Thanks to a timely resolution of the writers strike, the Oscars are on, not as a sadly truncated event like the Golden Globes were this year, but as a full-on show hosted by Jon Stewart, written by actual writers, and attended by (we hope) plenty of A-list actors in plenty of stunning clothes.
The Oscars is big news chez moi. It’s a bright spot in the doldrums of blah winter weather, and therefore, I’m quite a pleased puppy that it’s happening again. What can we expect on the red carpet? Well, that’s half the fun, isn’t it? Not knowing what to expect.
But here’s a brief survey of what we’ve seen shoe-wise on some recent red carpets here and there.
Marion Cotillard paired a great pair of elegant silver sandals with this Chanel Haute Couture outfit that I personally happen to love (though the Fug Girls disagree).
Interestingly enough, this is the same outfit that Joe Zee, creative director of Elle magazine, picks as his suggestion of what Charlotte Gainsbourg should wear to the Oscars.
No one will argue with the fact that Marion Cotillard is willing to take some risks on the red carpet. She never looks like anyone else, and that works in her favor (see Shoesense bestowing the Best Dressed award on her at the SAG Awards). And it extends to the shoes, too. Check out this flapper-esque number with the excellent platforms from the Critics Choice Awards. Brava!
In non-Cotillard red carpet shoes, Rebecca Gayheart also used the silver strappy sandal to nice effect at the Madonna/Gucci UN Benefit. Rihanna did it at the Grammy’s (and while her dress does nothing for me–no surprise there, it’s by Zac Posen– the shoes are lovely, and she gets 10 extra points for the bright orange nail polish)
You’ve got your red carpet staple Louboutins, as classily demonstrated by Michelle Pfeiffer at the SAG Awards.
And, of course, there’s the usual profusion of sparkly gold numbers, as seen on Fergie at the Grammy’s.
Calista Flockhart went this route, too, at the Art of Elysium 10th Anniversary Gala.
And so did Nina Garcia, Elle’s fashion director and Project Runway judge, at the Madonna/Gucci benefit.
For comfort on the red carpet, I’d have to give my award to Leslie Feist at the Critics Choice Awards, although I can’t say the style of those gold pumps is doing much for me.
On the other hand, the style of Tilda Swinton’s heels at the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Annual Awards Gala is to die for. These most definitely take the prize for best red carpet shoes of recent months, even though that carpet looks like it’s not so much red.
So, I will wait with baited breath to see what outfits and shoes are trotted out on the Oscar red carpet. No one has the excuse of the writers strike to dress somberly anymore, so bring on the glitz!