If there’s one trend we’ve been spotting taking over red carpets in 2012 alone, it’s been the juicy summer brights look. We’ve been happy to see every shade of orange and yellow seep onto a variety of silhouettes over the year, from the very start of January. The Oscars, the Met Ball, the Golden Globes and the big premieres — hello, The Hunger Games — all had these shades represented by actresses who are not afraid to embrace the bright side. The Met Ball alone really took care of this huge trend with a number of actresses choosing orange like Kristen Bell and Emma Roberts. Solange Knowles and January Jones really took care of the yellow spectrum. Some celebrities have been more courageous than others, wearing brights on numerous occasions. Like, Viola Davis, Nicole Richie and Elizabeth Banks. Each of those lovely ladies is represented in our exhaustive gallery of 25 pictures below. This collection comprises our favorite looks — all worn this year, from January onwards — which are all either orange or yellow, keeping the trend in mind. You’ll also see where exactly they were worn, in case you want to do a little digging on your own. Knock yourselves out on these punchy shades and tell us whose design you liked best!
Jason Segel knows how win us over: with a stream of constant, squirm-inducing self-deprecation! Oh, and a wardrobe malfunction here or there wouldn’t hurt either. While stopping by Ellen today, the Five Year Engagementstar explained how his couture suit inexplicably disintegrated at the Oscars. “My tuxedo self-destructed,” he claims. “It was perfectly fitted and then slowly, I’m sitting there and just buttons start falling off my tux until my shirt is held together by my bowtie and that it’s tucked in. That’s it.” As if that wasn’t as adorably humiliating enough, the seat of Jason’s pants blew out. “So then I stood up and applauded for somebody like Morgan Freeman or somebody great, with gravitas,” Segel admits. “And then I sat back down and, I’m not joking, my pants ripped from my butt to like the bottom of my leg.” You mean we could have had him on our Most Embarrassing Oscar Moments list? What a (good-looking, hilarious) waste!
Jason’s tux-plosion is only the latest in a string of hilariously embarrassing stories he’s happily shared with the world. Remember the tragic Taco Bell-littered “Before” picture of himself he revealed on Letterman? Or his claim that his date with Chelsea Gill, his YouTube fan “was more awkward for them than it was for me”? Or the seven-year-old who said the worst part of the Muppets movie was Jason Segel’s face? Swoon! Fortunately for him, Jason took his writing parter as his Oscars date, rather than a love interest who would have witnessed the whole embarrassing thing. “It would have been perfect,” Segel laughed. Yes, it would have been, Jason. Yes, it would have.
While we totally enjoyed the silly way Angelina Jolie insisted on posing with her leg at last night’s Oscars — and the Twitter stir her leg caused all through the night — many of you were more alarmed than amused. Is she really able to stand and walk around on legs skinnier than our arms? Did she give all her food away to war refugees? We’re not completely sure of the normally slender actress was actually thinner than usual last night, or if we’re just not used to seeing that much of her bared leg against the stark contrast of all that Versace velvet. But yeah, there were a bunch of actresses we’d like to feed sandwiches to right about now. Somehow, we doubt they partook in that popcorn that was passed out in the Kodak, much less the 3-D desserts Wolfgang Puck cooked up for the Governor’s Ball. Melanie Griffith’s face was downright sickly looking, and a close inspection of Jane Seymour’s decolletage is not for the weak of heart. There are others whose razor-sharp shoulders and collar bones we’re used to — like Rooney Mara’s — but that didn’t stop us from wishing we could show up, grandma style, and shove plates of food in their faces. Awards season is over ladies, please feast to your heart’s content!
There’s little we hate more than the way rumors of catfighting on the set plagues every TV show or movie that features an ensemble of women. As if no one can believe that any room of ladies inevitably turns into a scene from Mob Wives. That’s just one of the reasons we love the way this awards season has proved that the opposite was the case with the casts of Bridesmaids and The Help. Before she picked up her Best Supporting Actress Oscar last night, Octavia Spencer made it clear that she never wants to consider her colleagues “rivals” of any kind.
“I’m actually not competing,” Spencer told VH1 News on the red carpet. “I’ve got Janet McTeer who gave a brilliant performance. Melissa McCarthy, our dear friend, gave a brilliant performance. Jessica Chastain, a good friend, and Berenice Bejo. I think we’re all just happy to be a part of the conversation. We don’t compete.”
She went on to sing the praises of her other co-star. “Viola Davis is exactly what she’s wearing today: a jewel,” Spencer said. And the feeling is mutual. Read more…
“She’s so gorgeous!” “She’s too thin!” “I love her hair! “Is she pregnant?” “What was her stylist thinking?” Yes, most of our commentary about Oscar fashion revolves around the women in attendance. The lovely ladies of Hollywood always steal the show on the red carpet, but we want to give the men a chance to shine. While some guys just slap on a penguin suit and call it a day, a few put a little extra thought into their attire, and for that, we applaud them.
Keeping the swag level high, P.Diddy told us he went for a custom-made suit from London. Interior designer/talk-show host Nate Berkus has impeccable taste that clearly translates to his sense of fashion. And Nate was kind enough to let us in on the reasoning behind his fashion splurge: “When you’re 5-8″, you don’t go for a tuxedo from a store ’cause then you look 5’8″ … Don’t I look 5’9″?” Pharrell Williams served as the night’s musical director, so he knew his sartorial choice would be on the screen a whole lot. He was looking fresh to death in a Lanvin tuxedo, complete with waistcoat. “I’m clean baby! This what it’s all about right here!”
From the Oscar veterans like the velvet-loving Christopher Plummer to the newcomers like Jonah Hill, there were plenty of other men rocking a suit like a GQ photo shoot. Check out our gallery below and tell us who your faves were.
We entertainment writers do our best not to assume that all celebrities know each other or all actors are just like their characters, or other amateur business like that. But after seeing Rooney Mara kick major ass and rescue Daniel Craig in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, we thought she might possibly be a fan of other stories in which the lady saves the day. Like, for instance that other little best-selling trilogy, The Hunger Games?
“I haven’t read the books,” Mara confessed to VH1 News on the Oscar red carpet last night. “But I would like to. I’ve heard that they’re great. I think I’ll try and see the books first and then go see [the movie].”
Please do, Rooney! We see a lot of similarities between Lisbeth Salander and Katniss Everdeen, actually. They’re both scrappy, emotionally damaged girls who will do anything to survive but always wind up risking their necks to save others too and seem surprised to find themselves as heroines. And we wonder, would they like each other? More important: Who would win in a fight? (Forgive us, and our fried post-Oscar brains, please.)
Guys, look. I’m a regular gal. I like to hide behind my glasses and I’m currently wearing cheap neon yellow sneakers, Gap jeans, and a t-shirt I stole from my BFF Sarah in 1999. So needless to say I was way nervous when tackling the ol’ “what to wear to my first Oscars red carpet” conundrum, which, I might add, is a wonderful conundrum to have. Luckily I was placed in very capable hands and hit up the Kodak Theater in this ridiculously gorgeous Halston dress and sparkly Aruna Seth heels, ie: my dream shoes. (Humblebrag: Pippa Middleton wore the same pair to the Royal Wedding reception.) Thanks to both designers for making my red carpet look come together!
Underneath all that glamorous goodness I had an army of synthetic fibers working overtime to keep things in line. I owe a heartfelt thank you to a serious set of Spanx, a ridiculous looking yet magical adhesive bra, and lots of double-sided tape. And it turns out I’m not alone! We also talked to the pros – Viola Davis, Diddy and Glenn Close, to name a few – about their gritty glam secrets, too.
We all know that the Vanity Fair Oscar Party is almost as big as the Oscar ceremony itself. And just as brights were a major Oscars 2012 trend, it was the same as the party. Rosie Huntington-Whitely wore a juicy, tangerine Antonio Berardi dress while Cameron Diaz went more orange with a Victoria Beckham number. Kate Upton, a pregnant Molly Sims, Salma Hayek, Abbie Cornish and Diane Kruger all wore shades of crimson.
It’s just a straight-up roll call of celebrities here: Elizabeth Olsen in black Christian Dior, Sofia Vergara in a white Robert Cavalli column, Brooklyn Decker in nude, beaded Valentino and Selena Gomez in Dolce & Gabbana. See what we mean? We’re not too sure about Zoe Saldana in her black, sheer Marios Schwab or January Jones in her Wes Gordon green-and-burgundy confused dress. Or Elizabeth Banks and her green-and-blue feathered Chadwick Bell dress. Jennifer Lopez wore the same designer as her Oscars dress, but this plunging, sparkling, plum version was even sexier. Read more…
Do Rose Byrne and Anna Faris have the same stylist? They look like twins on the red carpet! Even their hair is almost the same length and style. Both remarkably slender ladies wore similar gowns, although Rose’s Vivienne Westwood shows more skin than Anna’s Diane von Furstenberg. We do love us some black sequins, and even though she’s all covered up, Anna’s DVF has our vote.
Think of a color. Think of an obscure shade, or even a nondescript one. It was probably represented on the Oscars 2012 red carpet. Paler, more interesting shades like Sarah Hyland‘s rhubarb colored Alberta Feretti dress or Berenice Bejo‘s lovely mint green gown by Elie Saab. There will definitely be some debates about Penelope Cruz’s iceberg custom Giorgio Armani organza gown which in itself was old-school Hollywood glamor, but the color on her wasn’t the best choice.
The ones we’ve really fallen in love with are Viola Davis‘ and Michelle Williams’ emerald Vera Wang and tangerine Louis Vuitton, respectively. Best dressed all the way. Natalie Portman made us sit up and cheer for her red Dior Haute Couture dress from Rare Vintage, which is a 1954 collection. Emma Stone also never disappoints. She wore one of her favorite red carpet designers, Giambattista Valli, choosing a a stunning raspberry-colored number this time. If you’re in the mood to look at the rest of the rainbow — including Missi Pyle‘s blue Valentina Delfino made from “cruely-free silkworms” — then feel free to flip through our gallery below. Don’t forget to tell us what you think.