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.)