Wow! From Gwyneth Paltrow (in Tom Ford) to Tina Fey (in Carolina Herrera) and Angelina Jolie (in Atelier Versace), the stars have ended awards season with a biggity-bang, hitting the Oscars red carpet in unexpected stunners. But it wasn’t just the usual suspects who stunned. E!’s Giuliana Rancic pierced the bubble that separates the red carpet stars from those covering the red carpet in a beautiful Basil Soda gown, while nominee Glenn Close brought the haute in an hourglass forest green Zac Posen dress with jacket to match. Here are my top 10 Best Dressed.
Tell me who tops your list.
P.S. Where do you think the stars looked best: the Globes, the SAG Awards, the Grammys or the Oscars?
1. GWYNETH PALTROW
Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford
First off, Gwyneth Paltrow went Tilda Swinton on us — and by Tilda Swinton, I mean I-don’t-give-f@$!-daring — cutting a sharp figure in a sleek white Tom Ford column with cape to match. In my opinion, she has never looked better.
2. TINA FEY
Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera
And speaking of never-looked-better, Tina Fey hit this one out of the park. The peplum silhouette is perfect on the 30 Rock star and I absolutely love the updo and colored stones.
3. MILLA JOVOVICH
Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab
The actress, model, and kick-ass singer looks flawless in this stunning one-shoulder Elie Saab, complete with box clutch, blinging cuff, and oversized finger rock.
4. MICHELLE WILLIAMS
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton
Fresh off her Independent Spirit Award win, Best Actress nominee Michelle Williams looks beautiful in coral Louis Vuitton. One small nitpick: a different color clutch (black? beige? gold?) would have taken the look even higher.
5. ANGELINA JOLIE
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace
Angelina Jolie’s structured Atelier Versace gown manages to hint at Victorian era conservatism (the padded hips) and evoke Vegas showgirl sass at the same time thanks to the thigh-high slit. Of course, she looks fantastic — and like she’s having the time of her life.
6. GIULIANA RANCIC
Giuliana Rancic in Basil Soda
Giuliana Rancic crossed the red carpet line this Oscars, rocking a beautiful leaf-detail Basil Soda gown that rivaled many of the red carpet looks she was critiquing as host of E!’s Fashion Police.
7. STACY KEIBLER
Stacy Keibler in Marchesa
George Clooney’s date Stacy Keibler rocked the red carpet draped in metallic Marchesa. I absolutely love the illusion rosette and hanging shoulder detail.
8. GLENN CLOSE
Glenn Close in Zac Posen
Glenn Close looks absolutely incredible in this dark green dart-detailed Zac Posen dress. The blazer is a nice menswear touch considering she’s nominated for her titular role as a woman passing as a man in Albert Nobbs.
9. PHARRELL WILLIAMS
Grammy-winning producer Pharrell Williams
I know this list is usually reserved for the ladies, but Grammy-winning producer Pharrell Williams looks sharp! Digging the trimmed lapels and oversized bow-tie.
10. JENNIFER LOPEZ
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad
It was hard to decide between Jennifer Lopez and Emma Stone (The Help star looked poised for her own future Oscar domination in her garnet red Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown), mainly because JLo’s been looking so amazing on American Idol this season, I’m almost underwhelmed. But this sheer- and bling-striped body-conscious gown wins by a hair. And speaking of, her updo is the perfect counterpoint to the risque neckline.
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