2010 March 8

Who Won the Oscars Dress Derby?

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Sandra Bullock in Marchesa with Neil Lane jewels and a Celestina clutch Sandra Bullock in Marchesa with Neil Lane jewels and a Celestina clutch
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(NEW YORK) For those religious followers of the Oscars red carpet, the biggest surprise of the Academy Awards was decidedly not of the wardrobe variety. (Here's looking at you, Kathryn Bigelow). Most of our fashionable favorites decided to play it safe this year—again—but there was still plenty of eye candy. Which fashion houses cleaned up? And which were missing in action?

Marchesa, comme toujours, had the most triumphant evening, dressing nominees Gabourey Sidibe and Vera Farmiga—as well as Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock, who looked like a golden statue herself in a liquid metal gown by Mrs. Harvey Weinstein and Neil Lane diamonds. Chanel and Elie Saab’s couture creations made a handful of appearances, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Kruger in the former and Rachel McAdams and nominee Anna Kendrick in the latter. Stefano Pilati dressed director Bigelow for her Best Director win; Kate Winslet also wore a YSL gown (again) for her presenting duties. Versace’s press offices have reason to celebrate—presenters Demi Moore and Elizabeth Banks wore looks from Donatella’s Atelier—and Armani Privé had two winners in Jennifer Lopez and Amanda Seyfried (who matched her dress to Lorraine Schwartz diamonds).

The surprises? Meryl Streep went back to Chris March (yes, the Project Runway alum) for a lovely long-sleeved white dress. (He also dressed her for the Golden Globes.) She finished the look with Fred Leighton jewelry. Julianne Moore’s allegiance to Calvin Klein Collection is well-documented, so her Francisco Costa made sense. Tina Fey’s glittering Michael Kors (worn with Stephen Russell jewels) was a welcome surprise after last season’s suspect Zac Posen, and Sigourney Weaver impressed as well in scarlet Lanvin. Penelope Cruz’s stunning Donna Karan, worn with Chopard jewels, is a serious contender for the evening’s best, while Charlize Theron’s rosette-bodiced Dior still has the jury out. (Ed. note: They're loving it in Paris.) Other standouts? Avatar beauty Zoe Saldana in Givenchy couture and Education ingénue Carey Mulligan in Prada, who wore Fred Leighton jewelry.

Valentino, usually ubiquitous on the black-tie circuit, had presence in Mariah Carey, sporting a navy couture gown with her H.Stern jewelry. Vera Wang made only one appearance on Mariska Hargitay, and Roberto Cavalli’s red carpet representatives included George Clooney’s arm candy, Elisabetta Canalis, and Faith Hill. Where, we wonder, were all the buzzy young bloods? Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung dresses were nowhere to be found. Gucci went missing in action altogether—if you don’t count Jennifer Lopez’s Vanity Fair party dress—as did Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Alberta Ferretti, and Burberry on the ladies. (The men were another story, with Burberry dressing Jake Gyllenhaal, Woody Harrelson, Ryan Seacrest, Guy Pearce, and Robin Thicke, and Gucci outfitting Gerard Butler, Javier Bardem, and winner Jeff Bridges.)

Voting for the Oscars best-dressed, in any case, is much easier than picking The Hurt Locker over Avatar. Click on our Gallery for The Daily’s full fashion recap—and then see here for the evening’s favorites.

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