In an Oscar night with few surprises and risks, strapless and peplums were the winning silhouettes and white the “it” color. For a trend as strong as color has been, and continues to be, I’m surprised the non-color trended so strong. Gwyneth Paltrow looked stunning and uber chic (though when doesn’t she) and I applaud her choice of the Tom Ford dress and cape — a risk that paid off big. Another successful gamble in the evening was taken by Shailene Woodley wearing the demure, yet classic and beautiful, Valentino Spring Couture gown. Many critics thought she was to young for a long sleeve crew neck dress, but I disagree, the dress was different and refreshing.
Shades of green — mint, emerald and avocado — were the colors that took the most spins down the red carpet (Viola Davis and Bérénice Bejo) with red/orange coming in a strong second — Michelle Williams, in coral Louis Vuitton, and Emma Stone, in raspberry Giambattista Valli rocked their gowns. I loved Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen, another bold choice that complemented her coloring beautifully. Sandra Bullock, Milla Jokvich and Tina Fey all chose your more “classic” gowns but were just as chic and ravishing.
In Jennifer Lopez’s chose of Zuhair Murad for her oscar gown, one could only ask: what was she thinking? I can’t believe a woman who has the opportunity to wear any number of spectacular gowns, chose that one! She wasn’t the only one that missed the boat, Mellisa Leo in Reem Acra and Anna Faris in Diane Von Furstenberg, certainly could have done better.
Best-clockwise from top left: Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford, Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab Spring Couture, Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera, Shailene Woodley in Valentino Spring Couture, Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen, Roony Mara in Givenchy, Sandra Bullock in Marchesa, Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton.
Worst- Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad, Jane Seymour, Wendi McLendon Covey, Anna Faris in Diane Von Furstenberg, Lea Thompson, Mellisa Leo in Reem Acra.