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Oscars fashion

February 22, 2009 - Ashley Gurbal
The 81st annual Academy Awards are under way, but for me, the best part is already over: the fashions on the red carpet.

As seems to be the trend, most of the stars were playing it safe, with carefully orchestrated outfits pulled together by stylists. Boring! I'd rather see a whole slew hot messes than one perfect outfit after another.

Still, from what I saw, here are my picks for ...

The good

  •  Miley Cyrus: Loved her dress. It was glitzy, it was glamorous -- everything an Oscars gown should be, and yet it didn't seem too old for the 16-year-old.
  • Penelope Cruz: The best supporting actress winner was stunning in a vintage dress that she said was about 60 years old. I loved the lace details on skirt and just the idea of a gown that unique.
  •  Marisa Tomei: I would have cringed if I'd have seen the one-shoulder, gray gown with the pleats on a rack, but on her, it just worked.

The bad

  • Meryl Streep: Why, why, why does she always go for the frumpiest possible outfit?
  • Heidi Klum: Heidi Klum could rock a burlap sack on the red carpet -- she could wear anything and look fabulous. So why did she wear that? Hideous!
  • Whoopi Goldberg: I love animal prints as much (probably more) as the next gal, but Whoopi was, plain and simple, a hot mess.

The OK

  • Sarah Jessica Parker: SJP is probably my favorite actress. I love that she's a fashion eccentric and usually not afraid to take a risk on the red carpet -- but not tonight. Her dress was OK, but where's the usual "wow!" factor? Nothing special.
  • Taraji P. Henson: Never heard of her before, but I was into the big, eye catching necklace the best supporting actress nominee ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") sported. Her dress didn't do much for me, but I liked it paired with the necklace.
  •  Viola Davis: She really played it safe, but I did like the gorgeous gold color and plunging neckline.

So, let's hear it: What are your picks for the red carpet's best and worst?



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