OSCARS 2011: Karen’s Best-Dressed List

The stars and starlets came out to dazzle on the biggest night in Hollywood this year, the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Neutral tones, bold colors (Especially red), and lavish jewels were all the rage. Here are some of my favorite looks from some fabulous leading ladies!

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  • Best Actress winner Natalie Portman not only won the Oscar, but had a winning ensemble in a violet off-the-shoulder Rodarte gown with Swarovski crystal beading and a simple wavy hairstyle. I thought it was the best that the soon-to-be-mother looked all awards season!
  • Portman’s Black Swan co-star Mila Kunis proved yet again to be a red carpet goddess in a revealing but classy and sweet lavender Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. The subtle color looked beautiful on her.
  • Best Supporting Actress nominee Hailee Steinfeld of True Grit looked like a precious princess in her custom tea-length Marchesa gown. It was a flawless look for the young performer—youthful, but just the right amount of glamorous for the big night.
  • Another Best Supporting Actress nominee, Amy Adams of The Fighter, made a daring choice with sparkly dark purple cap-sleeved L’Wren Scott. Even though the jewelry was pushing it a little bit for such a detailed gown, the jewel tone looks ravishing on her, and the cut flatters her amazing figure.
  • Reese Witherspoon channeled mod Hollywood in a classic black-and-white Giorgio Armani Prive gown. The retro updo was also a hit—perhaps she was trying to emulate her Oscar-winning June Carter again with this one?
  • Last year’s Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock is a red-hot lady in red with Vera Wang. Red itself is a bold choice, and after the whirlwind year she has had, it’s perfect in showing off her regained confidence.
  • Helen Mirren stunned in a silky gray puff-sleeved Vivienne Westwood number. She continuously proves that you can look beautiful at every age with sensible fashion choices that work best for yourself and the occasion—plus your fierce haircut.
  • Host Anne Hathaway was truly the queen of the night with seven costume changes. She opened the telecast wearing a cream Givenchy Haute, switched between a burgundy Atelier Versace and a gray and black printed Vivienne Westwood frock, shimmied in metallic fringed Oscar de la Renta, shined in vivid blue Giorgio Armani, did a gender swap with co-host James Franco to wear a Lanvin tuxedo, and closed the show in gray bejeweled long-sleeved Tom Ford. Styled by Rachel Zoe, Hathaway went with the red trend on the red carpet in Valentino.
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