Monday, February 23, 2009

The Good on the Oscar Red Carpet

So every year at the Oscars there's some good, some bad, some scary (Sophia Loren, OMG). This year seemed a little tamer than most (I blame the depressing economy), but there were still some shining moments on the red carpet. Here are my top four looks:

Natalie Portman in Rodarte: however uncharacteristic and odd her tan may be, there's no denying that she looks fantastic in this dress. The cut is very flattering, the color is on trend and flattering, and the bodice has just enough detail to be interesting, but not so much that it's distracting. Simple works for her--all she has to do is accessorize with her face. That's some gene pool.

Penelope Cruz in Vintage Balmain: Um, it's vintage Balmain. Vintage Balmain. That she picked out herself. I am totally willing to overlook the fact that this is probs a wedding dress for the fact that it's gorgeous, she's gorgeous, and this is the best I've ever seen vintage done on the red carpet. Major props.

Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab: Breaking up with Manson has been good for her. She looks so statuesque! The ivory shade is surprisingly flattering against her pale skin, and like with Natalie Portman, the draping and pleating on the bodice is very rich and origami-esque, but extremely subtle.

Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture: I've decided that I love this. Marion Cotillard is just so darn cute, the fitted bodice keeps the big skirt from overwhelming her, and the layering of the sequins and chiffon is just so interesting and different for the red carpet. She always wears consistently off-beat but fantastic gowns.

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