Monday, February 27, 2012 | Around Town, Campaigns
Old Hollywood glamour was the theme du jour at last night’s 84th Academy Awards ceremony. Maybe it was the buzz around The Artist—the silent film redux that took home five awards, including Best Picture—that inspired the classic revival, but whatever the cause, the result was stunning. Here’s a brief look at who stole the pre-show scene and who came up short on the red carpet.
With a theme like Gilded Age glam, you know you’ve got to bring your A-game. In terms of vintage elegance, no one topped award presenter Penelope Cruz. Her off-shoulder cerulean gown by Armani Prive harkened back to a bygone era of elegance. Right behind her, The Help nominee Jessica Chastain dazzled in an art nouveau-inspired black-and-gold gown by Alexander McQueen.
Mercifully, this year’s ceremony was spared the more heinous fashion disasters of Oscar’s past. However, there were a few questionable wardrobe choices that gave us pause. Bridesmaids star Kristin Wigg was one such case. Bloggers at Moviefone ripped her ruffled J. Mendel gown, calling it “feather duster chic.” She was joined by fellow castmate Melissa Mccarthy, whose billowy mauve Marina Rinaldi number made the comic actress look washed out.