Did you catch the Oscars? For some reason, I watched the ENTIRE THING. Which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, as I’ve only seen 0.5 of the 9 films nominated. But who cares about any of that. On to the fashion!
Here are my picks for best-dressed:
1. Gwyneth Paltrow.
Gwyneth was by far my favorite of the night. She wore a cape! It’s a risk, but this risk paid off big time. The Tom Ford creation looked stunning both with and without the super cape. Overall, a huge success. The color was a strong white, and the structured feel was perfect for her. She stuck to one strong cuff and some rings, which made for a refreshing departure from the usual over-the-top jewelry indulgence that happens at these shows. You go Gwynnie.
2. Michelle Williams.
There’s something so captivating about Michelle Williams, and the choice of a bold coral color really worked for her this time. I love the addition of a brooch at the waist, and an unexpected pink clutch. Classic and feminine yet totally fresh.
3. Rooney Mara.
Rooney is all about the Lisbeth Salander persona, but I’m totally feeling it. The hair and makeup were severe, yet still managed to appear understated. Sure, there was some odd detail in the boob area of the Givenchy gown, but Rooney pulled it off. And again, I admire the restraint in jewelry. Too many young actresses look matronly on the red carpet due to the overload of expensive sparkle.
Runners-Up: Emma Stone and Milla Jovovich.
I have to give Emma props for picking a color that most redheads shy away from. It is unfortunate though that this Giambattista Valli gown was soooo similar to the Balenciaga worn by Nicole Kidman a few years ago. That said, Emma looked sophisticated yet youthful. And Milla was pure vintage glamour in Elie Saab.
Honorable Mention: Glenn Close.
Okay, let me explain this one. I wasn’t head-over-heels in love with this Zac Posen look, but I do have to give Glenn major credit for exploring a different direction when it comes to arm-covering formal attire. So many women prefer sleeves, but they’re not easy to come by. And when sleeves do happen, they run the risk of looking billowy and shapeless, like they did on Melissa McCarthy and Meryl Streep (love these ladies so much, but their sleeves really hindered the looks of their dresses). By trying out a blazer, Glenn created a tailored, structured look while still getting the coverage. That said, the jacket itself would have worked better had it been a tad shorter. Or if she had worn it closed like Tilda Swinton did at the Globes. But A for effort for Glenn!
All photos: Getty images via Zimbio