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The 'New York Times' Was Not Impressed with Last Night's Red Carpet


Oscar fashion was panned by The Gray Lady.

Surely the Academy Awards's main event is the annual passing out of gold statuettes for "Best" this or that in cinematic acheivements. Additionally, though, it serves as a mini celeb-packed fashion show, where the world gets to watch (and judge) their favorite actors and actresses as they strut the Red Carpet. While there were some major highlights (Gwyneth in a white Tom Ford column dress and cape, hello!?) and lowlights (Um, why was Lea Thompson there?), the New York Times gave the sartorial proceedings an overall F. Fashion critic Eric Wilson called the women's ensembles, "spectacularly bland," and bemoaned the fact that "actresses are...afraid to take a risk." Agreed, Mr. Wilson, agreed. Where is a Bob Mackie headdress towering over a webby, glittering bodysuited Cher when you need it?

For men, who have a much more limited options (one can only do so much with a tuxedo), it's all about the details. But even with bajillions of dollars and access to the most exclusive brands and tailors around, the men fell short of looking their most debonair. Guy Trebay, also a fashion afficianado at the Times, is displeased with the male stars--including top dog George Clooney. "He looked like he should have taken a tip from the ladies and spent the past month pushing away from the table: Mr. Clooney's suit jacket looked like a corset on a barrel," he quipped. Meow.

So now, we deflect to you, dear readers. In your opinion, who were the fashion winners and losers from last night's ceremony? Do tell.

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