This morning I awoke to an e-mail from my friend Jean Rafferty. It was in the form of a challenge, or perhaps a simple request for information and/or confirmation.
She said, "My choice is Reese Witherspoon in Armani Privé (from as much as I can see). It may have a non-visible, unqualifying bustle."
She then asked me which actress I thought looked best on the Red Carpet at last night's Oscar presentations.
I didn't stay up all night to watch the show, therefore I can only turn to the Getty images offered on the Internet (and shown here) which may not include a sublimely gowned and groomed actress I might have chosen. As those of you who know me well, and I think many of you agree with me, I really, really, really wanted to say, "Forget the rest, Helen is the best." Helen Mirren that is -- not Helena Bonham Carter for heaven's sake. But my beloved Dame Helen turned to the other Helena's favorite designer, Vivienne Westwood, and disqualified herself from first place.
Do we like her new, short haircut?
My favorite dress was the Art Deco-y inspired slither of beads by Naeem Khan worn by Annette Bening. However, I have a few words I would like to address to Ms. Bening: Please, please do something with your hair and that new, weird smile of yours -- I suppose it's to lift and smooth your chin and neck -- is more like a grimace and makes the cords on your stretched out neck look terrifying. Your welcome, any time.
Other favorites of mine include: Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang, Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein, Rhea Durham (Mark Wahlberg's wife) in Naeem Kahn and sorta, kinda, Halle Berry. Regarding Halle Berry's Marchesa gown -- not that anyone is asking me -- I would have ripped off that pile of tulle before leaving the house. It did make her look like she was walking on a cloud, but it also looked like a design afterthought and completely unnecessary.
A special award should go to the sublimely divine Rodarte dress Natalie Portman chose. She certainly knows how to rock waiting for baby. Don't you just love the tassel earrings from Tiffany?
Jean's choice, Reese Witherspoon. I agree, it's sober and elegant.