BEST DRESSED: Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth positively smouldered down the red carpet in a Fabulous custom-made, sparkling gold, Calvin Klein sheath dress. The Country Strong actress, who sang at the ceremony, put in the hours on the Caribbean beach (and with personal trainer Tracy Anderson), to make sure this slinky number hit all the right notes.
RISING STAR: Hailee Steinfeld
Best supporting actress nominee, Hailee Steinfeld, wowed us again with another Fabulous red carpet choice. The 14-year-old ‘True Grit’ star is already topping our best-dressed list for 2011 and it’s only February. Her age-appropriate, magical dress by Marchesa (which she co-designed), made her look every inch the prom queen princess.
THE SURPRISE: Amy Adams
We saw a different side to Amy Adams, who normally favours a soft silhouette and delicate colours. Her Fabulous sparkling blue gown by L’WrenScott showed off every inch of her enviable frame, while its high neckline, and her elegant 1940s coiffure, kept the look on the sophisticated side ofsexy.
THE LADIES CHOICE: Mila Kunis
‘Black Swan’ star Milas Kunis’ petite frame and minimal use of makeup and accessories, assured that her Fabulous lacy lilac Elie Saab gown didn’t fall into the ‘fussy’ category. Extra points for not picking a more obvious sex-bomb gown that her to-die-for figure could easily flaunt.
THE INDIVIDUAL: Florence Welch
Singer Florence Welch, who performed at the ceremony, scored a hit in a girly cream lace Valentino, tiered gown that, on many women, could look too prim. Luckily Welch’s boyish frame and untamed hair leant a Fabulous rock & roll edge to her vintage look.
FASHIONISTA’S FAVOURITE: Cate Blanchett
You can always rely on Cate Blanchett to make a more fashion-forward selection during award season, so it was good to see her back on the Oscars red carpet making such a successful statement. Her embellished, off-white haute couture Givenchy gown by designer Riccardo Tisci is just about the only dress from his small spring/summer collection that hasn’t made a red carpet appearance since it was shown in Paris last month, making Tisci Hollywood’s Fabulous new go-to guy.
BAD BEGINNINGS: Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway made an uncharacteristic slip on the red carpet by coming as the matching curtains. The Oscars host made up for this bad start later in the evening, with a series of more successful Fabulous selections, but this look is best forgotten.
STYLIST’S DAY OFF: Nicole Kidman
Kidman missed the mark in her complicated Christian Dior haute couture gown. The whole look came off as a personality crisis in motion and the usually reliable red carpet queen looked like she knew it. Small mercy then in Natalie Portman’s triumph so that Nicole’s look could slide under the radar of Oscars history.
BOOBY PRIZE: Penelope Cruz
Cruz is usually such a master of awards dressing so we can only assume that this booby frock – which wouldn’t look out of place on a cruise cabaret singer – is the result of ‘baby brain’, the cruel condition which renders new mothers incapable of good judgement calls. Don’t worry Penny, I know you’ll be back on fighting form next season, and your cleavage definitely won you some new fans.
THE CLASH: Jennifer Hudson
Although Hudson is to be highly commended for her general transformation, her orange Atelier Versace dress was doing bad things to our retinas and her cleavage. Last time we saw her at the Oscars, her ample bosom was squeezed into the shape of a rugby ball; this time her slimmer, trimmer breasts are just too… out there.
THE BIG SNOOZE: Reese Witherspoon
Reese, your choice of gown is never going to offend anyone, but sadly it’s too boring to even comment on. Must try harder.