BAFTAs Well Played, Viola Davis


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This is inching toward Prom-ville, but at the last minute takes a hard left at Awesometown, of which I sort of suspect Viola Davis may be the Mayor:

The fabric could so easily be cheesy, but the pink/orange interplay is so good — so Palm Springs and beachy and fresh — that I think it totally works.  I have such a crush on her wardrobe. It’s so full of color, which is such a huge breath of fresh air when it feels like everyone else is slinking up to the red carpet in dresses so neutral they almost cease to exist.

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  1. Kit
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    this is gorgeous!

  2. Zibbby
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    Viola Davis has joined Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge. The “eco fabric” is made from recycled plastic bottles, as was Livia’s gown at the Golden Globes.

  3. Hannahkin
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    The colour of that dress is FANTASTIC. And she is rocking it.

  4. Bella
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    Gorgeous!

  5. sharmania
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    Gorgeous! But I see this and then think about how much more gorgeous she’d have been had she not worn the wig. Those photos of her with her natural hair were just so amazing. Imagine her with her natural hair in this dress. Talk about striking!

    • Lisa
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      @sharmania you read my mind! I wish she’d go natural.

      • Rubee
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        Ditto to the wig faux pas, unless it’s a sort of ‘homage’ to Whitney Houston who used to wear her hair like that… I bet she would have looked much better bald shaved.

  6. Lana
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    She looks like my mom….So OF COURSE I find her gorge.

  7. G
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    Gorgeous color, beautiful fit. She looks great. And speaking of gorgeous, who’s the handsome fellow next to her?

  8. Caroleena Stantonova
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    They look wonderful! LOVE her gown!

  9. Jacq
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    She looks fabulous. What a beautiful woman.

  10. Sajorina
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    I’m not crazy about the top of the dress, but I love the awesome fabric and the beautiful fit! She looks lovely & confident… She obviously knows what works for her and rocks it! FAB!

  11. Girlin
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    Colour and cut are delightful but the real winner is her SMILE! Mega-watt is appropriate here!

  12. Khalesi
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    @sharmania: I agree, I wish she had ditched the wig — she is such a striking woman and that wig just does not do her justice. And the dress is fabulous on her.

  13. rerun delaney
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    she is KILLING IT. damn baby!

  14. Lizzie
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    She is soooo beautiful and classy. She can do no wrong.

  15. amys
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    What a gorgeous couple. The top of her dress gives me anxiety (right breast specifically), but the color and the fit are fabulous. Love her confidence and megawatt smile. I know someone who won’t be showing up in a Fug Madness bracket, that’s for sure.

  16. vandalfan
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    I tend to really dislike those kind of neckline/bodices, but the fabric pretty much makes up for it.

  17. guerra
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    love this colour on her. its amazing!!

  18. Kate
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    i can get past the fact that my prom dress from 2002 was made of this exact fabric. The pink/orange iridescence…I can’t unsee it…

  19. Emma
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    I love this. Unfortunately it’s split to the thigh, and there’s a pic of her sticking her leg out, just like she did at the Globes. Someone obviously told her to show off the split, but she really doesn’t need the added raciness. She looks stunning.

  20. Asia
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  21. Miss Louise
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    The colour just sings on her gorgeous skin. I can even look past the wig.

  22. crystal
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    Just so lovely!

  23. NYCGirl
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    I don’t like the knot at the waist, but that is a nice sherbet-y color indeed.

  24. The Other Molly
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    She is most definitely the mayor of Awesometown.

  25. Susan
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    Love it.

  26. cruzilla
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    I think it’s gorgeous and have to wonder what proms you’ve been attending recently because my how prom fashion has changed since I went! :)

  27. laziza
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    This is freaking awesome.

  28. Sandra
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    She and I were born in the same month. And she represents it a cubajillion times better than I. Smashing!

    Why are these marvelous-looking people being photographed on that hideous carpet? It looks like the Sheboygan Ramada Inn.

  29. nmlhats
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    I think she has multiple wigs–this one, the short, straight one. What’s underneath? She is so buff and smokin’ hot that i’m sure a close crop would look just as cute, if that’s what under all the wigs. She looked really good on Letterman last night, and you could tell he thought so, too ;-)

  30. Pouncer
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    THE DRESS I WORE TO PROM SHIFTED BETWEEN SHOCKING PINK AND ORANGE DEPENDING ON THE LIGHT!!!

    I am obvs. a major trendsetter, years upon years removed.

    Ms. Davis looks fantastic. Go her.

  31. nmlhats
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    Here are the LA Times pics with her real hair, which is totally fine: http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2012/02/viola-davis-for-la-times-magazine.html

    • Sandra
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      Why would you wear those wigs when your real head looks so much better? I can understand wanting to fancy it up for a big occasion, but those particular wigs aren’t doing the job.

  32. Ladyblahblah
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    This is something you don’t see on the red carpet often – natural attractiveness, tastefully dressed, age-appropriate (both in attire and couplehood). They may be the antidote to the Kardashians and Housewives.

  33. Ladyblahblah
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    nmlhats – Thanks for the link. I so hope that she wears her natural hair to the Oscars. Beyond being beautiful, I think it would make a statement and show that her look is versatile along with her major acting talent.

  34. chastity fudge
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    Love the dress, but the hair and makeup are TOO MUCH. It’s a bit clown-like.