84th Annual Academy Awards
If you missed our live play-by-play of this year’s Academy Awards, check out our @RustedRev Twitterfeed. There is four+ hours of running commentary. It might just be more interesting than the actual show was — Billy Crystal’s singing got old really fast and Angelina Jolie’s shockingly boney frame started trending by the thousands.
But now for our primary focus – fashion. This year’s Oscars were relatively tame in terms of color, shape and scheme — however, that’s not to say we were either bored or disappointed! There were some definite winners among the mix of award show attendees, both young and old, male and female. Below we’ve listed some memorable outfits with brief commentaries as we highlight some of the night’s biggest trends.
Gwenyth Paltrow in Tom Ford
Lucy: Theoretically, I’d love to rip Gwenyth Paltrow a new one for a wearing a similar gown with an a-line silhouette and a neutral shade to literally every formal event she attends, but she looks so damn stunning time after time that I simply can’t bring myself to do it. Gwenyth’s style is classic, chic, and simple – totally reflective of the gown itself. Some might disagree with me on this one but I LOVE the removable cape (which she nixed when presenting onstage)….the slits and power shoulders add a fierce and regal vibe to the look. My one complaint was her hair – a loose ponytail that looked put together during the car-ride there. I would have preferred a low chignon, but the dress is a win for me!
Lesley: This gown reeks of Tom Ford’s sexy sleek aesthetic, and Gwennie, queen of minimalism, suits this gown perfectly. The structural cape adds a bit of interest to her otherwise typical long and lean silhouhette — I almost wish she had kept it on when presenting as well. Definitely in agreement with Lucy about the hair — low ponytails can be uber chic, but in this case, it was so sloppily tied that it drooped like a sad Bassett hound. Either a chignon or even a tighter tied pony would have worked better.
Rooney Mara in Givenchy
Lucy: The Red Carpet shot of this dress doesn’t do it any justice — the color is actually more of an ecru than white, and the crochet-like material along the bust and torso is STUNNING. I especially love how the deep-v, fitted bodice and flowing train complement the gauzy material; the result is a soft and romantic look that doesn’t scream sex, but rather hints at it – much like Rooney herself. Truly a beautiful piece.
Lesley: Rooney looks like a goth alien in this gown — and I mean it in the best possible way. It was refreshing for her to choose such a soft color, as black seems to have become her signature color. This gown, despite the sharp contrast to black, suits her style just as perfectly. Her ivory skin doesn’t look quite so shocking against a pale color, allowing her fashionable deep red lips and chic bangs to stand out as her sole accessories.
Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab Couture
Lucy: Milla is such a fox it’s borderline criminal…..I’d take her over Angelina any day. When I first saw Milla on the Red Carpet, I thought she looked beautiful but the dress wasn’t exactly a 10. When I saw the dress under the lights onstage, I came to my senses; the bead detailing is incredibly intricate….this is something Marilyn Monroe or Veronica Lake would have worn (relax and take notes Michelle Williams).
Lesley: VA VA VOOM. That is all.
Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji
Lucy: Octavia nails it in this number — flattering color, flattering fit….it’s nothing complicated, but the spiraling sequin detailing gathered at the waist makes this a dress fit for a star.
Lesley: This winner picked a winner. The gown is so exquisite, and it suits her figure to a T. Absolutely lovely. Her win confirmed that I will have to finally get around to watching The Help.
Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli Couture
Lucy: Despite the fact that I thought Emma’s little spiel onstage with Ben Stiller was a little awkward and annoying (sorry Em), her look definitely secured a place in my Top 5. I effing LOVE when red-headed women go for the red…Christina Hendricks, Julianne Moore, and Reeba McEntire have all pulled off the red-on-red and I’m not quite sure they even realize how amazing the hue can be against their natural coloring. I especially loved that this dress had an atypical cut — the high halter neck, the bow, the train make for such a chic and timeless look.
Lesley: Emma Stone was the highlight of the evening — I’m all for her hosting the Awards next year. She’s the cutest thing, and I want to be her friend. The deep red was a GREAT color choice, especially with her hair color and skin tone. My one complaint was the giant bow growing out of her neck — it’s been done before and it was overwhelming. A simple high neckline would have been perfect on its own.
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad
Lucy: Thanks to this dress’s bodyglove silhouette and boobalicious neckline, the songstress looked sexy but this look is so predictably “J.Lo.” Her protruding nipples were so distracting onstage that I could barely concentrate on anything in the surrounding radius. Her areola might have been exposed, but it definitely made for some fun commentary. READ THIS.
Lesley: I have SUCH a vendetta against this dress. First of all, I’d like to acknowledge the fact that J.Lo has a banging bod. I just wish she wouldn’t advertise it in such an obvious and quite frankly, sleezy, way. The tight fit and dangerous plunging neckline are so predictable on her. The shoulder cut outs are distracting, especially since I could see the nude mesh overlaid across the openings — she should have either shown off her cleavage or her upper arms, and not both. To top it off, the sheer swirling lines across the entire dress are overwhelming and dizzying to look at, not to mention, once again, showing off too much skin through the nude mesh insets. The curving lines of the gown, especially around the hips, would have done a thin and boyish figure justice, but worn with that impressive booty, they make Jennifer’s hips look larger than they should.
Penelope Cruz in Giorgio Armani
Lucy: I really dig the color…I’m not even sure how to describe it….periwinkle? Gunmetal? Lesley hits the nail on the head in her comment below about Cinderella….it’s a little too spot-on that it’s borderline creepy. The dress does look nice on her….in a Disney princess sort of way. I’m kind of torn on this one…for me it’s middle0of-the-road because I’ve seen her do so much better.
Lesley: I was baffled by this gown choice, honestly. It reminds me of Cinderella’s dress, but not in a good way. It’s old fashioned, and between the cut of the gown and her hairstyle, the ensemble ages Penelope significantly. The color is pretty, and she’s got a great set of shoulders, but she could do better. In fact, she has done better. I wish she had taken more of a risk and sexed up her look just a smidgen.
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton
Lucy: I was sliiiiightly disappointed by Michelle in this one. Don’t get me wrong — she looks adorable and sweet as usual, but I was anticipating something a little more “va va voom,” evocative of her role as glamour icon Marilyn Monroe. I definitely dig the red on Michelle, but the ruffles and off-center bedazzled bow are just too “cutesy cutesy” for her pale skin, tiny frame and pixie cut.
Lesley: The strangest thing about this dress is the chameleon-like color transformation it seems to make on and off the camera. On television, it showed up siren red. In certain photos, and according to Michelle herself, it is actually more of a coral color. Though the gown isn’t terrible, I was less than impressed. Call me an optimist, but I was hoping for a show-stopper equivalent to the goldenrod gown she matched to her Heath Ledger arm candy oh so many years ago. I think the look would be much improved if the diamond bow at the waist was nixed, and if the peplum was more rigid and exaggerated. My feeling is, if you’re going to go peplum, you shouldn’t do it half-heartedly.
Natalie Portman in 1954 vintage Christian Dior Haute Couture
Lucy: It really seems like Natalie Portman just didn’t really care to make a statement this year. Seriously, the woman is so incredibly stunning and this dress was completely yawn-inducing. The way I see it…if you’re gonna go red, go all the way…..not in a polka dotted floor-length gown with a prom-dress silhouette. Rodarte was SO much better on her last year.
Lesley: Natalie’s Dior falls short of expectations. I thought she played it a little safe last year with the Rodarte (though it was, never the less beautiful), but this year, it seemed like she couldn’t even be bothered with selecting anything interesting. It almost felt like she wore vintage for vintage sake, instead of focusing on what was flattering for her. The gown is reminiscent of a prom dress, and the skirt overwhelms her petite figure. I wish she’d go back to her style from the Closer era — she seemed to take more risks on the Red Carpet.
Meryl Streep in Lanvin
Lucy: Is it just me or is Meryl Streep completely ageless? Seriously, the lady seems to get BETTER LOOKING every time I see her and I sincerely doubt she’s had any work done (unlike Sandra *cough cough*). This rose-gold bronze number is definitely in my top five….the metallic sheen and Grecian draping do nothing but complement her coloring and her body shape. And can I just say how much I LOVED her acceptance speech?? “Whatever!” she retorts to the haters….but honestly she’s virtually perfect…after all, she’s Meryl Streep.
Lesley: A fitting gown for a winner — she matched her trophy. Meryl’s always good at making a statement while remaining age appropriate.
Sandra Bullock in Marchesa
Lucy: This truly is terrible and I don’t say that often. Is it a one piece? Two piece? What’s the material? Where does it begin and where does it end? The shapelessness of the dress itself adds five to ten pounds to her already tiny frame and the ponytail was a TERRIBLE choice….hair worn down with some movement and texture would have made her look….well, human. Her face (probably due to recent Botox or surgery) was pulled so tight it looked painful….I was distracted by the fact that she couldn’t make an expression every time the camera focused on her; in truth, she looked like she was about to burst into tears the entire time. Sorry Sandra, I hope everything’s okay!
Lesley: Giant miss all around. Her super tight ponytail seems to either exaggerate Sandra’s Botox, or was used to pull her face taut in place of the medical procedure. The sleek hair is harsh in comparison to the soft ivory top — big curls loosely pinned would have worked much better. As for the gown — the gold detailing and velvet mermaid skirt are beautiful, but the bodice looks baggy and unflattering in comparison.
Bérénice Bejo in Ellie Saab Couture
Lucy: Bérénice was my favorite celebrity of the evening for many reasons…not only did I adore her performance in The Artist, but this girl is absolutely stunning – she has that bubbly and effervescently chic quality that most French women seem to possess. The mint green hue was a refreshing change-up from a sea of whites, golds and reds, while that beading really added to the ethereal, aquatic tone. The plunging neckline, banded waist and sheer sleeves kept the look feminine without adding weight.
Lesley: Mint was predicted alongside tangerine to be a hot color for spring, and yet I’ve hardly seen enough of it this season. It was so refreshing to see this shade on stage. I highlighted this dress in a previous post about Elie Saab’s collection, but I love that she picked to wear this color, rather than the original whitish hue.
Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood
Lucy: I barely recognized Rose as she looks so different from her character in Bridesmaids, but she looks totally phenomenal and fresh; she’s also a bit edgy and completely fearless with her fashion selections, which we LOVE. While sequins were in abundance last night, she wears this dress as if she’s the only girl in the room who matters. Confidence really is the best accessory.
Lesley: Rose Byrne is STILL rocking the blunt bangs and the bob — now I think I know where my idea to get bangs came from. She looks killer in retro-style black sequins, though I found her white jumpsuit at the SAG Awards to be much more inspiring. Never the less, she looked stellar, but her cat eyes and sleek hair are what really take the cake.
And it wouldn’t be any Red Carpet without Mario Lopez….looking like…..Mario Lopez.
This post was brought to you in part by Angelina Jolie’s leg. And J.Lo’s nipple (though we won’t show that):
- L&L signing off! xox