Oscars 2010: Stars avoid fashion faux-pas as Zoe Saldana shines
Where is Cher or Bjork when you really need them? If there was anything disappointing about this year’s red carpet at the Oscars, it is that there were so few fashion faux-pas.
Nothing to shriek at, or stare at in disbelief, or make you double-up with helpless laughter. Maybe the stylists all had a night off?
Or perhaps they really got it right, because, for once, the Academy Awards “catwalk” was pretty much an exercise in dressing well for the occasion.
Zoe Saldana gets my vote for the best-dressed of the night. She wore a stunning gown by young Riccardo Tisci, the creative director at Givenchy, who was celebrating, after presenting his autumn/winter collection in Paris last night, at about the same time Zoe was getting dressed in Hollywood.
She wore the stunning, "Natalia" gown, from his summer collection, strapless, chiffon, and shadow-dyed, from palest lilac, on the crystal-strewn bodice, down to the deep violet of the bouffant hem. Saldana, the blue alien from "Avatar", led the Oscars’ purple reign.
Molly Ringwald wore a Grecian-style one-shouldered purple gown, and Mariah Carey, almost wore her off-the-shoulder purple.
Charlize Theron shimmered in lilac Christian Dior, with a rather curious "bra" detail on the bodice; and Elizabeth Banks in flowing lilac Versace.
The pale brigade included Kate Winslet, with Veronica Lake hairdo, in a very severe, champagne-coloured Yves Saint Laurent; Best actress, Sandra Bullock, in crystal-beaded Marchesa, with a long train; and Demi Moore, in Versace, with a ruffled train.
There has been much comment on J.Lo’s icy-pink, sci-fi gown, from Giorgio Armani’s Privé collection, which was inspired by the moon.
But I rather liked the sculpted silhouette and futuristic fabric – far more flattering to her voluptuous curves than a flurry of flounces.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Kruger, both wore Chanel Couture; and Cameron Diaz, one of the few in gold, dazzled in an Oscar de la Renta – just shown on his catwalk at New York Fashion Week, less than a month ago.
The ‘ladies in red’ awards go to Vera Farmiga, in a strapless Marchesa, with a sculpted cascade of ruffles; and Penelope Cruz, in a slightly flamenco Donna Karan.
Several sought the safety of the BBD – the big black dress - among them, Carey Mulligan, in Prada, and, perhaps, not unsurprisingly, Hollywood’s favourite vampire-lover, Kristen Stewart, in Monique L’Huiller.
Maggie Gyllenhaal surprised in a vintage floral, hand-painted with cobalt brush-strokes; once again, red-hot off the catwalk from Van Noten’s show a few days ago in Paris.
And Nicole Ritchie picked a curtain-like kaftan in dull greys and blacks, by Reem Accra.
Meryl Streep, one of the few in white, looked elegant in a classic, long-sleeved Grecian gown.