Soft Sells

If there was a top-of-mind word association for what I enjoyed about Sunday night’s Oscar gowns…the word would be “soft”.

Gone were bosom baring dresses with thigh-hi slits all designed to create shock and awe (mostly winning big time the Oscar for “Trying-too-hard-to-get-reporters-to-talk-to-and-about-me”).

I thought the champagne and nude colors were so elegant and the sheer necklines with scattered crystals so…well, so soft.

However the winners of Best Dressed on my ballot (even thought they too were in champagne), were not Sally Hawkins or Angelina Jolie who both had sleeves way past the wrist break point.

My statue goes to the statuesque Cate Blanchett who wore Armani created of nearly everything I personally love in an evening gown: tone on tone, dimensional beading, something that dangles or moves, a patterned sheer fabric and of course the sweep train. The modified A-line skirt walked beautifully. The high illusion neckline is becoming very vogue in bridal gowns as well and I think seeing so many of them on the Red Carpet will catapult their popularity.

(Could I be so hopeful to think there might be an end in sight for “lace, fit & flares (trumpet/mermaid) with a strapless sweetheart neckline and an interesting back?” We, like all bridal stores, sell those over and over and over again.)


 We love this fresh new look. Thanks Giorgio and Cate!


P.S. Though not a guest in the house, the nude Paola Sebastin gown worn by Guilana Rancic was right up there in my book too!