by Dominique Michelle Davis
Jimmy Kimmel’s witty and clever one-liners infusing political commentary with Hollywood elite was right on time and made this Oscars much more fun and funny to watch than in recent years. Though many were understandably not happy with his handling of the cast and crew of “Moonlight ” almost leaving the evening without the award that was rightfully theirs, Kimmel did shine with comic moments like his tweeting President Trump live and referencing the “overrated” Meryl Streep tweet from the petty President. One of my favorite moments of laughter.
The other highlight of the evening was Moonlight receiving awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Picture. The 2017 Oscar Awards brought a refreshing and much needed perspective in presenting inclusivity. I was in awe and admiration of Mr. Farhadi’s refusal to attend the awards because of the ridiculous and outrageous ban that President Trump has enacted against immigrants – documented and undocumented. It was inspiring to see Hollywood Celebs using this platform as a means to promote human rights and speak in opposition of laws that go against the very nature of the founding principals of the United States of America.
On the fashion front, here are my Best Dressed Looks for Oscar Night 2017:
Tony, Emmy, and now Oscar winner Viola Davis wearing Armani Privé.
Janelle Monae wearing Elie Saab Couture.
Last year’s Best Actress winner Brie Larson, wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown.
Nominee for Best Actress, Ruth Negga of the film “Loving,” in a glorious custom Valentino in the signature “valentino red.”
We always love Chrissy Teigen, and we also always love her in Zuhair Murad. A perfect match.
The “around the way girl” herself, Taraji P. Hensen, stealing the show as always in a sexy, sophisticated, Alberta Ferretti gown.
Valentino followed very impressive Fall’15 collection with equally gorgeous one for Paris Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2016. I liked the cornrow hair look selected for the show, and want to especially highlight the Black models for the show given this cultural origin, though the show did feature it on all models as well.
What more do I need to say than “Mirabella Romae ?!” The couture show of Rome based legendary fashion house Valentino was so superb it earned a standing ovation. Everything was glorious, from the set built for the show on the streets of Rome, to the #beautiful gowns with ornate flourishes like an embroidered gryffon on a poncho or gorgeous gold jewelry by Alessandro Gaggio. And the gorgeous hair swept back to the act with a long braid at the end. It was a great achievement!
Some of the other truly exquisite looks at the Valentino show were these:
There were definitely moments of Missed Glamourtunity on the Golden Globes red carpet. I say Missed Glamourtunity because I believe everyone has the raw materials to look amazing day to day, we just don’t always step up to the plate or make all the right choices, but we’ll get it right the next go around … I hope.
I have already told you what I thought of Alan Cumming‘s Missed Glamourtunity in his monochromatic suit, and for the women the Golden Globes were definitely a Missed Glamourtunity for Claire Danes, Patricia Arquette, Kristen Wiig, Keira Knightley, Maria Menounos, and Jennifer Aniston. Let’s start with Danes, Arquette, and Wiig.
Danes wore Valentino, and it was just too busy. Would have opted for a beautiful minimalist Calvin Klein or Narciso Rodriguez, both of which she has worn before, to complement her lovely and non-fussy hair styling here. Arquette’s Escada is ill fitting and looks wrinkled. The one-shoulder draping here also makes her look like she emerged from a time capsule from Golden Globes night five years ago. Happy for her much deserved win, however. And Kristen Wiig is giving me “Sister Wives: LA” in this look. It looks sad, ill fitting, and where are here jewels? Sorry, ladies.
Keira Knightley is in Chanel and just has too many embellishments and things happening in the dress. Hair and make-up are divine, but this garment doesn’t work for her in this context. I LOVE Chanel, but am beginning to think no one can pull it off on the red carpet. If anyone has examples of where it was done well, I’d love to see as a Chanel fan. Surely there are some. Maria Menuonos gets the “ma’am, what were you thinking?” award of the night. The color is no bueno. The beading in the pattern also no good. Looks like a figure skating costume, unfortunately. Love the hair and make-up. But no. Jennifer Aniston doesn’t really look too bad. Other fashion critics said it was bad, but I think it’s just ok. She’s on my list because I am tired of seeing her in these dour dark colors ALWAYS. I really wanted to be surprised by her last night. Whoever styles her for mag covers should style her for red carpet because she killed it on the Harpers Bazaar cover recently. This look just doesn’t work.