Fashion Friday+

Courtesy of vogue.com
Courtesy of vogue.com

In honour of the recent 86th Academy Awards, that’s Oscars to me and you, I thought it important to showcase some of my personal favourites in some AWESOMESAUCE categories.

PART ONE BELOW!

For full coverage of the night’s top trends and style makers, check out Nathalie Atkinson’s review of the show for the National Post.

Best 1920s Reference

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab as featured on The National Post
Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab as featured on The National Post

So I know a lot of people didn’t like this look on her, but I have to give this to Angelina Jolie. In this long-sleeve Elie Saab rhinestone studded Art-Deco blouson gown (now that’s a mouthful) Angelina was sexy without fully sacrificing any modesty. While some stars had dresses that wore them (Sally Hawkins, for example), Queen Angie was in full force of her beaded masterpiece.

and with that, Best Beads

Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive as featured by The National Post
Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive as featured by The National Post

Although there were a many great beaded dresses this year, I have to give this one to Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive, partially because I love gold dresses, because of how feminine and lovely it is on her, and because she always knocks it out of the park. Cate has consistently proven to be an amazing style maven, especially after wearing this beaded Givenchy dress in 2011:

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy
Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

Best Disney Princess Incarnate

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada
Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

None other than Lupita Nyong’o (could there be any other?). In a light-blue Prada dress that she helped design herself, Lupita literally floated onto the red carpet. As if that wasn’t magical enough, she was accessorized with the perfect gold and bejeweled headband (her tiara, of course) by Hollywood jeweler Fred Leighton and wonderful geometric diamond earrings that looked like upside down crowns of all things. The adorable Oscar-winner (and winner at life) took advantage of the dress’ massive twirling potential on both the red carpet and in the press room after she won. How is she NOT an actual princess?

Best “Shut Up, You’re Pregnant?”

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis

While no one blew me away, this one goes to Olivia Wilde for her choice of a classic Valentino gown to accentuate little baby Sudeikis to-be. The tricky thing about dressing during pregnancy is finding the best way to showcase yourself without making it only about the bump. Olivia was able to flatter her belly, a long with the rest of her body, in a simply cut black halter dress with a white accent in the back (I’m having Julia Roberts flashbacks). All in all, could she have done better? Yes; but she could have also done a whole lot worse.

The Other Beautiful Moms-to-Be:

Elsa Pataky, Kerry Washington, and Olivia Wilde
Elsa Pataky, Kerry Washington, and Olivia Wilde

“Mrs. Thor” and soon-to-be mother to twins Elsa Pataky was criticized for the awkwardness of her bump, partially due to an unnecessary elasticized underbelly, and Kerry Washington’s Jason Wu dress was just boring for lack of a better explanation (what was that jeweled thing on her chest?).

Most Unrecognizable

Announcing Lady Gaga and her scarf...
Announcing Lady Gaga and her scarf…

I don’t even know why she was there (apparently no one does) but this goes to Lady Gaga, and not in a good way. Dressed in her bff Donatella’s brand Atelier Versace, Gaga just looked very old-fashioned, especially with the chiffon scarf attached to both her neck and wrist. It’s like she was coming out of a Miss America pageant…from the 90s. I think part of my distaste for the look was a great deal to do with her hair, THAT HAIRLINE! I know girl loves her wigs, but COME ON. And that facial expression! I know Lady Gaga has the tendency to intentionally go for “Drag Queen chic” (which I usually love) but this was all too dramatic for me.

STAY TUNED FOR PART TWO!

(there will be MEN, and COUPLES! and ARM CANDY!)