My Monday mornings are not pretty. That was rammed home even more so today as I sat down in front of my computer after the school and grocery run, makeup-less and freshly washed hair still dripping, to watch THE red carpet ceremony of the year taking place on the other side of the world.
Geez, in comparison, everybody looked so damn glam.
But being who I am and my obsession for all things fashion and beauty and all that, I had to cast this “stylists-on-tap” veneer aside and take a good look at the nity gritty of the Oscars 2011 red carpet offerings.
So, what floats my boat?
3. A wow factor
Which is why my top three 2011 Oscars Red Carpet awards go to: Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett.
Each of these gorgeous women mixed it up a little. They owned their style and stood out in a sea of long, strapless, fish-tailed gowns (I’m talking to you Sandra Bullock and Halle Berry … yes your gowns are BEAUTIFUL but it gets a little on the boring side when you see so many of them and you offer up the same look every time).
ScarJo worked two trends of the night – lace and a raspberry/wine colour. I love that she balanced out a prim and proper neckline with bed hair and smokey eyes. SEXAAAY. Bet her ex is kicking himself.
Oh, Gwyneth, you may not have given us anything new with the hairdo but, va va vavoom, your frock looks amazeballs. This gold metalic Calvin Klein sheath is right on trend for this year’s minimalism fashion trend – unfortunately on me it would only wrap around one of my thighs but I’m happy for you. Really, I am. Beauty note: that perfect, light tan’s she’s rocking is St Tropez (applied by New York make up artist Leslie Lopez), no hint of tangerine no siree.
Cate, oh, Cate you always push the red carpet fashion boundaries … in a good way. Now, this frock isn’t for everyone and will divide those chatting over the office watercooler but on Cate it works because it offers equal parts demure, detail and difference.
Flick that pony
I know it’s the Mad Men obsession in me but I really was loving the ponies that Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon were rocking. Lots of height – and in Reese’s case probably a hair extension piece thrown in for good measure.
Pregnant Natalie Portman has a glow that even the world’s most skilled makeup artist couldn’t replicate. And, Michelle Williams, if you were in reaching distance, I’d be stroking your uber-luminous cheeks much like I was doing to my cousin’s three-month old baby yesterday.
But before I go I just want to leave you with a little something. Penelope Cruz … yes, you are looking hot after giving birth last month AND having Javier Bardem as your handbag will always be a redeeming feature but I’m a little concerned about the beaded pattern on your dress. I seems to radiate out from your vajayjay. Just saying.
What was your pick for best-dressed at the Oscars? And who didn’t do it for you? Spill. I want to know.