Monday, March 15, 2010

Fashion Dissection – Oscar’s Best and Worst Dressed

This appeared in The SA Times on Saturday.

Last weekend was that time of the year again... that time for which the biggest fashion houses in the world burn the candle at both ends for months just so a beautiful body can flash their outfit to hundreds of lenses, that time for which the most popular personal trainers do everything short of making their celeb clients faint on the Pilates mat, that time that makes or breaks personal stylists and image consultants, that time when lipo/ botox/ lip-enhancement/ dermatology/ cosmetology clinics are in full bloom, that time where celebrities undergo maximum public scrutiny and despite what they'd like to believe sometimes go wrong and that time where anyone and everyone with even a semi-decent taste in fashion feels compelled to opine about those unapproachable dresses, just like me. Oh and it was that time of the year when the best talent in Hollywood gets felicitated for their work but that's a minor detail.

Analyzing extravagant dresses is no child's play and one need not attempt it alone for fear of momentary lapse of judgment. So I and a dear friend Manavi were at it from start to finish giving it all we had. Without further ado, here's our collective opinion of the Oscars 2010 fashion.

Of the best dressed list, coming in at #6 for us is the very beautiful Vera Farmiga, the actress of ‘Up In The Air’. I loved the movie, loved the book more than the movie, loved George Clooney more than the book and I couldn’t help loving her. So call me biased but if there’s anyone who can rock an outfit that looks like a giant present or a fan or an origami project with a gazillion ruffles, it is her. The other cutie from ‘Up In The Air’, new kid on the block, Anna Kendrick, wore a ruched champagne colored gown. It was elegant and just right for her. That’s our #5 pick. #4 was Sandra Bullock who wore a sparkling silver fluid gown by Marchesa. Her silky hair paired with red lips was just the accessories she needed. Coming in at #3 is Amanda Seyfried who wore a fabulous Armani strapless gown. Rarely does one get to see such an incredible dress on someone so young. #2 was Rachel McAdams in a pink, blue and green water color dress that crisscrosses at the waist from Elie Saab haute couture. Very feminine and romantic number that she pulled off effortlessly. But Jennifer Lopez stole the show with her Armani Prive iridescent pale pink silk organza evening gown with a side train accented by Swarovski crystals. Where do I start about that side train? It was just ooh la la. If our Bebo doesn’t end up in something similar in the next 6 months, I’d be surprised.

I must start the Worst Dressed List with the absolute worst dressed. Zoe Saldano of ‘Avatar’ wore a silvery sequin bodice and a three tiered skirt with lilac, purple and black. It was wrong on so many levels. Love the blue girl but she needs a new stylist pronto. The 2nd worst dressed for me was Charlize Theron. It was a good color on her but the train on that dress made it look like a different outfit altogether. The actual worst part was that the train that matched pink rosettes on each breast. Unfortunately, the eyes went straight to those rosettes. And to think that she has a face to die for. Mo'Nique came in at #3. She wore a ruched electric-blue sheath, something, pardon me Mo'Nique, is something I think I've seen week after week at Macys and Nordstrom and every other dress shop in the mall. Utterly butterly ordinary. But the biggest disappointment of the night came from Sex and the City gal Sarah Jessica Parker. One to experiment a lot with her looks, this time I think she got it wrong. She wore a metallic-embellished Chanel couture gown but the fit was wrong, the hair looked like a giant bagel and she looked bland. Don’t blame her coz it was quite a challenging dress. Our #5 pick was Actress Diane Kruger with a black ruffly collar on a halter top dress with a swath of ruffles from waist to shin. Ugh. I’m going to hell for saying this because it stains my loyalty but I have to say it. Coming in at #6 is writer/actress Tina Fey who wore a Michael Kors black sequin-covered, one-shoulder gown with a sexy slit. It was a good gown alright, but didn’t do her justice.

Oh and in case you care, guys kept it simple, varying between single and double breasted tuxedos and navy/grey/black colors on the tux.

On that note, it’s a wrap from me. See you next week.

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