Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Oscar Night: Ruffle My Feathers

There were a LOT of ruffles at this years Academy Awards.

No, like, really... Almost more than I can handle, and I love ruffles.

There was some good, there was some bad...

There was some cah-razzzeeeeeyyyyy.

So, without further adieu... Here we go.

First up we have Up in the Air's Vera Farmiga wearing a stunning fuchsia Marchesa gown.

This was one of my favorite looks of the night. That is... A whole lotta dress right there, but I really think she pulled it off. It fits her perfectly and the simple hair and minimal jewelry really pull the look together. Love that lipstick, too!

Next up we have Elizabeth Banks in Versace.

I wanted to love this dress, I really did. I almost did, too. But there was one thing that threw the whole thing off for me - the fit. It's too small. From the front it was clearly suffocating her poor chest and it looks uncomfortably tight around the rest of the bodice. See that puckering near the seams? That means there needs to be more material there. Aside from that, I adore the ice grey color, the simple hair (complete with a lovely peekaboo-sparkle headband), and the smoky makeup. It was definitely almost there.

Our first questionable moment came from a red carpet favorite of mine - Diane Kruger in Chanel.

Okay... It's weird. It's half ruffled, half not. There's also lace and ruching and ribbons and...oy. A lot of stuff. I have to say, though, it's very Diane. She is always one to take risks on the red carpet and I, for one, think she usually knocks it out of the park. I like to think of her as a less-intense Chloe Sevigny. All in all, this isn't my favorite dress, but I think it's a pretty color and check out the lovely detailing... I like it. So there.

Bringin' the sexy back in a flesh-toned Versace was Demi Moore, who must have discovered the fountain of youth because she's clearly getting younger instead of older.

She looks hot, no two ways around it. Great dress, great color, great shoes, great everything.

Avatar may have lost out on most of the big awards, but one of it's stars was certainly going for the fashion win - Zoe Saldana in Givenchy - I'm just not sure she fared any better than her film did.

Is it just me or does Zoe's dress look a little bit like the purple part is trying to swallow the sparkly bodice? It really looks like two dresses thrown together. It's one part sparkle, one part flamenco dancer, and all parts over-the-top. I actually love the color, it looks beautiful on her... The rest of the dress? Not so much. I just can't get on board with this one.

Stay tuned for more trends from the Oscars!