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Oscar Fashion: Casee’s Picks (Part 2)

I'm back with the conclusion of my favorite looks from the 82nd Annual Academy Awards!

Demi Moore in Atelier Versace

I absolutely loved Demi’s choice with this Atelier Versace silk organza gown. The layers of flesh-toned fabrics are so rich and delightful. I love the different tones and how well they blend. To wear these neutral colors, so close to her skin color, with a naked neckline is a bold choice, I think; she could have very easily looked washed out and boring, but she made it work. I also love her chocolaty hair color and how it contrasts with the dress. The Von Cleef & Arpels jewels add striking elements without being overdone. She also had a dark Ferragamo clutch with pink stone detailing, which I don’t think you can see very well in these pictures, but it was another delightful accessory. The whole look is very decadent and lovely.

Dame Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka

I thought Helen Mirren looked positively regal in this beautiful Badgley Mischka gown. From the pictures I’ve seen it looks to be a sort of pale, steely blue which compliments her skin tone wonderfully. I adore the beaded tulle draping and sleeves; it adds such a lovely sparkle while not being too much, allowing for one's attention to be drawn to the gorgeous 125-carat diamond Chopard necklace. Her hair and make-up, I thought, looked wonderful as well. She looked fresh and spirited, and at 64 years old this grande dame proved with ease that red carpet fashion isn’t just for the baby-faced Hollywood starlets.

Mariska Hargitay in Vera Wang

I’m always impressed by Mariska Hargitay on the red carpet, and her Oscar look is no exception. I think she carried the popular “messy” hairstyle quite well; I particularly love the look from the back. Her skin is gorgeous and her make-up always looks wonderful. I love how she can do dark, smoky eyes without it looking too heavy. While the fabric of the Vera Wang gown doesn’t look like it fits the style, in my opinion, I do love the style itself and I think she carries it well. The wrapping effect around the bodice gives the slight impression of an empire waist, which I love. And, of course, her Fred Leighton jewels are phenomenal.

Robert Downey, Jr. in Lanvin

I cannot express how much I loved Robert Downey, Jr.’s blue bow tie; it was perhaps my favorite accessory of the night and the complimenting blue-tinted Oliver Peoples glasses added even more quirky, whimsical charm. (I even loved the sneakers – call me crazy!) I always expect to see something new and fantastically fun from RDJ on the red carpet, and he didn’t disappoint. I love that he can pull off a classic tuxedo look, but also isn’t afraid to do something different like this. I’m not crazy about Susan Downey’s dress, but it looks like there are hints of blue in the midst of all those lines to match Robert’s tie-and-glasses combo and I love the idea behind that. In my opinion, RDJ gave us a great reminder that fashion is about creating our own look – even if that means going beyond the black-and-white.

I hope you all enjoyed my picks. There were some fascinating looks this year, and choosing between them all proved to be a hefty little chore. I loved seeing what the other ladies of SHE chose, and reading the opinions of everyone. I can't wait to see what new and exciting things rest of the year brings!

Image Credit: JustJared
In case you missed it: Oscar Fashion: Casee's Picks (Part 1)