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2012 Oscar Rundown

It’s the biggest red carpet event of the year… the Oscars!  Honestly, after seeing some great gowns at the SAG Awards and Golden Globes this year, we were a little disappointed with a lot of the fashion at the Academy Awards.  We’ll start with our favorites (as always!)  Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured, top left) was bringing it like she did back in the day in this caped Tom Ford creation.  Newcomer and first-time nominee Jessica Chastain (pictured, top right) looked glorious in a gold-embroidered black gown by Alexander McQueen with $2 million worth of Harry Winston yellow diamonds to go with it!  Chastain looked just lovely with her red locks half-up, half-down, which perfectly complemented her strapless dress (just like Blair’s prom gown!)  Penelope Cruz (pictured, below left) looked like she was straight out of 1950s Hollywood in a custom lavender Giorgio Armani gown, perfectly coiffed curls and 114 carats of Chopard diamonds!  E! anchor (and star of one of our own guilty pleasures Giuliana & Bill) Giuliana Rancic (pictured, below right) looked better than most of the people she interviewed in her stunning Tony Ward Spring 2012 couture gown!  She looked phenomenal, especially considering she just recovered from a double mastectomy.  New mom Natalie Portman (pictured, bottom right) looked adorable in her polka-dotted Dior Haute Couture dress (she is the face of Miss Dior), and one large diamond necklace from Harry Winston.  Octavia Spencer (pictured, bottom left) stayed faithful to Tadashi Shoji, wearing a beautifully-embroidered gown and 50-carat Neil Lane diamond earrings that looked like mini chandeliers!  While these girls looked just great, lots of our other favorites disappointed us.  We were bummed Viola Davis didn’t win Best Actress (although Meryl does get robbed nearly every year…), but we were equally disappointed with her ill-fitting Vera Wang gown, after looking gorgeous all season.  Kristen Wiig looks awesome as a brunette, but not in nude; Rooney Mara’s bangs and bondage dresses have got to go; and Emma Stone, take a cue from fellow gorgeous ginger-haired girl, like Jessica Chastain: avoid colors from the red family!  The color of her hair and gown was too close.  We would have preferred black, hunter green or navy on the funny lady.  And from our not-so-favorites?  Angelina Jolie… wow, you picked black again?  Shocking!  While we love the color black probably more than most things on Earth, we get it… so do you.  We did not like the thigh-high slit, red lips and constant posing.  We get it.  You love yourself more than life itself.  Stop shaking your hair like there’s a fan blowing it back.  Jennifer Lopez looked ridiculous with the skin-tight dress, slicked backed hair with a bouffant, and a nip slip to boot.  Otherwise, not much excited us fashion-wise last night other than these fashion stunners.  Better luck next year!  At least the show was entertaining!



Our favorite Hollywood couple – well, not exactly… Neither are actors, so not exactly a Hollywood couple, but definitely our favorite celebrity couple looked gorgeous, as always, at the Vanity Fair Oscars party last night.  Victoria Beckham looked glamorous in one of her own creations – a belted gray strapless gown from her Fall Collection, a large emerald cocktail ring, dark nails and the sexiest accessory ever – David Beckham in Dior!  Posh Spice posted a home picture of her getting ready on Twitter before the event in her own bathroom (which includes some sexy black and white photos of her husband on the right!)


The queen of American television (a little-known woman by the name of Oprah) turned 58 today, and in her honor we’ve named her sparkly dress at the 2005 Academy Awards the Look-of-the-Day.  Designed by Vera Wang, this layered, glittering gown looked spectacular on TV’s golden girl.  The dress was made of tulle and embroidered in metallic thread.  On her website, Winfrey stated it was her favorite gown Wang has ever created for her – “You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t cute!”

2011 Oscar Rundown

Reese Witherspoon in Armani Privé

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab

This year’s Oscar ceremony was hosted by two of Hollywood’s hottest young stars and we must admit – the youth of this show were definitely dominating our “Best Dressed” list.  Our two favorite gowns were Reese Witherspoon in Armani Privé and Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Haute Couture, pictured above.

Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein

Witherspoon looked very sophisticated in black and white, with a 1960s up-do and Neil Lane diamond and emerald drop earrings.  Kunis was just stunning in lavender lace and Neil Lane diamonds, as well.  Twenty-year-old Jennifer Lawrence was red-hot in Calvin Klein and Jimmy Choo shoes.

Cate Blanchett in Couture Givenchy

Very simple accessories, yet exquisite hair and makeup.  Cate Blanchett was daring, as always, but looked absolutely fantastic in lilac Givenchy Haute Couture.  Celine Dion was unbelievably pretty in Armani Privé, considering she just had twin boys… And the hostess with the most-ess, Anne Hathaway, looked beautiful in white and crystal-embroidered Couture Givenchy, a scarlet Atelier Vesace gown, and easily the best pumps of the night – Brian Atwood Swarovski-crystal stilettos during her musical number.  Overall, theSkinnyStiletto was kind of bored with the other bright colors, sparkly nudes and mermaid style dresses.  These gals did it best – and their famous counterparts should mimic their commitment to being adventurous and glamorous, without sacrificing true style – or at least drop the trends everyone else is wearing.

James Franco with Anne Hathaway in Givenchy

Anne Hathaway in Atelier Versace

Celine Dion in Armani

Top 10 Academy Award Dresses

Hilary Swank in Guy LaRoche, 2005

Reese Witherspoon in Valentino, 2002

Charlize Theron in Vera Wang, 2000

When it came to choosing our Top Ten Favorite Dresses from the Academy Awards, there were several disagreements and compromises among our editors…  We can all admit that Audrey was as regal as her character, Princess Ann, when she wore Givenchy (who else?) while accepting her Best Actress Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1954.  Grace Kelly wore a beautiful frock, making her last public appearance before marrying her prince in 1956.

Salma Hayek in Carolina Herrera, 2003

Grace Kelly, 1956

In 2000, Charlize Theron made orange attractive for the first time in Vera Wang.  Reese Witherspoon looked delightful in her capped-sleeve Valentino gown in 2002, while Salma Hayek turned heads at the 2003 ceremony in a Carolina Herrera two-piece the designer originally created for herself.  That same year Kate Hudson was a show-stopper in pale gold Atelier Versace, which was chosen as the #1 Dress of the Century by InStyle.

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy, 1954

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace, 2003

In 2004, Hilary Swank took the plunge, showing off her million-dollar backside.  Many people doubted Marion Cotillard’s chance of nabbing the Best Actress Oscar in 2007, as well as making any Best Dressed lists, but she proved them wrong twice in her stunning Jean-Paul Gaultier number that was made especially for her.  Two years later Angelina made our list by wearing her go-to color in Elie Saab.  And our final choice is up for an Oscar at tonight’s ceremony- Natalie Portman was pretty in pink two years ago wearing Rodarte – the same costumer for Black Swan!  Hopefully this year she’ll be carrying a heavy gold accessory by the end of the night…

Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gaultier, 2007

Natalie Portman in Rodarte, 2009

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab, 2009

Atwood is the Queen of Our Hearts

“You can always paint the roses red.”  Colleen Atwood is one of our absolute favorite costume designers here at theSkinnyStiletto. The two-time Academy Award winner has been nominated once again this year for Alice in Wonderland.  Atwood reimagined the classic tale by updating some of literature’s beloved characters’ apparel, without detracting from the original story (which can’t be said about the entire film).

Helena Bonham Carter as "The Red Queen"

Atwood has worked with Tim Burton on several movies, and their creative minds usually produce very unique visuals.  She was also the lead designer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 2005-2006.  One of our editors is a member of the Museum of Modern Art, and was lucky enough to see the Burton Exhibit last year, which showcased numerous sketches of Atwood and Burton’s combined vision.

Anne Hathaway as "The White Queen"

Atwood omitted the white apron from Alice’s famous outfit, but kept the bright blue 19th century dress to remind viewers of Lewis Carroll’s original Alice.  Her costumes vary throughout the film, as she shrinks, grows and continuously needs new clothes after rabid creature attacks and misadventures.  (Our favorite would have to be the Queen of Hearts cocktail dress lent to her while visiting the insane monarch pictured above.)

Mia Wasikowska as "Alice"

Alice isn’t the only interestingly dressed character in the movie…  Atwood turned the beautiful Johnny Depp into a wacky-looking version of the Mad Hatter with crushed velvet suits and mismatched accessories.  Anne Hathaway plays the White Queen in creamy regal frocks with tiny gold detailing.  Her vastly dark eyebrows, nails and lips make her a fun and twisted royal.  And finally, what’s black, white and red all over?  It would be Helena Bonham Carter as the vicious Red Queen.  Since the characters of the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts were combined for both the 1951 animated version and the 2010 film, Atwood includes hearts on all of Bonham Carter’s apropos gowns and tiaras.  Colleen Atwood is a creative force to be reckoned with, and we’re looking forward to seeing her future endeavors… so we can continue to copy her cinematic fashion choices!

Colleen Atwood's Alice in Wonderland Sketches

Falling in Love with "I Am Love"

In I Am Love Tilda Swinton falls in love with her son’s friend – and we fell in love with her clothing.  Swinton was costumed by Antonella Cannarozzi, who has been rightfully nominated for an Academy Award for her outstanding accomplishment.  Swinton’s fluent Italian is as seamless as her wardrobe’s progression in the film.  She stars as Emma Recchi, a Russian immigrant wife of a wildly powerful and artistic family in Milan, Italy at the turn of the 21st century.

Swinton’s clothes start out as muted neutrals (just as her character’s demeanor) and become intensely bright as she falls deeper for her young lover.  The movie has been repeatedly called “visually stunning” for a reason – Recchi’s fashion combined with the backdrop of Northern Italy make for a ravishing display.

The men in the film were dressed by Fendi to illustrate their Milanese modernity and money. But another unlikely well-dressed character is Recchi’s mother-in-law, played by the stunner Marisa Berenson.

Her salt-and-pepper locks, stilettos, studded purses and daring wear of metallics after 50 makes every woman pray they’ll retire looking as good as she does. Cannarozzi said she used Hermes and vintage Fendi to outfit the Mediterranean matriarch.  But Swinton’s transformation is the real triumph of the film.  The typically androgynous actress looks anything but 100% woman in this Italian epic.