He Said: You know j’adore Dior! BUT – I have to say that I think it was just too much dress for her to handle. Standing she looked divine, moving she looked awkward and sitting in the front row she looked like the dress was trying to swallow her whole. The design is pure spectacle and the fact that she didn’t “fall out” of the bustier after literally falling down is a testament to the construction of the gown. Vive La Couture!
She Said: I thought she looked absolutely stunning in her Dior Haute Couture gown and Chopard jewels (especially dangling down her back which I predict will become a major trend).I know it was a lot of dress, but when else but the Oscars could you wear this? I am also glad she went back to blonde highlights. I though she was perfection. Even her fall was perfection. It made her relatable and human. Bravo.
He Said: This is the sort of dress you expect on the tall willowy girls like Uma or Claire Danes. I said it before and I’ll say it again here – until her hair grows back she needs to wear more feminine dresses! That said, I love this dress – just not on her – right now.
She Said: Nurse Diesel called and wants her bra back. Hated it! A press release went out that she would be wearing Valentino. It was also all over Twitter. So when she showed up on the red carpet wearing this drab number with torpedo tits and side boob I was yelling at the screen. As I’m sure the House of Valentino was as well. She will have to look at herself in that dress for the rest of her life so there’s that. What a bad choice. I just hope it wasn’t Rachel Zoe that let her walk out like that. Yikes.
He Said: In recent seasons, Armani Prive red carpets moments have been a little – dare I say it – too theatrical! Who can forget J Lo in the white number with the freeway offramps flying off her already generous hips? This is how it should be done. Feminine, figure flattering without even a hint of vulgarity. Brava!
She Said: Even though this copper Armani Prive gown she chose blended in with her hair color, I thought she looked amazing. Her hair style, red lips and Swatch (I mean Harry Winston) jewelry were perfect. She nailed it.
He Said: Color blocking may have had its runway moment, but this was neither the occasion nor the color palette for Hollywood’s Fashion Olympics. The proportion of the color blocking makes her appear simultaneously short- and wide-waisted. She should have taken a cue from the diminutive Kristin Chenowith who really knows a thing or three about proportion and always seems to pull it off right.
She Said: Boring! OK, Reese looked good, but she looked like she always does on the red carpet. I wish she would change it up a bit. Remember when she wore that yellow gown and surprised us all with bangs and loose hair? She needs to have another moment like that. I just didn’t love this. I also didn’t love what it did for her boobs. It dragged them down and no woman wants that.
He Said: She should have had a chat with Reese. The Basque waist is the perfect antidote to appearing short-waisted in a strapless gown. The torso is visually elongated and the belting adds a classic touch of feminine elegance. The sheer volume of this skirt could easily have engulfed even the most statuesque of models but the sheerness of the fabric added an air of the ethereal.
She Said: Did you notice when the camera pulled away when the Oscars cut to commercials? All I saw was this massive tulle silver-grey skirt taking over the front row and the aisle. I LOVED it! What a statement. This Oscar gown was totally worthy of Oscar. I thought the color was perfect for her. I just wish her hair wasn’t quite so messy. I wasn’t into it. Yet, she looked like a princess.
He Said: Although all white was definitely not going to have its moment this season, you simply cannot fault the simplicity of technically faultless construction. Monochrome in any shade or hue is always a testament to exceptional design. Perhaps it was meant to be an homage to Snow White…
She Said: Or maybe it was an homage to Anne Hathaway at The Globes. The dresses were awfully similar. However, when she arrived on the red carpet my husband commented that he hates short hair, but even if she were bald, she would have looked amazing. That pretty much sums it up. I can’t argue that point. Charlize is as perfect as they come. Done and done.
He Said: This is exactly what I meant when I said that Armani Prive sometimes goes off the rails. This is one of those Jekyll and Hyde moments that makes me cringe like when Celine strolled out in that white bass ackwards Dior tuxedo. The whole purpose of red carpet season is to drive the upcoming prom and bridal seasons. Do you really wan to see this silhouette on high school seniors or 40 year old brides?
She Said: Women over 40, take note. THIS is how you KILL it on the red carpet! When she walked up to Ryan Seacrest I let out a squeal of joy! That dress would have been a disaster on anyone but her! It fit her like a glove. The gunmetal sequins and slightly messy updo made me swoon. I want to be her when I grow up. Ahem. I completely disagree with you on this one Joseph. She was one of my favorites.
He Said: This Oscar red carpet was all about proportion – the good (Amy Adams), the bad (Reese Witherspoon) and the UGLY (see above)! It’s hard to discuss proportion when you’re looking at a misshapen blob topped with a squashed corsage – all tied up with a too girlish for words bow…
She Said: As I commented on Twitter, sadly her reign as the queen of the red carpet this season is over. She had always nailed it, but I feel she missed it last night. It’s not that I hated her Miu Miu dress, I just didn’t think it was right for the Oscars. Maybe if the skirt was pleated and had some volume I would have liked it better. She also needed some lipstick. That was not the time to go with a nude lip.
He Said: Black and silver might not be the go-to color combo for the Oscars, but perhaps it should be. Several actresses opted for it and were – by far – the best dressed women of the night. That said, it may have been that the fit and proportions of their gowns were pure perfection and the color didn’t really matter much at all.
She Said: Again, as I commented on Twitter, that bitch stole my pretend boyfriend and my pretend gown! When I saw that exact gown come down the runway a mere two weeks ago, I dubbed it one of my favorites of New York Fashion Week. As soon as I saw her in it, I realized why I could only dream of wearing it. She ruined it for me. In a good way of course. She looked beautiful. I could never pull it off.
He Said: Donatella Versace designed this gown for Halle whose only directive was that she wanted to attend the Oscars dressed as a Bond girl. Mission accomplished! Although 50th anniversaries are associated with the color gold, the Bond franchise’s iconic rifled gun barrel logo is black and silver. This was easily one of my Best Dressed nominees – the fit was perfection and seductive without being overtly sexy. This dress was the perfect homage to Bond – and all of the Bond girls of the past 50 years.
She Said: Hmm. I don’t know. I’m not really crazy about this gown. However it is a huge improvement over that mess of a dress she wore to the Golden Globes. I wish she would wear something besides Versace and Cavalli on the red carpet. I’m not sure it’s the dress I don’t like or her hair. It’s time for her to shake it up and do something different with her hair. It has been short forever and an updo would have played off this dress much better. That said, I appreciate she didn’t tramp it up this time. A little Halle goes a long way.
– Joseph Ungoco & Lauren Dimet Waters
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