bodice is slim-fitting. Together, these elements create an hourglass silhouette.
|Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Rachel Roy|
A lace dress is a very bold choice for someone so pregnant. Of course she looks absolutely gorgeous; the lace is beautiful and the dress is sexy without being vulgar.
|Jacki Weaver in Rana Salam|
Most people who wear normalish clothes usually try to make their proportions look more normal. Unless she has an exceptionally short torso and exceptionally long hips, this is not normalish.
|Lucy Alibar in Stephanie Yvonne Alvarez|
This looks much like a bridal gown, except that brides wear better fitting dresses. And do something more formal with their hair.
|Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen|
Except for the way the bodice makes her bobs look every so slightly droopy and the hair that makes the overall look much more severe this is a nice enough dress.
|Sally Field in Valentino|
The knot at the waist appears to be pulling her breasts into it. Because who doesn't want to wear a dress that deforms their chest?
|Rachel Mwanza in Vlisco|
She's wearing an African textile by an African designer and even though it's a mullet dress, the style and colour placement are gorgeous
|Olivia Munn in Marchesa|
The bodice is a little Wonder-Woman like. If an emergency were to arise, all she'd need to do would be to rip off the skirt, jump in her invisible plane, and save the day.
|Alicia Vikander in Elie Saab|
This is one of my favourite dresses of the event. The lace is gorgeous is used perfectly throughout the entire dress. I also love the colour, the boat neckline, and raglan sleeves - really, I love the whole dress.
|Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli|
Apparently she spent three days in fittings for this dress. The colour is gorgeous in her and the fit is spectacular. The transition between bodice and skirt is subtle and beautiful.
|Jane Fonda in Versace|
She looks fabulous and brings a ray of sunshine to the red carpet, at least from the front. The back looks a bit strange, though - the waist embellishment and cutout don't work quite so well.
|Anne Hathaway in Prada|
Earlier in the day her people had spread the word that she would be wearing Valentino and then she surprised everyone by wearing this dress. Word is that she ditched the Valentino dress because it was too similar to Amanda Seyfreid's dress in that both were lace.
Apparently she picked this dress out three hours before the ceremony so there wasn't time to customize the dress for her. That would explain why her nipples appear to be so prominent (although those might be the ends of the darts, or both). From the front the dress is lovely but that back looks strange with the different strap sizes and that knot. A bow might have been better; not having the bottom strap would have been even better; wearing a different dress would have been best.
|Naomi Watts in Armani Privé|
Aside from the fact that the dress is too tight around her waist, this dress is ok. The asymmetry on the bodice adds interest and is well balanced.
|Adele in Jenny Packham|
She's wearing her usual black dress again. It's her style and her aesthetic and it works for her; while the dresses might not be exactly fashionable, they're flattering enough.
|Adele in Burberry (performance dress)|
I prefer her performance dress over her red carpet dress because the silhouette is much more flattering. The shorter skirt length works better with her figure and height.
|Jennifer Aniston in Valentino|
I think I love the ballgown skirt she's wearing. It's a welcome change from mermaid skirts and it's so beautifully constructed.
|Gloria Reuben in Oliver Tolentino|
Is it just me or does that mermaid skirt look like a big, heavy rug? The best thing about this dress is the changing colours, Well, and the fit.
|Nicole Kidman in L'Wren Scott|
She looks a lot better than she did at the Golden Globes. This dress is a reasonably good choice although the thing at the waist looks like an alien breaking free from her stomach.
|Halle Berry in custom Versace|
Apparently she wanted to have a dress that read "Bond girl". Bond girls usually wear dresses that are form-fitting, which this is, and sexy, which this isn't. This is the robot version of a Bond girl's dress.
|Jennifer Garner in custom Gucci|
She said she loved this from the moment she saw the sketch. This is one of those "work in the front and crazy in the back" dresses where the crazy shows through the front.
|Kelly Ripa in Carolina Herrera|
I love this dress on her; it's unusual but flattering and fits her perfectly. I wish it was about one inch shorter because then it would be perfect.
|Nancy O'Dell in Mark Zunino|
This colour is positively electric against her skin tone. I don't love the light blue colour or the slit-to-there but the dress fits her very well.
|Aparna Danna in Dinesh Ramsay with Mychael Danna|
This is a fashionable version of a sari and I love it. I actually love saris but I think it might be weird (and maybe even offensive) if I wore one. She looks fantastic.
|Brenda Chapman (R) and guest|
Brenda Chapman was the original writer-director of Brave (there's a bit of a backstory there - read about it here). I love love love this Steampunk-style dress which fits her perfectly. The colour brings out her eyes and looks fabulous on her and I love all the lace.
I think her guest might be her daughter but I'm not sure. This dress is pretty, if a bit prom-like, but it coordinates with Brenda Chapman's dress and fits her really well.
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