As the 2012 award season wraps up with the 84th Annual Academy Awards show, we have our last chance to look at couture and designer fashion on the red carpet!
Were this year’s looks hit or miss? It seems that many celebrities sported boring hair, and either blah dresses or over-the-top frou-frou and over-blinged fashions.
Angelina Jolie looked gorgeous in a strapless black velvet Atelier Versace ball gown with an asymetrial top and custom black velvet Salvatore Ferragamo peep toe pumps.
All across the Web, media and fans joked about her posing ‘antics’ with her thigh revealing slit and hand on her hip, causing a Twitter page of her leg, with even male colleagues mocking her body language. The Descendents Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rush mocked her pose, causing her to react and retract, most likely so as not to egg them on further. As we know, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and we know they only pale in comparison to her status! With her red lips and loose, uncomplicated hair, we definitely say she’s a fashion ‘do’ as she presented two awards at ths show.
And although we get caught up in the fashion, it’s important to remember that Jolie was there as presenter and Writer/Director of her fictionalized 2011 Golden Globe-nominated Bosnian war film, In the Land of Blood and Honey. The film portrays a love story between Danijel (Goran Kostic) and Anjl (Zana Marjanovic), two characters whose lives are torn apart by the violence in the real-life ethnic genocide in the 1990s.
In the film, the character Danijel is part of the Bosnian-Serb renegade army, created in Belgrade under the watch of Serbian President Slobadan Milosevic, to cleanse Bosnia of non-Serbs. Milosevic gained power over other regions of Yugoslavia, and the Bosnian Serbs and Yugoslav army occupied Sarajevo. The violent war devastated the region, killing 100,000 people and displacing 2 million more. More than a simple war between soldiers, 7,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered, others were taken captive, and between 20,000 and 50,000 women were raped. This violence in 1992, not unlike the Rwandan genocide which took almost 1 million lives, was not depicted or presented in the mainstream Western media. Props go out to Jolie for researching and communicating this under-told story, as told by her PGA Stanley Kramer Award, Image Award for Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture, and Heart of Sarajevo award.
While we always love Jolie’s seemingly effortless fashion, on-screen and off, from her role as troubled model Gia Carangi in 1998’s Gia, to 2001’s Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, to her more sophisticated stints like her 3-year St. John’s and $10 million Louis Vuitton campaigns, not to mention her Shiseido cosmetics campaign and October Vanity Fair cover, we have seen her grow as a fashion icon and more importantly, a person. From her Golden Globe’s satin Atelier Versace gown, to her Paris opening of the film in a Ralph & Russo white gown with her partner, Barad Pitt, she always looks great, While Blood and Honey, earned $18,854 in its three theatre opening, and grossed $55,000 in its first week, it has sparked controversy in Sarajevo as 5,000 Serbs saw it in a special screening and argued about its various merits.
Her role as a Goodwill ambassador, natural and adoptive mother of six, and now albeit Hollywood-produced, ethnic-war storyteller, shows us that she’s not only a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world but beyond. While the film is controversial, and whether it is eventually a hit or miss with critics and fans, it’s important that while we see her striking a pose, we remember there’s more to her – and any woman – than how her leg looks in a sexy dress.
So we say, unlike Jlo’s unconfirmed nip-slip, a former Vuitton spokesmodel, Angelina definitely has a leg up on the competition. Keep climbing the glass staircase in diamonds, pearls, and designer duds!