Pretty darn horrid, in fact.
SLet's start with what's sure to be a controversial pan: Dame Helen, in what to me looks rather more mumsy than is her wont. And in Vivienne Westwood, less!
SRather less questionable? Rita Wilson's exercise in maximalism.
And I don't know if it's better to think that Emma Stone worked with a stylist...or not.
SCan we all applaud Cate Blanchett for taking an all-too-rare Oscar risk, while still admitting this Givenchy couture is just awkward-looking?
SAnother swing and a miss? Nicole's aggressive Dior.
SOkay, from certain angles Anne Hathaway's Valentino is stunning indeed. From others, there's a distinctive "tumor-ish" look to it — never a good thing.
SSpeaking of gratuitous fabrication! Naomi Watts' Chanel.
SAnd also in the Black Swan camp, this Cruella DeVille-ish turn from Sharon Stone.
SAnd this immense Charles James is not the most flattering look we've ever seen on Marisa Tomei.
SBy far the most epidemic trend was the "sheer black" thing, which came in many unfortunate forms. Exhibit A: Sofia Vergara.
SA Kiss of the Spider Woman-inspired Madonna.
SA 60's-inflected — not in the good way — Zooey Deschanel.
S Jessica Szohr, apparently dressed by Pretty in Pink's Andy.
SBy now you've probably seen Melissa Leo's infamous killer doily attack.
SAnd in Dolce and Gabbana, I think Scarlett sells herself short in this too-revealing bow to the odious lacy tyranny of 2011.