The Oscars | Best Dressed 2016

It’s a sign of the changing times, kids.  I have been anxiously awaiting the Oscars since I heard “Mad Max Fury Road” listed among the nominees for Best Picture.  Because I knew.  I knew that Charlize would be hitting the red carpet.  She has long been my fave and she always shuts. it. down. on the red carpet.  Word.

And . . .

She did look great.  And there are those who would say she was best dressed last night.  And, maybe they are right.  But, this time, I feel she passed the baton to the new girl crush in town, Alicia Vikander.  That’s right – I said it.  It’s with heavy heart that I confess that there is another girl who captivates me more than Charlize. And, really, I only have one issue with Charlize – her hair.  I just can’t go there with her.  It’s just a little too hard-edged.  Alicia, however, was hitting on all cylinders.  Not one miss.

So, let’s get down to biz . . . Best Dressed and her Court . . .


Best Dressed

Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton




From the color (I so love a brunette in yellow) to the cut (love the bodice, the hem-line, the poufy hem (that’s a technical term I borrowed from years working as a dressmaker)) to the shoe (can’t imagine a more perfect match) to the earrings . . . to her tan, I love it all.  Literally swooning here.  No wonder men find her so sexy and women want to be her.  I totally get it.  Well done.

First Runner-Up

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

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As the spokesperson of J’adore, Dior’s leading perfume, I understand why Charlize always hit the carpet in Dior.  And it always serves her well. . . When I say it works with her body, I get that she has possibly the world’s most perfect body so there’s that.  And, while these picts are great, I feel like I didn’t get to fully appreciate it until she presented and it was clear how spectacular the dress and the jewels were.  But, it’s the hair that loses it for me.  I am just tired of giving her a pass on the hair.  It’s time for her to hook into a softer hair sitch on the red carpet.  And, so, she will just have to settle for First Runner-Up for now.

Second Runner-Up

Saoirse Ronan in Custom Calvin Klein Collection





Oh, what a difference a good stylist can make.  Up until last night, the magic of Saoirse was completely lost on me. Everyone would talk about how great she looked and I just kind of felt, “meh.”  And, then . . . she was totally off the chain last night.  A little investigation reveals that between the SAG awards and last night, she fired her stylist and hired Elizabeth Saltzman, who is credited with all of Gwynnie’s best red carpet looks and counts any other stunners (i.e., Naomi Watts) as her clients.  And, the Saltzman-Costa-Ronan team did not disappoint.  She has literally never looked better.  #squadgoals  The dress was custom made for her in emerald green (for her native Ireland) hand beading that was extraordinary . . . I noticed in a couple of close-ups during E’s coverage that the beading was all swirly in a Van Gogh’s starry night kind of way.  Wow.  And the cut was phenomenal – perfect fit and perfect accentuation of her gorgeous figure.  Her shoes, also custom Roger Vivier (hey! if you were nominated for a best actress nomination, you would shoot the moon, too), were beautiful and perfect.   And, then, to top it all off, they did her hair in loose beachy waves to lighten it all up and added a smokey-eye.  Love. Love.  Love.  Two thumbs up.

Margot Robbie in Custom Tom Ford




Wow.  Just wow.  I am asking myself why this is not best dressed.  And, I guess I really don’t have an answer. She looks totally amazeballs.  I love her hair.  I love the deep plunge – and the fine-tuned balance of the revealing plunge with the very conservative-covered-up play of the rest of the dress.  And, her make-up is perfection.  Wondering if Charlotte Tilbury did her make-up, since Charlotte and Tom Ford are besties. I totally, totally love everything about this look, head to toe.

 Cate Blanchette in Armani Privé




Cate never disappoints and last night was no exception.  There just aren’t words for the craftsmanship in this amazing dress.  The feathers, the crystals, the cut. Extraordinary.  And, the delicate palette is a gorgeous complement to her peachy complexion.

Naomi Watts in Armani Privé

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Naomi Watts attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Naomi Watts attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Another of Elizabeth Saltzman’s clients in another, equally amazing Armani dress of breath-taking beading. The only thing short about this, if there is anything, is just maybe that it’s a tad bit safe — sort of like it’s just kind of Naomi’s go-to red carpet formula.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s no where near having her red carpet on perpetual repeat like Reese Witherspoon does, but just that her approach seems a bit formulaic and maybe just a smidge uninspired, however perfect the pitch.

Rooney Mara in Givenchy


Rooney Mara, for me, is like star anise . . . an acquired taste.  It’s taken me a while to warm up to her.  But, I’ve realized that her beauty is like a praying mantis . . . kind of weird and other worldly but kind of amazing so that you just kind of want to keep staring as if you will eventually figure it out or come to some conclusion. And, this Givenchy dress just kind of galvanizes all of that.  It’s delicate and ethereal and complex and flirty and very serious.  Well played.

Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa

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Amazing.  Pregnancy perfection.  Are they, like, the cutest couple, ever???

Brie Larson in Gucci


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Okay, I am the biggest fan of Gucci.  And, I am a huge fan of Brie Larson.  And, I LOVE the color of this dress.  But, overall, this just kind of leaves me wanting.  Wanting what?  I don’t know.  But something more.  I just kind of feel like this is a fab look that maybe I saw played out at the Nenon Leadout back in ’88.  Don’t get me wrong, the girls from my hometown have always had their finger on the pulse.  But, this is the Oscars and this gal was nominated and won Best Actress.  So, her hair was kind of flat and her belt was kind of not right. And, nothing is exactly wrong.  It’s all good – it’s just not perfection — and I totally get that is a hard mark to hit.  Having said all that, she still looked better than 90% of the other gals on the red carpet last night.

Mindy Kaling in Elizabeth Kennedy



Spectacular.  I love this so much!  Well played, Mindy Kaling, well played.



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  1. says

    I am so glad you picked up on the Van Gogh feel of Saoirse Ronan’s dress! I immediately thought that when I saw her! And thanks so much for all of those background deets on her styling! loved it! loved your roundup as usual!

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