Lent begins Wednesday which is disconcerting to me on many levels (but perhaps not as disconcerting as being told you won Best Picture and then NO! There's a mix up and you, well, LOST and have to slink back to your seat after having already thanked the Academy, the world, and your first grade teacher.) Back to Lent.
As many of you are aware, during Lent it's customary to either give something up for 40 days or do something extra. Given the current political climate, I've decided to give up negativity. However, now that I've imposed a giant looming stop watch onto my fashion critiquing, allow me to purge my negativity while there's still time. In the spirit of saving the best for last, it seems fitting to begin with this atrocity:
When Dakota Johnson emerged onto the carpet in this Gucci number I emitted a high-pitch squeal that only dogs and ghosts could hear. Somehow this photo is forgiving her a few sins but note that despite its pretty and appropriate color, this dress was too long, too wrinkled, and most egregiously sported that ridiculous bow. Toss in the un-glamorous and unflattering hair and the drab make up and you know what you get? A HELL NO!
Bows should have gotten an Oscar for Leading Nemesis last night. First Dakota and then this:
I love Leslie Mann. Love. She is adorable and funny. And so I feel agitated that this dress was im-Posened on her. (See what I did there? The dress is by Zac Posen and he, well, okay, you get it.) I don't know if Zac was inspired by the upcoming feature film Beauty in the Beast but this appears to be some weird wrinkled version of Belle's dress. Hell No.
As Lent would dictate, let's turn the other cheek and begin to appreciate all that was good on the carpet last night. Despite the overall absence of color and heavy reliance on metallics several women still stunned. But to be honest, I wasn't calling for smelling salts over any one of the dresses. Instead, my favorite looks were the sum of all parts. My most favorite (and a perfect example of the equation I reference) was Emma Stone. She brought so much gravity to her big moment with her flawless hair and make up. Her Givenchy dress was quite pretty but, for me, it was more about how every element came together. To steal a word from her acceptance speech she was a confluence of old Hollywood glamour, modern beauty, and charisma. Standing O for her overall look and for her big win!
Speaking of Emma and flawless hair and make up...
I wasn't a fan of Emma Roberts's Armani Prive gown and so I won't bother to feature it (and her chest-thong), but her head was perfection and I'd be remiss not to comment on it. Standing O for her stupendous hair and make-up (and natural beauty of course).
Hailee Steinfeld wore an extremely sheer Ralph and Russo dress that was very pretty but would not have bowled me over had her make up and hair not agreed with it so perfectly. Overall, though, she was luminous and abounded with modern elegance. Standing O!
Don't get me wrong, this black Dior is classic and lovely but it is not earth shattering; And it would not have catapulted Kirsten Dunst onto my best dressed list had she not supplied the incredible body, gorgeous make up and hair, and understated but completely on point necklace. Standing O for taking a simple look and elevating it to greatness!
There is something very Alexis Colby about Taraji P Henson in this Alberta Ferretti. Taraji looks like she could just as easily toss a glass of champagne in someone's face as she could accept an Oscar. Her gown is elegant but the success of this look is a testament to the attitude which she is bringing to that slit and that neckline. Bonus points for her new shorter hair - tousled, modern, and gorgeous! Standing O!
I wasn't a fan of Ryan Gosling's ruffled tux shirt last night yet I cannot callously omit him from my post like the Academy did from the Best Leading Actor win. So here's a shot from La La Land where his sartorial game soared:
I will take refuge in this photo when mid-Lent my resolve starts to waiver and I feel the urge to dissect a look ungenerously. With great looks, Ryan, comes great responsibility and you will need to help see me through.