2011 February 28
The Best Of The Best! Hits of the Oscars
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(NEW YORK) The style Superbowl of awards season went down last evening, with a peppy Anne Hathaway and a seemingly sedated James Franco running the revamped show. Now that the statuettes have been doled out, Hathaway finished her eight outfit changes and Kirk Douglas has finished speaking, it's time to gawk at the loveliest Oscar gowns. It's time for the Daily’s Best Dressed!
Rachel Zoe must have been in a tizzy pining down co-host Hathaway's plethora of looks for the evening. There were no fashion disasters in the mix, so the superstylist did well, and three ensembles really popped off the stage. Hathaway kicked off her hostess duties with a glam Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci white bejeweled gown, later donned a sexy Lanvin tuxedo with dazzling Brian Atwood heels, and wriggled into a burgundy strapless Atelier Versace number with swirls of monochromatic beading for the grand finale.
Gwynnie was a pretty study in contrasts with her picks for the evening, first illuminating the carpet in silver Calvin Klein Collection that was at once fluid and liquidlike yet structured, with a slit neckline and low-draping belt. She later flaunted a nude one-shouldered Michael Kors number to croon her Country Strong ballad, and kept the latter on during the Vanity Fair soiree afterwards.
Opting for two Monique Lhuillier looks, Moore was positively ethereal on the carpet with a spectacular constallation of tiny gems on a skintone frock invisibly enveloping her.
The songstress has done away with the backless tuxes of yesteryear, looking flat-out fantastic in a glowing, long-sleeved white Armani Prive frock that fit superbly, with a neckline that perfectly framed her Bulgari bauble.
After a cover story in the New York Times' Sunday Styles on the Winter Bone starlet's quest for the perfect red dress, readers reveled in the spectacularly simple Calvin Klein Collection tank style that Lawrence (and her stylists, of course) settled on.
Portman wore plum, shoulder-baring Rodarte with Tiffany jewelry and a Roger Vivier clutch, complemented - or perhaps overshadowed? - by her pregnancy glow coupled with that Best Actress-winner euphoria.
There was nothing dark about the Black Swan star's diaphanous lilac Elie Saab Haute Couture gown, with lovely hits of monochromatic lace detailing, Neil Lane jewels and a Bottega Veneta clutch.
Blanchett was basically unforgettable in structured, breathtakingly bejeweled lavender Givenchy Haute Couture with an unexpected dash of buttery yellow beading at the neckline and glorious Van Cleef & Arpels jewels to polish things off.
Berry was another beauty who drank the bubbly, stylistically speaking, in a champagne beaded Marchesa gown with a profusion of oyster-hued tulle wisps and full train for some pizzazz at the hemline.
The Best Supporting Actress nominee lost out, gracefully, to The Fighter co-star Melissa Leo, but shined in an uber-sparkly navy L'Wren Scott ensemble, which had major dazzle factor despite its stiff silhouette. Adams amped up the look with emeralds and diamonds by Cartier.
Hudson was a tangerine dream in vivid Versace, both as a presenter onstage and preening on the carpet in a bright, haltered getup.
The pint-sized True Grit starlet helped design her girly, pale pink Marchesa dress, looking precious with its voluminous, tea length silhouette. Steinfeld, topped with a headband.
Channeling Julia Roberts' vintage Valentino look at the 2001 Academy Awards, Witherspoon was quite the pretty woman in a strapless black Armani Prive with cream contrast at the bustline, rendered a tad more casual with a bouncy high ponytail a la Elle Woods days in Legally Blonde.
The British thespian wore sublimely fitted Vivienne Westwood in gunmetal grey satin with aplomb, replete with subtle volume at the shoulders and a snug 3/4-length sleeves.
Feathered, encrusted in beading and fitted like a glove was a knockout melange for Swank in a strapless, dipdyed Gucci Premiere gown with so much Oscars-apropos glamour quotient, there was no need to wear precious gems, just a Roger Vivier clutch.
Five years after Williams made a sunny style splash in marigold Vera Wang at the 2006 Oscars, her style cache continues to evolve, this year with a capsleeved, pearl-festooned Chanel sheath.
Last year's Best Actress winner went with simple yet chic Vera Wang, in a bright red strapless silhouette with a notched sweetheart-style neckline.
Click here to view our best looks from the Oscars.
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