Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Oscars Red Carpet 2016

2 of my favorites, 3 of my least favorites. The yellow dress was ok. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. But Alicia Vikander was so, so tan that it totally distracted me from anything she was wearing. Charlize Theron's deep V was way too low for me. I thought it made her proportions all wrong. And Rachel McAdams was a triple fail: I'm not crazy about that green, unnecessary long slit, and just look at that fabric! It was already wrinkled at the beginning of the night! *see below for commentary on the other two.

I realize I haven't done a post in over 4 months. But I could not let the Oscars come and go without having my say. Besides, the Oscars Red Carpet is practically the whole reason I began this blog in the first place!

And so, without further ado, I shall begin. I think I will start with the best and end with the worst. They are in no particular order (except for the first, which is my favorite).

Best of the Best

Olivia Wilde's stunning, pleated, white gown simply took my breath away. Normally, I am not a big fan of the plunging neckline, but the proportions really worked in this case. She took a risk in wearing the choker, but I think it really completed the look. And she actually did something to her hair!!! It seems like most just leave it in sexy waves these days. And, lets not forget the best part, the detail at the back! The way the fabric folded over her shoulders and trailed down the sides! Genius! Perhaps not my favorite Oscars dress of all time, but most definitely my favorite of 2016! AND, I just looked up the designer: Valentino!!! That explains it all. My favorite!

OK, so, I have no idea who Dorith Mous is. But this dress is so incredibly gorgeous that I had to include it. Not only does it fit her like a glove, but the silhouette somehow evokes Marie Antoinette for me (which is never a bad thing - unless you're talking about revolution). I could not figure out who the designer was, but I applaud them. I think it's so difficult to balance a classic look while trying to keep it looking modern. Amazing!

It took me a few minutes to decide whether or not I liked Cate Blanchett's dress. But for me, that's not a bad thing. Especially when I decide that I do, indeed, love the dress. Of course, not everyone could pull it off. But the mixture of quirkiness and elegance seems to suit Cate perfectly. And that color is so unexpected and beautiful. I'm so glad she took the risk!

I was surprised to find Julianne Moore on my best dressed list. She is usually WAY at the bottom. But this Chanel number is the perfect balance of chicness and elegance with a little hard edge thrown in. Plus, I didn't realize this at first, but it's lace!!! And we all know I can't get enough of that stuff!

So, it's possible that I only love this dress because of who is wearing it. But I think that is half the battle. You have to find the right dress for the right star. Although this one is a bit boring, Tina Fey looked so effortless and stunning that I actually gasped a little when I first saw her. It suited her (and fit her) perfectly. Plus, that amazing necklace was drool-worthy on it's own.

I thought this dress was so interesting and unusual, and it took Mindy Kahling to a much more elegant level than usual. The color combination was lovely, and I also loved her hair.

Honorable Mention

The truth is, I think this dress needed to be edited just a little bit. And if it were up to me, I would either remove the train, or the ruffles. But, even with them, she looked absolutely beautiful! And that belt really made the whole gown sing!

When I first saw this dress on Pryianka Chopra, I didn't like it. But on all of the close-ups, it was amazing!!! It is a bit busy, but all of that detail, in the end, is remarkable. Plus, she it so beautiful, she kind of forces you to love it in the end.


Lets all have a moment of silence for finding Kate Winslet on the worst dressed list.  :(  Not only was this dress extremely unflattering, but it pretty much looked like it was made out of garbage bags. Hopefully she will be back on top again next year! (ps - I love Leo!)

Unlike Kate, it is no surprise to see Heidi Klum on this list. But I am always so baffled at her crazy, wacky and usually hideous choices! This has SO much going on, and none of it is good. Especially for the Oscars! It honestly looks like she let a 6 year old girl choose for her. I mean, I love purple, but not like this. I love one shoulder dresses, but this one is waaaaay too extreme with the puffy sleeve. I love nods to the 70's, but these are all of the crazy 70's ideas rolled into one hot mess of a dress. She really needs to call Tim Gunn before walking out like this!

There is really nothing I like about this look on Jennifer Lawrence. Starting with the bleached-blonde bob, then the weird bodice that looks like it might be see-through, ending in this weird goth-big bird skirt. It's a terrible combination that doesn't work at all!


  1. Yay!!! I loved Mindy's dress, too! Glad you agree!! Wish I could have watched--often they look very different than in just a photo!

  2. I can't believe I missed this post! It's been ages! Love your commentary. I also really love that dress worn by Doris Mous. Love what you had to say about the worst dressed. Haha! And that is really sad about Kate. That dress just begs WHY???