Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The 2012 Oscars: White is still the new black... And that leg!

It's that time of year again... Let's just cut right to it.  Below are the nominations for my "Best Dressed" and "Pretty Good" list.

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Emma Stone, in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture with a Louis Vuitton clutch and jewels.  Love the neck, love the color, love her, love to see what she wears next.  She made me laugh as a presenter with her cheeky yet charming personality...  "We should have some banter. Where you act cocky and I shut you down and you say I look pretty and I say ‘no chance funny boy’!” My only complaint is that it looks a little big.

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Sandra Bullock, in Marchesa.  The white top and black bottom theme from previous award shows continues on Sandra.  The embellished waist and shoulders is another notable trend on the red carpet.  The black and white combination is sophisticated, the shape and low draped back is sexy and the embellishments are chic.  But I may be a little biased.

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Glenn Close, in Zac Posen with Bulgari jewels.  This evergreen color is so intriguing and it looks beautiful on the blonde Close.  I adore the structured corset and tuxedo jacket.  But most of all, I like how she exudes assurance.

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And here's Angelina Jolie's right leg.  Oh, and Miss Jolie herself, in Atelier Versace with Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.  I'm feeling the high slit but her permanent stance did seem a little odd.  Her highlighted, loose curls beautifully contrast the black velvet, structured gown.  I have a thing for black velvet because the rich shade is at its darkest in velvet.  She looks gorgeous, as always.  I'd love to know the name of that lip color.  However, I will agree with a fellow Oscar party guest, "She needs to eat a bowl of rice and beans!"

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Tina Fey, in Carolina Herrera with Bulgari jewels and a Roger Vivier clutch.  While Fey's navy dress is not exceptional, I think she looks fabulous.  I adore the trendy peplum, color and perfect fit.  Her hair is swept off her face in a chic bouffant bun and her face is gorgeous.  Her glowing confidence doesn't hurt either.

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Michelle Williams continues to look sweet and adoring in Louis Vuitton with Forevermark jewels and a Bottega Veneta clutch.  I look forward to seeing her in something a little more daring. She further establishes the peplum trend, which I expect to be in high demand this spring.  To easily incorporate it into your wardrobe, choose a top with peplum and pair it with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt.

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I'm supposed to like this look.  It's Givenchy Haute Couture on Rooney Mara.  It has topped the majority of the 'Best Dressed' lists.  But I can't help but think of my grandmother's vintage bras when I look at the bust detail.  She must be chicer than I.

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Milla Jovovich continues the white is the new black trend, which is a welcome change of pace on the red carpet.  Add a little train, loads of shimmer and one sleeve and we get this stunning Elie Saab gown.  This is one of my favorites.

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More white: Sofia Vergara, in Roberto Cavalli with Casadei heels, Judith Leiber bag and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.  Do I really need to comment?  Miss Vergara seems to do no wrong.

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Octavia Spencer, in Tadashi Shoji with Lorraine Schwartz jewels, a Leiber clutch and only one pair of Spanx.  This is one of her best looks yet.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, in Tom Ford.  She manages to make a long cape look chic and effortless.  Without the cape the dress is a little boring but then there's no distraction from her beauty.

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Jennifer Lopez looks oh so glam in a silver Zuhair Murad gown with a 70s vibe.

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From white and silver to pastels, pale shades have stepped onto the main stage.  This is Louise Roe, in a blush Black Halo gown.  Some of you may be thinking, who is this girl?  Well, I'm not sure.  In my brief research to find her dress' label I saw varying claims, including actress (StyleBistro), ABC Oscar correspondent (Socialite Life) and Glamour magazine's new fashion editor (Yahoo!).  One thing's for sure, I adore this tailored gown with jacket-like top, structured layers and embellished belt.

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Kate Mara, in Jack Guisso Couture.  The way she is standing - shoulders slightly slumped, chin down and a little smirk - reminds me of her creepy character, Hayden, in American Horror Story!  But looking past the vengeful ghost, this is such a pretty blush dress with floral appliques and lines of shimmer.

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Continuing the pastel parade, Melissa McCarthy, in Marina Rinaldi.  While, I think Marina Rinaldi, the women's division of Max Mara, was a better choice, I wish she chose a more vibrant color and wasn't afraid to reveal more.

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Meryl Streep, in Lanvin with a Lanvin clutch and Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.  Gold is big right now and I love this gold fabric!  It's fun and glamorous, without being too over the top.  The shape is sexy, yet sophisticated.

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More gold: Jessica Chastain, in Alexander McQueen with Harry Winston jewels.

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Olivia Wilde paired her Gucci with gold.  This simple look is oh so sexy with smoky eyes and hair in a bun.

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Do me a favor.  Put your hand over Kelly Osbourne's face.  Isn't that an awesome Badgley Mischka dress?!  Her figure looks fantastic.  The sheer cutouts are super trendy and the emerald embellishments are so pretty.  I think Kelly is beautiful and so funny.  But I wish she would change her hair color!  Or take a cue from Katy Perry and at least color coordinate.

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Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, in a custom made Imperial Violet silk velvet Johanna Johnson gown with.  Again, the color of this dress is so rich because of the velvet material.  I do wish she had pulled her hair up.

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Kathy Freston, in an unknown dress.  While this is a more casual style for the Vanity Fair Oscar party, I adore this color.  She must be ready for spring and so am I!