Sunday night's Academy Awards Show was different, to say the least. I liked the setting at Union Station in LA. The producers did a good job of making the best of an awkward situation. But every time they cut to the few people scattered around the nearly empty Dolby Theater (where the show is traditionally held) it just seemed pointless.
I'm not announcing the winners of the Immie (Image Matters) awards because that too seems pointless. There were very few stars in attendance and even fewer "looks" worth mentioning. Instead, I'll share some general comments from an image consultant's point of view.
The show opened with Regina King strutting the red carpet outside Union Station and working her way through the audience to the podium. I loved her gown, I loved her attitude. She looked good and she knew it. She owned the walkway and the stage. Her attitude said "I am a star and I know it." Her baby blue gown was by Louis Vuitton and featured a structured "butterfly wing" shoulder and crystal and pearl embellishments. The extreme shoulder detail stopped just short of "too much" and was the perfect combination of drama and style. Her blunt cut hair was also perfect for the dress. A gown with a very architectural design, as hers was, requires a dramatic hair style. If her hair had been soft and curly it would not have worked.
Her opening remarks became political and although I might sympathize with her emotion, I don't want to hear it at the Oscars. I prefer our entertainers stick to entertaining rather than preaching.