Monday, February 27th, 2012...11:19 am

Style | Red Hot/White Hot Oscar Dresses

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There were bows and polka dots and a whole lotta much-too-thin leg (Angelina!), but these red and white dresses stood out on a certain red carpet outside Hollywood and Highland Center last night.

Oh, Emma Stone! I’d like to raid your closet. First, there was the stunner she wore to the Golden Globes, now this Giambattista Valli gown. With its high neck and gigantic bow, it’s one of those pieces that could easily wear the wearer, but Emma Stone owns it. Did you see how gorgeously it fluttered as she came out to present Best Visual Effects alongside Ben Stiller? (Did you see how cranky Ben Stiller seemed?)

Rooney Mara’s Givenchy Haute Couture is one of those back-that-ass-up gowns. From the front it’s a bit meh, but its back is so sexy, so nineties, so perfect.

Does the fact that Elle Kemper’s Armani Prive dress matches her hair seem a little, uh… matchy-matchy? Yes. Adorable? Indeed.

You need to be tall, toned and, well…Gwyneth Paltrow to pull this Tom Ford dress off. But man, did she look regal. (So very different from the white dress she wore to the Oscars with Brad Pitt in 1996!) Cannot wait for her behind-the-scenes Oscar recap on Goop. Please, Gwyneth, tell us you’ll be doing one.

Which were your favourite Oscar looks? Did you like Natalie Portman’s polka dotted dress? (I thought it was too cutesy.) Did you dig Michelle Williams’ orange number? (The bow pin ruined it for me.) Did you love or loathe Giuliana Rancic’s beaded number? (I loved it!)

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  • Louise Roe was my fav!

  • YES! She looked gorgeous. And she was so charming on the red carpet, too!

  • Nina Garcia called Rooney Mara “Audrey Hepburn gone punk”. :-) I loved the dress, but I really wish she’d lighten up a little – smile already! Did you know her family owns NFL teams? I adored Michelle Williams and thought Natalie Portman’s dress was beautiful, but I wouldn’t have worn it on the red carpet (in fact it clashed). I’d love to see it in a vintage-style editorial.

  • Heather — I thought Rooney Mara looked SO much like Jennifer Connelly and no, I had no idea her family owns NFL teams.

    I agree with you about Natalie Portman’s dress, it would have been beautiful somewhere else like the Vanity Fair After Party, but not on the red carpet at the Oscars. It was a tad too casual.

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