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Oscar 2008 Trends – Strapless




Despite the rain, most of the women on the red carpet went strapless at the Oscars.

Kristin Chenoweth was by far my favourite with the sexy sweetheart neckline, but Cameron Diaz, Keisha Whitaker, Penelople Cruz and Renee Zellweger all looked amazing.

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25.02.08 Best Dressed

Oscars 2008 – Best Dressed


Best Dressed/Best Haute Couture Award
This ivory mermaid-like Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2008 Couture gown on Marion Cotillard was simply stunning.

I loved the a fishtail hem and the scale-esqe embroidery on the whole gown.

Marion won the Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.

Her speech was so wonderfully heart-warming, that it brought a small tear to my eye.


Best Red Award
Heidi Klum was better than amazing in this Dior by John Galliano custom-made couture gown.

The neckline and the back detail were all very chic.

She finished her look with Stuart Weitzman shoes and jewelry she designed from her own line.

Heidi’s red couture gown will be auctioned as part of The Heart Truth campaign to raise awareness about women and heart disease.


Best Detailed Dress/Best Earrings Award
There is so much detail on Penelope Cruz’ mermaid dress with the feathers and the gathering at the front, yet it does not make the dress too busy.

I adore her ruby and diamond Chopard earrings.


Best Invisible Make-up Award
I bet it only took Cameron Diaz no more than 20 minutes to get ready, and look how amazing she is.

She arrived at the Oscars in a pink Christian Dior by John Galliano bustier gown, Bulgari jewels, Roger Vivier clutch.

Best Strapless Award
I loved Kristin Chenoweth Armani Privé black silk tulle gown over a rose organza underlay.

It was the only dress that challenged Marion for Best Dressed. I loved the sweetheart neckline and the knotted and pleated tulle details.

Best Sequins Award
Regular readers will know I love a bit of bling, as it all adds to the glamour on the red carpet.

Renee Zellweger was the only one to provided head to toe bling in the form of this stunning strapless Carolina Herrera gown, which I at first thought had to be Elie Saab.

Most Improved From The 2007 Oscars Award
Anne Hathaway need this. She needed a stunning gown to erase the memory of that Valentino bow.

The saviours? Marchesa of course.

She completed her look with Harry Winston diamonds.

I love the with rosette detailing from the bust-line to her shoulder.

Best Strapless Award
Keri Russell’s champagne coloured Nina Ricci strapless dress came to life with an H.Stern vintage floral necklace.

Best Matching Dress/Lipstick Combo Award
Katherine Heigl was stunning in this Escada gown.

I loved the circular detail on her shoulder and nipped in waist.

Her look was very elegant, as she channeled old Hollywood.

Her jewels were from Ryan Ryan and her shoes and clutch were from Jimmy Choo.

Best Pregnant Award
Jessica Alba won the battle of the baby mama’s in this purple Marchesa Fall 2008 gown.

I love the feather detailing on the bust and the aubergine really suits her.

Jessica added some Cartier jewels to finish her look.

Best One-Shouldered Dress/Best Hair Award
There were many one-shoulder gown, but Hilary Swank in Versace Spring 2008 Couture was by far the best in terms of detail.

Her hair was amazing. Perfectly styled and I loved the tints.

Best Vintage Award
Calista Flockhart looked stunning in her 1970s vintage Valentino Haute Couture dress from Rare Vintage. The pale blue and grey colours were very pretty on her.

Best British Award
Were Tilda let us down Helen Mirren did us Brits proud in this custom-made Georges Chakra ruby gown.

Simple Yet Fabulous Award
Amy Ryan was simple and fabulous in this one-shoulder Calvin Klein gown.

Sexiest Couple Award
Johnny Depp in Giorgio Armani and Vanessa Paradis in Chanel Haute Couture with Chanel jewelry are so hot without event trying. Only Brad and Angelina could have upstage this hot couple.

Best Dressed Couple Award
I loved the way Diane Lane in David Meister and Josh Brolin were subtly dressed. They complimented each other well, without resorting to him wearing a tie to match her dress.

Best Necklace Award
Laura Linney was wearing a very simple midnight blue silk strapless bustle-back gown by Michael Kors.

Her stunning Cathy Waterman necklace brings the dress to life.

Laura’s bag and shoes were by Salvatore Feragamo.

Best Plus 1 Award
Keisha Whitaker always shines next to her husband.

The detail on this embellished strapless tulle gown is magnificent.

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25.02.08 Worst Dressed

Oscars 2008 – Worst Dressed

Worst Dressed Award
I love Tilda Swinton and her very unique style – which is not to everyone’s tastes – but I just did not like this Lanvin dress.

I hated that one long shoulder. It really did not work for me.

Risk That Failed Award
Julie Christie tried to be edgy, tried not to conform to the norm by choosing a cocktail dress which she designed herself along with long pink sheer gloves from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2008 collection, but just ended up looking very confused.

Worst Pouting Award
Miley Cyrus posing and pouting was SOOOOOOO inappropriate. So many young girls would have tuned in the Oscars just to see a 15 year old girl, pouting like Paris Hilton.

Her Valentino Resort 2008 red gown was stunning though, thankfully not to short nor revealing.

She completed her look with Neil Lane jewels and a Mary Norton clutch.

Most Disappointing Award
The L’Wren Scott diamond necklace was too over powering on Nicole Kidman’s simple custom-made Balenciaga gown. The necklace was obviously designed to detract you from her baby bump and it worked.

The looks is completed with a Bottega Veneta clutch.

Worst Haute Couture Award
Sarah Larson was way out of her league in this Valentino Spring 2008 Couture strapless gown.

Girlfriend did not own it. She just hobbled alongside George Clooney, smiling like a Miss World contestant.

This is why I love Keisha Whitaker so much. Keisha owns a dress, and outshines her husband Forest, despite him being the star.

Sarah’s hair is also terrible. It is a little lighter in colour than usual, but she could have put it up or done something different.

Worst Hair Award
I was not crazy about Jennifer Garner’s hair. For an updo I found it a little messy on the left-hand side.

I was not particularly in love with her black silk taffeta Oscar de la Renta fishtail gown either. The skirt was way too busy.

Jennifer wore Van Cleef & Arpels diamonds and a Roger Vivier clutch.

Back To Black Award
I was not shocked that Ellen Page wore black tonight.

Her in vintage gown from Jean Louis Scherrer Haute Couture collection was just a tad boring. I loved how they tried to jazz up her outfit with the long Fred Leighton necklace, but it was not enough.

Her metal and metallic leather hard frame vintage Judith Leiber purse completed the look.


DeJa Vu Award
Amy Adams emerald green strapless satin Proenza Schouler gown gave me a touch of deja vu, back to last years Oscars, where Isla Fisher’s look was very similar.

The dress itself is beautiful, as she is in it, but she loses points for not being original.

Amy teamed her dress with an Art Nouveau French gold-mesh purse by Fred Leighton that would not even fit a credit card.

Worst Pregnant Award
After Cate Blanchett looked amazing in Vera Wang at the Spirit Awards, I had high hopes for her Oscars dress.

Unfortunately she let me down big time in this Dries Van Noten gown. What I particularly did not like was the neckline. It was a little bit to busy for me.

Her look was completed with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and a Roger Vivier clutch.

Worst Use Of Colour Award
Ryan Seacrest called the colour on Kelly Preston’s Roberto Cavalli dress “stop-light amber”. I just call it hideous.

Most Boring Award
Rosamund Pike RM by Roland Mouret dress is a pretty colour, but I was nothing but bored by it. It’s the Oscars, jazz it up a little.

When Will You Get It Right On The Big Night? Award
I love this Roberto Cavalli white dress, especially the snake-skin beaded detail, but I really disliked the way her breast sat in the dress. Very unflattering.

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24.02.08

Looking Back At The 2007 Oscars, Looking Forward To 2008 Oscars


Last year there were more good dresses than bad dress at the 2007 Oscars.

My particular favourite was Nicole Kidman’s red Balenciaga gown. A lot of the press, and no doubt many of your hated it, but it was easily my Best Dressed.

Queen Cate was regal in Armani Privé.

Helen Mirren (in Christian Lacroix), won an Oscar for her role as the Queen, also won Best Dressed Oscar Winner of the night.

The other Queen, Queen Latifah, dressed her curves perfectly.

Penelope Cruz’ Versace dress grew on me as the night wore on. Whilst I fell in love immediately with Emily Blunt in Calvin Klein.

The bad are all visually explanatory.

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s dress did not work for me.

I just wanted to pull of Anne Hathaway’s bow which threw up all over her Valentino gown.

“Try hard” and supposed “fresh face” Jessica Biel dress was too big for her and her hair resembled a freshly washed poodle.

We will always remember the former American Idol, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, as the girl who looked ridiculous in that gold Oscar de la Renta bolero on the red carpet.

Keisha Whitaker grew a plant out of her butt, and Kirsten Dunst made a stunning Chanel Haute Couture gown look ridiculous. Like a little girl playing dress up.

Hopefully the ladies have learnt from 2007, and may there be no bolero’s, plant life nor distracting bows on the red carpet this year.

Take a look back at my Best and Worst dressed of the 2007 Oscars.

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