The faux shock over (super-cute) Seth MacFarlane’s jokes aside (not sure what people expected being that he’s Seth MacFarlane), this years Oscars were like every other Oscars, only short(er) (yay!) with more musical numbers (uh) and Jack Nicholson back in his reserved seating, with a fresh pair of glasses (yay!).
Now that the granddaddy of awards shows is over, the real Monday night quarterbacking can begin. Instead of lamenting on who said what (or why everyone who works in a technical field had troll-doll hair) let’s get to the good stuff and highlight the best looks–and lessons of awards season.
Jessica Alba at The Golden Globes
The side-swept look is all the rage among actresses and musical diva’s alike, but what I love about Jessica’s take is how effortless, loose and sun-kissed it looks. This look would look great on everyone from brides to birthday girls, and it’s easy to recreate.
The Lesson: Whether short or long, up or down, hair that looks moveable looks youthful and glamorous. Sticky prom-like locks? Not so much.
Marion Cotillard at The SAG/AFTRA Awards
There’s no denying Marion would look gorgeous with wet hair in pajamas, but the confident, fresh haircut and dress–with pockets!–she rocked at the SAG/AFTRA awards did the seemingly impossible, giving her classic beauty a boost. .
The Lesson: There’s something really magnetic about a woman who is comfortable in her skin and open to changing things up. One look might look great, but so might another. We have different sides of our personalities, why not allow ourselves a chance to explore different hairstyles and perhaps a new color or two?
Catherine Zeta-Jones at The Oscars
She carries herself like a Grande Dame a la Joan Crawford and an icy air floating around her. I have never found her particularly interesting, but I can appreciate her allure, talent and her passion for living like a movie star. Last night, she rocked the red carpet in a gold ensemble that rivaled Oscar himself.
The Lesson: Treat yourself like a queen and the rest of the world will follow.
Emily Blunt at The Golden Globes
When it comes to mixing modern chic with classic elegance, there are few who merge as well as Ms. Blunt. Stunningly beautiful, chic, and so ladylike, Emily is everything I love in an actress–I have watched “Young Victoria” no less than a dozen times–and someone I would love to invite out to lunch. This is not about any of that, this is about the understated glamour she flashed at the Golden Globes. Her smokey eyes, loose ballerina bun and pretty pink-stained lips proved that less is often so, so much more.
The Lesson: Ladylike elegance can be far sexier than an up-to-there slit and vampy lipstick and nails.
Jennifer Aniston at The Oscars
Our favorite girl next door wore her stunning signature look–California beach girl gets glammed-up-and wowed us all with her stand-out red gown, flowing locks and diamonds worn as though they were trendy accessories purchased on a whim somewhere in Cabo. The whole room smiled when our girl took the stage, and with good reason: who wouldn’t want to be as cool, pretty, chic–and happy-- as Jennifer Aniston seems?
The Lesson: Happiness is the best look on any woman.
(Photo 1: Getty Images, 2. Nola Images 3. Red Carpet Fashion Awards 4. Painted Ladies, 5. Yahoo)