Oscars Retrospective: Memorable Looks of 2007

If you’re tired of the fashions of today, it can sometimes be fun to hop into the time machine and revisit some of the most memorable looks of previous Oscars. While 2007 may seem like it was just yesterday, this year will mark 10 years since The Departed won for best picture. In anticipation of this year’s Oscars, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the best and worst looks of the 79th Oscars.

Compared to years past, the Oscars were fairly conservative fashion-wise. Most dresses were column or A-line, with few traditional ball gowns in attendance. Greens and neutrals dominated the red carpet, although keeping with the trends of the mid-2000s, there were a number of metallic gowns as well. Read on for some of the most memorable looks! 

The Neutrals

Penelope Cruz

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One of the stand-out dresses at the Oscars was Cruz’s rose beige Versace gown. The strapless look tapered into a voluminous feathered skirt for a look that continues to make an appearance on Best Oscar Dresses lists. However, this gown was also a controversial look: a reporter at Entertainment Weekly wrote that it was “the definition of an Oscar dress: gorgeous color, perfect fit, epic style,” while in 2012, the Sun referred to the dress as a “feathery fright.” (photo via Just Jared)

Helen Mirren

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Dame Helen Mirren took home the Oscar for Best Actress for her work in the Queen, and her gown was perfectly suited to the occasion. The beaded lace Christian Lacroix dress was both tasteful and memorable, and Cosmopolitan referred to the dress as “freaking foxy.” We have to say we agree. (via Just Jared)

Gwyneth Paltrow

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GOOP wore this short-sleeved Zac Posen on the red carpet in 2007. The netting, and panels on this dress make the peachy orange shade feel fresh and updated, while the red lip adds interest and contrast. This look is offset by chandelier earrings (a staple of the mid-aughts), and a matching bracelet. (via Lauren Messiah)

The Metallics

Cate Blanchett

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Cate Blanchett’s Swarovski crystal mesh dress is Georgio Armani Prive, and the shape and color are perfection. The attention to detail on this dress is especially intriguing—the dark red crystal embellishments at the bottom are repeated on the shoulder and the mesh is similar to delicate chain mail. Hollywood Reporter called this dress “stunning,” and Blanchett remarked that her decision to wear the dress had been “absolutely painless.” Blanchett was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2007, but this one-shouldered column dress is definitely a winner. (via Getty)

Emily Blunt

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Blunt dazzled in 2007 in this shimmering, strapless Calvin Klein gown. The deep blue color was an unexpected hue, and the tailoring on the dress is impeccable. (via Just Jared)

Rinko Kikuchi

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The Babel star’s look for the 79th Oscars was surprisingly conservative, given that her red carpet style had been more whimsical in the past. This strapless lace Chanel gown had a dose of shimmer that evoked old Hollywood glamour when paired with simple earrings and a side-swept low bun. (via Go Fug Yourself)

The Colors

Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman took a detour from her typical neutral palette with this brightly colored Balenciaga gown. The bow detailing near the neck complimented Kidman’s long, straight locks and red lip. (via Go Fug Yourself)

Reese Witherspoon

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Compared with her vintage Dior gown of 2006, Reese’s custom Nina Ricci gown from designer Olivier Theyskens was a complete 180. This elegant, deep amethyst dress fades to lilac at the end of the cascade of ruffles, and was described by the designer as “something special and really true to her.” (via Just Jared)

The Misses

While there were some beautiful gowns in evidence on Oscar night, there were also a few dresses that should probably stay lost in the annals of time.

Anne Hathaway

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While Anne Hathaway’s Valentino gown may have seemed innocuous from the front, the large bows kept this dress from being a more standout, streamlined look. (via Just Jared)

Kirsten Dunst

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While Kirsten Dunst’s vintage-inspired Chanel gown aimed for high-drama, the dress itself fell short. The combination of sheers, sequins, feathers, and a peter-pan-esque collar may have been too much for one gown, despite the attempt to add drama with metallic accessories. 62% of Us Weekly readers “hated” this gown, and many considered the juxtaposition of styles unsuccessful. (via InStyle)

Zhang Ziyi

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Although not technically a red carpet gown (it was worn to the Vanity Fair Oscars’ party), this Tory Burch confection is considered among the worst Oscar gowns in history. The yellow, tiered, and ruffled gown spawned numerous “wedding cake” jokes, despite the Memoir of a Geisha star’s whimsical style. Even the designer herself, at an event a few months later, couldn’t sell this dress.

Although style has changed somewhat over the years, some of these looks remain timeless. What stars are you looking forward to seeing at the Oscars?