Yes, I know…we are all fashion critics, right? And in a less then stellar red carpet year-with a few exceptions, I can’t resist adding my two cents. So, as an ex Fashion Trend Director and a self proclaimed critic, here are my picks for the best of the best dressed looks from the Academy Awards this past Sunday. #1. Ms. Penelope Cruz-She get’s my vote for number one on the red carpet with Armani! And, she had it in the VERY stellar year of 2007 with atelier Versace in my opinion as well (although Michelle Williams was a very close second). She has an innate grace and inner beauty that shines through. She’s captivating casual, or dressed up in old Hollywood Glam style.
#2. My choice is Emma Stone. At first I wasn’t sure about the big red bow around her face, but then I thought, perfect…it calls attention to her brightest features, her red hair, willowy figure, and her white, white skin. Kudos Emma for getting it right out of the box with the unusual Giambattista Valli design! Simple and elegant all the way from head to toe
#3. And of course, who can go wrong with Vera Wang, right? Many people commented on how they did not like Viola Davis’s red hair. Personally I thought it was perfect. She moved out of her “type cast” movie role looks, dyed her hair to complement her costume, and looked fabulously sexy and totally buff in a knock them dead dress! You go girl.
#4. Ms. Octavia Spencer not only moved us with her incredible performance in the Help, but also delighted us with her heartfelt win. She looked lovely in her Tadashi Shoji cream sparkle of a dress. It totally flattered her figure and her style. Who wouldn’t applaud her on every level, don’t you think?
#5….well, sigh, I think I’d go with Ms. Cameron Diaz. I love her authenticity of self. She seems to be totally up front, funny and just plain who she is. And, for a blond California girl, her choice of Gucci’s strapless mermaid tail dress was as fresh and clean as she is. Go Cameron.
Who did I miss in this less then stellar year? A terrific Grand Dame of the movie screen. Where was Ms. Helen Mirren who always looks amazing? Ms. Streep’s star will always shine in my book, but the dress style, hmmmm…not so much. Ms. Close was close, but missed. Where are you Ms. Mirren? Come back please.
Who wore your favorite dress on the red carpet? Come on, this is fun. Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your opinion! Cheers.