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Belle’s 2015 Oscar Red Carpet Roundup

In the early minutes of the Oscar Red Carpet, viewers are aflutter.  Who are you excited for? Who do you most want to see? We envision our favorites–Zoe, Emma, Lupita, Cate–in stunning, otherworldly creations.  There is so much hope, so much promise, the feeling that fashion glory will arrive in the next chauffeured town car.

But two hours in, the champagne-buzz begins to fade, you realize that you still haven’t seen a “WOW!” dress, and everything becomes relative.  You accept that the glories of Oscars past, of a Halle, Hilary, or Charlize moment, will not come to pass.  And suddenly a dress that is just “meh” becomes good, and good becomes great, and anything interesting becomes superb.  The bar falls so low that you could trip over it in those sky-high Jimmy Choos.

So you watch Seacrest bumble and shill in his Macy’s tuxedo.  You marvel at how predictable the questions are: “Is Selma an important movie?” “Was it hard to take 12 years to film Boyhood?” And you watch reality TV stars who are barely qualified to work retail tell you how they loved the “off-white, ice blue, kind of grey-ish color” of someone’s gown and fawn over the very looks they will rip to smithereens for ratings tomorrow.

By the time the evening is over, you want to line up all the stylists in Hollywood for a good, stern talking to.  But there’s always next year.



Scarlett Johannson in Versace

The dress fits her beautifully (with a body like that, what doesn’t?) but I can’t shake the feeling that the necklace is trying to strangle her.  Scarlett, blink twice if you’re in danger…


Emma Stone in Reem Acra

Unlike most of the attendees, Emma’s hair survived the rain. But can I have this dress in any.other.color?  A nice emerald, perhaps?  Also, loving the double cuffs, so copying that.


Meryl Streep in Lanvin

“I’m Meryl Streep, I’ll wear whatever I want.  I have so many of these things that I could host my own awards show.  Be glad I don’t write and direct.”


Lady Gaga in Azzedine Alaia

Cinderella discovers that even princesses have to do the dishes.  Can’t keep Prince Charming with dishpan hands, thank goodness for these gloves.

There are plenty of people who will want you to ignore Gaga’s clumsy, confusing styling because “You don’t understand, this is an Alaia.”  But I will not be bought, she looks ridiculous.  Also, even if you love the dress itself, it is completely unsuited for someone barely five-feet tall.


Jennifer Hudson in Romona Keveza

With a handful yellow dresses on the red carpet, Hudson had the best one by far.  She put Nicole Kidman’s cellophane-sequin gown to shame.  Though the best yellow red carpet gown of all-time is still Michelle Williams.


Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta

This dress doesn’t photograph well, but I love the sheer bottom.  I really like how, even though the dress is black, it has a lightness to it.


Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Several red carpets in a row, we’ve waited with bated breath of Kerry Washington only to be disappointed.  Where is the Kerry Washington of carpets past, and why has she been replaced with this snooze-fest?


Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein and Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Russo

These dresses fall into the, “Not my favorite, but at least they’re interesting” category.  Lupita’s dress had 6,000 pearls on it; wearing it was probably a workout.  And even though Paltrow makes me want to boil a bunny, she can always be counted on to deliver something high fashion.


Rita Ora in Marchesa

This dress is proof that one good turn on the red carpet can make a C-list singer a household name.  Gorgeous.

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Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

This dress doesn’t wow me.  But on such a lackluster red carpet, it’s a noteworthy performance.  Definitely not in the ballpark of Reese’s best.


Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

This woman is otherworldly beautiful.  Her skin is practically poreless, it makes me think that Buffalo Bill was on to something.  This gown accents her shape perfectly, and even on a red carpet, this red gown stands out in the crowd.


Cate Blanchett in John Galliano for Maison Martin Margiela

Cate never fails me.  This open-back dress with eyelash trim is fantastic.  And the turquoise-colored necklace is the perfect complement.

So who is my worst dressed person on the red carpet?


David Oyelowo in Dolce & Gabbana

Why shouldn’t a man be my worst dressed?  He has a stylist.  He’s a nominee.  What could possibly be the excuse for dressing like he’s on his way to the South Bend Indiana High School prom circa 1979?  That shiny vest and tie combo is pure cater waiter.  But, on the up side, it is tailored beautifully.

As for my best dressed…


Jamie Chung in Yanina Couture

I choose my best-dressed by one metric: At the end of the night, whose gown am I still thinking about.  A relatively unknown actress in a completely unknown Russian designer is a controversial choice to be sure.  Some of you will argue that Julianne Moore or Anna Kendrick or Faith Hill looked better.  But this look, with it’s gorgeous illusion gown and perfectly coiffed hair,  is the one I can’t shake.



  1. Tiffany says:

    I agree with you about Cate Blanchett. I always love what she’s wearing, and even better is knowing I’ll love it in ten years and not think it’s a dated train wreck. Any thoughts or suggestions on a lookalike necklace?

    February 23, 2015/Reply
  2. Lisa G says:

    Anna Kendrick was my favorite. Classy, classic, with beautiful lines. Faith Hill just looked…old and matronly.

    February 23, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      She looked nice, but I’ve never warmed up to the keyhole neckline.

      February 23, 2015/Reply
      • Anna says:

        I didn’t mind the neckline, but it was a little prom-y for me.

        February 23, 2015/Reply
  3. Amy says:

    What is it with these award show dresses that they are never properly hemmed? If I see another dress dragging the ground (or red carpet), I may slap someone.

    February 23, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I’m guessing that they get the dresses straight from the designer hemmed for whoever wore them before. Then they pick a pair of shoes, and not being the exact height of the person before, they wind up too short or too long.

      February 23, 2015/Reply
      • Em says:

        Believe me, the designers tailor these dresses the way they want them shown. They want to make sure their product looks the best it can. Whatever length it’s shown at is the length they wanted it to be. A ton of prep goes into these dresses, they don’t just hand them off when it comes to an event like this.

        February 23, 2015/Reply
  4. Meg says:

    I feel like Kerry Washington started coming to award shows as Olivia Pope.

    February 23, 2015/Reply
  5. GoGoGo says:

    Jennifer Hudson does look great, and Michelle Williams is totally the queen of the yellow gown forever.

    I had to miss the broadcast last night so I’m just clicking around today to console myself. America Ferrera had a pretty look but for the tank toppy look at the top, and I don’t know who Zendaya Coleman is but I kind of love what she had going on in that, I’m a waif and elf-magic holds this dress up kind of way…


    February 23, 2015/Reply
  6. Alison @ Peacoat Diaries says:

    Put me down for Julianne Moore as best dressed. I thought it was perfection — gorgeous, interesting, and flattering dress and lovely modern hair, all working to accentuate her best feature: that stunning face. Maybe it was a little safe, but she knew she would be looking at herself in that dress for the rest of her life.

    She is (and was) perfection, and seeing her stand up on stage to collect an award that she most definitely deserved and give an eloquent and heartfelt speech, while looking like THAT…just made my night!

    Number 2 goes to Cate Blanchett, because she is divine (even if I’m not sure I’m ready to give Galliano a second chance).

    February 23, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I didn’t like how the Moore’s dress drew a line around the widest part of her hips. IT made her look short. Loved her SAG dress though.

      February 23, 2015/Reply
  7. Lauren says:

    Emma Stone’s dress is actually Elie Saab. I actually quite like the color, though I do think a deeper green would have been gorgeous.

    February 23, 2015/Reply
  8. BBB says:

    Oh man. I couldn’t get into Rita Ora’s dress – it reminded me so much of several different Beyonce dresses from the past: https://tinyurl.com/m429mwr

    Cate Blanchett is timely of course but…I don’t know. If you just saw her from the chest (or even waist) up, the high neckline and turquoise necklace sort of make it look like a “ladies who lunch” type outfit.

    And Emma Stone… while I agree than an emerald would have been beautiful, I feel like emerald is too obvious a choice for a red head (hello, Ariel).

    But Rosemund Pike? Yes yes yes. Girl JUST had a baby. Insane.

    February 23, 2015/Reply
  9. MM says:

    What did you think of Jennifer Aniston? Much improved over the Golden Globes!

    February 23, 2015/Reply
  10. Anna says:

    I actually really like the red suit, and generally applaud dudes who try to be more fashion forward, but yeah, could’ve lived without the vest.

    February 23, 2015/Reply
  11. Stacy says:

    I’m surprised none of the best dressed lists I’ve seen included Naomi Watts. She had one of the best dresses I’ve seen in YEARS. Hope you saw her live, because the dress looked much better in person than the photos I’ve seen (and I’ve googled for photos because I loved it so much).

    February 25, 2015/Reply