The Oscars are like the Superbowl of red carpets. While the show itself was a complete snore (aside from Melissa Leo’s F-bomb), the fashion still gave us lots to talk about. Here, our five favourite standout looks at the 2011 Oscars.
5. Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana
An unexpected colour and unique use of lace, this is a fantastic look for Johansson. It’s nice to see a higher neckline on someone so curvy, but the slim fit highlights just the right amount of Scarlett’s signature figure. The peekaboo back makes the dress, delicately framed by sexy purple lace. Johansson was also one of our favourite standout beauty looks of the night – her short wavy bob and flawless bronze smoky eye were absolutely stunning.
4. Cate Blanchett in Givenchy
This one was definitely a love it or hate it look “ but we love it! Very Gladiator-esque: the beading is reminiscent of grommets and the square sleeves of shoulder plates. Battle prep is necessary for red carpet feeding frenzies, but Blanchett looks graceful as always.
3. Jennifer Hudson in Versace
Quelle bod! Hudson was always stunning, but now with a killer figure to boot “ what a treat. No one deserved to show off more last night, and Hudson rose to the occasion. The eye popping tangerine colour is right on trend for spring and the plunging neckline is balanced by the flowing bottom.
2. Mila Kunis in Elie Saab
Kunis has been hittin’ it out of the park lately. She made our top five for the Golden Globes too, and for good reason “ both gowns were almost identical body-skimming fits. But the Oscars lavender number finishes in a flowing chiffon train; another unexpected visual treat like the pops of lace at the bust.
1. Halle Berry in Marchesa
Such a pleasant surprise! Berry never disappoints but often doesn’t stray from the usual “ a skintight sex-on-a-dress number. Tonight was a welcome deviation, to say the least. While the top sticks to her body-hugging standard, the conservative neckline is challenged by a sexy peek of chiffon, and the whimsical train takes the gown for an unexpected turn. The champagne colour is punctuated by sequins without being overshadowed.