Just like most everyone I know, I too, was not only watching but scrutinizing this year’s Academy Awards. I may not have seen all the nominated films, but I did make sure to watch out for the pre-show red carpet to see who was wearing what. Because you know, if you don’t win an award for the movie-making business, you might as well look darn hot while attending the swanky event.
I’m not going to do a Fashion Police run-down of the best and the worst of the night, but I do want to spotlight my two favorite gowns of the night. Not only did these two dresses take the cake, but surprisingly, they looked similar to each other.
First up is Halle Berry. Her sparkly, striped number was ultra chic and slinky and looked oh so very Art Deco. The sharp, tailored shoulders and top grounded the rest of the vertical look, and the lines go in all the right angles and places. Plus, who doesn’t love her fun, sky-scraping hair up-do?
Next up is another pleasant surprise of the evening, none other than the First Lady of the United States. Unfortunately, due to standard video-ing, we were treated mostly to seeing the top part of Michelle Obama’s gown. But in the brief full-body shots, we saw a magnificently shiny, metallic dress, also heavily inspired by the Art Deco movement. This was a fantastic departure from Obama’s usual glam, though not necessarily “party fun” looks. And let me say, I was wowed.