Best Dressed: This was a tough call, but I based my picks on how well the dress looked on the actress, how well the accessories accented the dress, and whether the overall style would be remembered as a red carpet "best of" standout five years from now.
1. Octavia Spencer: The actress wore Tadashi Shogi to the Academy Awards. Octavia looked amazing in this dress. The design was perfect for her figure. The soft gathers into the middle of the dress accentuated her hour glass figure. The color of the dress wasn't overpowering but rather complimented her skin tone and beading was simply elegant old school glamour. Her accessories were a pair of art deco diamond chandelier earrings and an embellished Judith Leiber clutch. Overall the look was stunning! Exactly what a movie star should look like at the Oscars.
2. Viola Davis: Viola Davis' emerald green strapless Vera Wang gown looked beautiful on the actress. The embellished but not overstated bodice coupled with the elegant pleating of the skirt made the dress a knockout. The eye catching green color made the dress stand out among the sea of well dressed women on the red carpet. Ms. Davis accessorized her dress with emerald and diamond chandelier earrings, a diamond cuff bracelet and a crystal studded clutch.
3. Milla Jovovich: Elie Saab designed the one shoulder beaded white dress that Milla Jovovich wore to the Academy Awards. The dress was beautifully detailed and reminiscent of the days of Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly. Ms. Jovovich wore her hair in a contemporary version of a 1920's finger wave which added to the overall feel of the outfit. She accessorized with diamond drop earrings, a matte silver clutch and a HUGE diamond ring!
Worst Dressed: I based my opinion on the same three criteria stated above, how the dress looked on the actress, how well the accessories accented the dress and whether or not the dress would be remembered as a "best of" in the next five years.
1. Melissa McCarthy - Marina Rinaldi did no favors for Melissa McCarthy with this dress. The color was unflattering, the cut was unflattering and the overall style... unflattering. It's never a good idea to put an empire waist with a soft full skirt on a full figured woman. There is no line to follow and it makes for a round appearance. However, Ms. McCarthy did have some stunning accessories. Her shoes were Swarvoski crystal encrusted peep toe pumps and she carried the matching crystal clutch.
2. Emma Stone - When you have red hair you have to be very careful about the shade of red clothing that you wear. Emma Stone's Giambattista Valli's red dress simply did not work on the actress. Not only was the color of the dress in competition with her hair, the dress was entirely too old for the Emma Stone. This look was unappealing and way too stuffy for such a young, beautiful actress. Ms Stone accessorized with Louie Vuitton earrings and a Louie Vuitton clutch. Overall the entire look was nothing to write home about.
3. Rooney Mara - Rooney Mara's Givenchy dress was ill fitting and unbecoming. The pale white dress looked lost against the pale white skin of Ms. Mara. The bust line and the back of the dress looked unfinished with the exposed zipper. Rooney wore her stark black hair slicked back in a low bun which did nothing to feminize the look. She wore no accessories except red lipstick. She looked like a ghost and really got lost in the crowd. A totally uninspired look with no WOW factor at all.
About Janie Glade: Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, Janie started her career in special event planning at the age of 23 in the sales office of the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. In 1998 Janie started “An Event to Remember” and began planning special events across the United States on a full time basis.
After Hurricane Katrina, Janie opened “Weddings by Janie Glade”. In August of 2011 she expanded her Wedding Planning services to include a partnership with her daughter Marylyn Rigby and opened Old.New.Blue, a Wedding Necessities Boutique and Gift Shop on Magazine Street in Uptown.