We saw ruffles at the Golden Globes and they have stayed the course this Award Show Season. At last night's Oscars, ruffles ruled the red carpet. And in a VERY big way.
There was no shortage of fabric, that's for sure. When Amanda Seyfried and Miley Cyrus took the stage as co-presenters for best original song, they were standing next to each other in a sea of poofy fabric!
As far as the ruffle trend goes, perhaps the poster child for the look was Vera Farmiga. In a fuschia Marchesa gown, Farmiga was engulfed in ruffles from head to toe. Her dress was strapless and had large ridged ruffles that went with the curve of her body. The top ruffle shot up in the direction of her face. She wore her hair up and wore minimal jewlery, letting the dress stand out completely on its own.
Presenter Demi Moore worked the ruffle trend in a champagne Versace gown. The dress was a strapless gown that was layered to just below the hip at which point the skirt of the dress exploded into layered ruffles. At the starting point of the ruffles, near Moore's hip, was a silk organza flower, completing the uber feminine look.
Diane Kruger, who always chooses unique styles and doesn't shy away from red carpet risks, wore ruffles but with a twist. In a cream Chanel gown with black lace at the neck, waistline and near the hemline, the middle section was made entirely of tight ruffles. She also wore a brooch in her hair which was in a tight up-do, and she wore minimal jewlery and make-up. Known for wearing bright lipstick, Kruger kept her lips and make-up rather down-played, letting the dress steal the show.
My vote for Red Carpet MVP of the night is ironically ruffle-free. In an Yves Saint Laurent bustier gown that was sleek and lean, Kate Winslet looked like a red carpet veteran. She chose the same designer (YSL) that she wore to last year's Oscars when she won best actress for "The Reader." Her dress was simple yet sophisticated, fit her beautifully and was a classy cut and color. Her hair was down, but highly styled. Her gorgeous Tiffany & Co. necklace absolutely completed the look. When Winslet took the stage to present the award for best lead actor, she looked the part of a star. And that, I am sure, is what everyone was trying to pull off.
South Jersey's Erica Salmon is the founder of Fantasy Fashion League -- the fashionista's answer to fantasy football. Her newest online fashion game, RedCarpetMVP.com, launched just in time for the 2010 Award Show Season. You'll see her Red Carpet Reports on the sport of fashion on NBCPhiladelphia.com.