Some overall perspective to start…blame Canada!
Canada shared in the bright lights of the The Oscars this year in a big way. Our usually demure nation was thrust into the spotlight with shout out after shout out. Call it bias because I’m bursting with Canadian pride so yes, I saw it that way. Probably a good thing because what we would’ve been left with is “most mediocre host ever” Seth McFarlane and just an odd show overall.
The references started with William Shatner reprising his role as Capt Kirk to open the show opposite McFarlane. Then Toronto’s Mychael Danna won for Best Original Score for Life of Pi and BC’s very own Jim Erickson, a set designer from Saltspring Island, brought home an Oscar for Best Production Design. We saw presenter Christopher Plummer proudly wearing his Order of Canada pin and finally, both of the night’s biggest Oscar winners – Ang Lee for best director and Ben Affleck for best picture – thanked Canada. It was all about the red and white with little to be blue about.
Let’s talk fashion.
It was all about the white, light, and sparkles! Even surprise presenter @FLOTUS was right on trend and rocked a sparkly silver Naeem Khan. Gone are flesh toned dresses (thank goodness) and only one actress showed up in a majorly frou frou gown. A couple key A-listers MIA: Brad, Angelina, Gwyneth, JLo…odd.
A big red carpet winner was Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé. After some underwhelming attempts this year (here and here) and a major fail, Jess finally got it right. Donning a form fitting gown that oozed glamour, the copper tones set off her ginger hair perfectly. That old Hollywood vibe was complete with matte red lip, Veronica Lake waves, and a vintage 1960’s diamond bracelet. Bada bling.
Not quite a one-shoulder, not quite your traditional cut-out, Naomi Watts was radiated femme-bot appeal in Armani Privé. She has a tendency to go old world glam but tonight she looked modern, fresh, and sexy as hell. I love that she chose a soft, wavy updo to complement her daring gown.
Halle Berry wore the sh*t out of her custom Donatella Versace gown. She wanted to look like a Bond girl (she presented a 50 years of Bond tribute) and did she ever… It was clear though that she had her on-stage appearance in mind because the red carpet photos did not do the dress justice. Once the stage lights hit her and the Bond backdrop kicked in, she rose out of a sea of darkness like her moment in Die Another Day.
At first glance, I thought Charlize Theron‘s Dior Couture gown was too simple until I noticed that extra somethin somethin – the peplum piece is ornately beaded. Love the strength and simplicity of this look thanks to amazing cutting by Dior and Charlize’s hair dresser.
The only person with a real princess gown tonight was Amy Adams. A classic look by Oscar de la Renta, it was big, it was luxurious, it was pretty.
Queen Latifah showing my full figured girls how to do it right AND in white nonetheless (PLEASE take note Melissa McCarthy)!! I don’t care if she’s wearing three pairs of Spanx, she looks sleek and sexy. Love that statement bright plum lip too. Easy, breezy indeed.
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander was one of the co-stars of Anna Kerenina. Don’t know who she’s wearing but she looks amazing in turquoise lace head to toe. Nice touch with the mustard belt for a lil bit of contrast.
My best dressed male at the Oscars was also the winner of best actor for his portrayal of Lincoln, the always distinguished Daniel Day Lewis. Forgoing the usual 3 pc black tux, Daniel kept it fresh in an exquisitely tailored Italian navy suit featuring a black satin shawl collar and slim pants with a very of-the-moment too-short hemline.
Best lob of Oscars 2013 goes to Giuliana Rancic. Apparently this long bob is a new do for G and I think it looks great on her. She’s super thin (gaunt) with a heart shaped face, and large forehead – the cut really softens her angles. I loved her classic but sexy makeup which balanced the casual hair – warm bronzey eyes, lotsa black liquid liner, lush lashes and matte red lip.