February 23, 2009

they all adore couture.

celeb spotting

at last night’s oscar ceremony, there was one trend that seemed to be more interesting than any of the others, and that was the reemergence of couture. just about every major presenter and nominee was wearing a one-of-a-kind piece, and in the age of “recession” and “downsizing,” it was nice to see the stars going doing all out glamour. here are my favorites of the night.

best couture: marion cotillard in dior haute couture
as the face of the lady dior handbag, it was expected that cotillard would wear dior, but she really shined in this black and blue belted ballgown which didn’t stray too far from the runway version. sarah jessica parker, also in dior couture, was a close second.

best color: amy adams in carolina herrera
adams was my pick last year for best color, and she did it again this year, choosing a gorgeous red herrera with seaming detail and a beautiful chiffon drape.

best pastel: natalie portman in rodarte
portman usually choses neutrals on the red carpet, but her pink rodarte was unexpected and very fresh. i loved her simple pulled back hair and understated jewelry mixed with her dark nails.

best in white (or silver): marisa tomei in atelier versace
this versace had it all–amazing detailing, a long theatrical train, a soft metallic color, and simple hair/makeup/accessories that let the dress be the main focus.

best black: robin wright penn in monique lhuillier
she may not have been thanked in her husband’s oscar speech, but robin wright penn is definitely deserving of praise for her stunning gown, which showed off her legs and back to great effect.

so who didn’t look so hot? beyonce for starters, who looked like she was wearing wallpaper. jessica biel has a smokin’ hot body, but in her strangely draped prada, you were hard pressed to see any of it. she would have looked great in one of marchesa’s mermaid shapes or in another atelier versace. some were just boring, like jennifer aniston (does she wear any other colors besides nude/gold or black?), angelina jolie (ditto, but i loved her unique jewelry), and nicole kidman (normally very inventive in her choices, has been stuck in l’wren scott hell). miley cyrus looked too old, and i was just plain disappointed in kate winslet (and stefano pilati). so who were your picks for best and worst dressed?

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