Los Angeles—Why what with the non-stop, 12 hours of “pre-Red Carpet” news coverage on television and the Internet, we’ve decided the best way to trudge through an Oscar Sunday is to follow it on Twitter or another live blogfest.
(Our fave from the Wall Street Journal’s live blog: “Billy Crystal‘s opening number is a real trip down memory lane–especially if that lane runs through the Catskills.”)
If you were looking to see who kicked up the dust in fashion, that dubious honor would have to go to “General Aladeen,” one of Sacha Baron Cohen’s alter egos, who dumped an urn purportedly containing the cremains of a certain North Korean dictator all over Ryan Seacrest’s tuxedo. (To which one snarky blogger immediately followed up with: “Who’s Ryan Seacrest wearing? Kim Jong-Il”)
As has been the case in recent years, most of the trends gleaned for the runway are more suitable for the prom and bridesmaids market than hardcore fashionistas.
That’s especially the case in jewelry where A-list actresses kept it spare, opting mostly for diamond and platinum looks with a few diamond collars thrown in. Several actresses, including Best Actress nominee Rooney Mara in Givenchy, noted they had picked out their gowns only hours before leaving little time for accessorizing. (Yeah, that or else some jewelry house didn’t pony up with enough $$).
It’s a sad state of affairs when Miss Piggy, wearing Zac Posen, shows up with the best jewelry suite of the night: 1950s diamond swirl necklace, bracelet, a diamond headband and diamond hair accessories (all “borrowed” from Fred Leighton).
As for evening bags, clutches were very prevalent and, interestingly, more actresses cited which designers they carried: from bejeweled Judith Leibers to sleek matte alligator from Lana Marks.
Given Cohen’s antics, it’s no wonder Uggie, the Jack Russell Terrior, who appeared in Best Picture “The Artist” received widespread acclaim as the best behaved star on the red carpet. And given the number of awards “The Artist” received, we’re still among those who are miffed that the Academy didn’t recognize his contribution with an Oscar statue.