Author’s note: This post also appeared on March 1, 2011 on HerCampus.com’s University of Iowa Chapter. You can check that out here.
Watching the red carpet coverage of the Academy Awards is always a blast for any college fashionista. The 2011 ceremony was filled with gorgeous gowns that appealed to a multitude of tastes. Each and every one of us had a moment where we gasped in amazement and almost died of jealousy. Here’s a rundown of some of my personal favorites:
If there was a Queen of Oscar Fashion, Halle Berry would own that crown. Her Marchesa gown was a dream that must have drawn all eyes as she worked her way down the red carpet. Her spiky pixie cut topped the ensemble off perfectly; she doesn’t need long locks to make jaws drop.
Last year’s Best Actress defined elegance last night. Her strapless Vera Wang gown and timeless up-do were classic and brilliant. Bullock’s regality was hard to miss when pointing out brilliance in Oscar fashion.
Penelope Cruz looked fiery and fierce alongside her hubby Javier Bardem. Her L’Wren Scott gown showed off her flawless post-baby figure, catching light in all the right ways. Nobody should have been able to keep their eyes off of this lady in red.
Anne Hathaway’s second look of the night was certainly the best chosen by Rachel Zoe. Her entire wardrobe was stunning, but this Givenchy frock was exceptional. Hathaway looked contemporary and youthful as she glided across stage in this gown.
Jennifer Hudson made me dream in tangerine on Oscar night. This gorgeous Versace gown was by far the best of the night. Her new svelte figure shone through, highlighting her natural beauty in perfect elegance.
If there were a dress that stood out on its own, this one was it. Jennifer Lawrence looked stunning in this simple Calvin Klein creation, no jewelry necessary.
The Best Actress winner stunned everyone in this plum Rodarte gown, Jimmy Choo heels and Tiffany earrings. Portman looked elegant, sleek and regal while both working the carpet and accepting her Oscar. If only we could all look forward to being this gorgeous during pregnancy.
Finally there’s a beautiful young woman who works carpet with style and class well beyond her years. The Best Supporting Actress nominee helped Marchesa design this age-appropriate work of art. Let’s hope this is just the beginning of incredible fashion choices for years to come.
So you’ve seen some of my favorites, what were yours? Sound off below in the comment section!