Call me jaded, but my most intense reactions this year were to dresses that, IMHO, had no place on the red carpet. While there were probably some fabulous frocks at the Oscars, I’ve been temporarily blinded by the likes of these atrocities:
Kacey Musgraves – Belongs in the window of a patisserie
Maya Rudolph – Reappropriated curtains, a la “Sound of Music”
Rachel Weisz – Ready for rain
Sarah Paulson – This just reminds me of a melted candle.
Glenn Close – Looking a bit too much like Oscar himself
Linda Cardellini – Floofy
Olivia Coleman – When you pick out a sleeveless dress for the Oscars, then decide you don’t want to expose your upper arms
Cicely Tyson – Feather duster…but I love the fascinator
Sandy Powell – It’s the Oscars. Try a little harder to dress up.
Diane Warren – If you’re going to wear a tuxedo, make it black.
Billy Porter – I. Can’t. Even.
I realize I have a double standard going here. I’ll accept a tuxedo on a woman–my friend Laurie wore one to the Oscars a few years ago and looked fabulous–but a ball gown on a guy just doesn’t work for me.