The night that all the previous award shows of the season have been leading up to is here at last! The red carpet at the Academy Awards is– for fashionistas like myself, anyway– a Bigger Event than the Super Bowl, the Olympics and Game 7 of the World Series all in one, and Fluffy, as always, is here to spell out the best of the best and the worst of the worst. My red carpet dreams took me to Reem Acra this year and I spiffed up a bit to cover the arrivals (a big thanks to Photoshop for whisking me there for you!)
Don’t worry– even though I chose my own dress for the Oscars, there will still be a Very Special Fluffy Award. Tastes which coincide with mine must always be rewarded. Anyway, congratulations are in order for the big winners of the night– Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz took Supporting honors, Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress, and Daniel Day-Lewis became Oscar’s first-ever threepeat in the Best Actor category. Ang Lee took away Best Director for Life of Pi, based on a novel most thought was unfilmable (and which Fluffy found virtually unreadable, or at least unfathomable), and Argo claimed the Best Picture prize. But enough about the Oscars themselves– we all know the reason we’re here is to see what everybody’s wearing! So let’s hand out the Most Major Fluffy Awards of the Year.
CATEGORY: MOST IMPROVED
Adele’s Grammy dress saddened me, but this lovely Jenny Packham gown has perked me up again. I love everything about it. The beading, the sheer sleeves, the flattering fit– and I’m loving the hair and makeup too. This may be my favorite red carpet dress of hers, ever.
Oh, SQUEEEEE!!!! Isn’t she precious? The youngest-ever Best Actress nominee takes the carpet in a sparkly little Armani princess dress with tulle accents, shimmery shoes, and a PUPPY PURSE! She’s so adorable, words fail. Just… awwww.
CATEGORY: MOST DRAMATIC
(TIE) AMY ADAMS AND NICOLE KIDMAN
Amy has been looking great all awards season, and this Oscar de la Renta dream dress is no exception. I love the silvery color, the sweeping train, the ruffles… it’s all so very fluffy that I’m speechless again. Just wow. Nicole, in L’Wren Scott, caps off her own fab season. This gown is just insanely detailed– I can’t decide if I’m reminded of Art Deco or Van Gogh’s Starry Night, or both at the same time, and I’m floored by its complete wonderfulness.
CATEGORY: THE SILVER MEDAL
Check it out! That’s a twist on the one-shoulder design. As respected a “serious” actress as Naomi has become, to me she’ll always be Jet Girl, and this futuristic Armani Prive creation hearkens back to her sci-fi days in the best way possible.
CATEGORY: THE BOOBY PRIZE
Anne has sort of disappointed me all awards season. Her dresses, with the exception of her BAFTA gown, have been either lackluster or ridiculous. I can see the look she’s aiming for here, and she almost succeeds– she’s trying for all she’s worth to channel Audrey Hepburn in all her gamine glory– but there’s something a little off about this blush-toned Prada. AHEM. I’m not sure if the problem is the unfortunately placed bustline darts or if Anne’s just cold, but it appears that very little is left to the imagination by the clingy bodice of this number, which I am sure was not her intention at all. Turn off your brights!
CATEGORY: MOST EXOTIC
Ooh, black velvet, if you please! This Alexander McQueen dress gives Salma the appearance of an Egyptian goddess of the night. The blingy gold halter gives it plenty of oomph, and the fit is divine. Topped off with a perfect updo and minimal jewelry, this is what glamour looks like.
CATEGORY: CURVES AND ANGLES
Nancy is wearing another geometric-inspired Mark Zunino, and the designer has really outdone himself this time. The blue-on-blue color scheme, the textured angular pattern, and thigh-high slit skirt with flowing train combine for a look that really rocks. And those shoes are seriously incredible.
CATEGORY: RED ROYALTY
Olivia is wearing a ruby-hued Marchesa with brilliant gold beading, a dramatically draped skirt and a train to die for. One of my favorite looks of the night, right down to the little gold earrings that match the trim so perfectly. Love it.
CATEGORY: THE GOLD MEDAL
Zuhair Murad, how do I love thee? Oh, very very much. This gilded confection gives Catherine a glow all her own. The statement earrings are a bit much– this dress didn’t need them– but overall, another of my favorite looks from this gala event.
CATEGORY: THE BLUE RIBBON
(TIE) REESE WITHERSPOON AND ROBIN ROBERTS
Reese and Robin shine in the same shade of sapphire in two very different and beautiful looks. Reese goes for Old Hollywood glamour in Louis Vuitton, with loose wavy hair and diamonds. Robin, in Marc Bouwer, opts for a more regal take on royal blue, with coordinated eyes and jewels. Both of them look amazing.
CATEGORY: THE LINEBACKER AWARD
Even a red-carpet goddess incarnate can have a misstep, and this Versace is certainly that. The metallic stripes are going in too many opposing directions at once, but that’s not the worst part. That would be those shoulder pads. They are VERY visible through the sheer sleeve fabric, and give Halle an unnatural boxy shoulder line that wouldn’t look out of place on the gridiron– or on Dynasty circa 1984. Just NO.
CATEGORY: THE SHINING STAR
Stacy never disappoints. This Naeem Khan studded column is absolutely gorgeous. There’s a lot going on with the detailing, but it’s not overly distracting in the way Halle’s dress is, letting Stacy’s beautiful smile and enviable figure speak for themselves. Perfectly accessorized, and crowned with effortlessly pretty hair, Stacy’s got it goin’ on.
CATEGORY: THE MONOCHROME AWARD OF MERIT
(TIE) ZOE SALDANA AND HELENA BONHAM CARTER
Zoe, in Alexis Mabille, and Helena, in Vivienne Westwood, have taken an ombre approach to a color combo that is usually quite stark. Zoe’s strapless mermaid-silhouette gown uses white as the base color while the layered train shades from gray to black. The bodice is trimmed with dimensional flowers and smoky crystals. Accessorized with cute black bow-adorned peeptoes and long drop earrings, it’s certifiably awesome. Helena’s ballgown displays the color scheme in the reverse, mainly black, with a progressively lighter tiered skirt ending in a swish of white. Paired with her trademark messy updo and accented with a pearl necklace, it’s a fun look that suits Helena’s daring, eclectic fashion sense– Fluffy will NEVER apologize for loving this lady’s style, because Helena dresses for Helena, and if you don’t like it, whatevs.
CATEGORY: THE EFFORTLESS AWARD
Kerry looks simply perfect in this coral Miu Miu gown with beaded bodice and dramatic train. Despite the showiness of the dress, there is something very classy and understated about the look as a whole. The loose, flowing locks and natural makeup tones give a floaty, free feeling to the ensemble which makes it a winner in my book.
Kristen, like Fluffy herself, went with Reem Acra for the big night, but I’m sorry to say that this dress isn’t doing her any favors. The long strips of sculptural floral motifs obscure her nice figure entirely– there is no hint of a waist or hips here, and we know Kristen has both– and the whole thing looks so heavy that it appears to be slipping off. The train’s swaths of fluff aren’t well integrated into the overall design, and her hair has so much product in it that it looks dirty. I have to commend her for being a trouper though– she was on crutches after injuring her foot, but still managed to smile and rock some very pretty and flattering makeup.
Oh, this was predestined. You knew it HAD to be. Jennifer has been so impeccably gorgeous all award season long– from her “Most Improved” win at the People’s Choice Fluffies, she has gone on to take the Best-Dressed honors on almost every outing on her way to her big win this evening. I have never seen anyone so consistently incredible over an entire season; she and Dior are just an amazingly natural fit. Just look at her. The lovely, Cinderella-at-the-ballgown in a pink so pale you might have only dreamed it. The intricately detailed fabric itself, flowing with the silhouette in perfect harmony. Add beautifully upswept hair, shimmering diamonds– I LOVE the long necklace worn down her back instead of in front– flawless makeup, and a genuinely happy smile, and you have the most stunning winner in recent memory. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about this whole look. It’s just… perfect.
SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD
….AND THERE WE HAVE IT, MY DEARS! This award season is a wrap! It’s been a long fun trip, and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. The blog will now return to its regular mix of reviews, lists, and random ramblings, but first I must award the delightful Jennifer Lawrence with yet another accolade: the MVP of the Red Carpet Season!
Even managing to somehow fall UP the stairs (as I’ve done a few times in my life myself) she still exudes charm and class. Gotta love it. See you on the red carpet next fall….