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Pretty darn horrid, in fact.

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Let'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!

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Rather less questionable? Rita Wilson's exercise in maximalism.

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And I don't know if it's better to think that Emma Stone worked with a stylist...or not.

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Can we all applaud Cate Blanchett for taking an all-too-rare Oscar risk, while still admitting this Givenchy couture is just awkward-looking?

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Another swing and a miss? Nicole's aggressive Dior.

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Okay, 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.

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Speaking of gratuitous fabrication! Naomi Watts' Chanel.

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And also in the Black Swan camp, this Cruella DeVille-ish turn from Sharon Stone.

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And this immense Charles James is not the most flattering look we've ever seen on Marisa Tomei.

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By far the most epidemic trend was the "sheer black" thing, which came in many unfortunate forms. Exhibit A: Sofia Vergara.

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Jena Malone.

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A Kiss of the Spider Woman-inspired Madonna.

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Eva Mendes.

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A 60's-inflected — not in the good way — Zooey Deschanel.

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Jessica Szohr, apparently dressed by Pretty in Pink's Andy.

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By now you've probably seen Melissa Leo's infamous killer doily attack.

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And in Dolce and Gabbana, I think Scarlett sells herself short in this too-revealing bow to the odious lacy tyranny of 2011.

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