Everyone has been talking about the pale pink Prada dress Anne Hathaway decided to wear last minute to the Oscars and the critics haven’t been kind. I don’t usually do negative reviews, but in this case, I’ll make an exception. Though her hair and makeup looked amazing, the dress was the wrong color for her, fit her poorly, and made it look like her nipples were showing. In other words, it was a disaster. Shortly after the red carpet, it came out that Hathaway decided the change her dress last minute because the Valentino she had originally planned to wear was too similar to Amanda Seyfriend’s Alexander McQueen that topped by Best Dressed List.
Though no one wants to be caught at an event wearing the same dress as someone else (it was every girl’s nightmare at prom), she forgot one of the cardinal rules of fashion. As Coco Chanel put it, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Had Anne stuck with her original dress, no one would have noticed that it was similar to that of her Les Misérables co-star. We’ve seen a lot of white on the red carpet this Awards Season so seeing another white beaded dress wouldn’t have ruffled any feathers. The only thing everyone would have remembered was how beautiful she looked in it when she accepted the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her impeccable performance of I Dreamed a Dream. As an Oscar winner, I’m sure Anne Hathaway will soon get over her dress debacle and will have many chances to redeem herself on the red carpet. But, maybe next time, she’ll concentrate less on what others are wearing and focus on what works for her.
I would like to thank the Academy for a fabulous night of fashion. In spite of a few blunders; the dresses this year were fabulous Hollywood looks. To celebrate my love for film and red carpet style, I have compiled a list of Socialite Superlatives highlighting the best (and worst) looks of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
Best Dressed: Mila Kunis looked like a goddess in a lavender chiffon gown by Elie Saab Haute Couture. It is looks like this that the Oscars are truly about. I tend to wear a lot of purple, but the glamour in this dress is unlike anything I have ever seen.
Worst Dressed: Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy gown with the unsightly circle in the front looked like it is was inspired by Lady Gaga arriving in an egg at the Grammy Awards. Though it may have gotten good reviews from some style commentators, I thought it was by far the worst look on the red carpet.
Cutest: Hailee Steinfeld, nominated for her role in True Grit, took no cues from Miley Cyrus when she walked out on the red carpet in a one-of-a-kind Marchesa gown that she designed herself. Not only did she look fabulous, she looked her age.
Best Hair: Reese Witherspoon looked stunning in a black and white Giorgio Armani Prive gown. When it comes to an evening look, I have always been a huge fan of black and white. However, her hair was the best I have seen in a while on the red carpet. I am in adoration of this ponytail.
Most Balanced: Amy Adams sparkled on the red carpet in L’Wren Scott and $1.5 Million worth of Cartier jewels. What I loved about this dress is that while the slit showed a lot of leg, a well-covered top complimented it. When choosing the perfect evening look, it is always good to show one or the other.
Most Daring: Helena Bonham Carter should always wear black. She looked fabulously normal in a dress designed by costume designer, Colleen Atwood. Though she looked much more put together than she normally does during awards season, the dress was still very much her style.
Prettiest: Best Actress winner, Natalie Portman, looked ballerina pretty in a purple Rodarte floor-length gown. The dress was the perfect design for any expectant mother. She was absolutely glowing. Black Swan may have taken away Best Actress, but purple was the color of choice this year on the red carpet. It seems like Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis shared more than a make out scene this year in film when they both sported the signature color at the 2011 Oscars.
Best Pattern: Scarlett Johansson’s Dolce & Gabbana Oscar gown may have gotten mixed reviews, but I really liked it. Both the pattern and cut really worked for her. You can’t have a red carpet without lace.
Most Star Studded: Gwyneth Paltrow rocked the red carpet in a sparkling Calvin Klein. She embodied the excess and celebration that is the Oscars while looking like a couture glass of champagne.
Most Memorable: Jennifer Hudson looked red hot on the red carpet in an orange-red Versace. Not only did she have a couture gown to show off, she also had a sexy new body to strut down the red carpet.