Awards season kicked off back in January and we all braced ourselves excitedly for the slew of red carpet looks we would be privy to this year. But the first show up, the Golden Globes, proved to be less than satisfying in showcasing any cutting edge fashion. Critics cried foul on the state of the red carpet today, claiming celebs opted out of high fashion options for safer, uninspired looks. But once the Oscars—the mother of all awards shows—rolled out the carpet last night, it seemed the stars had gotten the memo.
Voluminous shapes unfurled down the front, back, and even sides of dresses. Color was either absent entirely or painted in watercolor prints and shaded in ombre. And textures showed up in both sleek metallic and ethereal ruffles. All in all, it was more a portrait of inspiration than we have seen in quites sometime. So why, then were people still complaining that many A-listers had missed their mark? What else do you want from then! Sure there were few that were actually quite abominable. Poor SJP got put through the ringer with her canary yellow Chanel couture and helmet head hair, and MIley Cyrus got bashed for ill-fitting, bra-shaped bodice. But there were several more that I felt were judged much too harshly:
Both Zoe Saldana (above) and Diane Kruger pushed the envelope in their statement making dresses. Though both represented prime examples of red carpet couture, many critics said today that they were too over the top. One even compared Kruger's textured middle to psoriasis! I think they're both gorgeous and make both young women look supremely elegant.
Carey Mulligan was scoffed at for her high-riding hem and poor choice in shoes on this edgy black Prada. What wasn't discussed, however, was Mulligan's keen eye for detail in choosing a gown that boasted mini metallic accents in the shape of forks, knives, bolts and scissors. How much more innovative can you get!
Many people snoozed over Nicole Richie's long-sleeved chevron gown but she can't really be blamed for picking something that's exactly her. Now that Richie is a designer herself she seems to be much more confident in her style choices and, as a result, looked more comfortable and sure of herself than most others on the red carpet. Good for her!
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