The 83rd Annual Academy Awards offered very few surprises in the way of award winners. However, some wonderfully unexpected surprises paraded down the red carpet!
Let's start with my personal, futuristic favorite Cate Blanchett. Her dress of choice, Givenchy Haute Couture, was unconventional, no doubt, but how can you not love the lavender and chartreuse color combination or that extravegant beadwork? Aside from her beautiful gown, Cate's hair and make-up were flawless. She looked like a glamazon dropped off by the Starship Enterprise. I love her confidence, daring and beauty!
Also feeling the Jane Jetson vibe was Gwyneth Paltrow. In my eyes, Gwyneth can do no wrong. Her custom made Calvin Klein metallic dream was just bold enough to catch my eye but not so avant-garde that it left me questioning her taste. LOVE her stick straight locks and glowing skin too! (Where does she spray tan?)
Did she and Celine Dion call each other about their picks? Celine's absolutely fabulous Armani Prive number literally stunned me. I had to do a double take when I saw her and search out her photos on the web immediately. That necklace equaled perfection and her romantic waves softened the look to keep it glamorous instead of diva-ish. Can we also acknowledge that this chanteuse just had twins?! Ah-mazing.
Greatest gamine of the evening undoubtedly goes to Michelle Williams in her Chanel Couture gown. She has the elegant Twiggy vibe down pat and looked so effortless even while draped in thousands of paillettes and sequins. This look perfectly suited her.
I also unexpectedly fell in love with Hillary Swank's Gucci Premiere Couture. Of course, the feather thing has been done before but I really loved the extravegance of this dress against Hillary's simple, clean hair and make-up.
But enough about the neutrals (can be a little boring en masse!). We also saw some gorgeous colors on the red carpet. I got a tad tired of seeing the red on the red carpet, although I do think it is a classic choice and Anne Hathaway did it right by being escorted by Valentino in Archival Valentino. But several berry-hued dresses also graced us with their presence.
FINALLY Natalie Portman wore Rodarte!! We have been waiting for this ever since "Black Swan" received its full release. She looked beautiful and incredibly appropriate.
I also thought Natalie's counterpart Mila Kunis looked lovely. BUT I was worried about the bust line of her dress all evening. We're all so glad she didn't pull a Janet Jackson.
I also have to say that Anne Hathaway was hilarious as the host. She could have anchored the entire show on her own without a problem. And can we talk about her wardrobe changes?! Might need an entire post dedicated to just that...