Love It or Hate It? Rooney Mara, Angelina Jolie and More – Oscars Fashion Face-Off
Some things we can agree on … others, like Angelina Jolie’s Oscar’s dress, we fight to the death!
-April Daniels Hussar and PJ Gach
The red carpet has been rolled up, the official Seat-Filler has gone home and (presumably) sent his baby blue tux to the cleaners, and somewhere in France a handsome man is perhaps gazing at himself in the reflection of a golden statue (“J’adore America!”). Yes, friends, the Oscars are over, but that doesn’t mean that we’re ready to stop talking about them. Or — to put it more accurately — fighting over the red carpet finery. You see, we here at BettyConfidential take these things very seriously. Oh yes. We do.
We agreed that Viola Davis needs work on her cleavage exposure, we both swooned appropriately over Michelle Williams and her pretty peplum, and we were equally perplexed by Meryl Streep’s golden get-up (It’s pretty on TV! But, photographs oddly! It’s too brassy-gold … or, is it??? Help!). However, we simply could not decide on the following ladies, so here we present our arguments and let you decide.
Battle to the Death! (or something like that…)
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace
PJ: When her leg wasn’t attempting world domination, the skirt was soo big, she could’ve doubled as a tour guide for a southern plantation. The fullness of the skirt just emphasized that she’s Skeletor. Not chic, not flattering.
APRIL: YES, OK I get it — her weird leg pose nearly eclipsed the whole evening and is, apparently, headed for world domination. HOWEVER … the dress is gorgeous! Divine! Sleek and glamorous and sultry and different! Also, I would like to add that I officially award Angie Best Lipstick of the Night.
Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli
PJ: The bow that ate Emma Stone.
APRIL: This girl can do no wrong on the red carpet, in my humble opinion. However, I do concede that this dress, while gorgeous and adorable and something I would love to wear, is a dress only another chick would love. This is not a man-eating dress. And that’s ok!
Kristen Wiig in J. Mendel
APRIL: Tell me, Kristen, why do you fear color? Why? This is a night to sparkle and shine! I guess I’m not, in general, a fan on fleshy-tones dresses. Emerge from your Beige World, Kristen!
PJ: I’ve hated every red carpet outfit that she’s had on … except this one. I love the loose waves, the layered tulle, the whole outfit. I think she looks stunning. Queen Tatiana of the forest.
(APRIL: More like a Midsummer Night’s SNOOZE!)
Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture
PJ: YAWN! Does this woman have anything in her closet besides black or white? It’s the same thing every at every red carpet event. She must love her character from Dragon Tattoo, ’cause she’s channeling her fashion sense with every gown. Poo.
APRIL: She does have a red carpet theme, but so do a lot of celebs. And this theme — edge, sexy, unusual — is a great one. LOVE this dress; love the whole look. Poo on you, I say!
Penelope Cruz in Giorgio Armani
APRIL: I once read a magazine article in which the writer described Penelope Cruz as “freakishly beautiful.” So apt, so apt. Nothing can take away from her beauty, but that odd fake helmet bob isn’t adding to it, and to the dress I say, “Meh.”
PJ: Oh “meh” to you too. I love the whole deal. The faux bob, her mom’s necklace, the gown. Tres chic!
Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood
PJ: She looks like a bedazzled licorice stick.
APRIL: Maybe I’m prejudiced because I loved her white jumpsuit at the Globes so much, but I think this is a gorgeous dress. She does look painfully thin. But sparkly! I love the low-cut, asymmetrical back.
Tell us: Who wins this fashion face-off?
April Daniels Hussar is BettyConfidential’s Executive Editor and PJ Gach is Senior Editor, Style+Beauty. Winner buys the next manicure!