While the Oscars red carpet this year could reasonably be characterized as one full of safe choices and neutral colors, it would be wrong of us not to salute those ladies who showed up with statements to make and feeling no need to be shy about it. We salute you, bold women, but we’re also going to judge your dresses.
Ashley Judd in Badgley Mischka
A very traditional gown in a lot of ways, but the color really makes it and the jewelry is well-chosen. As we noted with Salma Hayek’s gown, there was a color story of pinks and purples playing out with some of the #TimesUp spokeswomen, including Mira Sorvino and Annabella Sciorra.
Betty Gabriel in Tony Ward Couture
This would have gotten a mention from us as one of the best looks of the night if that neckline wasn’t so awful. We simply don’t understand designers who balance out these massive skirts with bodices so skimpy they barely hold together.
Beautiful color, though.
Daniela Vega in Maria Lucia Hohan
Like most of the dresses in this post, it’s a very simple design made more interesting by the color in which it’s rendered. We wish we could say we love this, but the dress is fairly low key, which means the styling needed to do some work. Statement jewelry and a hair-zhuzhing was called for.
Greta Gerwig in Rodarte
ADORE this. A blonde in yellow is always a dicey proposition, but she found her shade. This looks so pretty on her – and it stood out for being unique just by being yellow.
Helen Mirren in Reem Acra
Bow down to your flawless, jet-ski-riding queen. This is perfect. She’s really been killing it lately since she got away from all those D&G dresses that made her look like Batty Grammaw.
Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace
Eat shit, Ben. This is what you’re missing.
Attagirl. We wrote a whole chapter of our book on how a ladystar should treat the red carpet after a breakup. It’s all about making sure the world sees that your ex is a loser for not seeing what he had in you. Looks like she was taking notes.
Kelly Marie Tran in Jenny Packham
Just lovely. She’s serving up a little bit of traditional princess fantasy, a little bit of sex appeal, and with that hair, a refreshing touch of modernity. Plus she’s so charming she makes practically anything look better just by wearing it.
Maya Rudolph in Valentino
Sometimes these ecclesiastical takes can come off really pretentious and overblown – especially at a glam-fest like the Oscars. But this is so dramatic and so well-suited to her that it wound up being one of our favorite looks of the night.
Meryl Streep in Christian Dior Couture
Mary Louise, getting it done. It’s a very standard design made dramatic by the color choice. It plays to her preferences – although she doesn’t normally go for necklines that broad and low. She could’ve used a necklace to punctuate the look.
Viola Davis in Michael Kors Collection
The color is amazing on her, but the bust looks distractingly like a bra. Of course, only two nitpicky queens like us might notice such a thing. It’s all about the bold color and dramatic hair.
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