It's no secret that the Oscars are known as the most glamorous event on Hollywood's calendar. Showcasing the best gowns, jewels, and accessories the fashion world has to offer, the event draws all eyes to the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater.
But this year, the glamour just wasn't there. Everything about the red carpet was subdued: those going for the gold definitely did not glitter. Although the stars looked beautiful, it was low-voltage across the board.
The color of the night was definitely red. Heidi Klum strutted her stuff in a dramatic Galliano gown in lipstick red, with Miley Cyrus, Katherine Heigel, and Anne Hathaway following her lead. But in this time of toned-down elegance, black also took a front seat. The appropriate color was seen on Tilda Swinton, who sported a plain Lanvin sheath in charcoal velvet; Hillary Swank in Versace; and Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta.
Various shades of nude tones also made a showing, from Cameron Diaz's pale rose Dior to Renee Zellweger's silver-sequinned Carolina Herrera sheer gown, made extra luxurious with a leggy slit up the side. And Keri Russel went from "Felicity" to femme fatale in her sumptuous, barely-there pink Nina Ricci full-skirted gown. If you wanted to sum it up in one phrase, the Oscars this year were black, nude, and red all over!
And now, the moment you've all been waiting for: the winners of the annual Fashion Bloch-Buster Awards.
The devil may wear Prada, but Anne Hathaway looked like an angel in her crimson red Grecian gown by Marchesa. The one-shoulder design and delicate rosette details made this young starlet stand out from the rest. And with her matching lipstick and simple up-do ponytail, she was the definition of Oscar glamour.
This chic French actress who won the little gold man for her haunting portrayal of Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose" looked like a beautiful mythical creature in her mermaid-inspired Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown. Few could pull this look off, but Marion did it with style, grace, and a little je ne sais quoi!
Ladies and gentlemen, there was a tie! The Bloch-Buster award went to two ladies in red who truly came out of their shells this Oscar season.
Katherine Heigl, the breakout star from "Grey's Anatomy," consistently gives old-school Hollywood glamour a modern twist when she walks down the red carpet. Her asymmetrical Grecian gown from Escada in brilliant ruby red made everyone's jaws drop.
Teen-queen Miley Cyrus definitely stepped up to the plate this Oscar season as a future style icon in her simple but elegant and, most importantly, age-appropriate gown by Valentino. While Britney and Jamie-Lynn Spears are making parents panic with their antics, Cyrus has all the makings of what little girls should be aspiring to become.
Even Oscar host Jon Stewart couldn't deny that the baby bump stole the show this year. And the award goes to … it's an unheard-of three-way tie!
Jessica Alba looked healthy and glowing in her aubergine Marchesa empire-waist gown with feather trim. Head designer Georgina Chapman-Weinstein hand-sewed the feathers on the dress herself the night before the big show. The gorgeous draping of the gown delicately and effectively camouflaged her bun in the oven.