Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

THE RED CARPET PATROL; STYLE AND ERROR We Take a Look Back at Fashion Highs and Low of Recent Years

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

THE RED CARPET PATROL; STYLE AND ERROR We Take a Look Back at Fashion Highs and Low of Recent Years

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Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON

Long after the Oscar trophies are handed out, it's the fashion that nabs the most headlines. And in some cases, the outfits make a more lasting impression than the films - it's been years since Bjork's tulle swan sank at the Oscars, but the image still gets fashionistas clucking in disapproval. Here's a sampling of the best and worst of Oscar fashion: Consider it a preview.

MOST MEMORABLE

BJORK

Designer: Marjan Pejoski, 2001

Equally admired and reviled, Bjork's feathery friend deserves its own category. A sartorial smack in the face, it was certainly surreal, playful and kooky. And maybe even a little cute.

THE GOOD

CAMERON DIAZ

Designer: Emanuel Ungaro, 2002

This dreamy kimono highlights Diaz's deft ability to mix delicate details with "wrong" accessories. The wrap-around dress was a risky choice, but paired with chunky turquoise and undone hair, it looked unpretentious and utterly cool.

NICOLE KIDMAN

Designer: Christian Dior, 1997

Like it or not, this controversial dress practically made Kidman's career, partially because the glamazon towered over tiny Tom. The chartreuse hue was jarring, but the sleek impact can't be disputed: Before this, Kidman was just Mrs. Cruise.

JULIA ROBERTS

Designer: Valentino, 2001

The pairing of sporty stripes with an elegant train garnered accolades from fashionistas everywhere. Roberts is no stranger to fashion disasters (Lyle Lovett was a terrible red carpet accessory), but this dress invigorated her star power.

REESE WITHERSPOON

Designer: Nina Ricci, 2007

Almost immediately following her split from Ryan Phillippe, Witherspoon wowed when she arrived in a ruffled, plum number. Proof positive that the perfect dress can be a declaration of independence.

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES

Designer: Versace, 2003

Who else looks this sultry right before popping out a kid? Catherine proved that baby bumps don't have to look like beach balls stuffed under skimpy couture. She chose a smart sparkler that draped her curves, all with utter class. …

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