Oscars 2012: Best and Worst Dressed

The year’s 84th Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood brought us a new, fresh perspective in terms of the beautiful fashion that graced the red carpet. For the first time in a long time, there wasn’t a typical color or style that everyone was following. The beautiful celebs broke away from both black and the mermaid cut and we saw a lot of fresh and vibrant colors, calm and elegant pastels, and flowy fabrics and peplum. Almost each star, whether a nominee or a presenter, had her own unique style of gown, tailored perfectly for her body type.

There were some fashion mistakes, but even those weren’t as drastic as one would expect — just less than average or disappointing, or in a couple of cases, a bit over the top.

Here is my list of ten favorites:

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

What do you get when these two fashion icons come together? A vision in white! This is definitely one of my favorite gowns of the evening. I love how she makes it look so simple while still making a statement. I also like the contrast of the white robe on the red carpet. While some may not have liked the cape, I absolutely love everything about her look, from her gown to her hair to the accessories. Simple and stunning!

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

I’m not the biggest fan of Michelle Williams or her weird pixie hair cut; but for this look, I can only say that playing the role of Marilyn must have rubbed off on her fashion sense. She is just breathtaking in that peplum red dress that still stood out on the red carpet. That pink clutch pairs perfectly with her gown, and I have to give her a two thumbs up for choosing a necklace over earrings — wearing big or long earrings with that hair cut usually comes off as too much of a statement. Well played Michelle, you stole the spotlights!

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab

Ladies and gentlemen, this is what style, beauty and elegance are all about. This is what the red carpet is all about! When I first saw Milla in that dress on TV, I had to take a minute to take in how gorgeous she looked. The way the dress hugs her body, the color and flow of the fabric, the hair and make up, the accessories — utter perfection. This is the best I’ve seen Milla, and she was certainly one of the best dressed of the evening, wearing our very own Elie Saab.

Cameron Diaz in Gucci

Normally, a dress of this color would look so boring, but it was designed in such a feminine, detailed, yet simple way and it fits perfectly on Cameron, who managed to carry herself so elegantly in it. This is one of my favorite Cameron moments, and her dress was one of the nicest of the evening.

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

This is exactly how a plus-size lady should dress. This shape of this dress is so feminine in the way it hugs Octavia’s body in the right places, making her look so elegant. No wonder Octavia has remained so loyal to Tadashi throughout this awards season — this dress is a masterpiece; made for a star!

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

This girl is a modern day Audrey Hepburn. Although some may argue that she looked too simple, it was the beauty in that simplicity that made so many heads turn. I can assure you that Rooney is a fashionista and mega-movie star in the making. She is a great actress, and after this night, possible a style icon.

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen

I normally wouldn’t like a dress of this fabric, with so much gold detail in it – especially on the red carpet. But, I don’t know how Jessica managed to pull it off so beautifully with her strawberry-colored hair, soft white complexion and minimal accessories. She looks strikingly regal!

Penelope Cruz in Georgio Armani Prive

This is what classic elegance is all about! I just love her look; a modern day Vivien Leigh from Gone with the Wind combined with Grace Kelly. Well done Penelope! Everything was just stunning, from the hair to the make up to the accessories.



And here are my five least favorites:

Meryl Streep in Lanvin

It’s very disappointing to see this result from such big names as Lanvin and Meryl Streep. Although I loved Meryl’s hair and makeup, I wish I could say the same for that dress! It’s way too drapey and doesn’t fit properly; it doesn’t flatter her form, and the neckline is too revealing for a woman of her age. Better luck next time!

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace

Here’s another shocking combination from yet another two heavyweights: Angelina Jolie and Atelier Versace. Angelina has long been a fashionista, a star of the red carpet, and the epitome of elegance. So, I must ask, what’s been happening to her sense of style and choice of wardrobe?  First she experiments with leather, now velvet — the result: terrible. I am very disappointed in her choice of dresses this awards season. As for the dress above, I didn’t like the heavy fabric, or the terrifying contrast of deep black on her pale white skin. I hope Angelina sticks to less ostentatious styles and fabrics next time so she can get back to being queen of the red carpet.

Ellie Kemper in Armani Prive

Unlike her lovely performance in Bridesmaids, Ellie’s dress was terrible! It’s almost as though sequins rained on her from the sky; in all the wrong colors. The blotchy shades in the dress are painful to look at; as well as how heavy the dress looks on her. Her hair isn’t nice either. This was one of the worst dresses on the red carpet. Poor Ellie!

Jane Seymour

Two words: Jessica Rabbit! This dress is just awful! I can’t imagine what she was thinking when she wore it. The texture is too flashy for the color, and the revealing neckline takes it to another level of trashy. The hair and the accessories didn’t help either — at all.

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

This was the biggest disappointment of the evening. Style icon Jennifer Lopez and one of my favorite designers Zuhair Murad couldn’t have possibly gotten it more wrong. The dress is too revealing. I hate the slits on her shoulders — pair those with the revealing back and neckline and it’s just downright vulgar. I’m not sure I like the material or the design either, which would have looked better on another body type. As for the hair, it was also a “fail”.

Melissa McCarthy In Marina Rinaldi

Wow what a hot mess! I wish to see Melissa in something more flattering and less drapey next time; preferably a whole different design and fabric. Instead of complementing her curves, this dress actually makes her look twice as large.

So, which dress was your favorite and which was your worst? Let us know!