Variety Key in 2010 Oscar Fashion
Erin Etheridge, Staff Writer
When celebrities walked
the red carpet of the Kodak Theater
in Hollywood, California, for the
82nd annual Academy Awards,
they embraced the mantra “variety
is the spice of life.” This philosophy
proved the theme of the Sunday,
March 5 event, as both elegant
evening gowns and crisp tuxedos in
many colors, cuts, and fabrics were
According to InStyle Maga
zine’s website, nine trends were
evident at the Oscars this year. The
first, metallic evening gowns, was
signaled by Cameron Diaz’s strap
less Oscar de la Renta gown of tulle,
metallic ribbon and gold paillette
Blush hues were also popu
lar on the red carpet this year, as
Demi Moore opted for a nude and
peach Versace gown of silk organza.
Another trend apparent
at the Oscars was the sweetheart
neckline. Carey Mulligan pulled
this look off well in a black Prada
gown that came complete with a
jeweled bodice and neckline.
The evening gown fashion
staple, the train, also reappeared
at the Academy Awards. Penelope
Cruz donned a red Donna Karen
gown which included a Bordeaux
Meryl Streep chose to dis
play another Oscar trend, sleeves,
by wearing a white Chris March
gown that featured long sleeves and
a plunging neckline.
were also seen on Sunday
night. Jennifer Lopez opted
for a pink silk Armani Prive
gown which included a
bustier and a side train.
strapless Elie Saab gown of
blue, green, and pink organza
demonstrated the popularity
of painterly fabrics.
Blue was the color
of the night, and Precious
star and nominee Gabourey
Sidibe walked the red carpet
in a sapphire Marchesa gown
adorned with crystal flowers.
bangles made a comeback, as
evidenced by Amanda Seyfried’s
250-carats worth of Lorraine
Schwartz diamond bracelets in
brown, champagne, and mint
Many actresses choose
their Oscar dresses in hopes of be
ing named “Best Dressed” by fash
ion magazines and news outlets.
This year. Vogue Magazine’s web
site featured a “Best Dressed” list
of ten female celebrities. It includ
ed (in no particular order) Carey
Mulligan in Prada, Diane Kruger
in Chanel Haute Couture, Sandra
Bullock in Marchesa, Sarah Jessica
Parker in Chanel Haute Couture,
Kate Winslet in Yves Saint Laurent,
Oprah Winfrey in Carolina Her
rera, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries
Van Noten, Tina Fey in Michael
Bullock, Downey Jr., and Theron at the 2010 Academy Awards
photographs courtesy of Miami Herald, Examiner, and Esquire respectively
Kors, Michelle Pfeiffer in Carolina
Herrera, and Sigourney Weaver in
To the surprise of many,
Charlize Theron was voted the
winner of the “Craziest-Looking
Dress” by fans of People.com for her
amethyst and lilac John Galliano for
With so much attention
focused on the ladies and their
evening gown selection, male ac
tors often get neglected for their
Oscar fashion choices. However,
according to Esquire Magazine’s
website, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Burberry
tuxedo complemented by a bow
tie and pocket square earned him
“Best Dressed.” Jesse James, whom
Esquire described as reminiscent
of a bouncer, took home the “AVorst
Dressed” award. Finally, Robert
Downey, Jr. won the “Doesn’t-Give-
a-Damn” award for his pairing of
a traditional tuxedo with sneakers
and a blue bow tie.
With so much variety pres
ent at this year’s Academy Awards,
awaiting the red carpet fashions of
the remainder of awards season is a
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list of things NOT to do.
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production of it.
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vegan, and give a 10 minute long diatribe on the cruelty to animals
in America (it’s a completely different story if you call ahead of time
and politely inform your hosts of any diet restrictions you may have).
8. I)iscuss how crazy and dysfunctional your family can be.
9. Do not bother to help clean up from dinner,
to. Do not graciously thank the parents
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