Well now, is anyone else a little bleary-eyed this morning? Once again we are asking ourselves (all of us) why, once again, we sat through the entire tedious exercise last evening? Hmmm?
Did the wretched little pre-show interview with James Franco (taking the meaning of “awkward” to new levels) not provide fair warning? The fact airtime was given to the beyond-boring appearance of Academy & ABC executives sharing “news” of their continued business arrangement didn’t offer enough of a red flag that it was time to turn. off. the. television?! Well then, it seems this Princess got just what she deserved.
However, we did have the chance to peruse party frocks for hours, and that almost compensates for what followed, no? So let’s move to that topic, and cease our little tantrum, as it is surely peaking the Whine-o-Meter in the red zone, and that, treasured readers, simply must stop.
More than anything it was a night for the form-fitting, and for sequins, and in many cases, a refreshingly understated elegance that did not shriek “Look at me, look at me!” We begin with Michelle Williams in a cap-sleeve Chanel
gown from the this spring’s collection, Jennifer Lawrence wears Calvin Klein
, and on the right, Amy Adams’ is in a rich blue L’Wren Scott
Matt Sayles/AP & Kevork Djansezian/Getty via LA Times
Miss Adams also wore more $1,000,000 in Cartier jewelry.
One young lady looking absolutely beautiful, Hailee Steinfeld in a very soft pink Marchesa dress she is said to have co-designed. The tulle tea-length gown was age appropriate and perfect for the young actress.
Also in Marchesa, Halle Berry.
Mandy Moore wore Monique Lhuillier.
Nicole Kidman wore a Dior gown that didn’t work for us, there was just too much going on. The dress is from the 2009 haute couture collection, the different geometric angles detracted from the exquisite beading on the piece. This did not take away from the actress herself, she looked beautiful, almost radiant.
Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy in pale lavendery-rose and yellow looked lovely on the actress; we didn’t like the Elie Saab worn by Mila Kunis as much as others seemed to.
Co-host Anne Hathaway started the evening in a brilliant red Valentino gown.
Valentino was actually on hand for the festivities.
We may be in the minority here, but this wasn’t one of our favorite styles for Ms. Hathaway; fortunately (or not), there were many to choose from. During the actual telecast she made multiple wardrobe changes, Fashionologie reports the tuxedo was custom-made by Lanvin, she also wore Oscar de la Renta, below right.
Perhaps our favorite was the Tom Ford worn to close the show.
Reese Witherspoon opted for Armani Privé.
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With jewelry from Neil Lane.
Not everyone knew what to make of Ms. Witherspoon’s ensemble. Below we see comments about the look on Twitter feeds for the Washington Post’s fashion columnists as well as Elizabeth Holmes from the Journal.
The very svelte and very elegant Jennifer Hudson was in tangerine Versace, a color that was terrific on her, but the décolletage was not as flattering.
Below, a look at what can be involved in maneuvering one’s gown.
Natalie Portman went with a gown from Rodarte, who also designed her costumes in The Black Swan, she is seen below with fiancée Benjamin Millepied.
Gwyneth Paltrow was very much a favorite in sleek Calvin Klein and Vuitton jewels, including a brooch worn at the hip.
One of the few not raving about her dress was The Times’ Eric Wilson:
“Gwyneth Paltrow tried to combine the trends in sparkly gold Calvin Klein, but even its designer, Francisco Costa, has his off days.”
For her on-stage performance, she elected to wear Michael Kors, one could almost say the dress was “ripped from the runway,” as it is from this fall’s collection, and only shown two weeks ago at Fashion Week. (Do forgive us that line, we simply couldn’t resist.)
The folks at Fashion etc. noted what they call the return of 60’s hair.
All photo Getty Images via Fashionetc.
The Times story mentioned above is an entertaining read, if only for Mr. Wilson’s description of one of the hosts for E!’s coverage:
“…Giuliana Rancic, one of the few on the red carpet who missed the minimalism memo. (She was wearing a monstrously poufy dress by Christian Siriano that looked as if she had sat on a tuffet and brought it along for the night.)”
Of course the television broadcast is just the start of the evening, after all, the west coast time zone means the night is young and there are many more opportunities to see, and be seen. Two invitations transcend others, the Vanity Fair party and Governors Ball. Below we show Stephen Spielberg with his daughter, as well as Hillary Swank at the Governors Ball.
Two big winners, Colin Firth and screenwriter David Seidler were also on hand for the Ball.
Over at the Vanity Fair party there were A-listers from all manner of industries, below we show Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Mackie, and Camila Alves at the gala.
We see Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Jane Fonda and Richard Perry as they arrive at the Vanity Fair party.
Also attending, Mary Hart, Rob Lowe and his wife, Sheryl Berkoff.
This is how it looks when one is arriving.
The Daily Mail suggests that if there were an award for the shortest dress, Taylor Swift and Cameron Diaz might both win.
At this length, hem-management becomes key, Ms. Diaz appears to be managing well whilst chatting with Jude Law.
Getty Images/Vanity Fair
Arguably the shortest skirt award should go to Madonna, as it appears she forgot to put hers on.
This next photo prompts us to ask: are we the last people on earth to know about the romance between Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez?
Getty Images/Vanity Fair
We must include Timothy Olyphant, as one of our Twitter friends wrote that she was dreaming of him last night. (Oh my!) And we must also show Jon Hamm on behalf of several friends. (You know who you are. Heh, heh, heh.)
Below we see Sandra Bullock and her costar from The Blind Side, Quintin Aaron.
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Another highly popular ticket is for Elton John’s party, the entertainer has raised enormous amounts of money for his AIDS foundation through this function and many others.
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for EJAF
Heidi Klum’s gown shimmered in the light, her Julien MacDonald dress was covered in mirrors.
Also at the party, Emma Roberts, Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford, and Hayden Panettiere.
We have one more interesting tidbit from Oscar weekend.
Getty Images for Chanel
At Chanel’s pre-Oscar dinner Friday night, both January Jones and Emma Stone turned up in very similar black Chanel frocks. Not all that alike when looked at more closely, but the combination of long black dress and short blue jacket had heads turning.
With that, adieu until next time!
ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:
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- Kevork Djansezian/Getty
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