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The Style Bible is an easy to read style guide for women - by Simon Rademan - available in bookstores"I have always said that, when in doubt about true style .... you should rather 'take away" than 'add on".  This year at the 80th Academy Awards, it was evident that the night belonged to those that understood elegance." 

2008 celebrates 8 decades and many fashionable, and defining Oscar moments: the gilded designs of the '40s, the sweetheart statements of the '50s, the pinups of the '60s, the revealing gowns of the '70s and the dramatic designer gowns of the '80s, and this year, it looked like they were all represented as fashion and stylish dressing comes full circle.

The Academy Awards always reflect the incomparable elegance of Hollywood, but also has its fair share of "Hits" and "Misses"

Abso-fashion-lutely trends at the 80th Oscars (80th Academy Awards)

  • Styles were this OR that, and not this AND that

  • Very little (or none at all) detail on some gowns.

  • Multiple "ladies in red".

  • Chiffons and silk taffetas

  • Darker jewel colours (and even black) were popular

  • Jewelry was not the focus! ... and often miss-matched.

  • Handbags extremely small and often ill-matched

  • Drapery were everywhere

  • Hair was almost "untidy" but organized

  • Many diagonal necklines                                            Request an interview

Scroll down for images of your favourite celebrity from  ...and see if Mr Rademan thought it was ... a Hit or ...a MIss? 

Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Calista Flockhart, Cameron Diaz, Cate Blanchet, Catherine Heigl, Heidi Klum, Helen Mirren, Hilary Swank, Jenifer Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Julie Kristie, Keisha Whitaker, Kelly Preston, Marion Cotillard, Nancy O’Dell, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Renee Zellweger, Tilda Swinton

    Nancy O'Dell - The gown many matric-farewell girl would want to wear, but very few can.  Luckily "all" stayed in place...  I suspect, by looking at her tan-lines, that boob-tjoops are a fashionable item?  Definitely sexy, but not so classy, Me O''Dell.

    Keisha Whitaker - Almost flawless and almost bridal. Hollywood glamour that will inspire many to come...

    Heidi Klum in John Galliano Couture - Dynamic and dramatic, but with accessories that match the carpet and not the dress! Very few women can get away with this overpowering look. Me Klum does!

    Helen Mirren in Georges Chakra - Spencer-like sleeves... this might look like an after thought. I do not mind the drapery, the colour is beautiful, but the sleeves look borrowed from another gown.

    Hilary Swank in Versace -  Soft in black.  Stylishly embellished with lace flowers.  Would have loved to see some bling on the ears.

   Jenifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli - Looks a little like "something" on top of another... Me Hudson celebrates her fuller figure with this, but should rather have not!

    Julie Christie in Tanya Gill - This is why short is a no-no on the red carpet, --- and another spencer sleeve add-on?  I am completely confused by this.

    Catherine Heigl in Escada - One of my two favourites of the evening!  Classy and chic!  Drapery galore! perfect angles, and a simple knotted circle as a focus on the shoulder.

    Kelly Preston in Roberto Cavalli - Hemline gone wrong?  It easily looks like the fabric was not enough to do the drapery.

    Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gaultier - A risky but beautiful mermaid style... complete with "fish scales" on the gown.

    Penelope Cruz in Chanel Couture - Too much "Moulin Rouge" going on!  Are her dresses always too long, or is she just too short for everything she likes wearing?

    Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herera - Shining like a star!  This is what a true Hollywood star should shine like...

    Tilda Swinton in Alber Elbaz for Lanvin -  I often criticize what me Swinton is wearing, but this...? I suppose its lots less than disastrous.    Special care should be taken when "safe dressing":  ...that it does not become "boring dressing..."

    Amy Adams in Proenza Schuler - What would the belt be for?  And who did me Adams borrow the pretty vintage bag from?

    Anne Hathaway in Marchesa - Flowers are for arrangements in pots, not on dresses, but the colour really compliments Me Hathaway's fair skin.

   Calista Flockhart in Vintage Valentino - Gothic and regal!  The beauty of this gown is in the simplicity thereof.

    Cameron Diaz in Dior by John Galliano - Did Me Diaz grab this crinkling masterpiece from the washing line? ... or should it look like the iron was cold?

   Cate Blanchett in Dries van Noten - Pregnant women are beautiful and almost always forgiven for fashion mistakes.  I hope Me Blanchett does not stay pregnant forever!

    Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta - Too long, but engagingly opulent!  Love the handbag, not the bracelet, and please loose the necklace...

    Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga - Never in a million years did I think I would like this ensemble, but with Me Kidman being pregnant, this is incredibly stylish and perfect for her!

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