1. "What are you laughing at, Kate?  Your hat is just as ridiculous as mine.  It is so.  Oh, do shut up!"

     
  2. No. 1 - LUPITA NYONG’O - OSCARS - PRADA 

    This full length photo is what put this dress over the top.  Not only because it shows the volume and the sweeping cut of the gown, but because it shows exactly what it is that makes Lupita’s red carpet appearances so sought after. She’s a rare actress whose presence and taste matches her looks, like Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn.  An ethereal type that comes around very rarely and inspires a legion of fashion fans.  I feel like we’re at the start of something big.

     
  3. No. 2 - LUPITA NYONG’O - GOLDEN GLOBES - RALPH LAUREN

    Oh, I wish I could find a photo that captured the feeling that Lupita’s appearance on screen gave me, but I can’t.  This is good, but it doesn’t quite do the trick.  It was thrilling.  I gasped.  She had the nerve to show up early and shut the red carpet down.  Almost everyone else might as well have gone back to their rooms and changed into their pajamas and returned to drink and pass out trophies. On that day, I was so impressed, I was sure this would be the number one gown.  I was so certain, until…

     
  4. No. 3 - KATE HUDSON - OSCARS - ATELIER VERSACE 

    Well, hello there, boys.  Fancy meeting you here.  Care to buy a girl a drink?  How about a vinyard?  This dress says “Come heavy or get lost”.  Versace and Kate are a good pair.  They’ve done well together in the past, and they are killing it now.  At every turn this gown is as elegant as it is sexy.  It can be worn with or without the shrug but I prefer it on.  It’s graceful at the shoulders and suggestive at the back. Coming or going this is the right gown for the right event - a Hollywood gown for its most glamorous night.     

     
  5. No. 4 - CHARLIZE THERON - OSCARS - CHRISTIAN DIOR COUTURE 

    I cannot believe more people didn’t go gaga over this gown.  It’s probably because Theron is so shy, homely and unassuming.  WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH PEOPLE?!  THIS IS A FASHION HAPPENING! I need Billy Eichner to come over and yell type at everyone about how amazing this looks and how they need to get their eyes examined or he’ll just die!  What great detail this dress has. I love all the bands at the bottom, that are then repeated in the train.   It fits like a dream.  And, if that weren’t enough, Theron wore a statement bauble to keep the eyes dancing. This is a “WOW!” moment.

     
  6. No. 5 - CATE BLANCHETT - GOLDEN GLOBES - ARMANI PRIVÉ

    Lace can be demure.  Lace can be matronly.  Lace can be sexy (especially if you’re into the 1980s look).  But what lace almost never is… is commanding.  This is regal.  And I don’t use that word flippantly.  This is exactly how I would expect a  modern day Queen to dress.  This gown is on the perfect woman.  Put this in a museum and lock away the fabric.  No one else need wear it again.

     
  7. No. 6 - LUPITA NYONG’O - SAG AWARDS - GUCCI

    Did I mention she wears color well?  Did I?  I forget.  Right now, I forget my name.  This is what happens when one is in the presence of stunning beauty ringed by floral adornment.  This gown is almost as beautiful as she is.  And it’s Gucci.  Not the brand I’d expect this level of restraint from, perhaps she stunned them too.

     
  8. No. 7 - EVAN RACHEL WOOD - VANITY FAIR OSCAR PARTY - ELIE SAAB COUTURE 

    Well, well, well.  Evan Rachel Wood.  How she has kept us waiting.  I have so missed her on the red carpet.  She rarely disappoints and she certainly wasn’t going to on Oscar night.  This is clearly from the same Saab collection that Angelina Jolie chose her Oscar gown. Yet, I prefer this one because it has a bright jewel tone that just pops off her skin and this gown is at its best sleeveless. I also like the bobbed hair as a nod to the subtle retro style of the gown.

     
  9. No. 8 - KAREN O - OSCARS - CAMILLA STÆRK 

    Karen O is a woman I’ve always fancied being in another life, largely due to her sparkly leather jackets and her unalloyed intensity on stage.  “Moon Song” however, is a subdued number and the Oscars is a grand occasion.  So O exuded her mood with this dark and sleekly feminine art deco inspired ensemble.  Bonus points for the spot on accessories.

     
  10. No. 9 - OLIVIA WILDE - OSCARS - VALENTINO 

    No.  This is not just some column dress.  This is a maternity gown throw down.  This awards season had it’s fair share of pregnant celebrities and few managed to pull off anything close to this.  Wilde looks elegant and urbane. It’s almost as if her pregnancy makes the gown that much more chic.  That is a feat for both the designer, and the woman.

     
  11. No. 10 - CHANEL IMAN - VANITY FAIR OSCAR PARTY - ZUHAIR MURAD 

    I’ll admit this is a bit Vegas for me. Or perhaps a bit Cher in her Bob Mackie days.  Normally, I wouldn’t get into it.  But this one caught my eye.  Is it the color?  The sparkle alternating with straps and panels of sheerness? Is it Chanel Iman? I don’t know how it’s working on me.  But it is.  And I’m sold.

     
  12. No. 11 - NINA DOBREV - PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS - JENNY PACKHAM 

    This is not the Jenny Packham one would expect.  Packham is usually a silky peignoirish number out of the 1920s and 30s.  All wafty and floaty.  Well, not tonight.  This is a straight up and down sleek number that means business, with brightly lit crystals that remind one of champagne bubbles - and that means pleasure. Good choice, people.  Dobrev delivers.

     
  13. NO. 12 - LUPITA NYONG’O - BAFTAS - CHRISTIAN DIOR COUTURE

    Good heavens does she ever wear color well.  Though I’ve often given Dior flack for making an uncomfortable mannequin out of Jennifer Lawrence, I find the brand can spring to life on Lupita.  On her, this gown sparkles like a flawless emerald.

     
  14. No. 13 - AMY ADAMS - VANITY FAIR OSCAR PARTY - CAROLINA HERRERA

    I know what you’re thinking: “but, this is a toga”.  First of all, I have just slapped your face.  Secondly, I ask you “Is she not a goddess?  Are we not entertained?” .  This has the “ooh” factor.  I took one look and caught my breath. And that is what Best Dressed is all about.

     
  15. No. 14 - PINK - OSCARS - ELIE SAAB

    Well this a welcome departure.  No high wire act needed here.  Just a fantastic gown from a sartorial master like Elie Saab.  And how smart of her to highlight her tribute to The Wizard of Oz with a ruby red gown.