Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oscar Outlook

The red carpet has been rolled up and the Oscars are airing as I type - the perfect time to share my thoughts on tonight's fashion hits and misses.  Thankfully, there's more good than bad.  First, some trends:

Metallics brought some serious shine to the red carpet.  Here we have Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan, Naomi Watts in Armani Prive, and Halle Berry in Versace.

Neutrals added a soft touch to the festivities.  Zoe Saldana is in Alexis Mabille Couture, and Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron are both wearing Dior Haute Couture.

Classy couples like Jennifer Garner (in Gucci) with husband Ben Affleck and Justin Theroux with fiancee Jennifer Aniston (in Valentino) brought a double dose of style to the event.

There were many elegant looks this evening.  Among my favorites:

Octavia Spencer is simply floating on air in a Tadashi Shoji gown.

Catherine Zeta-Jones looking effortlessly flawless in a Zuhair Murad design.

Jessica Chastain dazzles in an Armani Prive gown.

And let's not forget the men!

Jeremy Renner looks handsome and stylish in a custom Givenchy suit.  Love the cuff links!

Chris Evans prevails in a Gucci suit - traditional and classy.

Some looks that I didn't love:

Anne Hathaway chose this Prada gown that is unflattering, boring, and well, perky, from the front and too exposed from the back.  It's too bad - she has a phenomenal body but she does it no favors in this dress.

Nicole Kidman has an incredible figure - tall and lean.  But this L'Wren Scott gown is so busy and draws the eye downward.  I can't stop staring at that fishtail.  A pity.

Kristen Stewart couldn't help two unsightly accessories (her crutches), but this Reem Acra gown didn't do much for her, either.  The color washes her out and the pleated tulle inserts are unpleasant growths that detracted from the intricate beading.

And finally, just for fun, here's Helen Hunt:
Ms. Hunt wore a strapless navy blue gown from H&M!  I appreciate this daring choice, but the low-quality is evident in the creases throughout the dress.  However, she accessorized the look with - get this - $700,000 worth of jewelry from Martin Katz.

I will not post my LEAST favorite look of the night here because it borders on pornographic.  It was a very revealing gown worn by Brandi Glanville.  It made me feel sorry for her.

My hits for the night:  Jessica Chastain, Stacy Keibler, Zoe Saldana

My misses for the night:  Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman, Kristen Stewart

My award for bravery:  Helen Hunt

My nominee for a stylist:  Brandi Glanville

OK, I’m getting off my shoebox now.

(All photos courtesy of


  1. During the Oscars broadcast a friend sent me a link to a picture of a woman in a dress, knowing it was something I'd enjoy seeing. The funniest part of all is that I have absolutely *no* clue who Brandi Glanville is, nor did I pay attention to the identity of the person in the dress. She completely sexually objectified herself, whether she admits to it or not. The old youth group rule of thumb still applies. If Hagop likes your outfit, it's too revealing.

  2. Wow - I'm not sure how to respond to that, Hagop! I don't think her goal was to sexually objectify herself (or maybe it was? What else could it be?!?). She is a former model who was married to actor Eddie Cibrian, who then cheated on her with LeAnn Rimes. Cibrian and Rimes are now married - it was a public humiliation for Glanville, who is now on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She's been through a lot and I do feel sad for her, but last night's look was nothing to be proud of!

  3. Great post Silva! I didn't watch it but you caught me up on the red carpet fashion!



    1. Thanks, Ker-Leen! Loved your feature on Shari's blog! Well done!