For many years currently, the Oscars have offered up the identical dreary formula: Witness a brilliant comedian morph into a bumbling amateur (the most recent victim, Jon Stewart), battle through various long-winded acceptance speeches, and watch every movie you knew would win do precisely that. However simply when it looked like the 78th Annual Academy Awards were shaping up to be nevertheless another night of lackluster broadcasting, Crash snagged the Best Image statuette, and our religion in the unknown was restored. Was it additionally an evening of shockers on the style front?
Well, not exactly. With the stakes this high, these days's starlets are way more possible to commit minor fashion pretend-pas than sartorial crimes a la Bjork, Cher, or Lara Flynn Boyle (that is, let's face it, why we tend to watch the show anyway). reports, there have been some superb and unexpected showings...and yes, a few stupefying moments, as well.
Once black and white stole the show at several awards shows, a handful of a lot of unlikely hues made their mark at the Oscars. Keira Knightly bested the field in an asymmetrical eggplant taffeta gown by Vera Wang with dramatic trumpet skirt and vintage Bulgari necklace. Also outfitted by Vera Wang, Michelle Williams dazzled in a very frothy marigold tulle dress with floor-sweeping train and Harry Winston jewels. Amy Adams made a stylish statement in an exceedingly chocolate Carolina Herrera taffeta frock with ribbon accents, corset bodice, and oversize aquamarine earrings (the baubles borrowed from Herrera's personal collection). Equally gorgeous were Jennifer Lopez in an exceedingly vintage olive inexperienced ruched dress from Rita Watnick at Lily et Cie and Bahar Soomekh in a lemon chiffon gown by Calvin Klein.
Salma Hayek and Jada Pinkett Smith each glowed in formfitting teal Versace and cobalt Roberto Cavalli, respectively. Many celebs opted for gold, the most effective of which was Jessica Alba's embroidered lace Versace halter worn sans necklace (a chunk several stars eschewed this year in favor of daring earrings). Other elegant golden ladies included Carolina Kurkova in an exceedingly fluttery Empire strapless dress, Jennifer Garner in glittering a Michael Kors range, and Jane Seymour during a glamorous Pamela Rolland fishtail gown.
Not surprisingly, many celebrities also sported basic black, however a lot of often than not, their ensembles looked a lot of somber than stylish. A number of the simplest colorless ensembles were Rachel Weisz's figure-flattering silk embroidered Narciso Rodriguez robe and Queen Latifah's strapless Carmen Marc Valvo, that, once again, left the queen trying more fashionable than most of the scale-zero set. After all, there was conjointly an array of paler robes, starting from stark white to creamy metallic. Nicole Kidman looked especially recent in a very sleek embroidered ivory satin dress by Balenciaga (although Kidman conjointly eschewed the necklace, her clutch bag was an accessorial murals). Naomi Watts's haute beige Givenchy number was equally lovely, as was Diane Krueger's white-and-gold Elie Saab strapless gown. While we have a tendency to could've done without the breastplate-vogue bodice relief pattern, Uma Thurman's cream Versace with plunging neck and cap sleeves still looked stunning nonetheless (though the Swiss Miss Lacroix she wore two years ago created for higher TV). And Reese Witherspoon's beaded vintage Dior robe wasn't the night's fashion frontrunner, however it did represent a marked improvement over last month's Chanel-Gate getup.
Not like the legendary Oscar robes we tend to like to hate and the cleavage conundrums that ruled the Golden Globes, most of this year's fashion gaffes didn't resemble floats in a parade; they simply lulled us to sleep. Many colorless ensembles-Hilary Swank in Versace, Jennifer Aniston in Rochas, and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Prada-won't create it to Mr. Blackwell's, however we won't remember them tomorrow. Catherine Keener's grey Monique Lhuillier, Maggie Gyllenhaal's charcoal Bottega Veneta, and Sandra Bullock's navy blue Angel Sanchez additionally looked a small amount flat. Once her exquisite look in chartreuse last month, we tend to were disappointed to determine Ziyi Zhang wearing a unusually scalloped black lace bustier (both ensembles were by Giorgio Armani, who, it appears, got it right the primary time). And Felicity Huffman, who we have a tendency to were starting to assume was beyond red-carpet reproach, chose a plunging Zac Posen that left her trying shapeless.
Still, there were way worse transgressions. Lisa Rinna, who apparently didn't get the memo about last month's d?colletage debacle, opted for a shiny violet dress sans much-needed bra (why, oh, why?). Charlize Theron, who rarely makes a red-carpet misstep, looked somehow matronly (we puzzled how that was possible, too, and the coiffure didn't help) in voluminous dark inexperienced Dior with ginormous one-shouldered bow. However the evening's worst showing hands-down belonged to Helena Bonham Carter, whose unwell-fitting knee-length blue satin dress looked as if it were concerning to swallow the actress whole. The frock, coupled with out-of-management bouffant and white shoes, will a minimum of give some watercooler fodder for the day after.