Understated elegance: A red carpet affair



The 83rd annual Academy Awards created a little more buzz than usual on Sunday night.

There is nothing more exciting than getting to dress up in a beautiful designer gown, having a glam squad servicing your every beauty need, hundreds of paparazzi scrambling to take your picture and walking the highly-esteemed red carpet … or at least one could imagine.

Unlike the red carpet at any other award show, such as the Grammy’s, the unwritten law of attire at the Academy Awards is far more elegant and debonair.

I like to think of the two carpeted events (Grammy’s and Academy Awards) as fashionably inspired, yet environmentally sound, for all practical purposes.

Although the same question of “Who are you wearing tonight,” still rings true at both highly anticipated events, the designs worn are on two totally opposite sides of the spectrum.

In a nutshell, the Academy Awards is more of a black tie affair, as opposed to the eccentric fashion experience of the Grammy’s. There, I said it. You definitely won’t see anyone arriving on the red carpet in a translucent egg at the Academy Awards. I can promise you that much.

Okay. Okay. Now that you better understand the formal occasion of the Academy Awards, let’s get to the good stuff – fashion on the red carpet!

I wouldn’t say there was a set “trend” at this year’s red carpet, but there were many touches of plum and nude tones.

Let’s begin with the fashion best’s of the evening.

Best actress winner for her role in “Black Swan,” Natalie Portman was glowing in her fuchsia Rodarte gown, which loosely flowed over her precious baby bump.

Academy award winner Halle Berry (not this year of course) looked absolutely stunning in her strapless champagne Marchesa gown. With sequined embellishments throughout the top tier of her bodice, she captured the eyes of many.

Next in line was the beautiful, beautiful couple, Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey. Alves wore a plunging black Kaufman Franco gown, which exuded understated elegance, and McConaughey wore a simple, yet crisp Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo.

Strutting yet another red carpet with her new slim figure, Jennifer Hudson wore a luminous Versace tangerine orange gown, which boasted a moderatly plunging neckline.

Although many celebs hit the fashion nail on the head, there were a few who completely missed the mark.

Actress Marisa Tomei left all of the red carpet correspondents perplexed with her poorly fit vintage 1950s Charles James gown. The color of the gown was a cross between navy blue and purple, with puffy organza-like material from the waist down on a diagonal slant. Many correspondents said the gown was reminiscent of a bed skirt. Enough said.

Stirring up great controversy for her use of the F-bomb in her acceptance speech for best supporting actress, Melissa Leo wore a short-sleeved crocheted Mark Bouwer dress. A crocheted dress is way not the right move.

Rounding out the fashion don’ts, was actress Scarlett Johansson, wearing a sheer plum Dolce & Gabbana lace gown. Lace wasn’t a bad idea; it was the sheer part that I think threw everyone off.

Despite the usual fashion faux-pas, the Academy Awards red carpet brought the high level of class, elegance and fashion expected for such an evening.