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    • Hank Fradella

    • February 26, 2019 in Columnists

    Oscar’s best and worst dressed — who flaunted it, who flubbed it

    Because I know you have all been waiting with bated breath, here is my “Best and Worst Dressed” list for the 2019 Oscars. At the outset, I have to say this was a terrible year for Oscar’s fashion. I had to edit the “worst dressed” list down, while the “best dressed” list is quite short. For sure, the “worst dressed” of all was the stage. Just when you thought Donald Trump’s hair couldn’t look worse, they make it into a set. Sure, they made it look better than he does, but still….

    Best Dressed Women:

    • Angela Bassett – Fabulous in fuchsia with a sculptured shoulder that shows how it’s done.
    • Ruth Carter – Wakanda chic.
    • Lady Gaga – Classic Hollywood elegance in Alexander McQueen. The $30 million necklace cinched the deal.
    • Jennifer Hudson – The lady in red glows! And her reaction to Gaga’s speech was priceless.
    • Allison Janey – Beautiful in sleek black. The sash at the waist, the diamond and ruby clutch, and the purse all announced that this Oscar winner can own the red carpet.
    • Regina King – Regal in Oscar de la Renta and the perfect Christian Louboutins.

    Best Dressed Men:

    • Chadwick Bozeman – Totally different and classy in a novel way. Trendsetter of the night.
    • Henry Golding – Those studs added chic to classic elegance; best tux of the night, hands down.
    • Michael B. Jordan – I am not normally a fan of mixing navy blue and black in formal-wear, but he pulled this off.
    • Rami Malek – GQ cover perfect to match his BoRap best actor award.
    • Trevor Noah – Proved he should not only be the next host of the Oscars, but also should be the next 007.
    • Billy Porter – Leave it to the star of “Kinky Boots” to team up with Christian Siriano to create a stunning combination of tuxedo and ballgown. Cody Fern take note: Porter schools you in the way to gender-bend!
    • Mark Ronson – It’s hard to pull off formal elegance with a touch of rock-and-roll, but he did it flawlessly, with major props for the shoes

    Worst Dressed Women:

    • Amy Adams – Don’t pick a color that washes you out. And don’t pick a pattern that reveals a first-year design student tried (but failed) to master the zig-zag stitch.
    • Aquafina – Was Lestat the designer of this ill-fitting, disco-era monstrosity?
    • Linda Cardellini – When I loaned her my feather duster, I assumed she would use it to clean. Imagine my shock when she turned it into something close to wearable!
    • Gemma Chan – Although pink was this year’s Oscar color, but one simply does not wear a duvet.
    • Glenn Close – Few can pull off shimmering gold, especially when the ensemble resembles the very glistening statue for which one is competing.
    • Queen Latifah – Batgirl wore it much better.
    • Jenifer Lopez – I have never seen anyone wear a mirror before.
    • Melissa McCarthy – Black pants, white long sleeves, and a white cape? This wouldn’t even fly at the Black & White Ball of 1966.
    • Better Midler – The rejected patterns for New Year’s Eve balloons don’t belong on dresses.
    • Helen Mirren – Although normally fashion perfection, this year, Dame Helen missed the mark. She should know that orange and pink do not complement each other.
    • Kasey Musgraves – A pink tutu is not Oscar attire.
    • Sarah Paulsen – Red poncho meets swimsuit = a terrible miss.
    • Amy Poehler – This is a tux done wrong, regardless of gender.
    • Maya Rudolph – Just because a pink flamingo mated with a sari doesn’t mean you need to wear the offspring.
    • Emma Stone — Louis Vuitton made a bronze metallic version of their signature luggage and called it a dress.
    • Barbra Streisand – That hat was the turd on an otherwise disaster of a Barbie costume.
    • Charlize Theron – Cold, austere, and unflatteringly cut.
    • Rachel Weitz – Somewhere, a dominatrix is thinking she needs of knock-off of that vinyl top. And the hair?!? This isn’t a third-grade talent show.
    • Serena Williams – Maybe for a Valentine’s Day tennis fundraiser, but not for the Oscars.

    Worst Dressed Men:

    • Mahershala Ali – Would have been on the best dressed list for the stylish tux, but ruined it with a ski hat.
    • Chris Evans – Everything that’s wrong about a teal velvet dinner jacket was heightened by the lumbersexual “grooming.”
    • Stephan James – The red tux looked like a discarded Christmas costume, complete with an ornament on the lapel.
    • Jason Mamoa – What’s Dothracki for “horrific texture, color, and fit?” And the wrist band made Aquaman look like he shopped for accessories at Ross Dress for Less in the 1980s.
    • John Mulaney – The pattern on that dinner jacket was rejected by Hallmark as a holiday card background in 1963.
    • Spike Lee – I don’t even have the words to describe how laughable this cinematic genius made himself look dressed as an extra from the Joker’s lair (from the 70s “Batman” television show) auditioning for a tertiary part on “Gilligan’s Island.”
    • Pharrell Williams – Combat fatigues, shorts, and tube socks?!? He deserves a lifetime ban from the red carpet for this ensemble.


      • Sandra McPherson

      • February 26, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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      You mean “chic” & not “sheik” perhaps. But sheik does have this secondary meaning which fits: n sheik a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

      • Maya Spier Stiles North

      • February 26, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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      I love pink and orange — brighter the better. At some point in life, one must wear what pleases the soul, not society. Helen Mirren is over 70. She should wear anything she pleases. It’s the assumption that you rock a look more than the look itself that defines whether it’s stylish. 😉

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