Another year, another red carpet, more fabulous gowns to admire, and more fashion mistakes to shudder over. The journey to the Oscars is getting more intense, now that the 2012 Golden Globes are over, and I've got the fashion scoop for you. As always, I do not recommend this awards show. (There's an unfortunate amount of immodesty and inappropriate jokes.) But I do love browsing the photos of those highest of high-fashion looks, and passing out praise or judgement on the good and the bad.
I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the trends this year, but a few things stood out. Pale neutral shades were abundant, as well as navy blue. Red continues to be a standard, and there were a few brave women in bright, almost neon, yellow. Fitted "mermaid" and "fishtail" gowns continue to be popular, as well an abundance of simple, a-line silhouettes, and a few surprisingly poofy skirts.
Here are my top four looks of the evening. These are the ones that stood out, had a more conservative and/or modest bend, and were just plain pretty. There were loads of other gorgeous dresses I wanted to include, and I do have some honorable mentions, but I'm going to restrain myself and just share these four. ;)
Bérénice Bejo in Gucci Première
It's so nice to have a fresh, new face on the awards scene, and Bérénice brings a lovely smile and a lovely dress. This gown is slightly deceiving... at first glance it appears very simple, but on closer inspection, it is a masterpiece of pleats, draping, and godets. I love the hemline and the detail at the waist. While I think a bold necklace would have finished off this ensemble just right, the simplicity of the look is charming, and the delicate earrings are lovely.
Jessica Chastain in Givenchy
This lady has got the poise of a modern-day Grace Kelly, and I think her dress was just a fantastic choice for this event. The pale shade complements her ivory skin-tone and gorgeous red hair, and the millions of tiny pearls add to the graceful and lady-like look. I'm even digging the oversized vintage-y earrings! This design is a tricky one to pull off, but it looks like Jessica was born to wear this dress.
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace
I'll admit right now that I am not an Angelina fan and usually am not crazy about her fashion choices. That's why this gown was a pleasant surprise. Its strength is in its simplicity, and enhances Angelina's grecian goddess persona. The striking fold of red at the shoulder is eye-catching, and matches perfectly with the clutch, and her lipstick. The only thing I'm not so crazy about is the slit up the front (which you can't see here)... but the asymmetrical back (one-shoulder strap) is my favorite. And minimal jewelry was definitely the right choice.
Michelle Williams in Jason Wu
This woman not only won the top award at the ceremony, but is my pick for "Best Dressed." Michelle is known for unusual fashion choices, and often I don't like them, but I think she hit this one out of the park. The gown's fit is flawless and the dark blue/purple shade and velvety texture highlights her fair complexion perfectly. I think the simple stud earrings were a brilliant choice and I love the headband. It adds flair to her already amazing pixie-cut. Definitely a perfect and complete look, from head to toe.
Mmm... it's been a while since I posted some red carpet fashion (I was so fed up with the Oscar fashion last year that I didn't even cover it), and I'm looking forward to seeing more as the events continue. Were there any ensembles on the red carpet that you especially loved? Did I miss your favorite? Please share!