I haven't done any red carpet coverage this year, but of course, the Oscars are different, so I'm going to step into the fray.
Naturally, I'm going to start with Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson! However, I'm just going to pretend that she did not have her hands in the pockets of that lovely chocolate Oscar de la Renta she wore on the red carpet. And I have definitely struck that python jacket from my mind forever and ever.
I will, however, always remember this dreamy golden Roberto Cavalli (updated full shot of the Cavalli shamelessly snagged from Go Fug Yourself - great info on all of J.Hud's dress drama.) She wore it backstage during her post-win press conference and to all of the after parties. Isn't it just outrageous? And it matches her Oscar - love it!
Beyonce was beautiful in her mint green Giorgio Armani Prive, but I did not love the stone strap.
The pale grey Elie Saab she wore at the Vanity Fair Oscar party was much better to me, but overall, she was lovely.
Tony-winning Dreamgirl Anika Noni Rose had just enough va va va voom in her glittering Naeem Khan gown. The Chopard jewels and the $500,000 Stuart Weitzman shoes didn't hurt either.
Jennifer Lopez was stun-ning in her silk lilac crystal-encrusted Marchesa gown. I loved the soft curls in her hair - no severe bun this time! Very soft and pretty.
Maggie Gyllenhaal was very Old Hollywood to me in her navy satin dress by Proenza Schouler. The crystal embroidering is the detail that recalls the old Hollywood glamour. In fact, I kept picturing her in black and white! Beautiful.
Helen Mirren was so gorgeous, just so right in this Christian LaCroix. Did you hear the song tribute Will Farrell & Jack Black did to her? Hilarious.
Queen Latifah kept it simple in her black Carmen Marc Valvo, and I see she's a little blonder now.
Keisha Whitaker is a former model and it shows. There aren't many women that could pull off this citrine silk gown (with floral tulle back) by Georges Chakra. Lovely.
Loved Portia di Rossi in this deep navy Zac Posen - but I thought she looked even thinner than usual (especially from the back.) Don't fall for it Portia! It's okay to eat!
More in the deep blue/purple family with Reese Witherspoon. The Olivier Theyskens (for Nina Ricci) gown is great - but I loved her hair even better! Ryan who?
Nicole Kidman was stunning as usual. The (bright!) red had to grow on me, but it is a silk crepe Balenciaga, so there you have it.
Oprah was beautiful and colorful at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. I searched high and low for the designer of her gown, but I couldn't find it. Maybe they don't ask when you skip the red carpet and go straight for the parties? Update: Aha! According to People.com, Oprah was wearing a "geisha-inspired" dress by Gucci. Fabulous!
I keep going back and forth on whether or not I like Gwyneth Paltrow in this Zac Posen tulle and chiffon gown straight off of the runway. And I spent half the night trying to figure out the color - was it copper? Tomato red? It looked different on different televisions. Turns out it was apricot. Go figure.
Although I don't love the feathers, overall, I love Penelope Cruz in this blush colored gown by Atelier Versace. The silk chiffon bustier is the clincher for me.
Jada Pinkett Smith looked great as always in this Carolina Herrera, even though she looked a little bored on the red carpet. I loved the straight hair too.
Loved Kate Winslet in this mint green Valentino. Does she still count as 'plus-size' in Hollywood?
I don't want to forget Rachel Weisz in this gorgeous platinum satin Vera Wang gown. I really love that vintage Cartier pendant too.
Oh! And Rinko Kikuchi - so simple and elegant in this black sequined gown by Chanel Haute Couture. Very lovely.
Oh yes, I can't forget Cate Blanchett in this silver mesh gown by Armani Prive. I'm on the fence with the one-shoulder, but the details (tulle overlay over Swarovski crystals) win out for the overall look.