The Oscars was yet another great event but I was slightly saddened as the trend of a lack of accessories continues to prevail on the red carpet over the past few seasons. Since the economy took a turn, there seems to be a sense of the awards also taking steps back. When I view these shows, I still expect to see amazing gowns, women pushing the envelope in terms of colors, seeing fab hair, makeup and glitzy accessories. This year, I was entertained by a lot of dresses that hit the carpet but was saddened to see that many embraced safe golden hues, wore tonal dresses which washed them out and yet again, it seems that the accessories were either an after thought or not present at all. This trend of minimal accessories is not one that should continue to emerge season after season.
When it came to outfits that I loved there were those that hit the top of my list such as Elizabeth Banks in Versace (although I felt the dress was gorgeous but the color washed her out slightly, Mariska Hargitay in Vera Wang (she had classic accessories but more than most), Zoe Kravits in Alexis Mabille and Rachel McAdams in Ellie Saab.
This season, it seems that only one dress left me wondering how it could have been considered for this actress. I think it's a combination of the elements of the dress along with the lack of presence of Miley Cyrus in Jenny Packham. We have all worn things that others look at it and know its not for them, but the presence we have in the dress makes people think of it differently. Last night, she didn't seem comfortable in this dress and it read badly. Her makeup was amazing but below her neck, it wasn't inspiring.
Zoe Saldano appearing in Givenchy last night and I'm torn on this dress. When I saw it on the Red Carpet, I saw it from the bust up and instantly fell in love with it; however, when she appeared as a presenter, I had no idea that the bottom had so much color and ruffles. I was torn between loving and hating it but she walked with such purpose that I started thinking about the dress more than many others that I saw in their entirety. I'm not sure if it was the best dress but it was the most memorable (although Rachel McAdams is a very close second choice). My only complaint is that Zoe had a gorgeous ring and earrings but I would have loved seeing an amazing cuff or at least an awesome clutch (not matching as many of those who hit the carpet went that route). Awards Season is about the glitz and glam and although it's great that not too many people had choices that were less than thrilling, it's also important to embrace color and all the glamor possible. If I had worn this dress, it would have been with a neutral shoe as I'm not a fan of her shoe in terms of color and I would have worn this ring pictured above. Although this dress is elegant it has a bit of an unleashed element to it. For all the stylists out there, I know you spend time putting the look together and understated elegance is important; however, the lack of accessories make the look slightly naked and for those of us that obsess over accessories, we hope to see more in future seasons.