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Oscars Fashion 2012: And the award goes to…

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Red carpet winners (left to right): Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Williams and Octavia Spencer

Okay Rachel Zoe, you have a lot to answer for. Thanks to Hollywood stylists like you we no longer have to endure red carpet disasters, which makes for a relatively boring Oscars. This year there were lots of hits, near misses and an overload of ill-fitting dresses. Unfortunately there was no real fashion moment (minus Gwyneth) and I blame Tilda Swinton’s absence.

Top trends included the peplum (very fashion forward, Tina Fey) and draping, while neutrals and red ruled the carpet. There was also a dash of old Hollywood glamour courtesy of Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive and Cameron Diaz in Gucci Premiere.

Fashion favourites…

Gwyneth, Gwyneth, Gwyneth – how far you have come from that hideous pink Ralph Lauren gown. Kudos for choosing Tom Ford (apparently it was the final look in the designer’s autumn/winter 2012 show). If you are going to wear a cape on the red carpet, make sure it’s tailored and floor length. Even without it, her white dress looked stunning.

Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer looked fantastic in a Tadashi Shoji draped beaded gown that hugged her curves in the right places. It was stunning.

Michelle Williams surprised me with her choice of a coral Louis Vuitton gown. The beauty was all in the details – the feminine peplum and estate brooch at the waist. It was the perfect balance of chic and playful.

Meryl Streep may be 62, but she still looks great. I loved her gold draped Lanvin gown, which apparently was made from eco-friendly fabrics. Who knew?

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Get to a tailor asap (from left to right): Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis and Rooney Mara

Those who could have benefitted from a visit to the tailor…

I used to think JLo could do no wrong but her  Zuhair Murad dress was so underwhelming.  I didn’t have an issue with the bling but I didn’t understand those sleeves with the badly placed holes. They didn’t distract from her nip slip later on while she was presenting.

Speaking of which, there were a lot of ill-fitting bustlines in general. I was really excited to see what Rooney Mara would wear because I have become a fan of her unconventional style. I liked the fact that she chose white, but shouldn’t a Givenchy Couture gown be custom fit especially when it has weird boob shields? The same goes for Viola Davis’ beaded green Vera Wang dress.

best and worst dressed oscars fashion 2012

Almost there (left to right): Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock

And not quite there…

There was something off with Sandra Bullock’s Marchesa black and white dress  – loved the back, hated the front.  It was a case of “Attacked by Couture” for Emma Stone. I am a huge fan of Giambattista Valli, but her bow gown looked like a bad copy of Nicole Kidman’s in 2008 and was practically strangling her.

The embroidery on Jessica Chastian’s Alexander McQueen black gown was exquisite, but the shape and silhouette did nothing for her. Where’s the tailored hourglass silhouette the brand has made its signature?

Someone on twitter called Glenn Close’s Zac Posen gown topped with a tailored jacket  “Business Mermaid.” Enough said.

And was it just me or was Angelina Jolie’s black velvet Versace Atelier gown with extra volume at the hips a bit 1980s. I hated it even more when she stood on stage with her leg hanging out like a hooker trying to hitch a free ride.

Who were your favourites???

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