2012 Oscar Gowns

I always love the Academy Awards for the gowns, the glamour, and of course, the Oscars. While George Clooney failed to win an Oscar, there were some winning looks on the Red Carpet, many of them on trend for spring 2012.

White Gowns at the Oscars

White was the color of choice for some of the best looks on the Red Carpet.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth won best dressed with her simple column of white by Tom Ford that was asymmetric at the neckline, topped by a starkly simple cape. She looked magnificent and statuesque.

Mila Jovovich Elie Saab

Mila Jovovich dazzled in a heavily sequined white gown, one shoulder a bit padded for a touch of old 40’s Hollywood glamour, with perfect hair and red lips.

Rooney Mara Givenchy

Rooney Mara, eschewing her trademark black, did something unexpected and wore all white in a gown by Givenchy. Far from innocent, the look was quite avant-garde, with her heavy bangs and red lips and no jewelry. I was not fond of the flaps over the bustline, but I do give her credit for taking a fashion risk.


Octavia Spencer shone in a silvery white beaded gown by Tadashi Shoji, cinched in at the waist and beautifully draped to flatter her curves.


Cameron Diaz was elegant and feminine in a creamy blush Gucci strapless gown that burst into gilded ruffles with a dramatic train.

Michelle W 1

On the other side of the color spectrum, Michelle Williams glowed in her burnt orange strapless Louis Vuitton gown with a peplum waist. Both the peplum and the color orange are two trends for Spring.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis wasn’t afraid of color either, in a brilliant emerald green by Vera Wang. I wish her bodice could have fit her a bit better but applaud her decision to let her hair go natural and to leave the wigs at home.

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz was a vision of beauty in her gorgeous smoky lavender gown, softly off the shoulder, by Armani Privee.

Meryl Streep

Gold was another favorite color on the Red Carpet. Meryl Streep was in a gold Lanvin drapey dress with bejeweled belt. She looked more glamorous than usual but somehow does not quite get it right. I love Meryl and as long as she continues to put in Oscar worthy performances, we can forgive her red carpet misses.

Stacy Keibler Marchesa

Stacy Keibler was George Clooney’s arm candy, and she wore a gold Marchesa gown that made her look like an Oscar. Though I loved the gown, I thought the huge bow on her hip was a bit too large.

Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne followed one of the big trends for beaded gowns but instead of black, chose a deep midnight blue from Vivienne Westwood, with Westwood’s signature asymmetry of neckline and hem and a daringly sexy open back.

Tina Fey Carolina Herrara

Tina Fey also chose a midnight blue Carolina Herrera strapless dress, with a dramatic peplum for a look that was simple but elegant.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace was one of the few in black , but her thinness and posing detracted from the beauty of the dress.

Jessica Chastain Alexander McQueen

Jessica Chastain combined both black and gold, anticipating a big trend for Fall 2012, in a baroque, embroidered Alexander McQueen. She claimed she wanted something dramatic and noteworthy. Check, accomplished.

black and gold gowns cropped

This year, the Red Carpet showcased gowns that were elegant and refined, as best exemplified by Gwyneth Paltrow. White will be a big trend for spring, as will brights like orange, yellow, and green. Blush and pale pastels will also be seen for spring. Look out for peplums too. I welcome your comments. Tell me which gowns you loved or gave the thumbs down.

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?