TVB’s GM Stephen Chan was arrested last Thursday by ICAC on alleged corruption charges; last night, upon posting bail, he was temporarily released and returned home. Since then, Chan has been secluded in his home, not making any public appearances as well as being cutoff from all contact with friends and acquaintances. Prior to the corruption case being revealed, there were already rumors that
Metallic gowns put the sparkle back in Tinseltown for the 2010 Academy Awards. Needless to say, Oscar gold isn’t just about trophies, this year… it’s a fashion statement. After a sea of disappointing black dresses at last year’s show, it’s great to see stars bring their “A-game” back to the red carpet. The fashion world took a plunge through the recession, and went for “smart” over “style,” but it looks like happy days are here again in Hollywood.
So who stood out in the sea of fabulous gowns? It’s hard to shine against all that silver and gold, but I think it’s no question that Sandra Bullock stood out as belle of the ball, and tops off my top five:
Priscilla’s Picks #1: Sandra Bullock
“Miss Congeniality” was one in a million as she glided down the red carpet in a beaded silver Marchesa gown. I’ve always loved gowns with the illusion bodice, and I’m also a firm believer that red carpet gowns should always come with trains, all that plus BLING… so to me this dress takes the cake. Eyes are always glued to the “Best Actress” winner at the Academy Awards, and in this case… Sandra Bullock gives us a great reason to keep looking.
Priscilla’s Pick #2: Cameron Diaz
I am not a fan of mixing metallics, but Cameron Diaz looked breathtaking in her silver and gold Oscar de la Renta gown. The beading is gorgeous, and the hint of gold complements her golden blonde hair. The pageboy waves and red lips along with the sparkle added some Old Hollywood glamour to the Oscars. Bravo.
Priscilla’s Pick #3: Anna Kendrick
I am a HUGE fan of Elie Saab, who designed Anna Kendrick’s gown for the Oscars. The Lebanese designer, who’s also designed for glamazon Halle Berry, is often known for his exceptional work in beading, but Saab is also a mastermind when it comes to working with silk chiffon. The ruching on Kendrick’s European pink gown would be an example. I love the way the skirt flows and how he brought a little texture in the slit with the lace. Pair it with a diamond bracelet, and rhinestone Judith Leiber clutch, and she’s a starlet.
Priscilla’s Pick #4: Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker brought a different type of Hollywood glamour to the red carpet in her classic, 1950’s inspired Chanel Haute Couture gown. I love the detail work and the clean silhouette of the dress. It’s easy to make this look seem “stiff,” but the jewelry offsets the hard edge of the beading on the dress. Carrie Bradshaw and her girls would be proud!
Priscilla’s Pick #5: Amanda Seyfried
When I saw Amanda Seyfried walk the red carpet in her mint green, Swarovski crystal encrusted Armani Prive ball gown, I thought of Grace Kelly. This look is beautiful and timeless. I loved how the crystal detailing has some softness to it, and also loved the texture and pleating on the skirt. Jewelry… I would have gone with a different bracelet, instead of the cuff, but either way she looks gorgeous.
There’s dozens of other celebrities who dazzled the red carpet, but I think these five were my favorites. Other gowns I loved include Penelope Cruz’s red taffeta Donna Karan gown, Demi Moore’s blush silk chiffon Versace, and Rachel McAdam’s strapless watercolor Elie Saab, but I think these five are the ones all have unique and timeless qualities that make them stand-out above the rest.
I think the true test of style is one that stands the test of time. If you can look back ten years from now and still say “wow, that’s beautiful,” then I’d say… you must have been doing something right!
Priscilla Luong wants Sandra Bullock’s gown… but much like any mortal soul, she doesn’t have enough change to spare on Marchesa couture. BUT… she knows where Vanna White and “The Price is Right” girls got their dresses… and where you can find the showroom in Los Angeles (confession: she used to shop there). If you want in on the secret… e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org