Awards Shows, Fashion, Lien Yeung

Oscars 2012 Best Dressed List

It’s the biggest night in Hollywood when the most spectacular stars in North America come out to play – the 84th annual Academy Awards. Like host Billy Crystal said, there’s nothing that takes your mind off the world’s financial crises like watching millionaires award each other with gold statues. Yes, whisk us away the cinematic world always does…too bad the Awards show itself is a snooze. Let’s indulge in the most fun part of the occasion instead, the red carpet winners.

Without a doubt, Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford took the win for best dressed of the night at the Oscars. The dress itself was elegant, modern, and sleek. Not to mention it came with a cape and she wore it – A CAPE! I appreciate the risk and also that she kept everything else uber simple. Her hair was in a deep side-part ponytail with a simple blond elastic. She didn’t even bother to wrap her own hair around the hair tie! Her makeup was light as well: soft bronze eye shadow, light coverage foundation, wash of bronzer, and nude lipstick with minimal sheen.

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Jennifer Lopez has had her share of iffy Oscar red carpet showings. Remember this? It was actually painful to look at, not to mention she was with Cris Judd at that time.  Today though, she looks like the glamourous movie star she believes she is. Her Zuhair Murad gown’s draping and pleats fell perfectly against her bodacious bod. There was lots of sex appeal with the girls spilling out of the low neckline but she kept it elegant with long cut-out sleeves. Her Maid in Manhattan updo was classic Jenny. Makeup was nothing extraordinary – smoky, soft, and helped keep focus on her as a whole package.

Michelle William in Louis Vuitton

Best actress nominee Michelle Williams has been hitting it out of the park since she began the “campaign” for her Oscar. And tonight, it was no different. She didn’t win the big prize but she looked beautiful. The silk and organza Louis V aligned perfectly with her personal style – a little quirky, sweet, but always classy. I’m really glad she decided to wear her short hair with just a bit of definition – her previous attempts with headbands were beter suited to her daughter’s wardrobe. Please take note that she paired her RED dress with a PINK clutch; who said those 2 colours don’t work with each other?

Octavio Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

First time Oscar winner Octavia Spencer not only won for best supporting actress but she definitely won with this gown. A curvy lady, this Tadashi Shoji had a conservative neckline that was cut by her collarbone so her neck looked nice and defined. The short sleeves help to hide any upper arm insecurities while not looking too stuffy. The draping was very similar to J-Lo’s gown i.e. remember this silhouette if you’re ever looking for a flattering dress.

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen

Aaand McQueen reigns supreme on the Oscar red carpet. Jessica Chastain looked regal in this gilded strapless Alexander McQueen gown. Despite the complexity and richness of the fabric, Jessica was able to keep it young and light with soft wavy hair and clean makeup. She wore a classic cat eye with liquid liner, light eye shadows, and a peach lip rather than a deep red which kept it modern.  Deep burgundy nails – for a little colour and understated gold jewelry were perfect pairings.

Rooney Mara Givenchy Haute Couture

Despite being a relative newcomer to the red carpet and a definite first at the Oscars, Rooney Mara has proven herself. Girl’s got some sartorial chops. Her look has always been edgy and this Givenchy was the perfect balance between being a mainstream screen siren and keeping her extreme cool. The colour offset her jet black, blunt bangs and when paired with red lips, she was striking. The structure around her bustline is what I find really works with her style – it was a small detail but it’s almost architectural and was needed to push the boundaries of what is otherwise just another flowing mermaid dress.

Glenn Close in Zac Posen

Honourable Mention: I really feel that Glenn Close deserves an honourable mention here. Sure her hair was a bit fuzzy and the jacket was a bit heavy but look how sassy this woman is! She’s showing off her hourglass figure and looks fab.


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