Regardless of what the Fashion Police said, I have my own opinions. Bérénice Bejo’s mint-green Elie Saab and Shailene Woodley’s Valentino gowns were not trainwrecks for me, and Penelope Cruz definitely did NOT look bland! People are crazy. Anyway, I have no credentials except my mom and I have watched so many awards ceremonies together that I could write a book about it, and I love fashion and follow it very closely – but that’s it! I just thought I should stick my neck out for some of the ladies I thought rocked it, no matter what haterzzz say. So here we go…
1. Michelle Williams (nominee, My Week With Marilyn)
I love this girl’s style. She keeps it young, fresh, and interesting, and is a picture perfect role model for us 20-something’s on how to be pulled together, chic, and fashionable at (almost) all times. This fashion-forward Louis Vuitton dress (with Fred Leighton jewels and Louboutins) is a beautiful, springtime-appropriate color, and has a classic-yet-different cut that is very flattering on her petite body. In one word: LOVE.
2. Penelope Cruz (Presenter)
I want this dress. I want it so badly. Most people weren’t crazy about this one, but I absolutely adore it. The color is beautiful, and I imagine that in person it was probably more of a lavender-purple. But the off-the-shoulder, Grace Kelly-esque style is just so beautiful on Cruz’s curves, and she could not have rocked it any harder. Her hair, makeup and jewelry choices all show that she knew what she was doing: making herself into this year’s Old Hollywood screen gem. She was stunning. The dress is Armani Privé, with Chopard jewels.
3. Natalie Portman (Presenter)
After last year’s big win, Natalie did what any sensible woman would do, and took it down a notch for this year’s ceremony. I ADORE her Dior dress: it is fun, young, sort of J.Crew style fancy-preppy, and the color is to die for. The Harry Winston jewels add a more elegant touch, and the simple black clutch with a very basic hairstyle bring it down to earth a little. I wanted to literally steal this dress off of her when I saw her arrive. So my style!
4. Meryl Streep (Nominee and winner for Best Actress, The Iron Lady)
As we were sitting in our common room watching the Fashion Police post-Red Carpet, my housemates were bashing Meryl Streep’s Oscar gown – and boy did I defend her. Relentlessly. There is truly something to be said for knowing what looks good on you, knowing how to dress age appropriately, and still being able to rock it. Hard. This gold Lanvin number is stunning – one of the only Oscar-worthy gowns of the night – and shows that Meryl has a sense of fashion that is timeless and that has aged with her. She is my favorite person in the whole world – honestly – she has aged so beautifully and is so unbelievably talented, and is one of the most truly, realistically beautiful women in the world. Kudos for showing up all the youngun’s, Meryl – Rooney Mara has nothing on you!
5. Milla Jovovich (Presenter)
Now this is what a screen siren should look like: subtly sexy, classically beautiful, styled with elegance, class, and glamour. God and she’s just so gorgeous! I love that Milla, who was only presenting, outshone most of the nominees and winners. Her Elie Saab gown is ornate, elegant, and the bottom drapes her body beautifully while the top is structured and interesting. By far my favorite – hands down.
6. Jessica Chastain (Her film “The Tree of Life, which she stars in with Brad Pitt, was nominated, as well as “The Help”, in which she played a smaller supporting role)
First of all, I adore Jessica Chastain. She is the picture of womanly beauty, is a superb actress, and just seems like the kind of girl I would want to have a drink with. And this dress could not be more perfect: it is ornate, elegant, glamorous, and edgy all in one, and encompasses what the Oscar red carpet was made for. The simple hair style and makeup offsets the complexity of the Alexander McQueen gown, and the gold and black works really well with Jessica’s beautiful hair color and fair complexion. Overall, a winner in so many regards. Well done!
7. Bérénice Bejo (Nominee for “The Artist”, which won multiple awards)
Apparently everyone else hated this dress. I loved it! I think it’s fantastic when actresses know their fashion, and it was clear that Ms. Bejo has an eye for it when she arrived in this intricately beaded Elie Saab, in the Spring/Summer 2012 season’s freshest, most popular color, minty pistachio green. This color was all over the runways this season, and I think it only proves that this French actress was thinking fashion forward when she chose this frock. I also love the lace, the cut and structure of it, and overall I think it fit her body beautifully. I do agree with my mom, who said that a more carefree hairstyle would made this style seem younger, but I wish people hadn’t trashed her for it – it is a beautifully crafted gown, straight off the runway, and shows that this young actress has her eye on the fashion world (as any French woman should) and should have plenty of fresh looks in the coming years.
8. The Ladies in White: Rooney, Gwyneth, and Shailene
Rooney Mara (Nominee for Best Actress, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”)
Another fashion forward young woman who has taken Hollywood, and the fashion world, by storm, Rooney Mara has been showing up in lovely looks all season, so honestly, I was expecting a little more. But regardless, this Givenchy Couture gown – the same fashion house who dressed Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” – was custom made by Ricardo Tisci, and is absolutely stunning. I love how Rooney kept her hair simple, and opted for no jewelry: those choices made her beauty pop and the dress stand out. A lovely choice, especially with those red lips!
What doesn’t this woman look good in? Right? But seriously – very few people could pull off this Tom Ford gown, with its cape-like back and simple silhouette. But Gwyn rocks it! I love it, completely and totally love it – simple, elegant, and very fashion forward. Perfection.
Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants” was nominated, in which she played nominee George Clooney’s daughter)
Okay, yet another one that everyone despised, and I find totally charming. Here’s the thing: this is a very of-the-moment dress, it is a Valentino Couture gown, straight off the runway, and was inspired by Marie Antoinette at Versailles (which could be why I love it). Shailene is about my age, 22, but obviously shows a maturity and love of fashion that is beyond her (our?) years. I think this gown is interesting, different, and I love that she chose something so high fashion and fresh. Plus I think the cutouts in the front are very subtly sexy, and leave a lot to be imagined, which is the kind of sexy I think should be conveyed more often! Subtle, mature, demure, and not what anyone was expecting.
9. Tina Fey
I love this woman. I love her so much it’s ridiculous. I think she is strong, sexy, funny, and above all, real. Which is why I LOVE her look at the Oscars. It is glamorous, it is sexy, it is well made, it is flattering, and above all, it is totally Tina’s style. The navy looks wonderful on her, and it is obvious that Carolina Herrera made this dress especially for the actress. I think it’s easy for her to go unnoticed sometimes, which is why I’m giving her the cred she deserves! This is a simple, elegant, classy look that shows how well Tiny Fey knows her style and her body.
10. The Bridesmaids: Ellie Kemper, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, and Melissa McCarthy
This young actress knocked it out of the park – her fiery bronze gown from the Armani Privé’s fall 2010 collection fit her slender frame beautifully and highlighted her gorgeous copper hair. It is just stunning – I think she went pretty unnoticed on the red carpet, but she stuck out to me. She has such a great persona and this dress totally won me over. Her hair is a little harsh, but the look overall is stunning. I chose this photo so you could see the dress better – it’s a little blurry in the red carpet photo.
Another lady that didn’t get much attention, but I love her Johanna Johnson gown almost as much as I love her. The plum color suits Maya perfectly, and the jeweled sleeves and belt are flattering and add a touch of simple elegance. I don’t know why, but I adore this look – it is sort of edgy and different, and I am pretty sure she was the only one wearing purple, which I love because it is the color of royalty! And Maya Rudolph is regally awesome. It is also age appropriate, and fits her to a T.
Kristen Wiig (Nominated for Original Screenplay, with Annie Mumolo, for “Bridesmaids”)
While not my favorite ever, I think Kristen Wiig stayed true to herself and her style with this nude J. Mendel gown. I love the ethereal look, the overall delicious texture, and her sort of beachy look – I think it screams “Kristen Wiig!” loud and clear, and leaves room for her to laugh, which is crucial. Plus, as someone pointed out, she wasn’t nominated as an actress, but as a writer, and this look suits that role. I do agree that an upswept hairdo would have dressed it up more, and that this may have been more appropriate for the SAG awards or Golden Globes, but I have to disagree with all the haters – this is so Kristen, and I like that she maintained her style and kept it easygoing.
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Also, wish I looked like that in a dress. Amazing. Oh also, Vivienne Westwood gown and Chanel jewelry. Dynamic duo right there…
This custom Marina Rinaldi gown suits Melissa’s persona perfectly – light and carefree, but elegant, understated, easy to move in, and flattering. I also admire that she veered from dark colors – it’s easy to go towards black and navy when you’re bigger, as it is flattering, but I like that Melissa came out and just owned this look, you could tell she felt totally comfortable in her own skin and 100% confident. I loved it, I think just because I could tell she loved it, and that made me happy.
11. Girls in Green: Glenn and Viola
Glenn Close (Nominee, Best Actress)
I loved this look! My friends hated it, but I think she rocked it! The green is so elegant and rich and flattering, and the gown itself was form fitted and sort of young, but the blazer gave it this edgy, mature look that I just adored. Zac Posen was a great choice for Oscar night, and I am just so impressed with how amazing Glenn Close looks in this gown – it hugs her in all the right places but the jacket adds this great twist and gives it a level of sophistication and edginess that was untouched by anyone else. She is another woman who I adore: she is so beautiful, and has aged so gracefully, and this look shows it off!
Viola Davis (Nominee for “The Help”)
Absolutely stunning. This Vera Wang gown is perfect for her, it highlights her beautiful skin, and fits her body well. It’s one of those looks that I can’t really explain why I like it so much, I’m just drawn to it. I think part of it is how radiant she looks. And I love how she wore her hair natural! I respect that, definitely. Natural beauty is real beauty, and Viola Davis totally brought it.
12. Busy Phillips
Okay last one, I swear. Michelle Williams’ BFF, who has been her date to several awards shows, looked awesome! Her dress was understated, which is exactly the look (I think) one should go for when attending with a nominee – you don’t want to upstage your date! Her gown is flattering, edgy, and different, which I appreciate. The Dolce & Gabbana dress could have gone horribly wrong, but the actress paired it with fuschia stilettos and long, chunky turquoise earrings that just made this look work so well. This is another one who flew under the radar – but I saw! Loved it.