Red carpet blues
Amid a sea of bland, 11 gowns stand out on the Oscar red carpet
Feb 25, 2013 | 8:15 am
It wasn't a banner year for Oscar fashion, but there's still plenty to talk about.
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Most observers liked Jessica Chastain's Armani Privé flesh-colored sequin mesh strapless gown better than I did. I thought she looked too washed out. But the red lips and Veronica Lake hairstyle channeled old Hollywood glamor. "It's a very 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' kind of dress," she told the E! Channel's Ryan Seacrest, referring to the gown Marilyn Monroe wore when she infamously sang birthday greetings to John F. Kennedy in the early 1960s.