Tuesday, February 28, 2012

all my Oscars thoughts, in one place...

A day late and a dollar short, I know. But I was too tired to compose my thoughts after midnight when the 84th Academy Awards finally ended! Kudos to those who powered through. Anyway, it was an evening spent sighing over gowns, groaning over Angelina Jolie and wishing Meryl Streep was a member of my immediate family. There were some really lovely looks this year, but I think I'm echoing a lot of people when I say, ehhhh to just about all of it. Nothing really extraordinary aside from Gweneth Paltrow in a cape, am I right?

Never the less, I was still swooning all over the place. Here are my nine favorite looks. Yes, nine, because I can, and I feel like it, and this Picnik collage works out nicely. I have bolded my top three best dressed below.

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji - So, so perfect on her. Flattering and made to win in.
Meryl Streep in Lanvin - I mean, it's really gold, but I'm okay with it.
Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab Couture - I have no idea why she was there, but wow.
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton - I was confused for 10 minutes, then obsessed.
Gweneth Paltrow in Tom Ford - wins everything. Ever.
Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera - So sophisticated and working that peplum.
Kristen Wiig in J. Mendel - this is the best she's looked on the red carpet for sure.
Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen - intricate and awesome.
Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli - I don't hate the neck-bow, and I love the color.

[Images via Vulture.]

Now, let's talk about the menfolk. As I always say before I start flapping my jaw about menswear, I don't really know what I'm talking about. I only know what visually pleases me. A man in a tuxedo is almost always a win, but there were a few who really caught my eye last night. Here are the dashing dudes I was particularly taken with:

Christopher Plummer in a velvet dinner jacket. Captain Von Trapp, you look sharp.
Tom Hanks in a double-breasted shawl-collar jacket - it sounds so crazy yet looks so, so good.
Gary Oldman's contrasting piping I think adds a really cool detail to his 3-piece tuxedo.

[Images via Esquire]

The thing about the Oscars is that even some of the most fab people don't get to go every year. This is why we are so lucky to have the Vanity Fair After Party. The attendees sometimes change and all the not-as-special-this-year people get to come too. On that note, behold:

Cameron Diaz changed from that weird beige thing into orange Victoria Beckham. She looks phenom.
Emma Stone changed into Chanel Couture - and I'm into it.
Kate Bosworth in Prabal Gurung is sheer perfection. Get it? But really, she is.
Georgina Chapman in one of her own Marchesa designs - go figure, it looks made for her.

[Images via FabSugar.] 

That's it. That's all I got. What about you? Who was your pick for best dressed?


  1. Obsessed with Kate Bosworth in Prabal. I was hoping someone would wear it... but I didn't think it would be her! She rocked it. Def my pick for best-dressed of the night!

  2. Just when I thought nothing could top Emma Stone's red carpet dress, she shows up in the black Chanel. Amazing, in two totally different looks.


  3. Love Gwyneth's fashion forward gown! That girl knows how to enter a room (or a red carpet!) And love Cameron's tangerine after oscar party dress!
    I think this year there was no major mishap, and other than Gwyneth, everyone played kinda safe!
    Nice round up!Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  4. Of course Gwyn took the cake, but I can't get over how hot Cameron Diaz looks in this orange gown!! And Tom Hanks, well, he only gets better with age.

  5. What about Glenn Close..I thought she looked absolutely fantastic!!

  6. Kate Bos in Prabal Gurung 'almost' made my best dress...
    Didn't Tina Fey wear tht dress last year or something? She seems to be wearing the same dress everytime at least to me.. BORING!