Standing O, Hell No, or So-So: Oscars 2019

I thought I was being wholly original last night when I texted a friend to say I disliked the Oscar’s stage and that the wave overhead looked like a toupee to which she replied - like Trump’s hair! I giggled and couldn’t wait to add our observation to this post until I awoke to everyone in the universe having seen the same thing. Well, it bears repeating and so here you go with a visual.

The subliminals here are killing me.

The subliminals here are killing me.

Another point of discussion before I can give full attention to the dresses is that I continue to weep openly in the aftermath of the performance by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga of Shallow. If they can conjure that much emotion onstage in three minutes God help me when I actually get around to watching the movie. I’ve decided I must see it completely solo save for an entire box of Kleenex. Look at this still from last night and tell me you didn’t cry:

I want to squeeze in between them on the piano bench and absorb this love.

I want to squeeze in between them on the piano bench and absorb this love.

Remaining on the topic of Bradley Cooper, it needs to be said that if orange is the new black then Bradley and Irina Shayk are the new edibles. Look at how delicious these two look together even with the addition of his mother:

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I’m feeling I can now give full attention to the outfits. Shall we begin with the pinks since that was declared the color of the evening? For me, Angela Bassett (my lead photo) took the rose colored cake. When she emerged in Reem Acra with her hair trailing down her back I gasped. For all that is good and holy she is 60 years old. Standing O!

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Witness Helen Mirren in Schiaparelli Haute Couture. This woman is a certifiable fashion icon. She is exquisite in every way and I want to channel her spirit daily. Standing O!

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This Giambattista Valli gown on Kacey Musgraves split me right down the middle. Initially it set my heart on fire when I saw it from overhead and then I cooled down when I took in the entire look. For me, the dramatic ruffles at the shoulder were a win as was the color and that divine belt/brooch; But when I assessed it as a whole, the additional tulle at the neck and in the layers of the skirt made it skew too sweet for me. Overall this look merits a So-So.

The reds are up next - red gowns on a red carpet never lose their luster for me. These two were done particularly well:

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Jennifer Hudson in house favorite, Elie Saab, is pure fire. She has so much presence and this dress carries her forward. Standing O!

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Marina de Tavira made her Oscar debut in scarlet J Mendel. Here is a perfect example of tiered tulle done with an exact hand. Standing O!

Shall we inspect the sparkly gowns?

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For a woman who has been nominated for exactly zero Academy Awards, J Lo has won her share of red carpets. Here she is absolutely slaying in glitzy Tom Ford. Standing O!

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I was very taken by this Miu Miu on Amandla Stenberg. The fit is extraordinary especially at the bodice. The color is exquisite against her flawless skin. This is a case of the right dress on the right girl. Standing O!

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Emma Stone’s charms must truly transcend the screen because somehow she always gets Louis Vuitton to create the most unique and fitting dresses for her. This copper column with flared sleeves is a visual delight and merits a Standing O!

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Glenn Close in Carolina Herrera breaks my heart a little. This is a woman who clearly dressed to win. Unfortunately for her, she didn’t take home the Oscar but she was living her best life in this dress last night. Standing O for all the gravity she brought to the carpet!

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This Elie Saab on Michelle Yeoh is the definition of elegance. It’s beyond stunning and she carries it so regally. This was one of my most favorite dresses of the night. Standing O!

Let’s forge ahead with the whites!

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The architecture of the top of this Versace is amazing on Amy Adams. The shape of her is off the charts here. She looks sexy and polished and perfect. Standing O!

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The house of Oscar de la Renta knows how to create a red carpet moment and Regina King elevated their design immeasurably with her beauty and grace. Top marks for restrained jewelry and pairing with white pumps. Standing O!

Let’s look at a few outlying colors that were none-the-less impactful on the carpet:

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I loved Constance Wu in this delicate yellow Versace. Her stylist, Micaela Erlanger, is genius in keeping her fresh ceremony after ceremony. The bodice is so original and the gown is fitted to perfection. Standing O!

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Oh to be as glamorous as Charlize Theron in Dior with, as a friend commented, “hands down thee best jewelry of the night” by Bulgari. This look felt wholly different from what everyone else was wearing and all the more important for that distinction. Standing O!

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Tina Fey doesn’t always hit her fashion mark but she nailed it in this royal blue Vera Wang. Standing O!

Let me not deprive you of the men. Most notably, Chris Evans in blue velvet:

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When Regina King’s hem caught on her heels on her way to accept her Oscar, Chris Evans leapt to his feet to guide her safely up the stairs to the stage. It melted my heart. It didn’t hurt that he looked as gallant as his actions. Standing O, handsome gentleman!

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This Dior on Nicholas Hoult represented an interesting and notable fashion moment. With designers blurring the lines between distinctly male and female creations, this one was a lovely melding. The extra pleating at the chest and the embellishment of a small train were unexpected and yet still appeared subdued and elegant in monochrome black. Standing O!

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As a fashion moment, Billy Porter in Christian Siriano refused to be ignored. But that’s the whole point. This over-the-top creation is very on-brand for him and he played his hand perfectly. He took a big risk here and because it suits him so well and he carried the look with such force, I give him a Standing O!

This was the year the Red Carpet got its groove back. We witnessed a lot of fun and dynamic fashion moments. Folks weren’t afraid to go big and make a statement. Also, we were allowed to discuss the fashion openly again and let’s be honest, that’s what we all tune in for. Overall I award the 2019 Oscars a Standing O!