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2011 Oscar Dresses!!!

Well, the Oscars have all been given out and the parties are over.  There certainly were some surprises and some predictable outcomes.  I think the real drama took place on the red carpet!  I attended my friend’s annual ”Dis the Dress Party” and we certainly did our share of ‘dissin and dishin’!

Overall, I think the dress choices were really strong.  Nude seemed to be the color of the night, with a large number of actresses wearing it: Hailee Steinfeld, Halle Berry,  Mandy Moore, Hilary Swank, with Michelle Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman opting for white.  Red and bright orange  also seemed to be a popular choice with Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Hudson and Penelope Cruz wearing it.

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There were also some different shades of wine, plum and lavender.  Best actress winner Natalie Portman wore a beautiful wine colored Rodarte dress that really flattered her pregnant figure.  Mila Kunis wore a lacey lavender Elie Saab that my 13 year old daughter loved, but I was luke warm on.  Cate Blanchett wore a very architectural lavender Givenchy Couture dress that was a beautiful color but seemed to overpower her small frame.

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Scarlett Johansson also wore a wine hued lace Dolce & Gabanna column gown that was attractive, but didn’t blow me away.  Reece Witherspoon, Helena Bonham Carter and Dame Helen Mirren all wore black or in Mirren’s case a gunmetal gray.  Both Witherspoon in Giorgio Armani Prive, and Mirren in Vivienne Westwood looked amazing, age appropriate and comfortable.  Bonham Carter was in costume more than couture and we have come to expect it, after the mismatched shoes at the Golden Globes!

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Ok, my top picks for the night?  I absolutely loved Michelle Williams in Chanel!  She glowed and looked so angelic and ethereal!


I also adored Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein.  I thought the dress looked so great on her figure and I loved that so many actresses opted for some kind of sleeve!  The dress gave the illusion of flowing water…


I really thought that Mandy Moore’s choice of a Monique Lhuillier sequined gown was beautiful.  You couldn’t tell where the sleeves started and ended.  Her hair was done beautifully and she looked picture perfect!


I think my all time favorite look was on the youngest nominee last night.  I could not believe how wonderful Hailee Steinfeld looked!  Everything about her was age appropriate, classic yet young, sophisticated yet fun!  She helped design her Marchesa gown and she seemed to float down the red carpet!


Some misses for me were the ‘napkin’ dress on Nicole Kidman, Helena Bonham Carter’s costume, Florence Welch’s (lead singer of Florence and the Machine) Valentino tiered dress and Penelope Cruz in L’Wrenn Scott.  My all time worst dressed choice was Heidi Klum in an awful ‘mirror mosaic’ dress with her hair gelled to within an inch of it’s life…AWFUL!!

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Please let me know what you loved and hated…c’mon don’t be shy…’dis the dress!!!

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