The Academy Awards’ red carpet was filled with complete glamour, lots of sparkle, bold colors and trains galore. There were no full-on fashion disasters on this beautiful Sunday night.
Who got it RIGHT?
In a dress fit for a winner, Penelope Cruz sported a romantic vintage gown by Pierre Balmain, full of brocade and sheer touches. Taraji P. Henson looked gorgeous in an off-white, tiered gown by Roberto Cavalli and a statement necklace. Amy Adams worked a bold necklace as well, along with a stunning red dress by Carolina Herrera. There was finally a red carpet win from Marisa Tomei in her gorgeous and unusual pleated Versace gown. Anne Hathaway picked a dress that didn’t wash her out completely. Her mermaid-esque, sequin-embellished gown by Armani was glamorous and flattering. Angelina Jolie worked her old standby, a sexy black dress and voluminous hair. I am glad to see her red carpet style back on track. Diane Lane looked fabulous in a classic black dress by Dolce and Gabbana. Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey, Jr. were both dreamy and surprisingly clean cut in their tuxes.
Who got it WRONG?
Beyonce hit a sour note for fashion police in a black and gold incar nation that was less than sophisticated. Melissa Leo did not impress, sporting bad ’80s hair and a dress in baby-food brown. The fit and cut of Viola Davis’ dress were great, but the metallic color of Oscar gold and the shiny fabric were all wrong. I was not a fan of Jessica Biel’s column dress with its attached floppy half bow. And Tilda Swinton was equal parts kooky and creepy down to her ill-chosen red lipstick. It’s hard to be critical of the legendary Sophia Loren, who still looks great at 74, but I could have done without all those ruffles.
Who ALMOST got it right?
Miley Cyrus wore an overly ornate dress by Zuhair Murad. Her hair and makeup were sweet and youthful, but the heavily layered gown was too much for the petite star. Freida Pinto didn’t quite hit a home run in a cobalt John Galliano gown. The color was stunning, but I would have preferred it without the one lace sleeve. I was okay with Kate Winslet’s gray and black gown, but the space-age helmet hair was a wrong turn. Heidi Klum looked modern in a bold pink gown and loads of jewelry, but it was too much look for the Oscars.