Retro glam meets diva sparkle on Oscar night

  • By Booth Moore Los Angeles Times
  • Monday, February 25, 2013 6:32pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

LOS ANGELES — It was like an Oscar flashback with all the Giorgio Armani gowns, Harry Winston bling and Veronica Lake waves on the red carpet Sunday.

Then there was a Sharon Stone Gap turtleneck moment, when Helen Hunt revealed that her navy blue gown was from none other than cheap chic retailer H&M. (Apparently it was a custom job.)

Naomi Watts’ gown was futuristic, with all-over gun-metal gray sequins and galactic-inspired cap sleeves, while Jessica Chastain’s coppery-nude sequin mesh gown was old Hollywood glam.

One of the biggest trends of the night? Icy, pale shades of the frothy, fairy-tale variety, namely Amy Adams’ pale blue, frayed organza princess gown; Octavia Spencer’s blush tulle; and Jennifer Lawrence’s strapless pale pink-and-white bustier ball gown.

Charlize Theron’s sculptural white silk peplum gown was more ice queen.

But my favorite was Zoe Saldana’s belted, silvery gray dress with petal-like details on top and asymmetrical tiers on the bottom.

In a red carpet season in which everyone has been laser-focused on wardrobe malfunctions, Anne Hathaway came close to having one. Her icy pink duchesse satin column gown made her look like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn, but Hepburn probably would have worn another layer underneath to keep things from popping up.

Then there were the stars who turned on the diva sparkle; the 76-year-old Shirley Bassey in a “Goldfinger” gold gown, among them.

Halle Berry looked fierce in a Bond-girl-meets-glam-rock way, wearing a black-and-silver striped, long-sleeve creation.

Nicole Kidman’s all-over black-and-gold beaded gown was more a modern art piece.

Jane Fonda, a diva in a class of her own, wore a canary-yellow corseted gown with strong shoulders, a deliciously retro throwback to the “Dynasty” era.

But let’s be honest: What made this look really rock is Fonda’s perennially toned physique. Truly old Hollywood at its best.

More in Life

Kamiak student Aidan Norris (center) drags Matthew Ninh into a scene as Mitchell Beard (left) reads his lines. (Ian Terry / The Herald)
Joy, disappointment at Kamiak High’s ‘Spamalot’ auditions

More than 80 students try out for 45 roles in the outrageous Monty Python musical comedy.

What’s new for 2018 for travelers in Scandinavia

Sweden, Norway and Finland have embarked on many urban, cultural and transit projects.

Kia Rio subcompact takes a classy step up in 2018

A new design, roomier cabin, and better fuel economy are among the improvements on the 2018 Kia Rio.

Bald eagle no longer listed as ‘sensitive species’ in the state

A recent study found that eagle numbers are strong throughout Washington.

Living the suite life: A story of luck, love and legends

Jennifer Bardsley got a much better deal than she bargained for when booking a hotel room.

Indoor gardens: Four easy-to-grow house plants for beginners

If you want to get in on the house-plant trend but you don’t know where to begin, read this column.

It’s better to give your children rewards than punishments

Paul Schoenfeld explains how positive reinforcement is far more effective than negative with kids.

Arlington eagle fest wants your nature-themed artwork, haiku

Local residents of an artistic bent are invited to submit… Continue reading

This beefy ex-cop has a delicate hobby: intricate paper-cut art

You can see Tom Sacco’s creations at the upcoming Everett Art Walk.

Most Read