The best outfits on the Oscars were from the archives: Cher’s Bob Mackie extravaganzas and Barbra Streisand’s Arnold Scaasi peekaboo pantsuit.
As I’ve said before, I don’t care for the self-appointed fashion police. They persecute anyone who does something a little different, only to cry buckets when people play it safe. That makes me feel stabby. At special events “eye-catching” is often better than “pretty.” Scaasi told Streisand, “Let’s forget about that elegant bit.” He was right. Eye-catching means people come up to you all night to talk about your outfit. Who cares if they like it or not? You’re still going to feel like the belle of the ball. If you wear your yawningly elegant Audrey Hepburn LBD, you know what you’re going to get? Drink orders.
That said, here are MY winners from the 2008 Oscars. For outfit, its Marion Cotillard’s fish dress. Hell yeah! Not only did she stand out from the crowd — she also flaunted her sense of humor. A mermaid dress with scales! What could be more fabulous? Okay! A swan dress with an egg purse is more fabulous but this is still good.
It’s all about being memorable, my peeps. Bring a fan if you have to.
UPDATED TO ADD: Read this for an annoying comment on celebrities playing it safe (after being terrorized away from taking chances, thank you very much) and young actress Saoirse Ronan’s stellar explanation of her gown choice.