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Kristin Booker • February 27, 2012

Red Carpet Fashion: 7 Best Dressed Women at the 84th Annual Academy Awards

OK, so you’ve no doubt seen hours and hours of coverage of last night’s red carpet gowns and jewels from the Oscars red carpet. I don’t feel this post will be breaking news BUT I do want to weigh in on my favorites from the evening and why I think they deserve to win Best Dressed. We’ll get to the beauty in a minute, but here are my choices for the best gowns of the night and the trends they represent:

Photo: Kevin Mazur for WireImage. Image courtesy of InStyle.

Overall Best Dressed: Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton – I loved, LOVED this dress on Michelle. The silk and organza tiers, the peplum, the glittering brooch at the waistline, the lip, the 30 karats of brilliant-cut diamonds in that Fred Leighton for Forevermark necklace. Michelle is a great red carpet fashion stable and while she’s had some not-so-great looks during her red carpet circuit for Blue Valentine, she’s sealed it with this look for me.

Photo: Kevin Mazur for WireImage. Image courtesy of InStyle.

Wonderful in White: Rooney Mara in Givenchy – Rooney is still influenced evidently by her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander per the severe bangs, but the virginal white of this gown and the intricacies of the work on it are something to behold. An even better minimalist decision to not pair it with anything, to let the dress stand on it’s own and simply give it flawless brows and a perfect red lip. I also have to give a quick mention to Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford because I love everything from that man, but Rooney killed it.

Photo: Kevin Mazur for WireImage. Image courtesy of InStyle.

Best Glittering Gown: Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji – Octavia’s been pretty solid in her quest for the gold statue this awards season but this show-stopper of a gown is where the designer simply OUTDID himself. This confection in crystal made her a star and it was only made more beautiful by the addition of Neil Lane jewelry, a Judith Leiber clutch and Jimmy Choo shoes. When she won, it sent out a thousand beams of light on the stage, just like the star she is. Bravo, Tadashi.

Photo: Kevin Mazur for WireImage. Image courtesy of InStyle.

Best Red Carpet Return: Cameron Diaz in Gucci – I have MISSED Cameron Diaz on the red carpet and she made her return in Frida Giannini! Sigh. Damn, I loved this look and she rocked it with $800,000 of Tiffany and Company jewelry. The entire thing was sheer magic. Welcome back, Cammy. We’ve missed you.

Photo:Jason Merritt for Getty Images. Image courtesy of InStyle.

Best Black Dress: Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen – This gorgeous gown has incredibly intricate gold overlay and a spectacular chiffon train and is a work of art meant to be displayed on a gorgeous redhead such as Jessica. $2 million in yellow diamonds from Harry Winston only sealed the look. AMAZING. An honorable mention goes to  Rose Byrne, who looked every bit the movie star in Vivienne Westwood.

Photo: Kevin Mazur for WireImage. Image courtesy of InStyle.

Best Overall Use of Color: Viola Davis in Vera Wang – I love that Viola went for natural hair with this look and that combined with her flawless skin and amazing toned body (can we talk about her arms for a minute?) made this Vera Wang gown a winner. The embroidered bodice was truly amazing.

Photo: Lester Cohen for WireImage. Image courtesy of InStyle.

Best Red Carpet Repeat: Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli – I want to iterate my unabashed love for this rising red carpet star, but as much as I love this dress and the giant fashion-forward bow at the neckline, I have to point out that this is WAY too close to Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga from 2009. Emma made it her own with Louis Vuitton rubies and her trademark sense of red carpet humor. Her stylist, on the other hand, should have done his or her homework.

Let’s dish. Do you agree? Did I leave anyone out? Who was YOUR favorite red carpet look of the night?



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