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And it’s time again… Oscar outfit frenzy



Nothing much has changed since last year. I didn’t watch the Oscar-nominated bunch of movies for 2008, and I didn’t hear of 96% of them either (though for honesty’s sake, I did watch and love Ratatouille). I also do not watch the Oscars in my life, as I cannot think of anything more boring to kill a few hours of my year on [Oscar surprise face].

While I might not care for who grabbed an Oscar, I do love to see what the happy, shiny people wore to the red carpet. It always proves the same old something; if you don’t have taste, you really can’t work it together, no matter how many stylists style you, how much money you have, if its Gucci or Chanel, or how many Oscars line up your shelf at home.

And now for Hollywood’s plastic wonder people…

The Went-to-the-Oscars-Drunk Group:


I’m afraid I have no idea who this is, but it doesn’t matter, because she’s trying to look like a MERMAID. I hope she keeps this dress for next year’s Halloween party, because I haven’t seen anyone dressed as Little Mermaid in a while.
Check out the green lady behind her too, who’s dressed out like a little teacup. I know Disney had some limelight yesterday with they’re brilliant Ratatouille, but that is not a good enough excuse to have a communal Disney-themed Oscar night.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Rebecca Miller<br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Jeff Vespa, WireImage.com
This is definitely the worst outfit I have ever seen. She looks like Paris Hilton’s pocket-pooch dressed up.  The shoes too. What the hell was she thinking.

Penelope Cruz <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Steve Granitz, WireImage.com
This marks my ultimate Oscar upset. The usually well-dressed Penelope Cruz absolutely looks witchy in this frumpy outfit. It looks more like an abaya with cut-off shoulders and the scarf wrapped around her waist belly-dancer style. Eww.

Tilda Swinton <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Jeff Vespa, WireImage.com
A cross between a garbage-bag and bride of death is never a good idea, Tilda Swinton, whoever you are.

Julie Christie<br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Lester Cohen, WireImage.com
I’m sort of getting depressed at how ugly this year’s dresses are. What’s up with the gloves lady?!

Jane Russell  <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Jeff Vespa, WireImage.com
Arabian-nights meets Elizabeth Taylor. Haha. Check out her shoes too. They have BUCKLES on them.

Anne Jeffreys  <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Jeff Vespa, WireImage.com
The fabric guy at Soo2 IlTelyan downtown called. Now that you’re done with his fabric, he wants it back.

We expected to see stars on the red carpet, not  onMelora Hardin's unfortunately patterned dress.<br/>Frank Micelotta, WireImage.com
Wow, I’m HYPNOTIZED.

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The Fire-Your-Stylist Group:

Sarah Larson and George Clooney <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Steve Granitz, WireImage.com

What are my grandmother’s curtains doing in the Oscars?

Jessica Alba <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Steve Granitz, WireImage.com

What. The. Hell. Is. Jessica. Alba. Wearing.

Anne Hathaway <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Jeff Vespa, WireImage.com

That’s just a worse version of Jessica Alba’s dress. It reminds me of
the display mannequins of Indian tailors in Riyadh, especially with the
rest of the fabric trailing down like that.

Heidi Klum <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Lester Cohen, WireImage.com
The Cruella Deville look was never cool.

Nicole Kidman<br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Lester Cohen, WireImage.com

Is she pregnant? If she is, then this dress isn’t that bad. If she’s
not, then it is. Regardless, I totally hate the jewelery-thingy-collar.

Cameron Diaz <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Steve Granitz, WireImage.com
Not hideous, but it is frumpy. Is frumpiness fashionable this year or what..?

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The Wow-You-Look-Good-Tonight Group:

Katherine Heigl  <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Lester Cohen, WireImage.com
And no, not because it’s red, although that might give it some points. It drapes her body gorgeously.

Cate Blanchett  <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Lester Cohen, WireImage.com
I put this here because I think Cate Blanchett worked great with her pregnancy. She looks elegant and comfortable. I like that.

Jennifer Garner <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Jeff Vespa, WireImage.com
I can’t figure out if this is “Could have done better” or “You look gorgeous”, but it’s certainly pretty. Especially when compared to the rest.

Renee Zellweger sparkled in a sexy Carolina Herrera gown and short no muss, no fuss 'do.<br/>Frank Micelotta, WireImage.com
I don’t know why Renee Zellweger always looks the same. But this is a nice dress on her anyway.

John Travolta and Kelly Preston <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Steve Granitz, WireImage.com
It’s orange, but it’s pretty. I think it’s my favorite Oscar dress.

Keisha Whitaker and Forest Whitaker <br/>80th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet <br/>Hollywood, CA - 2/24/2008<br/>Jeff Vespa, WireImage.com
Keisha Whitaker obviously changed her stylist. She actually looks very good this year- very elegant in an understated way.

Who do you think looks the best and who looks the worst?

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17 Comments

  1. Hal

    OK so I have been WAITING for this post. Agree with you on some things, disagree STRONGLY on others.

    I think Marion Cotillard, in what you dub the Little Mermaid dress, is stunningly gorgeous. Not only does her Frenchness stand out in such a unique dress, but this would look hideous on anyone else. It looks GREAT on her. Most thing I hated about the Oscars this year is all the safe CHOICES, how many people looked the SAME, so many red dresses compared to so many dark, boring, safe dresses. This one stands out. And looks oh so good on her – she is unbelievably sexy. You HAVE to watch La Vie En Rose – this chick is able to portray 3 decades of a woman’s life. I’m a huge fan.

    I think George Clooney needs to fire that girlfriend of his – she has no back bone. I watched her on the red carper and she is embarrassing to take out in public, and that dress really IS curtain material. I totally agree.

    I think Penelope’s Chanel dress is great – I have seen better pictures of it than the one you have hear – it is elegant. But again, it’s a safe, boring choice, and could have been jazzed up a little. I wish I can STYLE these people!

    I must must MUST get me a dress like Katherine Heigel’s, it is the most gorgeous red dress on the red carpet, out of at least 8 other red dresses. It’s an Escada and it is amazing on her. Her hair topped it all off. I LOVED IT.

    I think Cate Blanchet’s dress is too short, and the neckline thing hideous. Her hair is crap too. And Kelly Preston’s dress is a terrible colour – I didn’t like it at all.

    I think my favourites have to be Katherine Heigel’s Escada, Jennifer Garner’s Oscar de la Renta (he is one of my FAVE designers), and Keisha Whitaker’s amazing little number – can’t remember the designer. Jennifer Garner’s is a bit boring as well, but the detailing towards the bottom of the dress, and the way she did her hair and accessories, makes it incredible.

    Lots of mermaid inspired dresses, did you notice? You should have posted a pic of Amy Adams in her green mermaid 1930’s dress by Proenza Shcouler.

    I can’t WAIT till I get to go to the oscars! IT WILL HAPPEN I MEAN IT I MEAN IT.

  2. And now for Hollywood’s plastic wonder people…

    You totally savaged all the foreigners! I love it! Thanks Roba :D

  3. Tilda Swinton will always be the witch from “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” until she gets some make-up on that face. Faces like hers are what make-up was meant for – I have one. The English Rose look can be pulled off, pre-30, but not now. What does her agent tell people: “She only takes rolls where she doesn’t have to wear make-up”?

    She was great in “The Deep End”, (filmed in my old neighborhood in Lake Tahoe!) but I kept waiting for her to break out of Tahoe girl mold and get some mascara on. Now, I know it’s her ‘thing’. Scary, harsh, witchy stuff.

    Sorry, I don’t know what has gotten into me this week. So snarky! Thanks for the recap, Roba!

  4. Regarding the red, ‘well-draped’ girl: as a mom, it looks like she got hit sideways by a one dimensional Telly-Tubby. Wish the shoulder action was a little different. :S

  5. i agree with hal on cruz’s dress, its kinda cute! but i totally agree with u on the scarecrow u labeled as Arabian-nights meets Elizabeth Taylor! the gloves lady, the garbage-needs-to-be-taken-out lady and the diaz dress.. yuk! HOW.EVER, i kinda like the color of alba’s dress, not too keen on the design tho, i like rene’s altho she is always dressed in the same style like u pointed out.. i liked garner’s dress and i absolutely loved katherine’s red dress..

  6. oh and the worst ever wud be saoirse ronan whoever that is! eukhhhhh

  7. oh and the worst ever wud be saoirse ronan whoever that is! eukhhhhh

    Another foreigner! Right on :)

    Sorry about the silliness, I have a bad cold and can’t sleep :O

  8. Farah

    The dresses in comparison to other years were pretty bad. Lots of red though, you should be happy about that roba! i’m not a fan of red so i didn’t like them, except for katherine heigel’s. that girl looks good in anything. I disagree with you on Marillon something’s dress, I loved it, it was my favorite. Then again she’s french, it may not be the dress afterall! Oh and please stop with the feathers! NO FEATHERS PEOPLE! leave the poor birds be!

    P.S. i loved Rene Zellweger’s haircut. I wish I could pull it off. But I just can’t:(

  9. Farah

    By the way, did you notice the mixture of greens dress behind Marillon?! Now THAT should be made fun of.

  10. Dima

    Penelope’s dress is absolutely beautiful! It’s a beautiful Chanel and very academy awards worthy. But great best-dressed/worst-dressed report :)

  11. Haitham

    rubaaaa i disagree with you! :)
    Jessica and Anne are wearing marchesa, VERY nice! i realy loved them!

    Penelope’s dress is AMAZING, the color, the feather.. everything..

    Farah,they should never stop the feathers! its very nice! :)

    i agree about Marion Cotillard, i didnt like her dress at all! she wore Nina Ricci recently to the SAG awards and Chanel haute couture to the BAFTA, and i thought she looked stunning! but the Oscars dress was a big disappointment!!

    Hilary Swank wore Versace, very nice as well!
    Katherine looked great!
    Renee’s dress was very ugly, too shiny!!
    I hated cate’s dress! as well as Nicole’s, btw she is 5 months pregnant!

  12. Talal

    I MUST disagree with you on Marion Cotillard–she looked absolutely stunning, in a way that only a French woman could be. She’s friggin’ gorgeous! That picture does her no justice at all; watch the clip of her winning and accepting the award and you’ll understand.

    Shit, I need to move to Paris NOW.

  13. my knoledge in fashion is not that great (nonexitent) but I noticed that Jessica Alba was trying to look good while she’s pregnant because, you know, pregannt women do not look sexy.

  14. I MUST disagree with you on Marion Cotillard–she looked absolutely stunning, in a way that only a French woman could be.

    Are you kidding? The best looking French women are… immigrants :P

    Seriously, I wouldn’t even put French women in the top 50 of best looking females.

  15. bashar

    I would’ve never guessed that you would care about the oscars or what people were wearing to the Oscars….you know all that never judge a book by its cover, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder vibe you get from reading your blog. I also disagree with you on some of the worst dressed picks. I loved Marion Cotillard mermaid number, Penelope Cruz’s dress, and Heidi Klum‘s dress too.

  16. As long as it doesn’t have feathers, or glitter, doesn’t hit the ground, has only 1 color – definitely not red, I’m happy!

  17. You’re right, some of those outfits are far from ‘pretty’.
    At least it gives the rest of us some ideas/advice about christmas party outfits :-)
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