The biggest night of the year for movie buffs and fashionistas alike is here at last! I couldn’t wait for the red carpet and all the glam regalia, despite the rain, which thankfully didn’t put a damper on the festivities at all. For the third straight year, Fluffy has made it to the carpet herself (thanks to Photoshop) to take it all in and make sense of it all for you. And you don’t think I’d hit this party without the benefit of a classy gown of my own, do you?
Check me out, huh? You’ll never guess who designed the lovely dress I chose for my appearance. It’s Vera Wang. I used to have issues with Vera (and was pretty vocal about it) but we can all grow and change, can’t we? I can’t say whether Vera’s improved or my tastes have simply evolved, but either way, to quote West Side Story, I feel pretty.
Big congratulations to the winners of the evening: Best Picture 12 Years a Slave, Best Actor Matthew McConaughey, Best Actress Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto, Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o, Best Director Alfonso Cuaron, and Best Animated Film Frozen! But here at the Fluffy Awards, the focus is on the frocks, not the films, so let’s take a look at the sartorial splendor, shall we?
CATEGORY: MOST IMPROVED
I was all set to never forgive Emma for that prison-orange rag she wore over a jumpsuit to the Golden Globes, but with this svelte, smoky Vera Wang number, she’s all right with me again. This is proof you don’t have to show much skin to sizzle.
CATEGORY: THE DIVIALICIOUS AWARD
Cate has been having a stellar awards season, and of course the biggest night of the year is no exception. Stunning in Armani Prive, our Best Actress winner has glamour down to an art. While I’m generally not a beige fan, this dress is long on sparkle and shine, and perfectly accessorized. Just perfect– show ’em how it’s done!
CATEGORY: PRETTY IN PINK
JADA PINKETT SMITH AND PENELOPE CRUZ
Pink is one of my fave colors, and it’s not one you see much of on the red carpet– at least not since the press took an undeserved dump all over Gwyneth Paltrow’s Oscar dress back in ’99. These lovely ladies rock it out, though, both entirely too fab to care. Jada is gorgeous in Versace with some awesome Ferragamo heels and sleek locks. Penelope goes the goddess route in Giambattista Valli with some serious earrings and a stately updo.
CATEGORY: DISNEY PRINCESSES
IDINA MENZEL AND KRISTEN BELL
The two newest Disney Princesses, Frozen’s Elsa and Anna, are voiced by Idina and Kristen respectively, and for this evening each seems to be trying out the other’s princess’s look! Idina’s deep green Vera Wang, with its simple lines and classic sensibility, looks more the thing you’d see Anna wear, while Kristen’s icy Roberto Cavalli would look right at home on Snow Queen Elsa! Both ladies look incredible, and I can’t decide who looks best!
CATEGORY: THE GOLD MEDAL
Kristin is channeling her inner Oscar in this beautiful, detailed gown, also by Roberto Cavalli. I love how she never shies away from going over the top, since it always works for her and she comes out looking like a million bucks. Just wow.
CATEGORY: THE SILVER MEDAL
Jennifer’s Oscar de la Renta column looks pretty simple at first glance, but then you notice– that’s all fringe. OMG, that’s just amazing and so much fun! Jenn is usually fairly staid on the carpet, but this look is definitely a head-turner! Mad props!
CATEGORY: THE BRONZE MEDAL
Angelina knows how to work a red carpet, and in this glitzy Elie Saab, she proves it once again. More proof against beige being boring, Angie’s gown boasts multitudes of shimmering beads and sequins and, pretty as it is, does not steal the focus from her big, happy smile.
CATEGORY: MOST INTRICATE
BETTE MIDLER AND PORTIA DE ROSSI
Take a look at the crazy amount of detail on both of these dresses! The legendary Bette is a showstopper in a Reem Acra column with a lacy candy-apple red overlay, while Ellen’s other half Portia is a vision in an ivory Naeem Khan halterneck gown with all-over cutouts in floral and star patterns. It takes moxie to pull off dresses this busy without looking eaten alive, and both ladies manage it with grace and ease.
CATEGORY: THE SHINING STAR
Anne has a preferred silhouette, a simple column gown; but this Gucci, while staying true to her usual aesthetic, brings the bling with a bejeweled halter bodice that is anything but dull. The oomph factor is off the charts!
CATEGORY: MOST BRILLIANT
GABOUREY SIDIBE AND GAYLE RIDLEY
My other favorite color is purple. I am loving Gabourey’s Theia gown, from the bold shade to the floral texturing to that beautiful belt. Way to rock it! I haven’t been able to find out the designer of Gayle’s amazing, glowing amethyst dress, but OMG I love it. She looks just perfect (and her hubby, director John Ridley, looks pretty dapper himself). If anyone knows the maker, PLEASE let me know!
(EDIT: Gayle herself graciously messaged me to let me know that that awesome dress is by Azadeh Couture. I am humbled and so, so pleased!)
CATEGORY: SURPRISE OF THE NIGHT
Gaga is famous for her off-the-wall ensembles, so who expected her to look so very polished on Oscar night? Her glamorous Versace, accented with a petal-pink chiffon scarf and a flawless updo, is the picture of awesome. Not showcased to their best advantage in this picture, but you know it’s not Gaga without some insane high heels, in this case courtesy of Brian Atwood.
CATEGORY: LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER
GOLDIE HAWN AND KATE HUDSON
Both mom Goldie and daughter Kate look ravishing on the carpet! I have not been able to discover Goldie’s designer, but I am loving the golden color (gold for Goldie! Ha!) and the beaded shoulder detailing. Kate is wearing a dramatic Versace with a draped back and plunging neckline. Love both styles!
CATEGORY: BEST BABY BUMP
Kerry has been having a great awards season– she manages to make pregnancy look effortless and beautiful. This violet Jason Wu creation has clean, elegant lines that are both dramatic and timeless, and Kerry looks like an expectant princess in it.
CATEGORY: WORST BABY BUMP
If Kerry shows us how gorgeous and glowing pregnancy can be, here is Elsa to show us the flip side of the coin. I have been striving for kindness this awards season, but girl looks like a baked potato in tinfoil, along with a major helping of sideboob that takes the look from flashy to trashy.
CATEGORY: THE BLUE RIBBON
AMY ADAMS AND SANDRA BULLOCK
My other favorite color is blue. (Okay, there aren’t many colors I don’t like.) Amy is wearing a simple sapphire-shaded Gucci that sets off her enviable figure perfectly, accessorized with a classic updo and bright, contrasting earrings. Sandra’s deep royal Alexander McQueen just flows– the overall effect is kind of midnight-waterfall. Add flawlessly coiffed over-the-shoulder locks and a coordinating manicure, and this is one way to look ah-mazing.
CATEGORY: THE LITTLE MERMAID THAT COULD
Or shall I say Va-Va-Voom? The mermaid silhouette is de rigeur on the red carpet, but Charlize has taken the same-old same-old and given it a new lease on life. This Dior looks like a million other dresses we’ve seen and yawned at– at first glance. But it’s really two silhouettes in one: a column dress with a sheer, layered train that gives it the illusion of mermaid lines. And the sheer straps that give it the illusion of defying gravity are another focal point. This one simple dress has the wow of three.
CATEGORY: RED ROYALTY
JENNIFER LAWRENCE AND OLGA KURYLENKO
Jennifer’s minimalist, brilliant Dior, with its strapless neckline and whimsical peplum, is yet another in her long list of red-carpet wins– though she struggled a bit with the carpet itself, suffering a slip-up on its surface. The necklace worn down the back looks to be her Oscar trademark, just as gorgeous with this streamlined style as it was with her voluminous ballgown at last year’s ceremony. Olga’s dress has the distinction of being made of completely sustainable “green” materials, courtesy of Suzy Amis Cameron’s “Red Carpet Green Dress” campaign. Designed by Parisian fashion student Alice Elia, the gown features an asymmetrically split, gathered bodice and shoulder detailing, and proves that being environmentally friendly doesn’t have to be boring.
CATEGORY: THE LEG LAMP “MAJOR AWARD”
Don’t get me wrong– I dig this dress. A J Mendel creation, it has so much going for it– I adore the sheer inserts and the bright pop of color in the floral motif at the waist. But this is the pose that launched a thousand memes when Angelina struck it a couple of years back, and it seems like at least one person has to try to bring it back every year. At any rate, though, Anna looks fab, and I guess if you have the gams, you might as well show them off.
CATEGORY: GOTHIC GLAM
JULIA ROBERTS AND KAREN O
Wow, how cool is this Givenchy dress Julia has on? I totes love it– it has a definite vampy vibe that she pulls off effortlessly. Love, love, love all that anything-but-Victorian black lace. Karen’s slick satin Camilla Staerk gown, with its plunging neckline and mock capelet, is the stuff of Goth-girl dreams.
CATEGORY: BEST MEDIA LOOKS
KELLY OSBOURNE AND ROBIN ROBERTS
There are always plenty of commentators on the carpet, and some of them look every bit as fabulous as the night’s nominees! Kelly, on hand for Fashion Police, keeps out of the rain in a simple but beautifully detailed Badgley Mischka column in ivory, with a filigreed, jeweled overlay bodice, statement earrings, and pretty platform shoes. Good Morning America‘s Robin dazzles in a lavender Dennis Basso with shimmering floral motifs and a mermaid train, with coordinating smoky eyes and pale blue jewels. Both look wonderful, and could teach some actresses a thing or two.
CATEGORY: WORST DRESSED
PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND LIZA MINELLI
The two worst affronts of the evening come in the form of ideas that started out all right around the head, but get worse the closer they get to the ground. Pharrell, still riding on the quirky fashion high that was his Grammy hat, tries too hard to follow up his viral chapeau and succeeds only in making himself look like somebody’s ring bearer– and he forgot his socks. Better half Helen Lasichanh fares better in her menswear-inspired look, but reinforces the childlike appearance of her hubby by towering over him in platform pumps. Liza’s style starts great, with a cute, fun blue streak in her hair and glamorous earrings, continues with an elegant, off-the shoulder blouse, and ends in pajama pants, schleppy old man shoes, and fail. If both photos were cropped from the waist down, both Pharrell and Liza would look awesome, but knowing the truth makes it too, too sad.
CATEGORY: BEST DRESSED
Going into the Oscars, everyone knew Lupita was the one to beat, both in the Best Supporting Actress race and on the red carpet, and she won them both, hands down. This swirling, sky-blue Prada gown is all Cinderella. It’s a dream dress, pure and simple, and that’s really all you can say. Look at the way it shimmers and flows. It’s like a work of art– but neither does it detract attention from the beautiful young lady wearing it. The Cinderella fantasy continues with the glossy Alice band and minimal but perfect jewelry, and just look at how it moves.
SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD
As we should all by now know, the Very Special Fluffy Award is presented to the dress I’d have picked for myself– the perfect embodiment of my personal style. I overlooked Monique Lhuillier in my search for my Oscar gown this year, and I guess I’m glad I did– it would have been tres faux pas for me to have on the same dress as anyone else, and if I’d known this one existed, I’d have definitely picked it and had to scramble together a quick ‘shop of my backup Georges Hobeika once I saw the arrivals. Anyway, Chrissy, aka Mrs. John Legend, rocks this awesome, dramatic sakura-print ballgown like no other, and also wins Best Shoes of the evening with those sky-high Jimmy Choos.
Well, that’s a wrap for this awards season, and time for the Fluffy Awards to go back to bed until next fall. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride as much as I have! For a treat, I will close with this amazing little graphic, depicting the Oscar gowns of every Best Actress winner from the very beginning!