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February 25, 2013

LuxeCrush’s Oscar 2013 Fashion Post-Mortem

From Armani to Versace, the lowdown on Oscar’s Best-Dressed 2013

By Nancy Staab

No luxe labels dominated this year’s red carpet, but Armani Privé had two important moments with Jessica Chastain and Naomi Watts elegantly embodying Giorgio’s design aesthetic. Plus: Check out fun insider photos from Vanity Fair’s After Party.

Fan Bingbing in Marchesa; Jessica Chastain & Naomi Watts in Armani Privé; Anne Hathaway in Prada Fan Bingbing in Marchesa; Jessica Chastain & Naomi Watts in Armani Privé; Anne Hathaway in Prada

OK we realize that even though we are posting this slideshow the night OF the Oscars, we are already late by the milli-second standards of today’s digitally driven, real-time, social-media fueled world. But in case you are living under a rock and actually failed to review the fashion in real time on your second and third screens while watching the first screen, here’s our visual recap of the Prada, Gucci, Dior, Marchesa, Armani, Versace and more! [See full slideshow below].

Cheers to Jessica Chastain for demonstrating fashion chops equal to her acting chops in her drop-dead, nude Armani Privé gown; Anne Hathaway in a refined, pale pink Prada column (aside from darting issues with the dress) and her gorgeous backwards diamond necklace; Naomi Watts in va-va-voom, silver metallic Armani Privé; and Halle Berry in a geometric, equally v-v-v Versace. Nicole Kidman also struck a shimmering metallic note with her L’Wren Scott number. Charlize Theron went minimalistic but elegant in a white Dior gown and even her shorn head (for a movie role) could not distract from her angelic beauty.  We were not a fan of Salma Hayek’s beehive hairdo, but her Alexander McQueen gown with golden collar was very fashion-forward, even if the velvet seemed a bit heavy for the season in L.A. The over-exaggerated ruffles on the back of Jennifer Garner’s Gucci gown disappointed but the wine color was flattering. Kerry Washington was a breath of fresh coral in Miu Miu. Fan BingBing wore a gorgeous, voluminous, magenta gown by Marchesa and Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman (aka Mrs. Harvey Weinstein) looked ethereal in her Marchesa, empire-waist, white gown--perfect for concealing her pregnancy. (We wondered if Jennifer Anniston's ballooning, red Valentino dress was doing the same!)

Every year there’s an actress aping the golden Oscar statuette itself. Last year that was Stacy Keibler.  This year the “living statue” award goes to Rene Zellweger in a liquid-gold Carolina Herrera number. Amy Adams’ feathered, dove-gray Oscar de la Renta looks like something we’ve seen many times before on the runway, but nevertheless ravishing. And how about Jane Fonda, 70-plus, in her acid yellow, slinky Versace number that lithe actresses half her age couldn’t pull off even with 3-ply layers of Spanx! Ironically, some of the nominated singers, like Adele, featured as part of the Academy Award's entertainment program, showed more authentic movie-star glamour and charisma than the “real” Hollywood actors in the room, but maybe that’s less the fault of the fashion than the current talent pool.

CLICK THUMBNAILS BELOW TO LAUNCH A SLIDESHOW OF OSCAR 2013 FASHIONS AND PHOTOS OF THE VANITY FAIR AFTER PARTY.