Oscar Gowns 2013

The Oscars and the Red Carpet provide us mere mortals with a chance to be awed by celebrities and their gowns. Here are some that were personal favorites.

Jessica Chastain channeled Old Hollywood glamour in an Armani Privee gown that fit her like a glove. The color, copper, under pink beads, with the wavy hairdo were all perfect choices.Jessica Chastain 2

Charlize Theron was stunning in the simplicity of a  white Dior Haute Couture gown with beaded peplum. It recalled my favorite gown from last year’s Red Carpet, a white Tom Ford gown and cape worn by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Charlize Theron Dior Haute  Couture

Jennifer Anniston’s choice was not risky but decidedly classic. Who wouldn’t love a sumptuous red Valentino on the Red Carpet, especially when accessorized with Justin Theroux?

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Speaking of beautiful couples, George Clooney, ever debonair, still managed to shine next to Stacy Keibler’s metallic gown by Naem Khan.

George Clooney and Stacey Keibler

How can Jane Fonda possibly be 75? She was a standout in this yellow Versace. Though I find the styling a bit severe, she shows us how to dress age appropriate.

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Another lesson in age appropriate dressing was Sally Field in a red Valentino– a bit more flowy and feminine than Jane Fonda’s choice. Note both women’s choice to cover their arms, while still looking stylish and far from matronly.

Sally Fields

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji reminds us that women who are not size 2 can still amaze. I loved the tulle draping over her shoulders and arms and the beading on the bodice, along with her choice of a light peach color rather than black.

Octavia Spencer

Amy Adams looked like a princess in Oscar de la Renta. The grey blue color saved the gown from looking too much like meringue, as did the imperfectly ragged edged ruffles.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s choice of a pale pink Dior Haute Couture gown made her look like a winner on the Red Carpet before the Oscar for Best Actress! She wore a long necklace backwards, probably setting off a new trend.

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Amanda Seyfried’s halter neckline in an Alexander McQueen was a refreshing change from all the strapless gowns. The pale lavender color and embroidery made her glow.

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Some celebrities chose metallic gowns. Naomi Watts was in Armani Privee. While I wasn’t wild about the style of the gown, reminding me a bit of armor, she looked stunning. Nicole Kidman chose a L’Wren Scott, a simpler style with ornate hemline. Halle Berry was in Atelier Versace that recalled the 80s with the sharp shoulder pads while also looking Art Deco. It was a bit too extreme for my taste, but Halle Berry looks gorgeous in anything.

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