Oscars 2011: The good, bad and extremely good looking
Follow The Punch’s updates of triumphs and faux pas from the Oscars red carpet with our stellar fashion correspondent Nedahl Stelio throughout the afternoon.
MOST UN-BLACK SWAN LIKE: MILA KUNIS
It’s more than that, it’s positively pretty. All lacey and lilac-y and girly and flowy, Mila, who not only managed to hold her own with Natalie Portman in the film, proves that she ain’t bad in the style stakes either.
For her very first Oscars, this is stellar choice. It says, “I’ve made it, kind of, but I’m not going to be flashy about it. I’m keepin’ it real.”
MOST LIKELY TO BE DRAGGING THE CAT IN UNDER HER SKIRT: ANNE HATHAWAY.
It’s kind of like, whoops! Someone’s attached these big 3D flower things that my nephew made in art class to my fitted red dress and they’re weighing me down. And back. I need to keep leaning forward because the slightest bit of uprightedness and I’m a goner. Yes I’m hosting. Yes I wanted to feel like a princess. Yes I want every girl in the world to want to be me and think I’m doing the most amazing job in the world on stage which’ll silence my critics who are saying I’m not funny enough or charismatic enough to be hosting the Oscars. That’s why I’m letting my dress do the talking. It’s dramatic and commands attention.
BEST IMPERSONATION OF A PIXIE: MICHELLE WILLIAMS
Oh look, Michelle Williams has managed to turn her every-event-wear into a red-carpet-worthy frock. She does look beautiful and I do love the dress, even though I think it could do with some shoulder pads to really give her a great shape, but on the whole, she’s done well. It’s in her trademark vintage style and looks like a wonderfully modern version of something her nanna might have worn to attend a reception back in the day. She’s so soft and fragile looking, that’s just her thing I guess.
MOST LIKELY TO UPSTAGE ANNE HATHAWAY: SANDRA BULLOCK.
Ahem. Ms Hathaway? Yoo hoo, Ms Hathaway? This is how you wear a red dress. Slinky, fitted with a beautiful draping train, the dress looks damn near perfect on Sandra. So old-school Hollywood glamour, with a relaxed edge. She doesn’t look like she’s trying nearly as hard to impress the world and because of that, she naturally does. I would have loved it if she wore long, elbow length black gloves with it but you know, we can’t have everything.
MOST DISAPPOINTING: GWYNETH PALTROW
I almost feel like yelling at her. Honestly. It’s not like it’s freakishly horrendous and she looks like a high school dropout or anything, but this is Gwyneth. Style Queen. Most perfect woman in the world. She with all the skills, talents and blessings that most of us can only dream about. Why has she chosen to wear a sequinned, silver gown that looks amazing from the waist down, but like a cheap Supre top from the waist up? At an event where she’s going to perform with all eyes on her? So disappointed Gwyneth. Let’s hope you sing better than you look tonight.
BEST PREGNANT GLOW: NATALIE PORTMAN
And it’s not the blush, though she is wearing a lot of it. Natalie Portman is honestly one of the most beautiful pregnant women ever and really, are you surprised? No. Especially when her pre-baby body was in peak Black Swan form (apparently she trained 5-8 hours a day for a year for that performance) so she really deserves to let it all hang out during her pregnancy. I love the way it makes the most of her cleavage while softly falling over her baby bump, and is in an unexpected colour that suits her olive skin. Full points Ms Portman, full points.
WORST USE OF FAIRY DUST: MANDY MOORE
Ohhhh. This dress had potential. So much potential. But something isn’t right on the sleeves and the neckline. Is it too tight? I think it might be. I fear the sparkles may be choking her arms. And that neckline is too ... round. The shoulders too skinline. She needs some more fabric in there. Some texture. Something to tell us she’s real and not a wax figurine. That would help immensely. The bottom half I don’t have so much of an issue with, but I do wish the sparkly stuff had continued, at least sprinkled lightly, down to the hemline. Stopping at the knees because what, they couldn’t afford anymore? Seems silly to me.
MOST EXCITED TO BE THERE: JACKI WEAVER
This has got to be one of the best moments of her life and she looks so amazing for it. After her Golden Globes disaster of a dress, I’m so glad Jacki picked up the style gauntlet for the most anticipated fashion event in the world and did us proud. I love the full skirt and the embellished, short sleeved top. Flattering, age-appropriate and most certainly black-tie, Jacki can truly walk away from this with her head held high.
MOST INTERESTING: NICOLE KIDMAN
Okay, okay. I might take a teensy bit of the blame for this, having called her a boring dresser for the last five years and only recently, like at the SAG Awards, did we see flashes of that old, Nicole style brilliance. Now? She’s really come full circle. From bland, vanilla, nude toned dresses that washed over her like dirty dishwater, to this extremely elegant, Asian inspired, kimono style number. I don’t love the top half but the bottom half is brilliant. And it takes a confident woman to wear it. So glad that she’s back on top of her game, both personally and professionally, though I do wish she’d worn different shoes. Or at least matched her lipstick to them.
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