Don't look here for deep thoughts about Oscar fashion last night. Evening dresses just aren’t really that interesting from a critical point of view. Whereas couture and even ready-to-wear can offer allusions to history, art, or politics, or just a glimpse into a the fanciful landscape of a designer's mind, evening dresses are generally just pretty dresses. With most people playing it safe, Oscar fashion criticism has devolved into pointless nit-picking about Zoe Saldana’s homecoming-float-like ruffles
or Charlize Theron's rosette headlights
. Without someone like Tilda Swinton
to spice things up, there's just not a lot to talk about.
But OK, I have a few nits of my own to pick:
Lots of silver and gray, most noticeably in big winner Kathryn Bigelow’s sleek gown.
I really liked the concept of Meryl Streep’s white gown, but the proportions or the fit made her look stiff and ungainly.
Red was another trend, with Penelope Cruz, Clooney innamorata Elisabetta Canalis, and Michelle Pfeiffer going the bold route.
And note to Miley Cyrus: if you’re going to wear a strapless dress, you’d better learn to stand up straight, young lady.