Red carpet arrivals @ the 2009 Academy Awards

| 23 February , 2009 | Reply

Guest Editor:  Donny Galella, blogging LIVE from the ‘E – Live from the red carpet Academy Awards Party’ .

I’m all settled in my spot at The Zeta Bar (Hilton), the venue is uber chic.  The fabulous event is being made possible thanks to E! (Entertainment Television). They will be broadcasting live from Tinseltown. This year they have ‘Stiletto-cam’ and ‘Star-tracker’, to provide us with the best Oscar vision possible.

Before I begin blogging , please let me preface it by saying – I am a designer, milliner and stylist. I am not a professional writer, nor a journalist. So don’t be expecting a literary masterpiece, and please ignore any bad grammar- especially since the first thing in my hand when I arrived was a champagne.

Red carpet here we come ….

The weather looks sunny today, so good news for celebs.

The event is about to kick off, Kathryn Eisman is on stage and about to intro Charlotte Dawson, who looks stunning in a lavender Alex Perry frock. WOW!!!


I’m with the lovely Bianca Dye, who was lucky enough to hold a real Oscar statue. The statue was won in 1942, for best documentary.  (Check out her video from the event).


The vibe in here is building up, the stars are arriving such as celebrity hairdresser Joh Bailey, Adam Williams (So you think you can dance), Nick Cerrone, Toni Pearen, Jacinta Tynan, Swedish singer Amelia De Poret, Laura Csortan, Samantha Brett, James Tobin, Alicia Malone … and many more. This is certainly the place to be!!!




The stunning Charlotte Dawson is now on stage, with Joh Baily. They are talking about ‘hair’ Oscar moments. Joh Bailey declared “hair can never be too big”.


The red carpet is about to kick off, the Internet connection is really slow – so my apologies.

First up is Miley Cyrus, in a heavily sequined dress.  It looks really heavy and not very age appropriate. Her hair looks nice though!  I much preferred the Marchesa gown she wore to the Globes.


Dominic Cooper (Mumma Mia)  looks sharp – wearing a Bow-tie! as I predicted will be a hot trend, he looks sharp. Who else will embrace this trend?


Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) is coming up the catwalk (oops I mean red carpet), as predicted he too is looking very chic….sporting a…..bow-tie.  And Freida Pintoin a John Galliano blue jewel dress, with one lace sleeve. Love it!! she looks stunning. The dress has an ‘Indian Shari’ feel to it. Such a vibrant colour, she really stands out.


Taraji P Henson (Curious Case of Benjamin Button) looks exquisite in a strapless ivory gown. Lots of bling here! The red clutch bag is a bit random? guess she wanted to match the red carpet.


Heidi Klum in a red one shoulder dress red, hmmm not a fan of the dress- but her jewels are amazing. She must of been running late, and forgot to dry her hair after she showered. Her hubby Seal, looks very handsome, in a classic 2 button peak collar tuxedo.


Melissa George– is flying the Aussie flag in a white Dolce & Gabbana fishtail corset style dress. The fishtail is a bit too poofy, reminds me of something that Barbie would wear.


Amy Adams– a  red head in a red gown, nice!! She is  has some serious bling to boot. Really proving that simple is stunning!


Anne Hathaway– she has just arrived on the red carpet. What a stunner!! She is wearing an Armani Prive white strapless dress, with metallic undertones. Her hair is pulled back, simple and chic. Hang on … as I get a closer look at her dress, it is actually made of small white discs (bit like fish scales). I love it even more now!! she is definitely on my best dressed gals list!


Sarah Jessica Parker– I heart the dress, its a full ballgown. Its Dior Haute couture. She is channeling her inner Grace Kelly. It has an amazing belt detail on the front.  Not too fussed about her hair….  she should have pulled it back in a chic chignon bun.


Marissa Tomei– her body is in top shape (thanks to all the poll dancing she did for The Wrestler), her dress is stunning. Yet another one shoulder gown, that flows into extremely intricate pleats. Her side swept casual hair is perfect!


Mickey Rourke– I love that he has his own sense of style. A great off white suit, black best, cool specs, pocket chains… not to mention having a cheeky cigarette as he struts up the red carpet. Go Mickey your so fine, Mickey you just blow my mind … go Mickey!!


WOW!!!!! I JUST WON BEST DRESSED MALE at the event!!!I won a Blackberry Curve!!! and Optus Broadband Internet. I am speechless.  (Donny in his winning suit below, with Kathryn Eisman woohoo. Sassi xo)


Best dressed female went to Livia, wearing a stunning sexy short Manning Cartel dress. She is going home with a Gucci watch and Blackberry Curve.

To quote ‘Rachel Zoe’…. I DIE! Bananas!! I  just got a glimpse of Kate Winsletand she looks stunning!! She is wearing a steel grey dress, with a lace panel. Dress is ‘Atelier Yves Saint Laurent’ by Stefano Pilati. In keeping with today’s biggest trend, the dress is one shouldered. Her hair is up, in a quiff style bun. Her bling is spot on and the makeup is flawless. Add her to my best dressed list!


Penelope Cruz – this sexy Spaniard has chosen an off white strapless dress with a full skirt. I think she could have pulled off a more sexy look. She is sporting a thick black fringe and is channeling her inner Audrey Hepburn.




Who let these high school kids onto the red carpet? hmmm. Zac Efron does look smart with his slick hair, slim bow-tie and one button peak lapel tuxedo.  His lady Vanessa Hudgens, has a long black dress – it looks like she has random white tissues stuck to her dress.


Brangelina – this power couple, stick to classic black and quite simply look hot. Brad looks great – in wow!! another bow-tie, love the black buttons on his white shirt – classic and chic. Angelina is getting a bit predictable, wearing black again. She has chosen a classic strapless flowing black dress.  I love her green emerald earrings!


Evan Rachel Wood – She looks like a picture perfect mannequin, her skin and hair is flawless. The cream dress just screams sensational siren!! I love the intricate pleating and draping. Even if she doesn’t win an Oscar, she has already won in the fashion stakes.




Natalie Portman – finally someone is wearing an eye popping colour!! She looks delicious in this vibrant pink dress. Elegant, chic, classic! we love!!!


Beyonce– proving why she is the Bootylicious babe! Graphic prints are huge on the catwalks, so Brave Beyonce has chosen this gold bold print on black. The clever paneling on the dress, is extremely flattering on her.


John Legend– one of the best dressed males today. I love hie slim black tie and tie pin. The 2 button tuxedo suit is such a brilliant cut. Also nicely accesorised with the pocket handkerchief. What a legend!!


The red carpet coverage is about to come to an end and the Piper champagne is being packed away as this event at Zeta Bar is coming to a close. Overall a great event, I met some really lovely people. Everyone looked so glam (especially for an early Monday morning). I am pretty thrilled with my win today, and for predicting the hot red carpet trends.

Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Thanks E! – the footage was brilliant this year. I loved the ‘star-tracker’ 🙂 Until next time, take care and keep styling!



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  1. Carole says:

    Great coverage! x

  2. sassisam says:

    DG – do you realise your predictions were bang on? Well done …

  3. sassisam says:

    Hey Cheryl – I am waiting for some pics to arrive from the party so as soon as I have one, I’ll be posting it.

  4. Miss Sandi says:

    Absolutely love SJP, Natalie Portman and Miley! Great comments on all the outfits.

  5. Cheryl G says:

    What about a picture of Donny so we can see what he won best dressed for…

  6. j’adore Donny! xx

  7. sassisam says:

    As soon as we have a picture we’ll upload it … but he’s wearing a white jacket with no tie!

  8. Sob says:

    Who will win Best Actor? What is Mickey Rourke wearing today?

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