On the one hand, we’re pleased to see that Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm star Maria Bakalova didn’t make too hard a swerve on Oscars night and stayed with the sort of princess/ingenue style she’s been working to such great effect throughout awards season. On the other hand, this is unfortunately, one of the least interesting things she wore all year.
It’s … fine. It’s pretty and the skirt has the kind of drama you want for the Oscars red carpet. But we feel like she did sort of the same thing Viola Davis did. She tamped down on the more head-turning fashion she’s been sporting and went for something fairly traditional and conservative, if you can call a dress with such a plunging neckline “conservative.” But with a minor tweak here or there, this could have been worn to the 1957 Oscars, which means it’s classic, but not perhaps the freshest take. From a design perspective, we think there’s a proportion issue between the top and the skirt. There’s just not enough top to balance out that bottom. We’re pretty sure the mismatched whites are deliberate, but we don’t think they work all that well.
It’s a fine look, just not a very exciting or interesting one for your debut Oscars.
– Custom Louis Vuitton Tulle and Satin Gown Embroidered with Crystals and Silver Glass Beads
– Moussaieff Diamond Necklace, Pink and White Diamond Earrings, and Ring
Styled by Jessica Paster | Hair by Byron Williams | Makeup by Kelsey Deenihan Fisher | Nails by Betina R. Goldstein
[Photo Credit: ABC, Courtesy of Louis Vuitton]