Oscars fashion: Best all around

The girl next door did not disappoint! And why not dress a little like an Oscar when it's your night to win one? Sandra Bullock looked perfect. Love the red lip. Love the hair down – so shiny and sleek! The dress was gorgeous, and more importantly so was she.

Gabourey Sidibe might be new to Hollywood, but she's a quick study. She knocked it out of the park in Marchesa at the Academy Awards. And inspired real women everywhere.

Such a shame. Gorgeous Zoe Saldana got so swept up in the moment, she just couldn't settle on one dress. So she picked three. And the bottom spoiled the top.

Marc Anthony: we know you try to keep J. Lo on a short leash, but hiding under her dress? Come on, it's a bit much, even for you.
Smashing – if you could just remove that thing from her hip.

Best actress nominee Carey Mulligan is the name that kept surfacing as I talked to fashion insiders this week about who to watch on the carpet. She's already emerging as a fashionista and has gained respect for interesting and daring fashion choices throughout the awards season. I'm just waiting for the critics on tomorrow's fashion wraps to educate us on how this is High Fashion. This is genius. This is PRADA. But that won't make me like it any better. Just not so crazy about the look. I wanted her to look softer. And didn't find the shorter length in front especially flattering – certainly not on those stairs.

Charlize, we know you're single now. Play the field, knock 'em dead, it's all good. But for future reference, don't let any Mr. Grabby get gropey with flour (frosting? yogurt?) on his hands before you hit the red.


It may have been the trendy choice (as predicted) but a red dress on the red carpet is tough to pull off. Penelope, you are a master of The Gown. But I wasn't a big fan of this hue. Are you?

Bridal by Urban Outfitters

Anthropologie is so skilled at delivering that feminine, whimsical, vintage-yet-modern aesthetic, a bridal collection almost seems inevitable. Parent company Urban Outfitters Inc. - yes, the chain also home to bathroom humor books and vast amounts of flannel – announced today that it will jump into the bridal business with a website launching Spring 2011, and plans to open dedicated stores eventually.  Anthropologie's design team will create the yet-unnamed collection, including
heirloom wedding gowns,
bridesmaid and occasion dresses, shoes and bags, jewelry and accessories,
intimate apparel, invitations and decorations, as well as gifts.
Wedding gowns will range from $750 to $5000, with occasion
dresses starting at $200.

 Chickenshirt Chuckshirt

Can Minneapolis-based men's brand s.kulhman make chickens look cool? Give 'em props for attempting to modernize the dreaded novelty shirt. Their new collection also features a Chuck Taylor print and grasshoppers. More interesting than a Hawaiian floral, anyway – and more fitted. The shirts sell for $95. Check them out online, or at the s.kulhman store in the Warehouse District.

Rapportspring Budding Minneapolis accessories line Rapport is really coming into its own this spring. The new collection, now available online, features vibrant pinks and oranges, rich suede and luxe texture. These bags and bows won't go unnoticed. Meanwhile, another hot Minneapolis handbag line is poised to introduce a new collection: get ready for the April 15 launch of Harold, menswear inspired accessories from Nelle.