Archive for February 2011
I don’t blog a lot about the red carpet, but I suppose I should mention how terrific Céline Dion looked at last night’s Academy Awards. For a woman who is often accused of having one of the worst red-carpet moments in Oscar history, Dion topped my best-dressed list, looking better than I’ve ever seen her look.
Of course, she was wearing a gorgeous Armani Privé gown that reflected the flashes from the cameras as if it was lit from within. Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lawrence may have hit upon the new minimalist trends in tried-and-true Calvin Klein, but both Dion and Oscar host Anne Hathaway shined in Armani. Of all the gowns Hathaway wore onstage, nothing impressed this old bird more than her liquid blue Armani Privé column.
I’ve been singing the praises of Mr. Armani’s atelier for a few seasons now. Not only is it a fabulous red carpet resource, but I also believe that it’s been a major source of many of the trends that have trickled down to the ready-to-wear market. Don’t believe me? Then check out the groundbreaking 2009 S/S show which I viewed as a foray into the future rather than a trip to the far east. Perhaps the rest of you don’t recognize it, but that’s your problem. You can talk about Marc Jacobs‘ “strict” silhouettes until you’re blue in the face. I saw them here first, and don’t you forget it.
Happy birthday, Bernadette Peters. I’ve been looking everywhere for your cast recording of “Babalu.” Why is it so hard to find?