It was like an Oscar flashback with all the Giorgio
Then there was a
Back to Armani, though. He should get his due. After all, he practically invented the Oscar red carpet designer derby when he started dressing
Naomi Watts' Armani gown was futuristic, with all-over gun-metal gray sequins and galactic-inspired cap sleeves, while Jessica Chastain's strapless, coppery-nude sequin mesh Armani gown was old Hollywood glam at its best.
The two looks said it all about this year's Oscar red carpet at the Dolby Theatre: It was about extremes.
One of the biggest trends of the night? Icy, pale shades. Many of the dresses were of the frothy, fairy-tale variety, namely
Charlize Theron's sculptural white silk Dior peplum gown was more ice queen, especially with her sleek new hairstyle. But my favorite was
In a red carpet season in which everyone has been laser-focused on wardrobe malfunctions,
At the other end of the Oscar style spectrum were stars who turned on the diva sparkle (the 76-year-old Shirley Bassey in a "Goldfinger" gold gown, among them.) These divas provided the naughty to the cream puffs' nice.
Jane Fonda, a diva in a class of her own, wore a canary-yellow corseted Versace gown with strong shoulders and sequin details that were a deliciously retro throwback to the "Dynasty" era. But let's be honest: What made this look really rock is Fonda's perennially-toned physique. Truly old Hollywood at its best.