We’re torn, darlings. Torn between our need to praise any lady who wore something at least a tiny bit unusual or outside the box for what has recently become less “Hollywood’s Prom Night” and more “Hollywood’s Endless Graduation Ceremony” and our sometimes opposing need to point out the many flaws when they do.
No one else wore this dress, did they? Or one that looked like it? Points in favor. We’re also deeply appreciative of the fact that she didn’t go the highly predictable Audrey Hepburn route (although she did so for the after-parties). We also really love the use of gray in an Oscars gown. It’s such an unusual color.
But man is this thing overworked or what? There are far too many elements fighting each other, not least of which is the very stiff and armored bodice over the voluminous ball gown skirt. It just doesn’t feel like the top and the bottom belong in the same look. In addition – and this is just us (and a little bit of the current trends talking), but these kinds of voluminous princess gowns for the Oscars are starting to feel not-so-fresh anymore. We like it for being dramatic and a little different, but the details bug and the overall feel is starting to seem old-fashioned and too stuffy for this event. Once the host has committed to spending time on stage in his underwear, maybe the coronation gowns are a bit much, no?
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