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Oscars 2014 Best and Worst Dressed


Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani. See other photos in the slideshow below.


Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani: This exquisitely embellished creation had a light-as-air feel that perfectly conveyed spring’s embellishment trend. Looking like the A-list star she is, Blanchett knocked it out of the park.

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada: This balletic gown (with hints of Grecian goddess) was a refreshing change for the 12 Years a Slave star (and Oscar winner!). Normally we’re used to seeing her in vibrant, structured looks and this look turned our expectations on its head. Nyong'o never misses the mark on the red carpet.

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen: Hello, movie star! Side-swept hair, door-knocker jeweled earrings and a gorgeous navy gown prove Bullock can do classic Hollywood. This was one of my favorite looks of the night, head to toe.

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture: It doesn’t hurt that Theron is a former model and therefore, has a head start in the good looks department. Once again the statuesque beauty rocked the red carpet in a body-hugging Dior with exquisite sheer paneled detail and train in the back. I love the clear straps too—such a cool detail.

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace: This jaw-dropping look embodied Oscar’s metallic and embellished trend. This artfully tailored gown fits Hudson’s toned bod like a glove. Bonus points for the fun mini-cape, a micro trend we’ve been seeing on the red carpet recently.


Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel: While Kendrick is a gorgeous woman, this J. Mendel gown has too much going on—the cutout detail on top, distracting stomach detail and uneven hemline in the front just isn’t doing her any favors.

Liza Minnelli: Can we say formal pajamas? It looks like Minnelli showed up in her fancy loungewear (as opposed to her more casual PJs) for fashion’s biggest night of the year. Really?

Veerle Baetens: The fit of this frock is what’s the buzzkill here. Usually empire waist looks like this don’t tend to do anyone favors. Why Baetens, who’s a young, beautiful woman, chose this baffling look is beyond me.

Whoopi Goldberg: It’s clear Goldberg has her, um, own taste. But I can’t stand behind her taste in this blousy, frumpy gown. It’s just too weird and not fit for a presenter at the Oscars, like Goldberg was.

Penélope Cruz in Giambattista Valli: Although this isn’t probably the worst look in the world, it certainly isn’t the best either. Cruz’s petite figure drowned in this gown that’s just too drapey.


For more on Oscar fashion, check out this segment from Live at Five on WISC-TV3:


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As Madison Magazine's style editor, Shayna Mace writes the monthly "Window Shopping" column about Madison's coolest store owners, products and shops. She also reports on Madison's most stylish people, chic items she loves, store events and sales, and additional dish in her weekly blog. Her favorite places to check out around town are local boutiques, consignment and vintage shops for one-of-a-kind treasures, new restaurants and bars, and anywhere that affords her the opportunity to meet and talk to Madison's most inspirational (and many times, fashionable!) people.

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