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OSCARS 2012 FASHION | The Good and the Not So Bad

Is it us, or were these Oscars red carpet looks rather good overall this year? Old Hollywood glamor, vibrant colors and chic whites (some with beading) led the trends as leading ladies like Penelope Cruz, Mila Jovovich, Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Michelle Williams and Octavia Spencer dressed to impress.

The current fashion collections are also good as a rule, so it must be part of the global mindset; we are not complaining on that front. It should be noted, though, that the way a gown looks in person versus in print is really night and day. So, we won’t be too harsh.

Sandra Bullock arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Marchesa gown

Sandra Bullock arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Marchesa gown

Emma Stone arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Giambattista Valli

Emma Stone arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Giambattista Valli

Maya Rudolph arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Johanna Johnson gown

Maya Rudolph arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Johanna Johnson gown

But of course, there were a few odes to narcissism in its purest and most obnoxious form – Jennifer Lopez, with Cameron Diaz trailing behind. These two are bombshells, it goes without saying, but Ms. Lopez needs a chill pill… she’s trying way too hard and it shows. You’re not 16 anymore!

Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Zuhair Murad gown

Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Zuhair Murad gown

Cameron Diaz arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Gucci gown

Cameron Diaz arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Gucci gown

In a town, and an industry for that matter, where size 4 is considered off the chart, it’s nice to see larger framed actresses look wonderful for the red carpet and their body-type. These two gals really show how it’s done.

Octavia Spencer arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards wearing her go-to designer Tadashi Shoji

Octavia Spencer arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards wearing her go-to designer Tadashi Shoji

Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Marina Rinaldi gown

Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Marina Rinaldi gown

Overall, the line-up was a classy affair that will influence two big fashion arenas shortly –prom and bridal. Trust us, it’s a built-in industry cycle. So expect some 1930′s and 195’0s style gowns with loads of embroideries and lovely colors.

Rooney Mara arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Givenchy Couture gown

Rooney Mara arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Givenchy Couture gown

Actress Berenice Bejo arrives at the 84th Annual in an Elie Saab gown

Actress Berenice Bejo arrives at the 84th Annual in an Elie Saab gown

Penelope Ann Miller arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a  Badgley Mischka gown

Penelope Ann Miller arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Badgley Mischka gown

Milla Jovovich arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in an Elie Saab gown

Milla Jovovich arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in an Elie Saab gown

Meryl Streep arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Lanvin gown

Meryl Streep arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Lanvin gown

Michelle Williams arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Louis Vuitton gown

Michelle Williams arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Louis Vuitton gown

Most actresses knew that color photographs better than black, so it wasn’t a big surprise that so few decided to sport black. Angelina Jolie defied this rule and looked like a million bucks as usual. She’s a smart dresser and knows how to manipulate the scale in her favor.

Angelina Jolie arrived at the 84th Annual Academy Awards wearing an Atelier Versace gown

Angelina Jolie arrived at the 84th Annual Academy Awards wearing an Atelier Versace gown

Anna Faris arrived at the 84th Annual Academy Awards wearing a Diane von Fürstenberg gown

Anna Faris arrived at the 84th Annual Academy Awards wearing a Diane von Fürstenberg gown

What ladies should remember is the cardinal rule for strapless gown: the necklace! Yes, to visually balance the bare neck, shoulder and upper-chest, the right necklace or pendant makes a whole world of difference.

Elie Kemper arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in an Armani Privé gown

Elie Kemper arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in an Armani Privé gown

Jessica Chastain arrived at the 84th Annual Academy Awards wearing an Alexander McQueen gown

Jessica Chastain arrived at the 84th Annual Academy Awards wearing an Alexander McQueen gown

Viola Davis arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Vera Wang gown

Viola Davis arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in a Vera Wang gown

But, as a rule, the Oscars 2012 red carpet looked wonderful. Congratulations to all for making this year so special.

Penelope Cruz arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in an Armani Privé gown

Penelope Cruz arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in an Armani Privé gown

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