Best Dressed: Oscars

Oscars1It is with mixed emotions that HCG bids farewell to the 2010 awards show season, which is a time of year that provides us with endless online galleries for viewing, countless occupied winter Sunday nights and thicker-than-usual editions of Us Weekly.

It's no secret that awards show fashions are our crack cocaine, and the Oscars for HCG equate to a combination of crack, kombucha, a 5-hour energy drink and 4 jumbo-sized Pixy Stix.  We had high hopes for the 2010 Oscars and, sadly, other than our girl Sandy B. who looked exquisite in gold Marchesa, there really weren't any stunners.  Yes, there were plenty of very pretty dresses, but HCG expects more from the Oscars than a procession of fancy ruffled concoctions.  We love texture as much as the next girl, but so many of the elaborate dresses felt forced and almost (gasp) mother of the bride-esque.  On Oscar night, we expect to see pieces that lock our eyes onto the screen and forces us to hit "pause" on our DVR.  Think Julia Roberts when she won in 2001 in vintage Valentino,  Michelle Williams in canary yellow Vera Wang in 2006, or Anne Hathaway in that glittery Armani Prive column last year.  Nothing of that caliber glided down the red carpet this year.

But there's no rest for the weary.  Like all hard working Oscar fashionistas, we managed to choose some favorites from the night, shown here in no particular order with our thoughts below.Oscars2Clockwise from top left:

  1. Anna Kendrick in Elie Saab.  We couldn't get enough of this cap-sleeved, off the shoulder draped dress with its floaty layers and discreet slit.  The barely-there pink looked gorgeous on Kendrick, and her soft hair and makeup completed this beautiful ensemble.
  2. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa.  Oh, how we love you Sandy.  This entire look is absolute perfection.  The color, fabric and especially the fit of the dress worked wonderfully on Bullock, and she made all the right calls with her smooth, natural hair and bold lip color.  After we saw The Blind Side, we wanted to be Leigh Anne Tuohy.  The same thing happened after we saw Sandra Bullock in this dress.
  3. Nicole Richie in Reem Acra.  You had me at "Nicole Richie + the Oscars."  We're embarrassed to admit that we didn't know NR was attending the Oscars until right before the event (shame on us), and we were as giddy as CF on Easter with a basket full of squirms when the future Mrs. Madden shimmered on our screen.  We loved the kimono sleeves, open back and slim fit of this vintage-looking number, and Richie wisely let the dress do the talking by sporting simple hair and jewelry.
  4. Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel. When SJP graces a red carpet, we expect something interesting, and she did not disappoint.  We get that the neck thing was weird, that the dress had no shape, and that lots of people hated it.  We didn't.  The color was fresh, the neckline and back details were intricate, and, most importantly, it wasn't boring.  If we had to see one more huge gown with mounds of extra fabric attached to the front/side/back parade down the red carpet, we would've barfed.
  5. Carey Mulligan in Prada.  In the words of RZ, black doesn't always translate well on the red carpet, but Carey Mulligan disproved that theory with this strapless Prada dress.  We loved the nipped waist, jeweled bodice and modern hemline, and Fred Leighton statement earrings looked incredibly chic with Mulligan's blond cropped cut.

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to Oscar dresses.  What's yours?