Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Oscar review part I: Best of the Red Carpet

Despite the snoozer of an awards season (sorry, we had to say it), this year’s Oscars left us with plenty to talk about—on the red carpet, at least. While the color assortment could easily be found in your old 8-color Crayola box (black, white, red), it was the embellishments that stole the show, from Best Actress winner Marion Cotillard’s stunning train to Anne Hathaway’s elaborate rosette embellishments. And the bling was pretty awesome too.

When it came down to our faves of the night, it was all about the 3 H’s: Helen, Heidi, Hilary.

Helen Mirren: Dame Helen continues to prove that “ladies of a certain age” can be unquestionably sexy without trying to look like an ingénue. Despite being one of the evening’s many (many) red gowns, her Georges Chakra creation, adorned with Swarovski crystal sleeves (built-in jewelry—how fabulous is that?) was one of the evening’s stunners.

Heidi Klum: Frau Seal’s had enough fashion faux-pas in the past to make us take her critiques on Project Runway with a grain of salt, but there’s nothing “auf” about this Dior stunner. Again, it’s another red gown, but the regal collar, the body hugging curves, and the voluminous skirt made an impression that few could match.

Hilary Swank: When she first shed her long locks (on Oprah, none the less) for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign, we were a little concerned that it might leave the two-time Oscar winner looking too masculine. But there ain’t nothin’ but girly-girl goin’ on in this look. From the out-to-there lashes to the pretty pink lips to the flirty, flowered Versace gown, it’s almost enough to make you forget that she's taken home statues for playing a boxer and a cross-dresser.

Well done, ladies—well done! Of course we can’t say the same for all who took to the red carpet. Stay tuned for our picks of the looks that … ah … may lead to a few unemployed stylists in the very near future.

(Hat tip: FabSugar)

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