The 85th Academy Awards held on Sunday, February 24, 2013 began with a fanfare of excitement as the ladies and gents strolled down the red carpet under the sunny California sky. Form fitting strapless gowns sparkled with waves of Veronica Lake hair and subtle jewelry saluting yesteryear screen sirens. Photographic images of Old Hollywood fashionistas graced the runway – perhaps Rita, Audrey, Ava, Lana and Veronica. The A-Lister's column fitted gowns were in hues of metallic glitter, a whipped frosting palette, Audrey blacks, breathtaking blues and several Valentino reds. Let's not even mention thespians or reality television starlets draped in minimal cloth showing off bosoms perhaps in a vain effort to be twenty again. These topless few need to learn a lesson from Jane Fonda bedecked in a silhouette defining Atelier Versace bright yellow frock that captured the attention of paparazzi and fans everywhere. Others donned Marie Antoinette grandiose gowns with lengthy trains. Some tresses were artfully curled, while others were messy and needed to be combed. Some hit the fashion barometer and others resided at the bottom of the barrel. Lastly, some nominated actresses, namely two, for top billing didn't think clearly about the chosen dress seen by 1B viewers on this night. Overall, a mishmash night of ho-hum fashion along with a razzle dazzle and an overly long Oscar show.
Forever Chic Style Top Picks:
Naomi Watts: The Silver Goddess – Watts radiated on the runway in a form fitting Armani Prive silver sequined gown highlighting skin, hair and friendly smile. The strategic cut of the bodice's was interesting, innovative and fresh. This Best Actress nominee for The Impossible dared to be different and spotlight stealing.
Nicole Kidman: The Black & Gold Statute – The black and gold sequined L’Wren Scott non-strapless gown sparkled on the runway with the hair swept up, drop gold earrings combined with a winning effervescent smile and attitude. Hands down - Kidman bespoke a yesteryear screen siren actress with finesse.
Octavia Spencer: The Oscar Princess - Spencer floated down the runway in a Tadashi Shoji one-shoulder blush tulle ball gown. The hair, makeup and ensemble was breathtaking on the runway. Spencer is one woman who continually dresses with style for the fans and more importantly for herself.
Jennifer Lawrence: The Bride - The Dior Haute Couture blush pink ball gown was awe inspiring. The fit of the bodice, diamond necklace down the back with polished hair and makeup earned top billing on the fashion meter. The downfall was the voluminous bell-shaped dress with the extra long train. The dangerous misstep while accepting the Best Actress in Leading Role Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook sent a signal that the dress was designed for a walking down a wedding isle and not mounting a flight of stairs.
Forever Chic Style - The Lady in Waiting
Amy Adams “Ripple of Powder-Blue Envy”: Adams, nominated for an Actress in a Supporting Role for The Master, made a grand entrance on the red carpet in an opulent Oscar de la Renta ball gown. The powder-blue shade with a sweetheart neckline was sublime against flawless skin, with minimal jewelry, a sleek updo of red hair with blue eyes. The strapless frock with the billowing fabric was magical and light on the red carpet versus the seemingly heavy fabric of Lawrence’s concoction. Adams wore the Marie Antoinette show stopping gown with grace and effortless style.
Forever Chic Style - Queen of the Night
Jessica Chastain: “Jessica Rabbit Copper-Dipped Silhouette” Chastain’s coppery Armani Prive was heavenly compatible to the red hair and luminous complexion. The figure fitting silhouette emphasized a gorgeous curvaceous figure with bright red lips completing the Jessica Rabbit va va voom picture. Thank you! Many had makeup that was boring and oh so everyday. Red lips add drama and is perfectly Forever Chic Style for a black tie event. Chastain, nominated Actress in a Leading Role for Zero Dark Thirty this night was center stage with the overall ensemble. All cameras flashed, heads turned and suddenly the Hollywood fashionistas of yesteryear were once again recognized in Chastain’s brilliant entrance onto the red carpet. Rita, Audrey, Ava, Lana and Veronica would all be proud. A Forever Chic Style - Queen strolled down the red carpet on February 24, 2013 as was the "talk of the town" – Jessica Chastain.
Forever Chic Style - The Frumpy Frog Queen
Anne Hathaway: "The Prom Perky Mistake” For shame Hathaway! Dumping a Valentino gown for this disastrous pink Prada concoction, which eagerly emphasized a chilly night. Last year, Angelina Jolie, captivated the world with the pose and “the leg”. Instead in 2013, Hathaway’s poor choice in a dress created an instance sensation focusing on the bosom. Hathaway, unsuitably attired in a pink prom dress, won the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for Les Miserables. The award was well deserved, yet the gown overshadowed the night. Sadly, this fashionista diva missed the mark and fashion fans truly were disappointed. Remember in 2011, the eight gorgeous Valentino frocks that were unforgettable. Yes, the Valentino gown was slightly similar to Amanda Seyfried’s, but guaranteed Hathaway would have been Queen of the ball in Valentino! There is always next year!