Oscar Tailgate Part II

golden vs. gamine.

golden vs. gamine.

The All Stars

Kate Hudson (1 for 1) — Please come back. We won’t even care if you wear that Alexander McQueen dress again. In fact, wear that. We miss it.

Jennifer Lawrence (2 for 2) — Girl can spill into a dress, that’s for sure. Lawrence has doubled down on Dior. Can we expect a three-peat?

Kerry Washington (2 for 2) — Kerry came out of the gates strong in demure Miu Miu magic at the Golden Globes and pulled out all the stops for the SAG Awards, wearing a winter white gown by Rodarte. We’re putting our money on Washington. Third round’s in the bag.

Anne Hathaway (2 for 2) – Stylists know that the remedy for a Rosemary’s Baby haircut is an Audrey Hepburn wardrobe.

Jennifer Garner (2 for 2) — The red carpet’s resident MILF and hottest supporting wife in the game. I mean, who doesn’t want to be Ben Affleck right now?

Naomi Watts (2 for 2) – This Aussie is pure Hollywood.

Marion Cotillard (1.5 for 2) – Miss Marion crushed it at the Globes in a tangerine dream by Dior (perhaps designer of this red carpet season). Her second attempt was almost a homerun. We’re hoping she comes out swinging for the Oscars. We know she has it in her.

Jessica Chastain (1 for 2) — We had higher hopes for Jessica this award season, given the major attention she’s getting from the fashion industry as of late. She could be knocking it out of the park (think Rooney Mara post-Dragon Tattoo good). Chastain has the chops to come up from behind on the last lap.

Small Screen Stars We’ll Miss

These ladies are on the bench until next season but they played a good game: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kiernan Shipka (out-dressed on-screen mommy January Jones this round), Elizabeth Moss, and Michelle Dockery.

Predictions (Based on performances at Golden Globes and SAG Awards)

Strong, sculpted shoulders. We saw some pretty premium examples of this at the Globes, including Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery in Alexander Vauthier and Emily Deschanel (Zoey’s, erm, more grown-up sister) in Badgley Mischka. And while we really do lament having to criticize a pregnant woman, Kristin Bell’s attempt at this look was a little too reminiscent of protective shoulder pads of the football variety.

Sleeves. Covering up isn’t just bingo wing camouflage for the older broads anymore. Even the younger girls are getting into the game. Sara Wells killed it at the SAG Awards in a perfectly sleek and sporty white Calvin Klein number. And in her best red carpet appearance to date, Jenna Fischer scored major points in a beaded black dress by Jenny Packham.

The All-Consuming Print. I know, I know. You’re really tired of wearing beaded bodices and nude chiffon. You saw that dress and thought, Garden party! Mix it up! Live a little! Print is the new nude! Who wouldn’t want to see a little more print on the red carpet for a change? We wish we could get behind this battle cry. Unfortunately, print just, well, doesn’t work in this venue. We were rooting for Lucy Liu’s Marie-Antoinette-in-the-Tuileries dress, we really were. But keep these gowns for the summer weddings of Russian oligarchs.–Jenny Bahn

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