Best-dressed: Oscars 2014

We’re just here for Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), in a custom ice blue Prada pleated gown and gold and diamond headband by Fred Leighton.

As she so eloquently stated in her acceptance speech, “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” Go forth and dream as big as you can, darlings!

If you have not seen Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, I encourage you to do so. It’s a mature film for a mature audience, and one that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

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Is nothing sacred anymore? Can we not have decorum anywhere? Were we at a nightclub or observing a dignified occasion?   There are some (okay, many) places where this…um…assets-first pose is inappropriate, and the Academy Awards is one of them. (All they needed was a cheap, airbrushed backdrop and it could be someone’s Facebook profile photo.)  And can this duck-lipped pout please die? PLEASE?!

Yes, I am aware ducks have bills, but you get my point.  Sigh.

Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz back it up to the microphone during last night's awards.

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This is the Oscars, for Crying Out Loud

There are no E’s for Effort for our Worst Dressed offenders.  Get it together.

Melissa McCarthy paid homage to Bridemaids in a sienna rose jeweled gown by Marina Rinaldi. McCarthy is reportedly starting her own clothing line. I love her; just not in this dress.  Surely there was a more flattering design to be had (i.e. from Tadashi Shoji, perhaps? They have proven they understand and celebrate a fuller silhouette.). 

Another no: Natalie Portman’s vintage scarlet and black polka dot gown by Dior.  I’m not sure polka dots are ever a wise choice for the red carpet.

And a special note for you, Sacha Baron Cohen (and Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj and everyone else who wants to be so “different”): come as YOURSELF.  Costumes and gimmicks at the Oscars? Leave those to the host.  Except for blackface.  That is never appropriate.

No ma’am Melissa Leo: a matronly black and gold sequined combo with an unfortunate ribbon belt?  And what looks the top part of a short-sleeved shirt stuffed into a strapless evening gown? #dobetter

Emma Stone’s fire engine red Giambattista Valli has been seen before, on Nicole Kidman wearing a similar version by Balenciaga in 2007.   And I liked it better on Nicole.

Why take home an Oscar when you can come dressed as one?  Best Actress winner Meryl Streep did, in a golden draped Lanvin. And so did Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson, in a Romona Keveza gold number straight from Caesars Palace. But Stacy Keibler in (Marchesa) did it better, ladies!

Trend that needs to stop?  Split and/or sheer sleeves, as seen on Jennifer Lopez (in Zuhair Murad), Berenice Bejo (in Elie Saab), Sherri Shepherd, the aforementioned Melissa McCarthy, Livia Firth and Amara Miller.  This is not prom season 1974.  Stop trying to make matronly, peek-a-boo and fluttery sleeves happen. And we should not be able to see your lingerie, Sherri.

What else wasn’t cool? Angelina Jolie must be taking lessons from the Lea Michele book of “Look at ME!” posing.  The slit-up-to-HERE black velvet Atelier Versace was lovely, and I get that it’s couture and meant to give leg drama, but it was too much. We don’t all want to see your inner thigh.

Final thoughts? Jane Seymour’s ensemble made me sad, because it reminded me of how beautiful she used to be when she wasn’t trying so hard. She’s a gorgeous woman, but the low cut, red sequined look is just wrong. Bo Derek, on the other hand, is still a “10” (pun intended) in her figure flattering navy gown. And I still am scratching my head over Busy Phillip’s grey lace Dolce & Gabbana.  Scarlett O’Hara did curtains already.

So fab ones, what have we learned? Don’t wear something someone else wore better in recent history.  Stay away from dowdy touches.  Don’t draw unnecessary attention to yourself with outlandish posing. Be sexy AND age appropriate.  And leave the Halloween costume in your closet.  You’ve been warned.

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Best Dressed: 2012 Oscars

Hollywood’s big night seemed to be more about fashion than the actual Oscar giveaway!  If you missed The Dictator -also known as Sacha Baron Cohen – dumping what was (hopefully!) Bisquick on Ryan Seacrest, then YouTube it.  Billy Crystal’s Oscar hijinks, a Cirque du Soliel high wire act and a thoughtful In Memoriam tribute featuring Esperanza Spaulding singing “What a Wonderful World” made for a lovely evening.  But on to the fashion.

Viola Davis,  did not take home the Best Actress  trophy but was stunning in an emerald Vera Wang with beaded bustline and natural hair.  Davis  gets a round of applause for leaving the wigs and hair pieces at home and boldly stepped out wearing her short bronze curls, and was FIERCE.  

I also loved  Gwyneth Paltrow’s look; she absolutely owned the red carpet in a modern Tom Ford white gown with asymmetrical neckline and chic floor length cape (which she removed to present with Robert Downey Jr.), minimalist hair and makeup and a wide cuff. 

And Michelle Williams’ coral Louis Vuitton peplum-waist gown with pleating was simply a breath of fresh air on the red carpet.  Her pink Bottega Veneta clutch was also on trend in terms of the color combination.

Diddy – who was executive producer of Best Documentary winner Undefeated – takes home the crown for the gentlemen; I don’t think he ever misses on the red carpet.  He even brought his own lint roller!

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Who got it wrong on one of fashion’s biggest nights? Stay tuned!

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