The Academy Awards are the closing, extraordinary moment of the award season which usually get started in January. I must admit I wasn’t really looking forward to it this year, but I am so glad so many beautiful outfits were seen on the red carpet, because there’s something to talk about at last, after a mass of not so interesting events.
Do you remember my idea of dividing the different outfits in categories, according to the colours of the dresses? Well, this time forget it, because I’ll post the ten best outfits of the soirèe, starting from my absolute favourite. Are you ready?
1) Zoe Saldana. The very moment I saw the dress she chose to walk the red carpet, I had no doubts: she was my favourite, because I immediately fell in love with the heavenly creation she was wearing.
I’m so glad there’s an Italian mind behind this wonder, because the dress is a Givenchy Haute Couture creation, designed by Riccardo Tisci. Where should I start in describing the dress? From the crystal-studded bodice or from the amazing ombrè ruffled skirt? Zoe has always sported impeccable outfits, but this is the best I’ve ever seen on her.
What I loved of the 82nd edition of the Academy Awards is the serious (and I mean really serious) bling seen on celebrities. Zoe completed her lavender dress with a Givenchy clutch and purple suede platform sandals, plus Lorraine Schwartz 80-carat amethyst and diamond inlay ring and 20-carat bronzed platinum diamond drop earrings. She kept things simple for her hairstyle and make-up.
2) Carey Mulligan. The young British actress, who received a nomination for An Education, kept true to herself, choosing a dress by her favourite designer, Miuccia Prada.
She wore a beautiful gown with strapless bodice and asymmetrical skirt. The bodice is heavily embellished with tiny Swarovski decorations, including tiny scissors and forks, so quirky and original! I am speechless when it comes to her Fred Leighton 19th-century cascading diamond pendant earrings, because I’ve rarely seen such beautiful jewels, but I’m a bit disappointed by her make-up, because I think it washes her out a bit, especially in relation to her platinum blonde hair. If I had been her, I would have worn a red hot lipstick, just to glam up things a bit.
Her accessories were a Prada clutch in black satin and black pleated duchesse satin platform sandals; she also wore a Fred Leighton gold and diamond Everlon knot ring.
3) Nicole Richie. I’ve always loved the impressive style improvement she had in the early 2000s, thanks to Rachel Zoem but I’ve loved her more mature style she has sported since the birth of her first daughter, Harlow, even more. She’s grown up and she exactly knows what she wants her style to be. Her clothing line Winter Kate and her jewellery line House of Harlow 1960 are so nice, easy to wear and on average affordable, that I’m planning to get the lovely Opy jacket for myself.
She loves floor-sweeping gowns, so I was not surprised when I saw her wearing this Reem Acra beaded backless dress. She has had different great moments on the red carpet, but I’ve never seen her look so good and healthy. This dress is amazing by itself, and it’s lovely on her. Its beading is exquisite and I love the backless feature.
Her stylist Simone Harouche chose to complete the outfit with a Lorraine Schwartz 110-carat blackened platinum and diamond cocktail ring and a Judith Leiber Chocolate Bar minaudiere with blue rhinestones. She also wore Lorraine Schwartz blackened platinum and diamond stud earrings and Christian Louboutin satin peep-toe pumps.
4) Maggie Gyllenhaal. I often choose her among the best dressed at the most important events, because she has got something – I would call it innate elegance – which I find extremely charming. She doesn’t like over-the-top outfits, but she always carefully chooses what to wear and is never predictable.
She wore a Dries Van Noten strapless dress, with a fading blue abtract print. The dress is very original, but the accessories are literally to die for. Unlike many celebrities, she decorated her updo with a Jennifer Behr custom-made jet-crystal hair-piece, then she wore a lovely pair of vintage ivory and diamond calla lily pendant earrings by Fred Leighton. For your information, she wore NARS Dolce Vita blush and Schiap pink lipstick, so appropriate.
If you love jewellery, your eyes can feast on the Fred Leighton vintage bracelets seen on Maggie – a platinum and diamond bracelet with an emerald and sapphire brooch (my favourite) and a yellow gold and diamond bracelet.
5) Kristen Stewart. She is always uncomfortable on the red carpet and her body language shows it, because she looks a little bit awkward. I don’t know why I like her, but I think she’s got a very unique beauty, delicate yet tough, and this makes her stand out among all the other celebrities of the same age. She never tries to be overtly sexy, sometimes she even looks pissed off on the red carpet, so I think she’s the perfect cross between a bad girl and a 19th-century beauty.
Sorry if I’m posting pics taken at the Vanity Fair post-Oscar party, but I haven’t found untagged pics on the red carpet. She wore a custom Monique Lhuillier navy blue satin dress with strapless bodice and mermaid line. I didn’t expect her to wear such a feminine piece, but she looked stunning. The dress is beautiful, I love the pleated bodice and the short train of the skirt. I also love her updo, very chic.
She sported a very light make-up and no jewels but a $224,000 H. Stern white gold and marquis-cut diamond bracelet, a show-stopping piece indeed.
6) Cameron Diaz. She is a regular of my red carpet posts, because I think she can hardly do wrong. She usually has a very informal style, but when it’s time to glam up, she is second to no one.
This time she ditched the bright colours she loves so much and opted for a Oscar de la Renta beige strapless gown. The line of the dress is extremely simple, but the embellishments on the bodice and the gold dust on the skirt make it fabulous. She looked so beautiful with the side-parted blonde hair and ruby lips (her lipstick is Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle).
She probably wore the highest amount of diamonds of the evening: $58,100 Cartier white gold ring with princess and round-cut diamonds and a white gold and diamond ring from Cartier Private Archive collection; she also wore $49,500 Cartier Trinity earrings in white, yellow and rose gold with diamond pavé. Impressive! Her perfectly manicured nails were painted with Chanel nail colour in Lotus Rouge.
7) Sandra Bullock. Never been a fan of her acting abilities or her style, but the winner of the Best Actress in a Leading Role award for The Blind Side impressed everyone.
When I wrote about Marchesa f/w 2010 collection, I was wondering who would have been the first celebrity to wear one of those beautiful dresses on the red carpet, and here you get the answer. She wore a stunning gold liquid-effect dress, with beaded lace appliques on the bodice. Her straight hair was side-parted, very elegant. Her make-up was focused on lips: her make-up artist, Angela Levin, applied Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Paris.
She carried a Marchesa oval gold clutch, plus Neil Lane jewellery – a platinum and diamond bracelet and drop earrings.
8 ) Meryl Streep. She’s never impressed on the red carpet, but I admire her for staying true to her style and to the principle of age-appropriateness. This is the second time she wore a white creation by Chris March (she wore one of his black dresses at the 67th Golden Globe awards). I really like the column line of the dress and the draped neckline.
Her accessories were a Swarovski Mystic clutch, a black and white diamond zebra bracelet, diamond earrings and Jimmy Choo Zena silver sandals. Her wavy hair was styled in a soft updo, and her make-up was very natural.
9) Amanda Seyfried. Two actresses wore Armani Privè last night, but only Amanda impressed me. I actually think the dress seen on Jennifer Lopez is Amanda’s dress gone wrong, with those side cascading ruffles.
Her light mint green Armani Privè dress is strapless and encrusted with Swarovski crystals. The skirt is so beautiful, those pleats make it open like a flower corolla. Her make-up was very natural, I love her brown smokey eyes.
She wore important jewellery pieces by Lorraine Schwartz – blackened platinum and diamond earrings, 250-carat brown, champagne and mint diamond geometric bracelets and a ball ring with brown diamonds. She also wore Brian Atwood silver cage sandals.
10) Rachel McAdams. Last but not least, here is the celebrity who closes my best-dressed list. McAdams has got a very eclectic style, and she usually looks good in any case.
She opted for a romantic look, wearing a chiffon flower-printed Elie Saab Couture dress. The dress is strapless and has pleated crossing bands on the bodice. I like the line of the dress very much, but I find the dusty colours of the chiffon sublime.
She wore Lorraine Schwartz jewellery, including 145-carat large cluster multi-colour diamond earrings and a flower-shaped diamond pinky ring.
Do you agree with my top ten? Who is your best-dressed celebrity?