André Leon Talley and Eric Wilson Disagree Strongly on Last Night’s Oscars Fashion

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Subject to debate: Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, and Michelle Williams. Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage, Lester Cohen/WireImage, John Shearer/Getty Images

In what were quite possibly the most polar-opposite red-carpet reviews of the year, Vogue editor André Leon Talley praised last night’s Oscar fashion for its “sensational sweep of elegant yet hot dresses,” while Times fashion critic Eric Wilson sniffed that "many women were wearing dresses that were, well, as plain and flat as the carpet beneath their feet."

Among the trends that rustled down the red carpet were nude and neutral-colored gowns with accents of feather and tulle. Talley couldn’t get enough of the trend, as worn by Halle Berry, Hillary Swank, and Hailee Steinfeld (one of his “best-dressed ladies” of the evening, along with Michelle Williams in a “superb column” by Chanel). Wilson, on the other hand, called Williams’s frock a “blahsy white T-shirt dress covered in white beading.”

Plain Jane Glamour Rules the Red Carpet [NYT]
André Leon Talley on the 2011 Academy Awards Red Carpet [Vogue.com]