I love Hollywood – the legends, the glamour, the mystery and the fashion. And, while I’m disappointed in most leading ladies of our time for their lack of keeping up the allure of glamour in their everyday lives, – more on this in future posts – at least they bring it at the Academy Awards.
In honor of the 86thAnnual Academy Awards coming up March 2, 2014, here are Pam’s Picks for the Best Oscars Fashion. Tweet @PamelaPekerman and let me know your thoughts.
The Graceful – Penelope Cruz is on my list twice because she always brings grace and glamour to the Oscars, plus I’m a sucker for trains. First, in 2007, she wowed in a pink feathered concoction by Atelier Versace. Then, in 2012, she hit the mark in Armani Prive.
|Penelope Cruz in Atelier Versace, 2007 Oscars|
|Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive, 2012 Oscars|
The Iconoclast – Who doesn’t love a rule breaker? Sharon Stone wore her husband’s crisp, white shirt to the Academy Awards in 1998, paired with a lavender, silk Vera Wang skirt.
|Sharon Stone in husband shirt and Vera Wang Skirt, 1998 Oscars|
The Body – Hilary Swank’s body of work was on display in the most luxurious, tasteful way I’ve ever seen. The blue fabric on GuyLaroche’s gown was perfectly draped, rouched and cut in this 2005 Oscars fashion stunner.
|Hillary Swank in Guy Laroche, 2005 Oscars|
The Siren – Some girls in the media/fashion world say they want to be like Oprah. I wanted to be like Jennifer Lopez. Not only is she a successful actress and business women, she embodies old-school glamour like no other in our time. Lopez always looks the part of screen siren, and this was exceptionally the case in 2003 when she wore a mint green, one-shoulder, sari-style gown, based on a dress worn by Jackie Kennedy Onassis in 1967.
|Jennifer Lopez in Vintage Valentino, 2003 Oscars|
The Savvy – Long before she was a major A-lister, Halle Berry worked the Red Carpet. (I’ll never forget the lilac, form-fitting Badgley Mischka dress she wore in 2001. I had it hanging on my wall because I wanted a similar look for prom). Then in 2002, she won the Oscar for her performance in Monster’s Ball, and stunned in an Elie Saab creation that put that designer on the fashion map.
|Halle Berry in Elie Saab, 2002 Oscars|
The Legend – Iconic style need fades. Liz Taylor plunging violet-colored chiffon dress, designed by Academy-Award winning costume designer Edith Head, could be worn to the 2014 Oscars. But it was Taylor’s own 69-carat diamond necklace, a gift from her husband Richard Burton, that made me place her on my list. When Burton originally purchased the pear-shaped diamond it was set in a ring, "but even for me it was too big," Taylor explained, "so we had Cartier design a necklace."