Red-Carpet Review
Rating the 2011 Oscar dresses.


Bradley Scott

Hollywood’s A-listers brought vivacious color, embroidery, and sequins to the 2011 Oscar red carpet — perfectly in step with last September’s spring fashion shows. And from Jennifer Lawrence’s hot-cherry Calvin Klein to Sandra Bullock’s vine-ripe Vera Wang, the color trend was clear: It was a red-hot night. But it was a classic presentation, at that. Gone were last year’s ruffles and metallics, and back were clean cuts, linear shapes, and body-conscious luxury. It was a night for old-Hollywood glamour — although some pulled it off better than others.

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Nicole Kidman donned a beautiful Christian Dior spring 2009 couture gown. But something wasn’t quite right. Although stunning, silver-embroidered details covered the dress, I think Nicole’s skin tone washed out the look. She makes so much of a better impact when she wears deep, rich colors. Nevertheless, there is something about the dress that keeps the designer in me looking a second and third time — although I attribute that to creativity and clear craftsmanship, and not how it looked on Nicole.