Oscars Red Carpet Review 2018

Ok, it’s taken me all day to get this up but it’s here! :)  I only caught snippets of the show last night and WAS wondering where all the big stars were? Reese? Gwyneth? Julia? Cate Blanchett? Kate Winslet? Leo? Angelina?  It felt a little underwhelming.  And there were no “gasp” moments for me on the red carpet either, but a lot of “she looks great” and a whole BUNCH of “ooohhh, I would have picked something else”, which is my speciality with these posts so here we go!

I think top to toe my favorite was Gina Rodriguez.  Her Zuhair Murad gown was pure Hollywood, a great look on her– she just radiated. The skirt didn’t read sheer on TV, but looks it here, so I wish it were a little less sheer but…. details, details.

I absolutely LOOOOOOVED Laura Dern’s whole look. STUNNING– the hair, jewelry and dress were just right for her. I don’t think she’s ever looked better. Also in white, Jane Fonda– who apparently has sold her soul to the devil because girlfriend is EIGHTY. As in 8-0.  She has a better body than most 30 year olds.

I love me some Allison Janney (so happy she won) and she has looked amazing this whole awards season- her stylist is really GREAT.  This is the kind of dress that when she looks back on this night on her deathbed she’ll say “I’m so glad I picked that”. Classically beautiful. Also in red, Meryl Streep! She really looked great, such a good dress for her!

But hold the phone, y’all— Allison Janney’s Vanity Fair party outfit was THE BEST BEST BEST. The way it related to her gown but had the casual white button down edge (the exaggerated cuffs OMG!!!). Brilliant. Just brilliant.

I hope she blows this picture up massive and hangs it on her wall.  Hell, maybe I will. It’s so good. I bow down.

Leslie Bibb looked great– this pic of her on the carpet does not do her gown justice. It was really beautiful– also the hair and makeup was so on point.  And then this bad ass, va-va-voom suit for the afterparty? YAAAAS GIRL YAAAAS.

On anyone else this gown would have looked ridiculous. On Zendaya though, it’s magical. She looks so elegant and that color is just awesome with her skintone.

Two metallic looks I liked– Sandra and Lupita!  I wish Sandra would leave her hair wavy, it looks so good that way, but I still dig this dress on her. And Lupita has been slaying on with her Black Panther gowns. This one included.  Again, on someone else probably ridiculously sci-fi looking but on her it’s so good.

There was a significant lack of color, which always kind fo bums me out- but these two were a breath of fresh air. Betty Gabriel’s super unique floral-y gown was quite amazing on her. The skirt almost looked like a Monet painting. I wish the deep V of the top were a little less severe, but again, it was really good.   And Jennifer Garner’s look screamed “suck it Ben Affleck!” The hair was off a little– too deep of a part for me– but still, she looked insane.

Danai Gurira killed it in this feminine blush gown with these funky jeweled accents.  I love the edgy/ lady-like mix.

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K, now lets discuss how much I love Tiffany Haddish. First of all, she walked the Red Carpet in a traditional Eritrean gown, from her father’s native country.  He died this year and she had promised him when she made it to the Oscars she would wear a gown like this to honor her heritage.  I mean, how wonderful is that? And her yellow dress for the after parties? PERFECTION. Never mind the fact that she leaped over a barrier to literally CURTSY in front of Meryl Streep.

THEN she goes and wears a McQueen dress on stage (with Uggs because her feet hurt!) that she had already worn to her Girls Trip premiere and hosting SNL because she said “this gown cost more than my mortgage so you better believe I’ll wear it more than once.” I mean…. first of all, why aren’t designers throwing $4,000 gown at her for free and also GOOD FOR YOU GIRL.  She’s out “real-ing” Jennifer Lawrence…

Who, speaking of, looked good last night, but not my favorite gown on her of all time. I would have liked a less stiff sparkly gown like this Jenny Packham.

However, she was busted climbing over seats with wine, which warms my heart (but also makes me very nervous for that dental floss thin strap!)

Mary J. Blige has been immaculate this whole awards season, and she looked great last night, but it wasn’t my favorite dress on her for some reason. I can’t really put my finger on why.  I LOVE her in color, so this hot pink gown with jeweled cuffs would have really knocked my socks off with those big earrings and cool hair.

I liked Mary’s performance dress and VF party dresses way better than her red carpet one!

YOU GUYS, I could not have been the only one who yelled “Devil Wears Prada!!!!” at Nicole’s giant bow gown!?

I mean, it’s  basically a blue copy of the James Holt dress that got the pursed lips! AMIRIGHT???

Somewhere in the audience I hope Meryl was making this face.

I think she’s edgy enough to have pulled off this botanical Oscar de la Renta.  I know, it’s a risky dress.  But so is a giant bow over your hoo-ha.

ALL HAIL HELEN. That is all.

Saoirse (please don’t make me try to pronounce her name).  Ok, this one probably divided us as a fashion crew. It underwhelmed me A LOT. Like, a lot. It’s perfectly pretty but I feel like she could make edgier choices being such a young woman  with funky style. This length in a straight skirt never does it for me. For a mid-length dress I prefer this Christian Siriano.  With some fun purple/blue drop earrings?

Greta Gerwig also looked perfectly lovely, but I feel like Michelle Williams will forever own this look of the yellow gown/ red lip / diamonds.  And I also for SOME WIERD REASON, see her in a ditsy floral gown. I don’t know why. I feel like she could pull off this Monique Lhuillier with the red lip, no necklace and fun chandelier earrings? (Did I lose you on this pick??)

Ok, Margot Robbie in Chanel. Another one that a lot of people loved. I felt pretty meh about it. She also looked uncomfortable. I’d love her in some color! I adore this pink Badgley Mischka for her.

Emma Stone. Man, the hair and makeup were PERFECT, and I liked the concept of the outfit but I feel like it fell flat. Satin is a tough fabric, especially in pants and a blazer. I think she would look like a ray of freaking sunshine in this Carolina Herrera!

Viola Davis- another one whom I love and usually nails it on the red carpet.  I love this color on her but the bust area was really odd. There was bra underwire that didn’t sit right and it looked like a bathing suit. Also, she couldn’t walk in it which makes me cringe. I would have LOVED this Brandon Maxwell tee and ball skirt with those hoop earrings on her.

Allison Williams. This color makes her look very anemic. I really don’t like it.  She almost always wears a ball gown of some kind, and this emerald/hunter green version, which is actually somewhat similar to this dre,s would have been much better with her pale skin.

Emily Blunt.  I want to love everything she does because, well, she’s charming as hell. But this gown was a big no. The color was wonderful but….no. Her afterparty dress was a big YES though. I really wonder why they don’t just go with these dresses for the whole she bang, as the afterparty looks are almost always better.

Gal Gadot.  The top is hanging too low and flat for me.  I would love her in a dramatically high neckline like the Alberta Ferretti– it would showcase her gorgeous face better.

OK, now the WORST. There were only two I deemed REALLY bed. Lindsay Vonn. Woah. No.  I would have much preferred something like this long sleeve mint gown.

And SALMA. OMG, who did this to her? Its almost comically bad. The stringy hair, the horrible layers, the….everything.  I feel like I wanted to see Salma in a sexy power suit with some bad ass zillion dollar diamond earrings and bejeweled clutch.

A couple other drop dead looks from the VF party. Olivia Munn looks so incredible.  And so does Isla Fischer. Those green earrings with the red dress? YES.

And in closing—HOW is Halle Berry 51 years old???? HOW? She and Jane Fonda need to give it up as to what exactly they are doing…

OK, your thoughts???

59 comments

  1. I agree with most everything, buuut… Jennifer Garner’s dress. The bustline on her dress looked oddly way off. I think the over the shoulder part of her dress made her bust higher on that side. Just a weird fit for my taste. Anywho, i waited all day for this post! Your alternative picks are so good.

  2. So good, Erin — as always! Your Affleck comment made me laugh, as I thought the same when Jen walked down the red carpet!

    1. So agree on Jennifer Garner’s hair.. took away from the whole look and really looked awkward. Whyyy would you hide diamond and sapphire earrings??

  3. Agree with everything! Salma- HOW?! So awful.
    And on your question about where Gwyneth, Julia, Reese, etc. were- my husband and I had this same conversation. He claims they aren’t invited/ it’s considered poor taste to be there if you aren’t presenting or nominated. But I just don’t understand how you don’t want Julia Roberts in the audience no matter what?!

    1. I think once you win or are nominated for an Oscar, you can always attend — but most just don’t go when they don’t have a movie out unless they’re presenting. The shows probably aren’t as fun after you’ve been to 10 or 15.

  4. Good pics – mostly LOVED your suggestions. Why does Jane Fonda always wear those pointed shoulders? So harsh – her hair was a bit “old” compared to more youthful style in the past. Not dishing “old” but she usually looks amazing!

  5. Frances McDormand’s dress hands down the worst dress for me. (and the no makeup thing didn’t help) I only saw the last half of the Oscars so I know there were others guilty of being the worst dressed. You nailed it BTW.

  6. My thoughts? Great Post — i had to go to sleep and work early this morning. I mostly agreed with you – but thought you were too tough/wrong on Viola and alison Williams — but thank goodness for you, or i would have gone thru the rest of my life without this :(. lol xo

  7. I love these posts. I completely agree about Emma Stone and LOVE your pick for her. But what is really killing me, especially because I’m 51 too, is the photo of Halle Berry. Unbelievable in every way. I agree the after party dresses can be so much better.

  8. Love these posts! You are so good at the stylist thing. But I don’t agree with your praise for Jane Fonda’s appearance. Plastic surgery and extreme weight control don’t necessarily seem like goals to emulate.

  9. Jennifer Garner was my #1 for the night. I wish some of the tried-and-true would have been there (Jenn Aniston, Julia, Brad, etc), but I suppose at some point a new batch has to start inching in.

  10. I also waited for this post allll day. No one does it like you! Agree with everything, with a few exceptions:

    *Something about Jennifer Garner’s whole look isn’t working for me. I think it’s the big hair + bright color. Just doesn’t look chic, though the dress style is beautiful and fits her perfectly.

    *Laura Dern #1.

    *I thought Leslie Mann had a nice dress. She doesn’t always nail it, thought she looked great last night.

    *Ashley Judd looked like mother of the bride?

    *Whoopi in a big floral dress?

    *Your alternate picks for Greta Gerwig and Viola Davis are soo good.

  11. Wow Erin you certainly have a way with words and so funny. I always look forward to your comments on the red carpet. I did not like Sandra’s hair at all. Why do these stars with stick straight hair act as though they can’t move their head?🤔 Nicole Kidman’s dress reminded me of my paper dolls I had as a child that had the tabs to hold the dress on. Once again, great job!

  12. I bow down to you. You nail it every time!! You need to be reviewing on all the major television stations!

  13. I just don’t get Salma Hayek’s poor choice, how can someone get out of the house wearing a Mata Hari costume! And to THE OSCARS???

  14. I too have been looking forward to this post all day! Spot on. I’m obsessed with the dress you chose for Emma Stone and a) wish I was young enough to wear it like Emma Stone and b) ya know, had a place to wear it! Also loved your choice for Viola Davis. Didn’t love her dress but loved the color on her.

    Thanks for your recap! Love them!

  15. Loved this post, as I do all of the rehashes. My comments and a question:
    1) Helen Mirren – Yes!!!! She is utter class in heels.
    2)Emily Blunt – I think the drew would have been fine (color good on her) if the shoulder things were gone. Did you notice her hair looks a totally different color in the after party pic?
    3)Greta Gerwig – I love the floral for her. She is quirky and should just embrace it.
    Who makes the emerald dress you chose as the option for Allison Williams? So good!
    Thank you for this!

  16. I love Salma Hayek…such a REAL woman, and she can have any dress she wants (hello…her husband is Chairman of Kering)-WHY this one? It’s so bad. It looks like it belongs on a Disney character.

  17. Superb, as always! Your eye is truly infallible!! What the deuce was happening with Emily Blunt? And did Chanel really make Margot Robbie’s tinsel dress? I adore Viola Davis, but she would have looked a thousand times better in your pick. I will say, I didn’t love the white looks…blah.
    Thanks for all the work of these posts; they are my faves! (I hope you at least have a little fun with them!)

  18. Helen Mirren is always gorgeous. The epitome of class and style. Allison Williams – that green gown would have made all the difference for her. Her complexion looked grey in the nude tone. I was bummed at the lack of wow moments on the red carpet, overall. :-(

  19. I act didn’t hate Emily Blunt’s dress…but she would have been best dressed if it was just the high neck/halter without the puff!!

  20. Loved this post! As per usual, your alternatives are spot on. I was really hoping to see a suggestion for Maya Rudolph. Her Snuggie gown was one of my least favorites by a long shot!

  21. Yes to all of this. Margot Robbie looked great except for that weird Christmas tree tinsel detail she had hanging over the front of her dress. It totally distracted from all her gorgeousness otherwise.

  22. Great post! The silver detail on Margot Robbie looks like cheap Christmas tinsel to me. Can’t get past it.

  23. I always look forward to this post of yours and agree with most of it but not Jane Fonda. Her face is uncomfortable to watch as it doesn’t move and side-by-side presenting with Mirren she looked ridiculous and trying waaaay too hard.

  24. Viola, as much as I love her, Can not walk in heels. Who designed the oink dress you recommended for Mary j? Gorgeous,

  25. I loved Zendaya and Laura Dern, but Viola was my favorite. (I overlooked the bust situation)
    What I love about your posts is the suggestions! I would love to see Emma Stone in the dress you suggested as an alternative to the pants suit!
    Thanks for a fun read!

  26. As for Jane Fonda looking like a 30 year old…..she’s a had a ton of work done and I think she looks ridiculous, like a mannequin, fake and lifeless.

  27. Great picks! LOVE your pick for J Law, but I thought Greta nailed it and would not put her in floral. Allison and Helen – tied for best of the night, and I agree the Oscar goes to Allison for that after party ensamble!

  28. Great great picks!! I love your recaps. It is so much better than watching all the awkward interviews on the actual red carpet!

    Jennifer Garner was a stunner for me, I LOVE her in a bold color. I see what you mean about the hair, but she was a total winner in my book. I had no idea about any of that about Tiffany Haddish, and that is all so incredible, and she is my new favorite. Allison Janney is amazing, I am so glad she won too, and her look is just timeless. My last favorite was of course, the Queen, Helen Mirrin, she looked exquisite, and I adore that she presented the jetski Jimmy Kimel gave away to the shortest speech giver. She is so amazing on so many levels. Thank you, as always, for posting!!

  29. Yes, obsessed with Allison Janney’s after- party look and now obsessed with all things Brandon Maxwell!!!! I neeeeeed a knockoff version of that button down!

  30. I also kept refreshing all day yesterday – your post is, to me, the highlight of the Oscars! Please don’t ever stop!

    A lot of these people are constrained by contracts as to what line they wear, aren’t they? So some of your lovely picks, like Margot Robbie’s, would be out of the question, right? I know it’s just Fantasy Fashion! Just wondering.

  31. Worth the wait. Didn’t agree with you on everything … thought Greta looked divine in her yellow dress. Salma Hyek gets a do-over from me for all the great looks from the past. Allison Janney won it all on so many levels.

  32. I agree with almost all your comments — especially Allison Janney (SOOOO GOOD) and Salma Hayek (ABSOLUTE WORST!).

    I was hoping you’d comment on Rita Moreno’s look. While it was a bit of a risky look, I thought she nailed it (cannot believe she is 86 and that she still had that dress from 1962!) — I loved everything about it!

    In addition to Allison Janney, Rita and Jennifer Garner were my faves of the night.

  33. Both of Allison J’s looks were definitely my favorite. AND, can we talk about that rug in her Vanity Fair after party picture? I’m so in love with that rug!
    Great recap Erin!

  34. WHYYY do so many people try to pull off the barely there flesh-colored dresses? I feel like it works on almost no one but every year we see a few people try it and they always end up looking washed out and sickly.

    Loved most of your picks, but I do have a really hard time picturing that floral number on Greta!

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  36. My six year old daughter GASPED when she saw SALMA Hayek and declared that gown the most beautiful of the night, so…😂

  37. Late to your comments party, but oh-so–much-fun to read even a week later…Eva Marie Saint, to me, was the class act of the evening. Breathtaking. Jane Fonda should take notes from her. Bullock’s hair makes her look older, and Blunt and Hayek dresses were just awful for such formidable ladies. Janney’s red dress the most gorgeous of the night…and JLaw should find a new stylist–she looked tired and crazed, especially standing next to Foster (always fabulous). Just my two cents from a former Los Angeleno :)

  38. Darlings I me some great Oscar fashion and this year it was a little lacking . One thing that stood out was the young women on the Red Carpet. How they are styled, who they wore and the great looks !! I’ve written a post on my blog about the inspiration of the starlets!
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