And, of course, there was Angelina Jolie's Atelier Versace white sheath. Talk about amazing. Yeah, yeah, we know Jolie looked a bit like a beanpole. Nonetheless, the design house freshened up the (somewhat overdone) one-shoulder silhouette with a fiery red foldover. The thigh-high split elongated Jolie's frame for fashion perfection.
You heard it here first: I predict that at January's Academy of Music Anniversary Concert & Ball, more than one doyenne will be floating across the dance floor in one of these numbers - or at least a reasonable facsimile.
Taking sexy back. Boob-baring sheaths, reminiscent of the green Versace Jennifer Lopez wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards, amped up the hot-o-meter Sunday night.
Evan Rachel Wood rocked the house in her deep green, navel-grazing Gucci Premiere. Talk about sultry edge. The form-fitting bodice was disco-ball glittery, but paired with a feathered skirt it was all the way downtown, vintage chic.
At first, the people in my corner of the Internet weren't really feeling Rooney Mara's black Nina Ricci. But we ultimately found it appropriately edgy, fitting her offbeat Dragon Tattoo look. The deep V combined with the side insets made for surprise. Mara's noir dress stood out in the sea of color.
Charlize Theron's blush-toned Dior Couture was another top-biller. The hue left us with a soft feeling, but the heart-slicing decolletage, major floral detail at the waist, and high-stepping slit made for alluring drama.
Color splashes. Celebs went beyond tried-and-true black, white, and red, and in purples, yellows, and greens had much more whimsical looks.
We are still chatting about presenter Paula Patton's bold yellow Monique Lhuillier. Best supporting actress winner Octavia Spencer's form-fitting Tadashi Shoji was a stunner in pale lavender. The ruching celebrated Spencer's curves. We are sure that teal is the new black: Sofia Vergara's über-fishtailed teal Vera Wang was a smoker.
Metallica rocks. Metallics took a turn for the richer in a handful of futuristic, yet boldly feminine dresses.
Our favorite: Madonna's Reem Acra gown. Yes, that Madonna. We loved the glittery sleeves, the slight plunge of the neckline, the tailored waist. All of this led to the breathtaking skirt that began with a series of tiny green squares separated by the silver fabric. The layers graduated into bigger and bigger squares to achieve the chicest volume.
And although it was futuristic, Nicole Richie in silvery Julien MacDonald just looked too heavy. Sparkle, sparkle, lug, lug. But we did think the fit was fantastic. That gown wins best use of arms.
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