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An Underwhelmed Batch of Oscar Night Fluffy Awards

I’ve been chronicling the red-carpet foibles of award season divas for several years now, and in all that time it’s been rare for me to find myself as bored by the crop of designer frocks on display as I was last night. There were a few bright spots in a sea of mostly dull duds, and at least I bothered to put on my Marchesa and show up (courtesy of Photoshop, as always; Fluffy hasn’t yet finagled an actual invitation yet):

Yep, the gray stripe in my hair is real these days.  Anyway, so little was going on fashion-wise that I’m going to forgo my usual category system (except for the Special Fluffy Award, which goes to the dress most in line with my personal taste); I can’t even name a best or worst dressed, as everything was pretty staid and bland, so will instead talk a bit about why these gowns actually made somewhat of an impression on me. (I was sorely tempted to throw out the whole post out of sheer boredom, but it was the freaking Oscars, and I bothered to ‘shop myself weeks ago, so the show goes on.)

Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti

A bit on the simple side, but that’s because the fabric is the star and needs nothing else. Midnight blue velvet gets me every time. 

Emma Stone in Givenchy 

I have a sweater in almost this exact color scheme, so that’s an automatic win for me, but the fun addition of fringe seals the deal. 

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad 

Normally not a big fan of beige (or cream, or eggshell, or whatever you wanna call it), but the beading looks like fireworks and it has. A. Cape. Too cool. 

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph & Russo

Loads of visual interest in the gravity-defying bodice and mosaic pattern, and one of the braver choices here. The diamond bracelets are the perfect touch. 

Viola Davis in Armani Privé 

The brilliant red gown stood out in a crowd of mostly the same old same old. The off-shoulder design and halter neck add nice detail to a simple and elegant look. 

Kirsten Dunst in Christian Dior 

A perfectly accessorized dream of a plain black dress that’s anything but boring. The high-low hemline isn’t done much on ballgown styles, and I love it when it is. 

Halle Berry in Atelier Versace 

Fringe was kind of a thing this year, and this is one of the best examples. The asymmetrical overlay adds additional wow factor. 
Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta 

Those ruffles!  I love velvet, and this is quite the dramatic application of it, with that plunging neckline and mid-thigh split; and did I mention the ruffles?
Scarlett Johansson in Alaïa

Another standout color choice, this floaty pink print dress is made by the sparkly statement belt. Bracelets which coordinate with said belt complete the look. 
Octavia Spencer in Marchesa 

More fringe, but this time it’s made of feathers! How fun is that? Love the rich silver color and the overall look of this beautiful ball gown. 
Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé 

More beige (sigh), but at least there is a really interesting beading thing going on here. 
The Special Fluffy Award

Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo

 When I include multiple photos of a dress, you know it’s something pretty special, and this sheer, ethereal flower garden of a gown was my absolute favorite of the evening. 
There you have it; the 2017 Awards Season goes in the books with more of a ho-hum than a bang, but maybe next year will be better. One can hope. Laters…

Oscar Night Fluffy Awards (And a General Award Season Hangover)

It’s been a long award season.  Maybe it’s only seemed long because I’ve covered it more exhaustively here than in any year in the past, or maybe it’s felt like a slog in the absence of a reliable style darling a la Lupita Nyong’o to anticipate at each ceremony.  Red carpet stalwarts like Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett have been around, but in all it’s been kind of a low-key year sartorially speaking, so I was pleasantly surprised by the A-game the Oscars brought out last night. Anyway, Fluffy has been geared up for this carpet for months with a bitchin’ dress I stole from some rando at Cannes.  image

I’m looking good if I do say so myself.  The ballgown is by Gyunel Couture, makeup by yours truly, hair and styling by Photoshop.  No, I was only there in spirit.  I do this every year, so I can feel more a part of Oscar night, and finding my red carpet gown is always a small highlight of my award season blogs.  Anyway, as Bugs and Daffy would say, on with the show, this is it.

MEGA-CATEGORY:  THE HOSTESSES WITH THE MOSTESSES 

Every year, the entertainment press covering the arrivals interview attendees, provide commentary, and ensure a better experience for viewers, all while dressed to rival the nominees themselves (they often snag best-dressed honors too).  This category is for these tireless ladies who are here to work, and look great doing it.

Stephanie Bauer in Portia & Scarlettstephanie-bauer-a10d5da8-cc68-4fd1-a3e2-931e70cfde65A pretty sculptural trumpet gown in forest green looks like formal wear for Tinkerbell.  (That’s a good thing, btw.)

Kelly Ripa in Dennis Bassoimage

I’m not crazy about the fit of this mermaid dress.  The dress itself is a little too high-school prom for me.

Louise Roe in Christian Sirianoimage

Siriano is always a bit of a mixed bag to me, but this is one of his better pieces.  The detailing turns a Generic Column Dress™(albeit one in a lovely shade of peach) into something that looks like the interior of a nautilus shell.  Very nice.

Heidi Klum in Marchesaimage

The Project Runway host would look lovely in this lilac chiffon confection were it not for That. Sleeve.  The whole thing, from the enormous flower thing on the shoulder to the, uh, smaller flower thing on the wrist (Thing One and Thing Two?), has got to GTFO.

Zuri Hall in Portia & ScarlettimageA very simple design meant to showcase the woman wearing it rather than the other way around, accented with a very cool necklace.

Giuliana Rancic in Georges ChakraimageI don’t have enough good words about this dress, it’s so cute.  The floral theme carries onto the attached train and features a backless look.  Am in love with it.  Want to take it home with me.

Maria Menounos in Christian SirianoimageSiriano is batting 1000 so far.  Love the glitzy geometric look here; she looks like a sparkle angel.

Tracey Edmonds in Lorena SarbuimageThis would make a stunner of a wedding dress.

Liz Hernandez in Michael CostelloimageOn the fence about this one.  Is it fun, or just overdone?  I like it, but yet I can’t commit to that liking wholeheartedly, so I will move on before I overthink things.

Keltie Knight in Lucian MatisimageAnother one I’m ambivalent about.  Asymmetric ruffles are making my head hurt.  Cute ruffles, maybe a smidge too big.  Gaaahh.

Nancy O’Dell in CD GreeneimageWhoa, blue velvet.  That always makes me happy, especially when paired with lots of crystal beading.

Robin Roberts in Badgley MischkaimageThat is some serious beading.  Is it green?  Is it gold?  Is it both?  Either way, it’s a showstopper.

CATEGORY: MOST IMPROVED

PATRICIA ARQUETTE IN MARINA RINALDIimagePatricia doesn’t usually get included in these roundups because I can seldom think of anything to say about what she’s wearing, aside from “meh”.  However, I am quite fond of this royal blue gown with its architectural neckline.  Pretty cool, accessorized with a match (the clutch) and a contrast (the earrings).  Well played, you.

CATEGORY: CUTEST

THREE-WAY TIE!

CHRISSY TIEGEN IN MARCHESAimage

HANNAH BAGSHAWE IN ALEXANDER MCQUEENimage

EMILY BLUNT IN PRADAimageI literally could not decide which one of these expectant moms was the most adorable, because all of them are radiant and have gorgeous dresses, though each is styled quite differently.  Chrissy is Chrissy, and as such is a flawlessly real goddess in ruby red, while Hannah goes for a dramatic look in black and gold and Emily plays up the feminine in her blush-pink, crystal-embellished style.  Which is your favorite?

CATEGORY: THE CINDERELLA AWARD

SOFIA VERGARA IN MARCHESAimageThis midnight blue ballgown, accented with ruffles, beading, and coordinating sapphire jewels, is pure magical, princessy goodness.

CATEGORY: THE SILVER MEDAL

LILY COLE IN VIVIENNE WESTWOODimageLily’s dress is made entirely of upcycled plastic bottles.  While the ecofriendly message is laudable, the execution is a bit tinfoily.

CATEGORY: PRETTY IN PINK

JENNIFER JASON LEIGH IN RODARTEimageThis dress, with its dimensional floral pattern and minimalist ruffles, is super-cute, but Jennifer looks slightly awkward in it, as if she feels it’s not exactly her style.  Own it, sweetie!  You look fine.

CATEGORY: MOST BRILLIANT

AMY POEHLER IN ANDREW GNimageThe bold butterfly garden on Amy’s dress is a departure from her usual style, but it’s a head-turner and I like it. On another note, I’m seeing this hairstyle a lot today; not sure how I feel about that yet.

CATEGORY: TWINSIES!!

REESE WITHERSPOON IN OSCAR DE LA RENTAimage

TINA FEY IN VERSACEimageOkay, these aren’t exactly the same, but you have to look twice to see the differences.  While Reese’s dress features boning and a sculptural bustier top, Tina’s features an asymmetrical wrap and shirred bodice.  Both look beautiful but I’m giving the nod to Tina for presentation; Reese’s bracelets and loose hair are cute, but Tina’s updo and ginormous sapphire-and-diamond necklace are pure glam.

CATEGORY: THE GOLD MEDAL

MARGOT ROBBIE IN TOM FORDimageWhile I’m not generally a Ford fan (he is one of the most egregious perpetrators of the Generic Column Dress™), this shimmering snake-scale dress has caught my attention in the best way.  Can I nominate Ford for Most Improved Designer?

CATEGORY: GOTHIC GLAM

JENNIFER LAWRENCE IN DIORimage A dramatic take on the naked-dress trend, with lace and tulle making the strategic statement.  Very cool.

CATEGORY: RED ROYALTY

CHARLIZE THERON IN DIORimageWow.  Cut down to there, with double-strap details and a sweeping train, this is one jaw-dropping hell of a dress.  Awesome necklace, too.

CATEGORY: THE EFFORTLESS AWARD

SOPHIE TURNER IN GALVANimageLove the unfussy lines of this design, also a sustainable one like the Westwood on Lily Cole above, but couldn’t be more different in terms of style.  Loose hair styled in beachy waves, strappy sandals and a statement necklace complete this deconstructed look.

CATEGORY: MOST DRAMATIC

MINDY KALING IN ELIZABETH KENNEDYimageThe juxtaposition of blue and black in this design takes it from simplistic to something special.  Absolutely perfect.

CATEGORY: THE FAIRY PRINCESS AWARD

ISLA FISHER IN MARCHESAimageSo ethereal and pretty!  A watercolor garden blooms across this delicate gown, and it’s giving me life.  I’d have favored a more subtle lip shade with this look, but I love the manicure and the hair.

CATEGORY: THE GODDESS AWARD

LADY GAGA IN BRANDON MAXWELLimageIt’s pants, it’s a ballgown, it’s everything.  Gaga is a shot of Old Hollywood with a modern twist in this design with its sculptural bodice and flowing train.  She oozes glamour and class for days.

CATEGORY: MOST INTRICATE 

ROONEY MARA IN GIVENCHYimageThat embroidery is just so, so detailed… like a floral labyrinth.  A keyhole cutout, buttons, and a sweep train add to the complexity.  Rooney is back to her severe hair and makeup look; the softer vibe was nice while it lasted.

CATEGORY: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

ANDRA DAY IN SAFIYAAimageAnother simple design made a standout with color, in this case a rich buttery yellow complemented with Old Hollywood styling.

CATEGORY: THE DIVALICIOUS AWARD

RACHEL MCADAMS IN AUGUST GETTY ATELIERimageAn emerald-green halter with a dramatic train , slicked-back hair and the most confident of smiles.  Slayyy.

CATEGORY: THE MONOCHROME AWARD OF MERIT

KERRY WASHINGTON IN ATELIER VERSACEimageBlack and white never looked so hot!  A leather bustier top combines with a feminine flowy train for a duality that works.  Also, those shoes.  Just… those shoes.  I need them.

CATEGORY: THE BLUE RIBBON

BRIE LARSON IN GUCCIimageWow, this dress is so pretty!  Knife-pleated tulle pleats in a dramatic sapphire train, sheer overlay on the plunging bodice, and a gorgeous belt combine for extra visual interest, as if the color wasn’t enough!  Whoa.  Love.

CATEGORY: THE DAZZLE AWARD

NAOMI WATTS IN ARMANI PRIVEimageMulticolored dark-rainbow sequins make this a sheath gown to die for, and check out that mega-necklace.

CATEGORY: THE SHINING STAR

DAISY RIDLEY IN CHANELimageThe Star Wars star is glam in a beaded calf-length dress with enough sparkle for several galaxies.  Love it. (Also, note the star tat on her left foot!)

CATEGORY: THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

JENNIFER GARNER IN ATELIER VERSACEimageJennifer is looking fierce in a one-shoulder, beaded-bodice gown that takes black from basic to beyond, and rocking the icy accessories.

CATEGORY: THE LITTLE MERMAID THAT COULD

SAOIRSE RONAN IN CALVIN KLEINimage
The best CK dress I’ve seen all year, bar none.  Sequined, beaded, iridescent fish scales and textured waves adorn this awesome mermaid tail of a gown.  Matching green jewels and floaty hair complete the amazing look.

CATEGORY: THE ODDBALL AWARD

SANDY POWELL IN HER OWN DESIGNimageMaybe more sort of a space oddity than a true oddball, costume design wiz Sandy created this look in tribute to the late David Bowie, but it’s a little jarring nonetheless.  We appreciate the sentiment, though.

CATEGORY: THE VELVET ELVIS

JULIANNE MOORE IN CHANELimageIt’s a lace dress, but that fuzzy trim is the literal worst.  It makes what would have been a perfectly serviceable ball gown into a goth Christmas tree.  (The title of this award comes from a Weird Al song. “Velvet Elvis, he’s so fuzzy!  Velvet Elvis, he’s so great!”  Okay.  Shutting up now.)

CATEGORY: BEST ACCESSORIZATION

OLIVIA MUNN IN STELLA MCCARTNEYimageThis streamlined one-shoulder vermilion column is lovely, but the snake bracelet is the awesome.  Simple, striking, and sensational.

CATEGORY: WORST ACCESSORIZATION

WHOOPI GOLDBERG IN THE DAMES NYimageNo problem with the dress, which is really pretty and was inspired by one worn by Bette Davis in All About Eve, I am just beyond creeped out by the squid that’s eating her hand.

CATEGORY: THE DARE TO BARE AWARD

OLIVIA WILDE IN VALENTINOimageThis pleated gown leaves very little to the imagination– can we say sizzle?  This strikes the right balance between sweet and sexy, and I love that pearl-encrusted clutch.

CATEGORY: WHITE LACE AND PROMISES

PRIYANKA CHOPRA IN ZUHAIR MURADimageThis is the award for the best wedding dress on the carpet.  Not necessarily a wedding dress, but I’d certainly get married in it if I wasn’t already.  Check out this beautiful floral garden of a gown, with the coolest belt ever and the perfect train, and tell me you wouldn’t, too.

CATEGORY: NOT-SO-BASIC BLACK

SARAH SILVERMAN IN ZAC POSENimageIt’s a very plain silhouette, but the peplum is everything.  It gives structure to the straight lines of the column and rescuing it from boredom.  Sarah’s hair and matching earrings are on point, too.

CATEGORY: WORST DRESSED

CHARLOTTE RAMPLING IN ARMANI PRIVEimageThis is just headache-inducing, like those magic-eye things from the nineties that I never could get to work.  The shoes are really cute, but they don’t make up for the dress.  Nothing could.

CATEGORY: BEST DRESSED

THREE-WAY TIE!

CATE BLANCHETT IN ARMANI PRIVEimage

KATE WINSLET IN RALPH LAURENimage

ALICIA VIKANDER IN LOUIS VUITTONimageThese three are all equally gorgeous, and there was no way I could choose one over any of the others for Best Dressed honors.  Cate looks enchanting in a floral aquamarine masterpiece; she always shows up in something dreamy that only she could make work (#princessgoals).  Kate’s black gown looks like poured liquid held exempt from gravity by magic, and it’s so cool I really just can’t even.  Alicia has a princess look going on too, and while I’ve seen comparisons between her gown and the one worn by Disney Princess Belle, I don’t see any resemblance beyond the color tbh.  It’s completely its own original thing, and it’s amazeballs.

SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD

CHLOE PIRRIE IN KARLA OTTO LONDONimageI love everything about this dress!  As we know, this award is reserved for the one look most in keeping with my own personal aesthetic– the dress I might have picked for myself.  The bodice is Art Deco inspired, which I love, and that the whole thing is electric blue is just bonus.

AAAAAND THERE WE HAVE IT.  That’s all for the 2016 awards season!  Hope you’ve enjoyed this long strange trip with me, and had as much fun as I did!  Fluffy will see you around, lovelies…

 

 

 

Oscar Night Fluffy Awards! The Best and Worst of the Red Carpet

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?

My 'shopping skills may be barely adequate, but my fashion sense is killer.

My ‘shopping skills may be barely adequate, but my fashion sense is killer.

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

EMMA WATSON

OscarEmmaI 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:  CUTEST

TARA LIPINSKI

OscarTaraFormer skating champ Tara was on hand with fellow commentator Johnny Weir to scope the red carpet for Access Hollywood, looking adorable in a sweet, snowy Rani Zakhem ballgown fit for a princess.

CATEGORY:  THE DIVIALICIOUS AWARD

CATE BLANCHETT

OscarCateCate 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

OscarJadaOscarPenelopePink 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

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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 CHENOWETH

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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 GARNER

OscarJGarJennifer’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 JOLIE

OscarAngelinaAngelina 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

OscarBetteOscarPortiaTake 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 HATHAWAY

OscarAnneAnne 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

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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

LADY GAGA

OscarGagaGaga 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

OscarGoldieOscarKateBoth 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 WASHINGTON

OscarKerryKerry 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

ELSA PATAKY

OscarElsaIf 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.

OscarElsa_ChrisOh well, at least she wins the Arm Candy award.

CATEGORY:  THE BLUE RIBBON

AMY ADAMS AND SANDRA BULLOCK

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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

CHARLIZE THERON

OscarCharlizeOr 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

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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”

ANNA KENDRICK

OscarAnnaDon’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

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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

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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

OscarPharrellOscarLizaThe 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

LUPITA NYONG’O

OscarLupitaPradaGoing 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.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Red CarpetLadies and gentlemen, that is what we call drop-dead gorgeous.  Nothing like it on the carpet tonight.  Just incredible.

SPECIAL CATEGORY:  THE FLUFFY AWARD

CHRISSY TEIGEN

OscarChrissyAs 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!

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