With the Oscars approaching on Sunday, I decided to do a selection of my favorite looks of the Oscars, in preview of Sunday’s red carpet. This is a totally subjective list. What was my criteria? Either they were dresses that made such an impact that I still remember them or they are dresses I want to wear! At the end of the post I have all sorts of links for you to pursue galleries and galleries of dresses so you can choose your personal faves!!! On Monday we will see if any of Sunday’s looks are worthy of cracking this list.
Reese Witherspoon in Valentino (2002) – I have been obsessed with this dress since she wore it, and I’ve always said that if I get married, this is what my dress would probably look like – this or lots of sparkles!
Michelle Williams in Vera Wang (2006) – I love this and I hate yellow! that kind of says it all
Charlize Theron in Gucci (2004) – For me this shows that Classic can be beautiful, and that really there is no such thing as too much sparkle
Grace Kelly in Edith Head (1955) – I really couldn’t do a historic fashion list and not include either Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn, such icons. However in my book Grace Kelly had the better Oscar moments, and this dress is a classic
Sharon Stone In Vera Wang & Gap (1998) – This was an outfit that really made a statement. Some people loved it some,hated it. I loved it for many a reasons: First, you have to admire the guts of showing up to the oscars in a white button down from the Gap. Second, It’s flawless. Third, it set off a great trend of separates for night and I personally wanted to wear it! (i even wore separates for my prom, enough said)
Cate Blanchett in Givenchy (2011) – Everything Cate Blanchett wears is flawless, and I had a lot of her dresses as candidates, but I wanted to choose just one, and for me this was it. It is daring and feminine at the same time. I like that it is different, beaded and edgy.
Penelope Cruz In Atelier Versace (2007) – Great Color, looks great and makes the right type of statement. One of the few Versace things i have really loved.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein (2011) – This dress is very much my style, simple design with a lot of sparkle!
Anne Hathaway In Armani Prive (2009) – the same comments for Gwyneth’s dress apply here. Even though this one has an even more spectacular shape and sparkle
Hilary Swank In Guy Laroche (2005) – That back made quite a statement
Marion Cotillard in Gaultier (2008) – The scales are awesome!
Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior Couture by John Galliano, 1997 – This dress is not necessarily 100% my style right now. However, at the time, I was completely amazed by it, I love the color and the oriental influence
Tilda Swinton In Lanvin (2009) – Love the colors, the color blocking, the simplicity of it and the poise in which she carries it. I am a huge Lanvin fan and this type of outfits exemplifies why. Not a dress for everyone, but definitely one for me!
Frida Pinto in Galliano (2009) Great Color, Great Shape, Great Sparkle, all around two thumbs up.
The Crazy Fabulous Looks!
I love Crazy fashion – and these for me are the ones I remember most! I think I recall them even more than the “good” ones, and really if you are going to go all out – make it count, make it either really good or really out there memorable (We have to give Cher her Credit for making Red carpets interesting – now there’s nothing to talk about! everybody looks the same!!). The ones below are my 10 favorite crazy fashion looks.
Oscar Fashion Links
- Marie Claire Best and Worst Oscar Looks and Best Dresses of all Time
- Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley on the best Oscars Dresses of all time
- Huffington Post Best Oscar Dresses of all time as well as the Best & the Worst
- The GLobe and Mail 10 best Looks in Oscar Fashion History
- hollywood Reporter’s 50 Best Oscar Dresses and Worst Oscar Dresses ever
- THe 30 Best Oscar Dresses of all Time
- Fashionologies 37 Best Oscar Dreses of All Time
- NY Daily News’ Best Red Carpet Gowns
- MSN’s Best Oscar Gowns