Monday, February 25, 2013

Best- and Worst-Dressed: The Academy Awards

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Before I start, let me just say that the movies are made of pure magic. I love movies, and I can never get enough of the Oscars. I don’t know what I would be like if I were a sports fan, but I assume I would act like I do when I am watching the Oscars—yelling,  crying and telling the television what's what.

As far as my expectations of the red carpet show, I tend to set the bar pretty high. This show is not like the Grammys in the sense that most people can get away with anything simply based on the virtue that they are a musician or a personality, so I expect people to be wearing things to the Oscars that wow rather than shock. I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout this year.

Let’s start with the ladies…

Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most talented new actresses I have seen in a long time. Not only that, she is funny, down-to-earth, and pretty danged stylish. Also, the inner-feminist in me trying to get out wants to say I love that she tends to be in movies that pass the Bechdel Test and/or have a purposeful female character.

She came pretty close to being one of my best-dressed winners at the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, but she played it a little too safe for my taste. This Gown by Dior, however, blew me away. It is simple, yet dramatic, and incredibly tasteful. Whether or not it made her fall on her face, it was an awesome dress.

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Oh... And if you are wondering why I like her so much, here is a video of her gracefully answering really lame questions about her well-deserved award for Silver Linings Playbook.

Naomi Watts gets an honorable mention for this futuristic, custom Giorgio Armani number.

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P.S. If you haven’t seen her movie, The Impossible, you are missing out.

For worst-dressed, I had a difficult time trying to decide on just one, so I will give you two.

First up, we have Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton. I normally feel that anything that Marc Jacobs touches turns to gold, but this is an exception for the three following reasons.

It does not make a big enough statement for an event like this.

It is WAY too tight. I’m getting uncomfortable just looking at it.

The bow looks like an afterthought. Did you see the bow upon first glance? No? My point exactly. If the effect of the garment doesn’t change after you put a design-detail on it, then it just serves as an annoyance—or at least it does when I notice it.

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The second is Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji. First, allow me to come to her defense. When you are built like her, it's hard to find any clothing that is cute. Designers just don’t focus enough of their energy into making good plus-size clothing, or clothing that looks good on anyone besides  a runway model. Most of us are not built like runway models, so that creates a problem. The designer is solely to blame on this one.

What I find so wrong about this dress is that it is more well-suited to a prom setting. In the 1990’s. Actually, I think this was my dream wedding dress as a child.

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On to the gentlemen…

Daniel Day-Lewis was a clear winner for me, both with his dapper choice of a Domenico Vacca suit and his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. He was able to keep the formal spirit of the Oscars by wearing a tuxedo, and then added a touch of audacity by choosing a blue one. Also, his wife, Rebecca Miller, looks pretty dapper herself.

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Normally, I will only critique what someone is wearing if I know who they are, but this is an exception: Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal, in Dior Homme. I think it is too far too casual for the Academy Awards, and I am pretty sure that someone already wore this exact outfit to the Grammys. I am not impressed.

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I’m sure you are wondering what is to come now that the major award shows are over. Well, in the future there will be book reviews, fashion tips, fashion design projects, and three weeks worth of pictures from Paris.

Want to find out more? Stay tuned…


  1. I agree with Reese. What's even more unfortunate, is the black blocks on the side that, in that picture, make her look REALLY skinny in the waist, but then gives the illusion that her hips are MASSIVE. Big No-No in my book.

    1. I totally agree. It really makes her proportions look weird.