2012 Oscar's Red Carpet: Close But No Cigar
Feb 27, 2012
As is tradition here at CHS, we will start with the dresses that I neither loved nor hated. The dresses left me wanting but not loathing. Basically, the gowns that made me yawn.
Rooney Mara in Givenchy
On the positive side, I was grateful to see Rooney Mara in a color other than black. On the negative side, the decoration on the bust did nothing for her. Also, why she insists on continuing to dress like Lisbeth Salander is anyone’s guess. Oh, and if someone good get the girl some Crest Whitestrips that would be great.
Sandra Bullock in Marchesa
This dress was a total snore. It’s a similar silhouette to her epic Marchesa from 2010 but with colors and embellishments that are pure Mother-of-the-Bride. Now, if you excuse me, I need to chug a Red Bull, the dress is putting me to sleep.
Natalie Portman in Dior Haute Couture Vintage
Once you’ve worn a baby pink strapless gown with a bright, red, sequin rose on the bust, anything is a step up. I like this dress, it fits well, I’m not crazy about the dots, but that’s vintage for you. I also wouldn’t have done such a pointy necklace, it’s distracting.
Also, did anyone else notice all of the women in black nail polish? Is that back in vogue, now?
Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab
Usually, Elie Saab can do no wrong in my eyes, but the commenters during last nights liveblog all agreed that the beading looked like something grown in a Petri dish. I also didn’t like that the dress, bag and shoes were identically color matched. Had the earrings not been emerald in color, I would have begun to wonder if Bejo’s stylist had a deal with Dyeables.
Cameron Diaz in Gucci
Cameron Diaz is almost 40, and it really feels like she aged overnight. Photos of her the past few months with the overly bleached hair and the overly tanned skin make me worry about aging gracefully. But even though this look is not the red carpet Cameron of old, it’s okay.
Elie Kemper in Armani Prive
This dress came the closest to making the best dressed list, but when I added it, I realized that it was only the rich coppery color that I loved. Color aside, the gown itself is just okay, so it belongs on the list of also-rans.