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My favorite gowns from the 2011 Academy Awards

I was pretty disappointed with the attire at this year's Academy Awards, but here are a few gowns that caught my eye:

Camila Alves (girlfriend of Matthew McConaughey) — I don't typically like gowns like this; they're usually too princessy. But this dress has a striking modernity — the deep V bustline, nipped waist, tidy pleats and color make it edgy and dramatic.

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy - This is the perfect example of a fashion-forward gown that works on the red carpet. I love the feminine, flowing skirt with amazing pleated and beading details, and the most unique structure with just the right amount of quirk. Smart choice — she's probably wearing the most cutting-edge look, but it's still appropriate for the event.

Florence Welch - Excactly what a chic rocker should wear to the Oscars. I love how it's in keeping with her bohomeian tendancies, but still looks like couture. And it's perfect with her hair.


Mandy Moore — I'm not over the moon about this dress, but it's pretty. I like how it hugs her body without being crass, and how it's hard to see where the gown ends and her skin begins. Brunettes look so lovely in this color.

Melania Trump — This is a cute, understated version of the typical mermaid cut, with just a hint of a flared skirt in a beautiful sparkly black. It fits her great and works well on her figure. Boring hair though.

Mila Kunis — This one might be my favorite of the night. I love the pale lavender and wispy, slightly shredded fabric. It looks so ethereal in the most romantic yet sexy way. Gorgeous.

Anne Hathaway — This was Anne's first gown of the evening. I loved the Grecian-style draped skirt and intricate embroidery up the sides, showing off her waist. It moved like a dream as she walked on stage.

Rhea Durham — What a trendy little number on Mark Wahlberg's lady. A red, nude and silver combo is pretty unexpected, and the pleating on the skirt is gorgeous. Perfectly paired shoes, too. She could've used some help with her hair though. Who shows up to the Oscars with roots? Yikes.

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