Since the Oscars and related parties occur just once a year, the stars have one major opportunity—and plenty of time to prepare—to wow with jaw-dropping couture and jewels worthy of that red carpet walk that Americans love. Here’s a highly opinionated (just my own, but please weigh in with yours) scorecard regarding ensembles that were memorable, just okay, or left me scratching my head for various reasons.
Victoria Beckam: In a slim-fitting grey column gown of her own design at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, the slender celeb looked beautiful, even though she donned just a single gemstone ring.
Glenn Close: Her Zac Posen gown and tuxedo jacket were chic and age-appropriate, and the Bulgari diamond drop earrings were the perfect extra-feminine touch.
Stacy Keibler: In the spirit of an Oscar statuette, George Clooney’s girlfriend rocked the gold Marchesa gown and complementary tone Lorraine Schwartz drop earrings.
Octavia Spencer: Her colorless Neil Lane diamond drop earrings and ring worked perfectly with her beaded white Tadashi Shoji dress; the balance in tones and textures between jewels and garment were ideal.
Gwyneth Paltrow: The structural Tom Ford frock and cape suited Paltrow’s willowy frame, and the architectural Anna Hu diamond jewels were a great choice to match.
Not a Hit, But Not a Miss
Jessica Chastain: A pair of Harry Winston yellow diamond drops kind of got lost against that beautifully embroidered Alexander McQueen gown. Solution: sculptural, metal-intense gold jewels that would have complemented the motifs of the garment.
Disappointing—and Here’s Why
Miley Cyrus: Her silver mermaid-style gown—and dark tan—aged her, and the style itself seemed out-of-date.
Busy Phillips: Outstanding opal earrings from Irene Neuwirth, but the drab colors of the Dolce & Gabbana dress lacked the oomph and energy of the jewels, and all competed with her neon pink shoes.
Rooney Mara: Just one jewel—a Fred Leighton antique picture frame ring—that wasn’t even visible.
Emma Stone: The Louis Vuitton jewels were okay—though not over-the-top interesting—but the Giambattista Valli dress looked a lot like the Balenciaga one worn by Nicole Kidman a few years ago.
Natalie Portman: Her red polka dot vintage Christian Dior gown hinted at Minnie Mouse, while the Harry Winston v-neck necklace—despite all the diamonds—did little to work with the too-sweet style.
Who were your faves?
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