Oscar fashion: The lows and highs

By Jon Jordan - Fashion Editor

DETROIT - The was a constant flow of fantastic fashion on the Oscar Red Carpet last night.

Stars embraced trends in a way that merged high fashion with high drama.
Women worked white right (Gwyneth Paltrow in minimalist mode by Tom Ford and Best Supporting Actress Winner Octavia Spencer in flawless and flowing off-white by Tadashi Shoji).

Rooney Mara and Mila Jovovich we're on board, also, Mara in lacey Givenchy and Mila in recycled Elie Saab Couture from Fall 2009. Apparently Jennifer Lopez confused the rock band, The White Stripes...for a dress!

Conversely, color, specifically coral, proved to be the winning route for Michelle Williams, in tiered Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs. Emma Stone made a statement in crimson and a statement bow. Natalie Portman rocked red, but dialed it down demurely with petite polka dots.

Poking fun at Gwyneth was the goal of Robert Downey Jr.'s anything-but-funny banter.
His oversized metallic bow tie, however, proved to be unintentionally comedic. Other men faired much better. Bradley Cooper successfully defended his title as "Sexiest Man Alive" with a studly & stunning 'stache. Not to be outdone, Christian Bale opted for a full beard and all black.
Black worked for Angelina Jolie and she worked the stage in Versace and one very exposed leg. Black-ish didn't do the trick for Glenn Close. She chose an overly complicated deep & deadly green dress and jacket combo by Zac Posen that looked more like a leftover Cruella De Ville costume by Walt Disney. Best Actress Winner, Meryl Streep, appeared overloaded by lame' in Lanvin, but Oscar #3 should suffice as a worthy consolation prize.
Rising well above all the competition of Hollywood Royalty were two regally attired real royals, Prince Albert II of Monaco and the statuesque Princess Charlene. He is the son of the late Grace Kelly. They are both former Olympic athletes...and billionaires to boot.
Now that's a tough act to follow.

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