Monday, February 23, 2009

Oscars 2009 - Best In Show

1/ Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab haute couture
2/ Natalie Portman in Rodarte
3/ Kate Winslet in Yves Saint Laurent Atelier
4/ Reese Witherspoon in Rodarte (Getty)
5/ Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior haute couture (Getty)
6/ Freida Pinto in John Galliano
7/ Tilda Swinton in Lanvin
8/ Meryl Streep in Alberta Ferretti
9/ Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive
10/Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab

All other images: Reuters


Paul said...

All very good. It's good to see Meryl Streep making an effort when you just know she'd rather schlump it up. Then again, she's now officially the Susan Lucci of the Oscars, so she can do whatever the hell she likes.

Brava to Tilda Swinton, who's always a 50/50 chance. She looked so chic standing next to Nicole Kidman during their presentation. With all that maribou around the neckline and her permanently demented expression, Nic looked like she was being swallowed whole by a Muppet.

Anonymous said...

Is this in order of your favorite gowns, Patty? If not, what was the highlight for you?

Patty Huntington said...

i chose that shot for the top mainly because it was such a beautiful image. there just weren't many nice shots of the other dresses. i know some think evan rachel wood looked too pale but i loved everything about the way she looked, from the colour, to her alabaster skin, the simple jewellery and hair. i thought she was incredibly elegant.

my personal faves would be a toss up between winslet's YSL (which many hated, interestingly), witherspoon's rodarte and portman's rodarte.

i did think pinto looked a little overwhelmed by the dress and personally think it would have looked better on someone more statuesque, eg charlize theron. but it was a beautiful dress.

jolie's elie saab was my least fave. she does have very unadventurous/matronly fashion tastes, which is ironic really (i mean hello, she modelled for st john). but i thought she still looked chic. i didn't mention the emerald jewellery, which was of course quite extraordinary.

Anonymous said...

Tilda Swinton was my best dressed, 2nd year in a row.
I also liked Natalie Portman, Marissa Tomei and Frieda Pinto. I think the reason that you might think she was overwhelmed by her dress was her hairstyle, which wasn't quite right.
Angelina's dress was boring, but her outfit was all about the jewellery.


Patty Huntington said...

hi stamos - here's the original on galliano's spring 2009 runway BTW. look #40:

part of the problem i tend to think was that pinto's version appeared flat, because it was lined, for modesty's sake. instead of the multi-dimensional effect that's afforded by the sheer factor. some might recall christina ricci rocked up to a gala function in NY late last year in a sheer couture gown with a red maillot underneath. and looked incredible - even though she is petite as well.

perhaps the oscars were not the right occasion for a see-through dress. but i still think pinto just did not do the dress justice. magdalena frakowiak wore it on the runway. and those girls, while very tall, are not voluptuous at all.

Anonymous said...

You're right Patty, much better unlined.


Patty Huntington said...

and FYI here is cotillard's dior as it looked on the runway. look #41:

for some reason she detached the fichu collar, which i think is a shame.

fashion herald said...

I love Tilda Swinton's style, what a standout.

Anna said...

Refreshing to hear I'm not the only one who thought Winslet's YSL was fabulous, why was it so maligned? I really found it elegant with just the right touch of bravado.

I heartily agree with your thoughts on Jolie, boring as usual. She's been stuck in a rut for ages about her look, her hair was fab however.

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