I always tend to disagree with the fashion critics grades of red carpet fashion. Sometimes I wonder if they're even looking at the same dress. They tend to shit on the classy dresses that are more simple and elegant and are impressed by risk takers that cross the line from creative/interesting risky to downright hideous.
Allison's Worst Dressed list for the 2010 Oscars:
1. Zoe SaidanaThis dress had zero chance of even scoring a C in my book below the waist. It was like two different dresses got sewn together... or a clump of crumpled bathroom rugs/swiffer dusters got sewn to the bottom of a dress. I'm not generally a lavender fan anyway because it's rarely used appropriately... this gown being a prime example. This dress earns a solid F in my book and I think the C grade she was given for taking a risk was far too generous and I can't believe the critics said they actually liked the bottom half of this hot mess.
2. Vera Farmiga
Rufflestilskin! This heavy pile of rumpled fabric made her appear to be a frumpy flower lady. There is nothing flattering about this gown. Definitely a fashion risk, but not one that can be commended for achieving anything other than awkward glances. The matching lipstick didn't help. F
3. Diane Kruger
Nothing against the woman personally, I loved her in Inglourious Basterds, but this dress makes her look like a shapeless, white Christmas tree with poorly wrapped black tinsel. The three tiered look is over-emphasized and segmented into different layers of blah. The first tier with the unflattering high neckline and odd, asymmetrical divide at the bottom flattens her bust and makes her look saggy and awkward. The second tier has too much pile and ruffle, it looks like the type of detailing that belongs at the bottom of a dress if at all, and it makes her appear wider around the middle. The bottom tier seems awkwardly placed and unnecessary. Without it, I think the dress could have had a chance, if the pile and ruffle flowed seamlessly into the train at the bottom it may have been less of a distraction. D-
4. Sarah Jessica Parker
This frump fest was entirely unflattering in every sense. Even with the tanning and caked-on makeup (which was even more terrifying watching it in HD, let me tell you...) the yellowish color of this dress washed her out a bit. But it wasn't the color as much as the cut of the dress that was so unflattering. The dress just hangs loosely from the chest down creating an effect I refer to as "tit curtains." It does nothing for her figure and almost goes to a point at the bottom covering her shoes and making her appear top-heavy. The detached neck strap was rather awkward and she looked really uncomfortable pulling on it all night. Between the bad tan, makeup and dress... I give this ensemble a solid D.
5. Nicole Ritchie
Aside from the fact that I have no idea what she was doing at the Oscars in the first place, she caught me offguard with this horribly unattractive dress. The long dolman sleeves, high neckline, hideous striping, and overkill shine make for a matronly appearance. At first, I actually thought someone took one of those hideous hemp hoodies that dreadlocked hippies wear and sewed sequins to it. Gross. F.
6. Demi Moore
Maybe it's just me, but matching your dress to your skin tone is never a good look. It washes you out and in this case kind of looks like you just sewed on extra skin. Kind of a morbid thought. The design of the dress itself isn't all that bad, and in this picture it looks much better than it did when she was presenting awards on stage. My biggest issue with it besides the matching skin tone was that she looked like she was tightly wrapped into it in the chest region so instead of having boob cleavage she had armpit rolls. C-/D+.
7. Amanda Seyfried
The dress itself is not all that bad in this case, but with her pale skin tone it totally washes her out. Also, this bug-eyed beauty should really wear her hair down rather than in a tightly pulled updo because it makes her head appear very alien/lightbulb. C-
7. Charlize Theron
Although the shape of this dress is flattering, the unnecessary attention drawn to the girls with the giant rose swirls and the sloppy looking extra chunk of train in the back distract from an otherwise acceptable gown. Also the color is a bit light for he skin tone and the bright lip color is a bit much for this getup. Mostly we're all just staring at her boobs. C-
8. Robert Downey Jr.
I know RDJ tends to be off-limits to critcism and praised as "funny," "inspired," and "unique" for doing things like this ... but I call it tacky. He pushes the limits because he has earned the cred. I am all for the sillyness, I'm no hater. But whenever a woman (other than Lady Gaga) pulls this type of outrageous faux-pas for attention they get criticized for it. So in genderblind fairness, I am going to give the same criticism to Robert. This Roger Rabbit meets Pee Wee Herman meets Mr. Magoo getup is not appropriate for the occasion and looks downright goofy. It would be one thing to pull a brightly colored bowtie or odd accessory if the rest of the ensemble was still formal enough to be appropriate for the occasion. But this looks like something you'd wear if you were a prop comic not an A-list celebrity at an award ceremony. Tennis shoes, shiny pants, obnoxious bowtie, bono/harry potter shades? Really? Were the shades really necessary on stage indoors as well, Robert? Everyone seems to think his shit doesn't stink lately so I'm giving him a D for this lazy getup to keep his ego in check ;)
Annoying Trend: Naked Necklines
There is such a thing as too much skin! Not saying we can't have cleavage or sexy necklines, but when there's a low strapless gown and the hair is pulled back, there's a long way from face to cleavage where there's nothing going on without some sort of accent/necklace. A lot of celebs this year looked a little bland in that region. But that doesn't mean you should over-bling. And some dresses are blingy enough on their own so accent jewelry would be overdoing it. Simple earrings are usually better in that case.
Miley's slouchy posture and plain jane dress color made me actually try to mentally visualize some sort of necklace to spice things up. There's so much skin before the dress even starts, somehow she managed to make cleavage boring.
Kathy Ireland's dress was already 100% blinged out without the monstrously sized necklace adding over-the-top bling. The shape of the necklace and the idea of adding a necklace are fine with this dress, just maybe something less giant and shiny.
Annoying Trend #2: Clown Lips
The best example of the too-bright lip tint was Sandra Bullock.
I loved everything else about her outfit, but the lips were obnoxious and didn't match. It actually distracted from her beautiful dress.