Red carpet run-down: Oscars 2011

Yeah, I know I’m a few days late. But after receiving an impatient Facebook message mere hours after the Oscars ceremony wanting to know whether I was going to blog about the red carpet looks, I thought I just couldn’t let my readers (hi Mum & sis!) down. Besides, my first ever blog post was the 2010 Oscars red carpet review, so perhaps this will be an annual tradition of mine to celebrate my blog!

There were so many outfits that I could comment on, as myriad celebrities and other well-dressed folk graced the red carpet for this year’s awards, but I had to pick a few, so I’ve chosen my favourites, my least favourite few and then some special mentions. Let me know if you agree…

My favourites:

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7. Scarlett Johansson’s stunning one-of-a-kind dress by Dolce & Gabbana did not fail to impress, with its unusual grape tones and lace patterns. The back, too, was outstanding…and yet, Scarlett’s hair and makeup were completely lacking the chic that the dress exuded. Ms. Johansson accessorized with Anna Hu jewellery and Christian Louboutin shoes (apparently – I haven’t yet seen a picture of them).

6. Hilary Swank has received some criticism about her Gucci Premiere gown; opinion being that it was a ‘boring’ choice. My view is: if it’s classy and flattering, then it’s not boring…what’s boring about looking amazing?! Also, anything that features ostrich feathers tips toward the ‘awesome showgirl’ end of the scale, rather than the ‘convent’ end. I think the critics are wrong about Hilary!

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5. Brazilian model Camila Alves stole the limelight of her partner of Matthew McConaughey in a stunning black Kaufman Franco gown and sparkling Lorraine Schwartz jewellery. The look was effortless (pockets on a gown are just…cool), sexy and yet somehow understated.

4. Mandy Moore sparkled in a nude, bejewelled number by Monique Lhuillier. Although I don’t usually like pale against pale, the fresh-faced singer pulled this look off by being radiant and wearing just the right shade of lipstick to avoid looking washed out. Chopard jewellery finished her glimmering look, as well as a pair of Jimmy Choo “Zafira” shoes.

3. I really admire the style of Sandra Bullock; she always looks chic and classy, and never seems to get carried away with making a statement – and yet, a statement she always makes! This year she opted for a red Vera Wang number (paired with Jimmy Choo’s “Vita” platform sandal), which hugged all of the right curves and made her look every bit the established star that she is. Brava, Sandra!

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2. Amy Adams dazzled in a floor length, cap-sleeve L’Wren Scott gown from the designer’s recent Fall 2011 collection (pictured above – I definitely prefer Ms. Adams’ adaptation). I loved the elegance and timelessness of her look, and although the fashion police are gasping at her bold jewellery choice, I rather like her Cartier baubles, valued at a mere $1.35 million; the necklace was made of platinum and diamonds with a 33.24-carat emerald! Amy’s screen-siren look was completed by a gorgeous finger-wave hairstyle and Salvatore Ferragamo black satin shoes.

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1. Mila Kunis arrived on the red carpet wearing a piece by one of my favourite designers, which meant she was almost certainly going to rocket to my number one spot! This lavender Elie Saab Couture gown is both daring and demure, feminine and sexy, structured and fluid…and Mila definitely rocked it on the red carpet better than the models on the catwalk. I don’t know what’s not to love about this dress and the stunningly simple Neil Lane jewellery Ms. Kunis adorned herself with, but I am smitten with this look…

Special mentions:

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Nominated for her role in True Grit, 14-year-old starlet Hailee Steinfeld impressed even the most harsh of critics with her ‘age-appropriate’ one-of-a-kind Marchesa gown, the design of which she contributed to: “When I found out I was getting the opportunity to come here, I drew something out, and this is exactly what I had in mind”…impressive! Age aside though, this blush-coloured tea length frock is perfect for the occasion. And I’m loving those Ferragamo shoes and clutch too!!

Speaking of being age-appropriate, Helen Mirren looked almost regal in this grey Vivienne Westwood Couture gown, satin Ferragamo clutch, Cartier jewels and Sergio Rossi heels. At 65 years old, Helen Mirren shows some of the younger red-carpet dwellers how it’s done.

In a sea of black and white clones, Russell Brand stood out in a navy suit, checked shirt and skinny black tie; I don’t know which designer (assuming it is designer) dressed the comedian, but he looked suave, and just a bit quirky, as we all expect from Russell Brand!

The ones I didn’t like:

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Cate Blanchett. What was she thinking?! Sure, the fit is like a glove, and the colour is quite pretty, but what the heck is with her Givenchy Couture dress?! It may have been inspired by an armadillo covered in bubblegum…that’s the only explanation I can think of. All the critics are hailing Cate as the best dressed of the night, but I’m just going to come right out and say they’re wrong! Apparently Ms. Blanchett wore Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery, but really, who even noticed anything other than that monstrous gown?!

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Florence Welch looked washed-out and somewhat resembling grandma’s curtains in her ‘vintage inspired’ Valentino Couture dress – perhaps if the bottom half had been completely different, it may have been passable…

I’m not sure what inspired Nicole Kidman’s choice of this peculiar dress from Dior’s Spring/Summer collection of 2009. It definitely shouldn’t have left 2009. Or the runway. Or the creative studio. There is absolutely nothing I like about Nicole Kidman’s look: the Pierre Hardy shoes, the hair – even the rare 19th century diamond Riviere necklace from Fred Leighton cannot redeem this fashion faux pas!

Well, there you have it! My Oscars 2011 red carpet picks. What were your faves?

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1 Comment

  • Francoise says:

    Loved reading all your comments – thanks! Mostly feel the same way. My Favourite was the dark blue, nicely fitting dress that Amy Adams wore. Next Favourite was Scarlett Johannson’s dress followed by Hilary Swank’s dress although I’d read a comment she was wearing a “shag-pile” carpet. As for your worst – glad to hear you felt the same as me (and probably many others!)about Kate Blanchett’s dress.Some Aussie newspaper likened her dress to a toilet-seat cover- pretty apt, I think. Also did not like Nicole’s dress – she always wears pale – such a shame! Hated Florence Welsch’s dress – it looked like the dress-up you had as a child! Also thought Helen Mirren looked fabulous – particularly for her age!
    Go girl – love your blogging and glad you love it too! xx

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