Monday, February 28, 2011

Three Oscar Favorites

I thought there were many wonderful gowns at the Oscars last night but I'm highlighting three here, for very different reasons.

Anne Hathaway and Valentino. Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images.

I thought Anne looked fabulous in this vintage Valentino dress and it was a nice surprise to see Valentino with her on the red carpet. I heard Valentino say to Tim Gunn, who interviewed them both, that he is opening a museum in France which will feature his archives. What? Why am I the last to know these things? When I see this red dress I can't help but laugh and remember how, during a heated moment in the movie Valentino: The Last Emperor, Valentino yells in regards to his signature red gowns, "The red dresses are the most simple and the most stupid!"

Marisa Tomei in Charles James. Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.

The fashion historian in me was so excited that Marisa Tomei wore a 1950 Charles James gown. I don't entirely love the bodice but the color is wonderful and I especially adore the tulle.

Michelle Williams in Chanel Haute Couture. Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images.

I loved the simplicity and the sparkle of this Chanel gown. Michelle reminds me so much of mid-1960's Mia Farrow with that haircut. I thought she looked lovely and elegant last night.

Which gowns did you most enjoy?

12 comments:

Veshoevius said...

I think the red is my favourite - Valentino is the king of the red dress - gonna have to get that movie out on DVD.

sacramento said...

I missed the red carpet altogether, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I programed the video, and it camo on late...Anyway I will relay on you, my dear friend to ilustrate me.
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Cloud of Secrets said...

Michelle William's is so simple and modest but festive. I like it, too.

My pick is Cate Blanchett's Givenchy -- it seems to be getting panned quite a bit, but I loved it because it was so unusual and pretty in a weird, futuristic sort of way. She's like the ruler of some distant sea-covered planet. Or, well, like Galadriel in the Ring trilogy.

Terri said...

The red Valentino was my favorite, but Michelle Williams' gown was a close second. I'm amazed that our choices are so similar.

the Citizen Rosebud said...

I didn't see the Oscars so its nice to see some red carpet glam here. I like Cate Blanchett's look. But Michelle Wms looks pretty fantastic, too.
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jill815 said...

Hi Veshoevius, tell me what you think after you see that Valentino documentary. I think it's a great inside look at not only the history of Valentino the couture house, but his relationship with Giancarlo Giammetti, his partner of many years, as well as the financial and business side of fashion, which can be so brutal. All of that and the movie has some hilarious moments too. I love the pugs and Valentino's bitchy head seamstress Antoinetta!

jill815 said...

Hi Sacramento, I thought I better just do a small Oscar post, I know other bloggers and other sites can do more in-depth coverage than I can!

jill815 said...

Hi Sarah, I can't decide whether I like Cate Blanchett's Givenchy dress. I love the color, like the yellow on it too, and the beading was divine. But somehow that big circle cut right around the center of the bodice is not doing it for me. I agree with you, it is unusual and futuristic. It could very well be one of those dresses that grows on me. I did like her new short haircut, I thought it went well with the dress, so clean and chic.

jill815 said...

Hi Terri, I love Valentino, the man and the clothes, so I had to feature Anne's dress. Also, I am a huge Chanel fan, so I couldn't resist showing Michelle Williams' gown, even though it was so very pared down and different than what I've come to expect from Chanel Haute Couture. But she looked so beautiful with the shorn hair and simple white dress. I've read on other sites that plenty of people did not like her look but I thought it was perfect for her and in complete contrast to the last time she was nominated for an Oscar, for Brokeback Mountain. She wore that gorgeous yellow Vera Wang, so flouncy and flowy, to the Oscars and had Heath at her side. Maybe she needed to go clean and simple this time. Needed it for herself. It could not have been a more stark contrast.

jill815 said...

Hi Bella, you didn't see the Oscars? What? I always forget that not everybody is as into it as I have a tendency to be.

fashionoverfifty said...

Jill, I was sort of disappointed in Marisa Tomei's...I'm not aware of that designer but tell me about him--I think it was the fit that didnt quite cut it? Paula

WendyB said...

Anne's gown is divine!