Today's post is from stylist Christina Joy.
Last night's Academy Awards were a pleasant surprise. More of the ladies seemed to get it right this time.
Although it goes without saying that a select group of leading ladies didn't quite nail this performance. What many of them (and their stylists) tend to forget is that the Oscars are a stage and the world serves as their audience and critics. Now you wouldn't send an actress out on stage in the wrong costume without proper hair and make-up, would you? So why on the world stage do so many get it wrong?
I wish these women would remember that just because it's the Oscars it doesn't mean that you have to look overdone. Remember you have to work with what you have. It's always better to look "you" appropriate than not like you at all. Too many of the women look like they handed themselves over like dolls and said, "make me look good". There was an abundance of fussy hair, bad up-do's, fake tans and barely there make-up. While others chose the completely wrong dress for their features, age and look.
It also seemed like there was a lot of stylist influence which isn't always such a good thing. In other words, actresses were wearing looks and acclaimed designers not because it looked good on them but because they want to be viewed as fashion icons with a broad fashion vocabulary. Ladies, you shouldn't try so hard to make a statement because truth is, no one will remember what you're trying to say but they will remember how bad you looked.
But those who got it right nailed the formula - a dress that fits their figure and who they are plus luminous make-up that flatters their features balanced by hair that complements the whole look.
Halle Berry glowed and sparkled in Marchesa.
Mila Kunis was sweet yet mischievous in Elie Saab.
Scarlett Johansson was sexy and sultry in Dolce and Gabbana.
Reese Witherspoon was sleek and sophisticated in Armani Prive.
Mandy Moore looked fun and flirty performing on stage in a Monique Lhullier cobalt confection.
Camila Alves looked daring and different in Kaufman Franco.
Jennifer Lawrence was sunny and bright in Calvin Klein Collection.
Annette Bening was simple yet elegant in Naeem Khan.
Last but not least, Anne Hathaway got 3 of her 7 seven looks exactly right during the broadcast. Look 1 in Givenchy,
Look 4 in Oscar de la Renta.