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Fashion is a big part of our culture. We are a visual society that has an opinion on what we see. As we all know, the Oscars is not a typical awards show; it is over-the-top in the best way possible — that includes the red carpet. Producers announced in January that the red carpet arrivals show would be extended from 30 to 90 minutes. The expanded coverage will accent the show like the perfect pair of shoes does to a gorgeous outfit. It just makes sense.
As for what to expect on the red carpet, I am predicting a lot of bold and beautiful gowns in a variety of colors. There will be some black staples, but also some rich gem tones and a few pastels. I am hoping for a lot of fabulous shoes and a variety of jewelry toperfectly accent the women’s gowns. For the men, I expect to see a lot of timeless suits and tuxes. I want the men to be well-groomed and I hope the suits fit well.
Annette Bening: I hope she wears something with a bold color, like a rich gem tone, unlike the dark dress she wore at this year’s Golden Globes.
Nicole Kidman: Kidman almost always looks stunning on the red carpet with a variety of beautiful gowns on her red carpet record. My suggestion for her is to stay timeless in her outfit decision.
Jennifer Lawrence: I want her to wear a bold statement gown with a more subdued color, unlike the obnoxious pink dress at the SAG Awards. She is beautiful and I think this suggestion will make her stand out in a good way.
Natalie Portman: I would love to see her in a stunning classic black gown, much like the dress that Catherine Zeta-Jones wore when she won the Oscar at the 75th Academy Awards.
Michelle Williams: I have high expectations for Williams because she made my best-dressed list of the decade. I hope she wears something equally as elegant as her 2006 Vera Wang gown. My suggestion is for her to wear something vintage.
Best and worst Oscar fashions of the decade
1) Julia Roberts, Valentino Couture (2001): Julia Roberts looked simply classic in this Valentino Couture elegant black gown with white accents. She truly looked like an Oscar winner and this dress stands out the most for me in the past decade.
2) Michelle Williams, Vera Wang (2006): Not everyone can look as stunning as Michelle Williams did in this unique mustard-hued dress by Vera Wang. Williams looked absolutely beautiful.
3) Halle Berry, Elie Saab (2002): The 74th Academy Awards made history when the top acting awards went to two African Americans: Halle Berry and Denzel Washington. Berry’s extraordinary Elie Saab gown made fashion history with a specialty gown looking both classic and sexy.
1) Diane Keaton, menswear? (2004): Diane Keaton has absolutely no excuse for this poor decision. The ill-fitting menswear looked horrible and is at the top of my list for worst Oscar fashion for the decade.
2) Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexander McQueen (2002): Everything about Gwyneth Paltrow’s appearance on the 2002 Oscar red carpet was horribly wrong. The Alexander McQueen dress was see-through and did not flow well; her hair and jewelry looked misplaced on her and on the red carpet.
3) Bjork, Marjan Pejoski (2001): Obviously Bjork’s Marjan Pejoski swan dress had to be on this list because it is so crazy unique and totally inappropriate on the Oscar red carpet. She looked tacky.
By Sarah C. Lowendick – Special to Toledo Free Press Star
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