Oscars 2009 Fashion: Best-Dressed Three

by PJ on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

in -Giorgio Armani, -YSL, fashion, fashion - award fashion

I was watching the Oscars 2009 red carpet coverage on E! on late Sunday night, and there were a lot of beautiful gowns. I liked Angelina Jolie‘s simple Elie Saab gown with striking emerald green jewels from Lorraine Schwartz, Freida Pinto‘s blue John Galliano gown with all the exquisite details, and Sarah Jessica Parker‘s “barely mint” Christian Dior Haute Couture number. But below are my top three:

3. Anne Hathaway (Armani Privé)

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I don’t think I have ever seen Anne Hathaway dressed badly on the red carpet. Even though I don’t think this Armani Privé gown was as glorious as the red Marchesa gown she wore at last year’s Oscars, it was still stunning. The only pitfall is that, from certain angles, it seemed that the bodice was not fitted as perfectly as it could.

2. Kate Winslet (Atelier Yves Saint Laurent)

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Kate Winslet looks every inch of a goddess in this beautifully fitted YSL gown with asymmetric designs. The silhouette looks relaxed and not overly fussed. The unique color choice makes her stand out, but the overall look is somewhat low-key and very sophisticated.

1. Penelope Cruz (vintage Pierre Balmain)

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In contrast to Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz doesn’t often do low-key at the Oscars. Some people might think this gown looks too bridal, but I think Penelope Cruz looks classic and regal with tremendous flair. The hairdo and the accessories successfully complete my favorite Oscars look this year.

Apart from the ones mentioned above, I think Marisa Tomei and Tilda Swinton deserve a mention.

Marisa Tomei (Atelier Versace)

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Marisa Tomei has never looked better on the red carpet. She always has a unique style, which I like, but sometimes it is a little too casual at award ceremonies. This time, everything comes together as she pulls off this complex but very stylish origami gown. I am not usually a fan of a relaxed hairdo on the red carpet, but it does suit her and she looks chic and fresh.

Tilda Swinton (Lanvin)

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Tilda Swinton is in a category of her own, and only Tilda Swinton can do Tilda Swinton. (Imagine Tilda Swinton and Penelope Cruz swapping outfits. Both would have been total disasters.) Her avant-garde style is not to everyone’s taste, but I love her remarkbly distinctive sense of style. Her fashion choices are never random, contrived or purposefully attention-seeking (think Björk’s swan dress). They are always right for the occasion (without compromising her own sense of style and personality) and there is a refeshing coherence to them. A class act.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

izumi Thursday, February 26, 2009

kate looks STUNNING :) and i agree with you about penelope.. wedding-ish or not, she still looked fab.


PJ Friday, February 27, 2009

Hi Izumi,

Kate does look really gorgeous. I think she has been looking great all through this award season…

Penelope wins it for me here because she goes up a notch and really turns on the fanciful flair and glamour. It is something great to see at the Oscars.

Thank you very much for your comment! :)


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