Nadia El Dasher | February 25, 2013
Amy Adams' Oscar De La Renta dress certainly caught our eye but with mixed feelings
The Oscars is undoubtedly the most-anticipated red carpet event of the year. With Haute Couture pieces flown back and forth from Paris and looks being plucked straight off the runway onto the red carpet- the fashion world is in a complete frenzy until the stars are done with the show.
This year was a combination of big hits and strong misses- yet only one or two dresses stood out to us as Oscar-worthy: Jessica Chastain’s glorious Armani Privé and Sally Field’s flaming Valentino.
Were you as uninterested in Anne Hathaway’s wrinkled number as we were? Did Charlize Theron’s stark white gown wow you? Let us know in the comment box below.
The Dior girls: Jennifer Lawrence’s understated hair and make-up only served to compliment her exquisite Haute Couture gown, while Charlize Theron’s cropped cut and modern dress were the epitome of elegance.
Jessica Chastain’s auburn Armani Privé look was only made better by her healthy, glossy locks while Georgina Chapman glowed in Marchesa.
Another Marchesa hit was this deep red, embellished dress worn by Olivia Munn. Red made yet another beautiful appearance on Sally Field who stole the show in Valentino.
Naomi Watts showed us that glittery can be good when done well with this Armani Privé number, while Samantha Barks’ deep V-neck Valentino dress paired with a statement necklace were the height of red carpet simplicity.
Anna Karenina actress Alicia Vikander looked polished in Elie Saab Haute Couture, and Jennifer Garner wowed us yet again in custom made Gucci.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Nicole Kidman (in Zuhair Murad and L’Wren Scott) shone a bit too brightly in a sea of sequins- not to mention with too many visits to the plastic surgeon.
We were sad to see Anne Hathaway score so poorly in the Prada column dress- a deeper neckline and a good steam were in order. As for Kristen Stewart (who accessorised her Reem Acra gown with crutches), the cut of the dress did nothing to add to her boyish figure.
Salma Hayek’s Alexander McQueen number looked constricting with a high collar that didn’t flatter her curvaceous figure, while Halle Berry’s Versace look was simply not current or red carpet-appropriate.
The fall of the Jennifers: Aniston looked like she was drowning in too much fabric with the tomato red Valentino gown, while the texture of Hudson’s Roberto Cavalli ensemble made her look bigger than she really is.
Kelly Rowland’s black and white Donna Karan Atelier dress looked more like a piano key than an Oscar-worthy piece, while Zoe Saldana’s Alexis Mabille dress was too distracting with a fluffy neckline, dipped hem paired with a pair of 1990s-style sandals.
From our Lifestyle blog Scene&Heard recap how Alex Ritman witnessed the night’s events with our Academy Awards live blog
To look back on this season’s other red carpet looks click on the links below: