Monday, February 28, 2011 | Around Town, Campaigns
Last night, Hollywood dazzled us yet again at the 83rd Academy Awards. And while the ceremony itself was as glamorous as any in recent history, the red carpet lead-up left us longing for more. This year, more stars chose to play it safe than to take wild wardrobe chances, much to our chagrin. Even the notoriously style impaired (i.e. Helen Bonham Carter) looked relatively tame by past award show standards. To be sure, the star-studded event did offer a few gems, but for those of us hoping for a runaway hit look or a fashion disaster, the view was pretty bleak.
We loved Natalie Portman’s strapless Azzaro SAG Award gown, but the Oscar-winning Black Swan star and mom-to-be stole the show in a royal purple Rodarte dress and perfectly matched Tiffany jewels. Honorable Mention: While several celebs went red this year, none pulled off the look better than Oscar co-host Anne Hathaway whose vintage Valentino gown left us breathless.
When Melissa Leo rolled up in a tinseled Marc Bouwer and someone uttered “Elvis has entered the building,” we thought this category was finished. Then we saw Cate Blanchett. Cate’s lavender Givenchy gown was a bead-bedazzled nightmare with what looked like a port window on the front. Next to her, our faux pas first choice (Leo) looked plainly pedestrian.
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