Red Carpet Fashion

The 83rd Academy Awards Show

The biggest names in showbiz strolled the red carpet last night at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. I was slightly disappointed from a fashion front, as no particular dress stood out to me as striking. There were some Highs however, as well as a few Lows. 

Here is the Oscar Fashion Assembly.

Red Alert

Blending into the background, red was a popular choice. On the left, Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence wears a Baywatch-swimsuit-turned-gown by Calvin Klein. It's simple & streamlined and shows off her fantastic figure. Last year's Best Actress winner, Sandra Bullock chose a strapless Vera Wang gown with red clutch bag. Oscar host Anne Hathaway wore a strapless taffeta Valentino Couture gown decorated with unflattering fabric roses and train.

Colour on the Red Carpet

Amy Adams shimmered in a deep blue sequined dress by L'Wren Scott with cap-sleeves and high neck. She accessorized it with $1.35 million worth of Cartier emeralds and diamonds. Mila Kunis looked lovely in this romantic lavender chiffon and lace gown by Elie Saab. This year's Best Actress Winner, Natalie Portman played it safe in a plum off-the-shoulder dress by Rodarte. TV presenter Shaun Robinson wears a bold shade of blue in this one-shoulder dress with mermaid silhouette by Christiane King.

Nudes and Metallics

Another trend of the night was nude and metallic dresses. Michelle Williams wears a beaded Chanel column dress. It isn't spectacular, but a major step up from what she usually wears. Mandy Moore looks stunning in a nude off-the-shoulder gown with sequined bodice by Monique Lhuillier. Gwyneth Paltrow wears a slinky silver dress by Calvin Klein. Singer Florence Welch sticks to her vintage and whimsical sense of style in this long-sleeved chiffon and Chantilly lace tiered dress by Valentino. 

Dramatic Silhouettes

Hilary Swank is covered in glitter and ostrich feathers (which I prefer to see on the bird itself). Her silver sequin dress with ombre feather skirt is by Gucci. Camila Alves looks gorgeous in a black Kaufman Franco ballgown with plunging neckline and full skirt. Halle Berry steals the limelight in this ethereal beaded dress by Marchesa with silk tulle ruffle train.

Wanted : A New Stylist

From the front, Cate Blanchett's lilac pleated Givenchy Couture gown is quite interesting and pretty. I changed my mind once I saw the back, which is harshly contrasted by the armoured sleeves and a curious yolk-yellow coral design. Scarlett Johansson may be a classic beauty, but this burgundy lace tea-cosy gown by Dolce & Gabbana is just awful. Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior Couture - maybe if they omitted the strangely shaped hip-enlarging panels, it would have been a lot better. Penelope Cruz wears a glitzy wine-red L'Wren Scott gown. It's really not a bad dress, but you could get one exactly like it from any Asian Bazaar in Joburg - 10 years ago.

Who was your best and worst dressed at this year's Academy Awards?


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