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The 85th Academy Awards on Feb. 24 brought out the best and brightest in Hollywood to show off their finest fashions.
Here are the night’s biggest hits and misses. —RACHEL RACZKA, BOSTON.COM STAFF
Pictured: Actress Jennifer Lawrence . Next
HIT: Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
The obvious belle of the ball, the “Silver Linings Playbook” actress took a spill en route to the stage but also took home the award for Best Actress. We think the dress was worth it.
Her Dior haute couture gown ran the risk of looking bridal but simple makeup and hair made the look elegant — a radiant red carpet moment that shone mostly thanks to Lawrence herself. Next
HIT: Jessica Chastain in Armani
Jess didn’t manage to snag the award for best actress away from Lawrence with her performance in “Zero Dark Thirty,” but that doesn’t mean she didn’t steal some of the spotlight on the red carpet. A shimmering nude Armani Prive could have easily washed the fair-skinned, redheaded actress out, but the right shade of beige with an impeccable fit oozed enough classic Hollywood glamour to keep Chastain looking fresh. Next
HIT: Naomi Watts in Armani
Armani was having a really good night. We can’t let the design house to take all the credit — the ladies they dressed are total knockouts —but the fit on these gowns were unbelievable. Watts, who was up in the best actress category for “The Impossible,” sizzled in this Armani Prive gown. Next
HIT: Jennifer Aniston in Valentino
Aniston was a presenter for the evening but ended up a showstopper in a larger than life classic red Valentino gown. Next
HIT: Jennifer Garner in Gucci
Jen “girl next door” Garner wore a gorgeous ruffled custom Gucci gown. She presented, and it was stunning. Ben also wore Gucci, took home the Oscar for Best Picture for “Argo” (among other awards that night), and looked as dapper as ever. All was well in the house of Affleck and we couldn’t imagine a better night—or a better look—for one of our favorite Hollywood couples to be welcomed back onto the A-list. Next
MISS: Anne Hathaway in Prada
A last minute red carpet decision is rarely a good one. Hathaway, who won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Les Miserables,” swapped her Valentino gown for this pale pink Prada a mere “two hours” before she walked the red carpet. She’s remained fairly loyal to the Valentino in the past—the designer even created her wedding gown— but rumor has it, her dress for the evening was too similar to co-star Amanda Seyfried (who wore Alexander McQueen) so she requested a last minute change.
The Prada wasn’t horrible, by any means, it just wasn’t right for the night. From the unfortunately placed seams to the deep creases created after an evening of sitting down, the look felt sloppy and not quite appropriate for the moment Hathaway was destined to have. Next
MISS: Norah Jones in Tadashi Shoji
The songbird showed up to perform her nominated tune, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” from Mark Wahlberg’s “Ted” but missed the mark with this drab number. Next
MISS: Kristen Stewart in Naeem Kahn
The “On the Road” actress arrived on crutches to present that evening. And while we can’t fault her for that, we can point fingers for wearing a heavy, poorly fitted gown that required constant readjustments and platform heels that left Stewart looking even sloppier than usual at arguably the biggest night in Hollywood. Next
MISS: Jane Fonda in Versace
The ’80s were alive in the iconic actress’s canary yellow Atelier Versace. The Italian designer has dressed Fonda in the past with fantastic results but this time, the 75-year-old appeared to be trapped in an abrasive blast from the past that we’d rather forget. Back to the beginning
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