2011 Oscar Gowns

The Academy Awards bring out Hollywood glamour and glitz on the Red Carpet. Here are some observations on the Oscar gowns.

Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein

Jennifer Lawrence’s red, minimalist Calvin Klein dress epitomized how something so simple can be so smashing when showcased on a perfect body.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein

Gwyneth Paltrow wore a minimalist silver metallic Calvin Klein to similar effect, with added color in her jewelry.

Natalie Portman in Rodarte

A radiant Natalie Portman in Rodarte showed off her new shape in a beautiful plum color.

Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana

Scarlett Johansson chose another trend for spring, lace by Dolce & Gabbana.

Mila Kunis Elie Saab lilac

Lilac complemented Mila Kunis in her Elie Saab dress, though I would have liked her bodice to be a bit higher cut and to have fit a bit closer to her body to avoid the extra tire look around her middle.

Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa

Hailee Steinfeld, only 14 years old but so poised, glowed in a subtle blush color in a very age appropriate Marchesa tea length gown.

Jennifer Hudson in Versace

Jennifer Hudson, looking regal, opted for the drama of a blood orange architectural Versace gown, which showed off the amazing work she has accomplished to slim down. I would have wished for a more flattering decolletage.

Hilary Swank in Gucci

Hilary Swank showed how drama can also be achieved in a metallic ombre grey Gucci gown embellished with beads and feathers and a long train, against a backdrop of simple hairdo and makeup.

Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott

Amy Adams wore a sumptuous sapphire color that set off her red hair, but the L’Wren Scott gown had too high a neckline. The ornate emerald necklace on top of the beaded gown was too heavy a look for her delicate beauty.

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

Cate Blanchett won the award for the most fashion forward of the evening in her lilac Givenchy gown decorated with yellow beads and a warrior like shoulder line, but softened with pleating.

Michelle Williams in Chanel

Michelle Williams wore Chanel, but the gown did nothing to show off her amazing her skin and figure, though her haircut is adorable and her face so beautiful.

Melissa Leo in Marc Bouwer

Melissa Leo won an Oscar that night for Best Supporting Actress but did not win any prizes for her choice in gowns. Custom made by Marc Bouwer, the gown was not flattering and the collar was too high.

Reese Witherspoon in Armani Prive

Melissa Leo won an Oscar that night for Best Supporting Actress but did not win any prizes for her choice in gowns. Custom made by Marc Bouwer, the gown was not flattering and the collar was too high.

Anne Hathaway in Valentino

To conclude, one cannot go wrong wearing Valentino red on the Red Carpet, and who better to show this than Anne Hathaway, the co-host of the Oscars this year with James Franco, shown here with the designer himself?