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Oscar Night’s Best Dressed

W editors pick their favorite style moments from the 2012 Academy Awards.


Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful
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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“Simple and elegant, Spencer was an absolute knockout.”—Virginia VanZanten, Associate Editor

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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“She makes white look edgy. The beautifully structured bodice, the slightly kinky bandage straps in the back, the flowing fit: this look was perfection, especially with those razor straight bangs and red lipstick.”—Vanessa Lawrence, Fashion Writer

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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“The black paillettes gave this dress a really cool, almost rock ‘n’ roll texture. I love the one shoulder and beautifully placed strap in the back. And her minimal accessories gave it a downtown appeal, while still looking glamorous.”—Vanessa Lawrence, Fashion Writer

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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“I love that she went with navy, a rather conservative color for an Oscar gown, but on her it just looked elegant. Strapless can be tricky, but I thought the shape of the bodice was so flattering as was the structure of the peplum and skirt. Pure class.”—Vanessa Lawrence, Fashion Writer

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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“She killed it. Like Mara, she pulled off an all-white look with aplomb (it helps that she appears to have 5% body fat). The draping of the full-length cape had lovely movement on the red carpet; when she removed it to present on stage, you could see the gorgeous fit of the dress.”—Vanessa Lawrence, Fashion Writer

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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“The coiffed hair, the expressive eyebrows, the accent…oh yes, and his tux fit him like a dream.”—Virginia VanZanten, Associate Editor

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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“Black and gold is not a traditional color palette for an awards show, but in Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen’s hands, it added a much needed dark romance to the red carpet. This gown looked so stunning on Jessica Chastain, regal, but edgy. And her casual hair kept it from looking costumey.”—Vanessa Lawrence, Fashion Writer

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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“Natalie looks stunning in red and really, it’s just hard to go wrong with vintage Dior.”—Virginia VanZanten, Associate Editor

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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“Is a black strapless dress the most creative idea for the red carpet? Probably not, but when done in black velvet with a thigh-high slit and worn by Angelina Jolie, it’s pretty much a winner. The velvet gave this dress a lushness, I love the asymmetry of the strapless neckline and on Jolie, the slit looks sexy, without being too much (J Lo, are you listening?).”—Vanessa Lawrence, Fashion Writer

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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“It takes a big personality to work a giant bow, but as Stone proved in her witty on-stage exchange with Ben Stiller, she has the chutzpah to pull this look off.” —Virginia VanZanten, Associate Editor

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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“Michelle was radiant in this bright coral dress and somehow looked utterly sophisticated even while rocking a broach, necklace, pink clutch, ruffles, and a peplum.”—Virginia VanZanten, Associate Editor

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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“For being a first time Oscar-attendee, Jovovich hit the nail on the head with this shimmery Elie Saab gown. Though, would you expect anything less?”—Virginia VanZanten, Associate Editor

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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti Stylist: Edward Enninful

“He may be the oldest actor to win an Oscar, but he definitely outdid even the young guns in the wardrobe department. More leading men should take a clue from Plummer’s midnight blue velvet smoking jacket.”—Virginia VanZanten, Associate Editor