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March 8, 2010

*Style tips from the Oscars (or don’t try this at home)

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Take home the Oscar and the table centerpiece.

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Don’t stand next to a man who dresses better than you do.

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If Tonya Harding taught me one thing, it’s always protect your blind side.

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I told you, the trick to winning for best director is to wear something ugly.

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Bring your husband. Check. Put most of your breasts today in the dress. Check. Leave most of the bottom of your dress in the limo door. Check.

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If you look good in a burlap sack, try bubble wrap next!

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This business is such a roller coaster.

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Wear your own cheap jewelry. It’s good for business and always a good way to spruce up your wardrobe.

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Go green. Use Garnier Nutrisse on Beyonce’s old weave and twist it into a giant multi grain pretzel before you attach it to the back of your head.

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A good haircut is very important.

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That and a nice tie.

March 8, 2010

*The Best Dressed Women at The Academy Awards 2010

These were the women who I thought got the total package–the dress, the hair and the makeup—-absolutely right.

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Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Couture. This is a “statement” dress for the new decade. A young starlet, especially one that’s not nominated, can get lost in the shuffle at the Oscars. So it’s no small feat to wear an essentially avant garde couture dress and make it work. It was fashion forward, brave and spectacular on her. Made me think back to what the Elie Saab dress did for Halle Berry in 2002.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries Van Noten. She’s the indie film queen and she stepped out on a limb with this printed gown. She loves taking risks and many of them just don’t work (see last year’s Lanvin disaster). This worked beautifully for her. Again, it ups the ante on an otherwise retro/cookie cutter red carpet.

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Elizabeth Banks in Atelier Versace. The fit of the bodice of this dress is perfection and it is beautifully integrated into the design of the skirt. It looked spectacular in motion. She showed everyone how to wear a neutral and make it work. (Note to Kate Winslet and Miley Cyrus.)

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Diane Kruger in Chanel Couture. The essence of Chanel. Game, set and match against Sarah Jessica Parker and the giant cinnamon roll of a hair extension that ruined her Chanel dress.

Finally, and because someone has to be honest, no, Sandra Bullock did not look great. The hair and makeup looked great but the dress looked like something Nancy Kerrigan would wear to skate in. (I was worried that Tonya Harding might whack that Oscar out of her hand.) Everyone always says the winner looks great, and that is usually because it seems like the polite thing to say. She looked perfect at the SAG awards in Alexander McQueen. This Marchesa illusion effect gown could have been worn by Hellen Miren (it was that aging) and it bore no relation to the hair and makeup.

(Marchesa proved a poor choice, as well,  for Vera Farmiga and Gaby Sibide, two of the worst dressed women of the night.)

March 8, 2010

*The Best Dressed Men at The Academy Awards 2010

The one button tuxedo  with a shawl collar was the standout fashion statement of the night.

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The peak lapel single button version was a close second.

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And Bradley Cooper rocked the traditional notch lapel two button jacket better than anyone else. As close to perfect as you can get if you’re not Tom Ford.

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