The Oscar goes to … star dresses
Style Matters: In our opinion, the nominated movies for 2007 were
pretty dull, so we hoped the actors would make it up to us with their Oscar
They owe us after the lack of fabulous costumes in movies such as
“Babel,” where Cate Blanchett spent the whole time in a pair of bloody
By Judie Schwartz and Evelinda Urman Posted on Sun, Mar. 04, 2007
Scripps Howard News Service found at fortwayne.com
Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz wore oscar dresses
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As far as we are concerned, “The Devil Wears Prada” should have swept all
Academy Award categories.
What did we hope to see at the Oscars? Lots of jewelry with conflict-free
diamonds (in deference to “Blood Diamond”) fabulous ensembles a la
“Dreamgirls” and hair better than Helen Mirren wore in “The Queen.” We
were not disappointed.
Kate Winslet oscar dresses 2007
•Trend: Bad color.
Jessica Biel, in magenta Oscar de la Renta, accented her gown with a plain
black belt and side cleavage. It was not up to Oscar-level dress standards or
her past fashion choices. Jada Pinkett Smith wore a French’s Mustard yellow
gown by Carolina Herrera that was stretched across her middle so tightly it
looked painful. And Celine Dion came in this year’s ugliest shade of green.
•Trend: Black and black/indigo blue color combinations.
Presenter Maggie Gyllenhaal looked postpartum perfect in an elegant black and
eggplant sequin one-shoulder gown. Portia de Rossi wore a black and dark blue
halter-top gown with not one, but two fabulous diamond bracelets. And Rinko
Kikuchi made it up to us in a strapless black lace number that was a
The Oscar dresses losers
•Penelope Cruz: Just as she did at the Golden Globes, Cruz wore
another ruffled disaster, this one by Versace. She redeemed herself with a pair
of giant flowered diamond earrings.
•Catherine Deneuve: Not the French fashion icon we expected. She
wore an unflattering, plain black sleeveless sheathe that showed, rather than
disguised, her larger figure.
•Jennifer Hudson: What was that cropped jacket thing she was
wearing? It looked like she threw on the tinfoil wrapper from a TV dinner.
•Beyoncé: She disappointed us in a sea foam green gown with a
floral embellished strap that looked as if it had come from Jessica McClintock.
•Nicole Kidman: She chose a bright red dress with a huge bow that
snaked around her neck. Nic, you’re no one’s gift wrapped up in that thing.
•Gwyneth Paltrow: Her Campbell’s tomato soup-colored dress by Zac
Posen was not mmm-mmm-good (image below the page).
The Oscar dresses winners
•Jennifer Lopez: She was perfection in a Grecian-inspired
empire-waist silver dress by Marchesa with a boat neck jeweled chained collar.
(see oscar picture below the page)
•Rachel Weisz (see oscar dresses below this page): The stunner’s Vera Wang champagne-hued silk
charmeuse strapless gown was one of our favorites. She paired her dress with an
eye-popping Cartier diamond medallion that complemented the oscar
jewels sewn into the
bodice and bottom of her gown.
•Cate Blanchett: She absolutely left us babbling in a slinky,
shimmery silver one-shoulder gown by Giorgio Armani Prive.
•Cameron Diaz: Judie thought she looked as if she had been wrapped
in a white napkin by an Origami expert. Evelinda thinks Diaz is the biggest
risk-taker on the red carpet, and this year she hit it right. (image below the
•Finally, Anne Hathaway was wearing a white Valentino dress with a
huge black bow that did not wow us, but to quote her, she put on “every single
diamond I could find.” We love that philosophy, Prada girl.
Judie Schwartz and Evelinda Urman write about
office wear and personal style.
pictures found at slate.com
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