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Oscar Fashion 2013 – The light side, the dark side and the goldfinger

Posted in Style & Travel

Two bits of news amused me about the Oscars this year – one that they are now officially going to be called “The Oscars” rather than the Academy Awards (I hope that means the recipients are no longer forced to thank the Academy for voting for them. Something I always find more than a little creepy. Isn’t the Academy’s job exactly that? To vote for the best movie, director, actor etc?) .  And secondly that Barbra Streisand would be there. The notoriously demanding Miss Streisand insisted that the entire road trip in her new movie “Guilt Trip” (which includes a visit to the Grand Canyon) be shot within 45 minutes of her Malibu home. So I wondered how they persuaded her to make the trip to Hollywood.

Babs sang ‘The Way We Were”, during the tribute to Marvin Hamlisch (a good pal of hers) and acquitted herself and her new visage rather well. Her outfit was just bizarre. “A doily short of a disaster” as we say in sofafamily. The dress had all the right credentials (black to hide bulgy bits, sparkly to reflect light, off the shoulder to show her … shoulders) – but Barbra didn’t have Coco Chanel on hand to remind her to: “Always remove one thing before you leave the house. Less is more.” So she piled it on – gold bits dangling everywhere – neck, ears, arms, fingers, arms and fingers together. Her hair was gold, her lips, eyes and nails were gold. And then there was that slave collar. Maybe it was hiding a seam?

She must have heard that Dame Shirley Bassey was reprising “Goldfinger” for the Bond segment. And decided to get there first. Or to give her the finger. I’m not sure. Either way it did her no favours. The less said about what The Dame was wearing the better. But, Shirls, Tutankhamun’s mummy called – she wants her bandages back.

Oh Dear.
Oh Dear.
There were many standouts -both glorious and just plain sad: but my favourite of the evening was Sally Field who wore a red wedding dress. Or a cotillion dress. Or a Victorian nighty. Any which way it didn’t work. One can only hope she is now getting the assistance this cry for help deserves.
So here we have it campari&sofa’s night at the Oscars 2013.  We present you with
The Good – “I’d like to thank the Academy”.
and
The Bad – “Security – remove this woman”.
THE GOOD

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THE BAD

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6 Comments

  1. Well, Sandra Bullock looks good in everything, IMO. She seems to be a very classy lady. At least I see her rather than The Dress. I’m rather fond of Olivia Munn’s drapery dress… but then, no one ever accused me of being fashionable!
    I didn’t watch, since a) I’m not a big fan of the TV, b) I hadn’t seen any of the films, and c) after some of the poor taste displayed in previous years, I was pretty sure the M.C. wasn’t a great choice. The latter was most certainly a valid deciding factor.

    February 27, 2013
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  2. silvia
    silvia

    Agree with you girls eventhough it was clear that Lawrence indulged a bit on her fall, but she did right, she had a hell of an audience.
    But my favourite ever is Giorgio and not because I’m Italian. Isn’t Naomi Watts gorgeous,??? As per Sally Field… what can I say?

    PS Can you pls explain to me what exacty they meant with that Boobs song?!!!!

    February 27, 2013
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    • Hey Silvia – see my post today. It was rude and demeaning and unneccessary. xx

      February 28, 2013
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  3. Yes, I think there is an art to wearing dresses that ‘own’ .. and both girls could have benefitted from a couple of walking lessons from a pro. I thought Jennifer’s tumble and recovery was charming. A lot more charming than some of the shit Seth was spouting. That ‘boobs’ song summed up Hollywood far more succinctly than I think anyone intended. Bet we couldn’t write the same song substituting the word ‘balls’.

    February 26, 2013
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  4. As much as I loved Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta and Jennifer Lawrence in Dior (that gown was stunning), I think they both suffered from the dress taking over the body. Amy’s dress was taking up half of the front row with her sitting inside it and Jennifer, probably still inexperienced in red carpet matters, could barely walk and ended up tripping on the stairs to collect her Oscar!

    February 25, 2013
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  5. “maybe it was hiding a seam”! – genius stuff young lady. Proper laugh out loud. Love it xxx

    February 25, 2013
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