Octavia Spencer wore a gorgeous Tadashi Shoji and Jimmy Choo heels. Jennifer Lopez too, wore Jimmy Choo heels and looked lovely in the sheer body-sculpted Zuhair Murad couture gown.. a little too sculpted given the now famous nip-slip 😉 Flawed design? You judge! Milla Jovovich wore a retro-inspired, single shoulder shimmery gown by Elie Saab. Even her hairstyle was reminiscent of the silent movie days!
Black came a close second to the brilliant whites.
I couldn’t help but notice a distinct relationship between Angelina Jolie and the 1991 flick, Addams Family. She sported a Saucy-Vixen-Meets-Morticia-Addams look on the red carpet, and her ‘Right Leg’ came across as a replica of ‘Thing’ – the self motivated hand in the movie. More than Jolie, her leg is now a popular Internet meme and has been spotted popping all over.. it’s even on twitter! Even at the awards night, the fun started early, with screenwriter Jim Rash copying the hilarious pose shortly after the actress presented him with an award onstage.
The other good thing that came out of the whole leg jutting out of the gorgeous Atelier Versace gown was that we got a good look at the shoes! A gorgeous pair of Salvatore Ferragamo custom-made, black velvet, peep toe pumps!
I also loved Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood‘s slinky sequined number paired with Jimmy Choo shoes. The ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close‘ star Sandra Bullock wore a Marchesa – reminds you of Claire Daines’ outfit at the Golden Globes. The silver seaweed-like embellishments at the waist and shoulder looked kind of forced to me. However, the waisted- peplum styles worn by Tina Fey (in a black satin Carolina Herrera) and Michele Williams (note the coral ruffle details) looked fresh and fun.
There were instances where metallic, golden shades overshadowed the statues! George Clooney’s golden girl Stacy Keibler took the invite a little literally in her statue-esqe gold gown! She looked great nonetheless. Meryl Streep stood tall in her Ferragamo’s while collecting her 3rd Oscar and looked absolutely fabulous in her sweeping -overlap-gold gown made out of ‘Eco Certified Fabric’. This one-off gown was created by Lanvin especially for the Green Carpet challenge, making it probably one of the most glamorous ‘green‘ dresses ever.
Ellie Kemper’s slinky rust sequins gown was by Georgio Armani. Jessica Chastain brought a little glam-gothic feel to the red carpet in an outstanding Alexander McQueen paired with Brian Atwood shoes.
Coral reds & deep/dark reds were another hit on the red carpet. Michelle Williams stood out beautifully in her flirty-peplum-waist Louis Vuitton. Natalie Portman stuck to wearing red on the red carpet, however interestingly in a vintage Christian Dior gown from the 50’s. Don’t you just love her transformation from the ultra modern look at the Globes to the retro Betty Boopish glam at the Oscars? She even wore Dior shoes.
Emma stone, with that huge bow around her neck resembled a late Valentine’s Gift. The bow was a part of her Giambattista Valli gown paired with Brian Atwood pumps. Puns aside, it was a beautiful dress and she did justice to the dress with her quick wit and humour as a co- presenter with Ben Stiller.
Leslie Mann, the ‘40-Year-Old-Virgin‘ actor, shone in a Roberto Cavalli midnight blue dress and Brian Atwood shoes. Penelope Cruz in Giorgio Armani was a vision in blue. Missi Pyle graced the occasion in another eco-friendly dress by Valentina Delfino.
Shades of greens too, made their presence felt with Glenn Close looking smashing in a forest green Zac Posen gown and a matching tuxedo jacket. Viola Davis in Vera Wang’s bright green and Bérénice Bejo in a mint Elie Saab number definitely made some women see green. Although the dresses looked gorgeous and we were appropriately star-struck , I missed the risque dressing style and all-out-in-your-face and that’s-why-this-is-Oscar’s- red carpet- look.