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BB's Best Dressed: 83rd Annual Academy Awards

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy gets my vote for best dressed at the 2011 Oscars. For any other actress, her dress would have been a major risk but somehow Cate pulls it off with ease. I love the colors, the fit and the exquisite detailing.

Joining Cate in my top six would have to be Mila Kunis who looked stunning in lilac Elie Saab and golden Gwyneth Paltrow for her choice of a sleek, shiny Calvin Klein. Best Actress winner Natalie Portman looked radiant in Rodarte while Scarlett Johansson's bordeaux lace dress grew on me as the night wore on. Mandy Moore made my cut for her romantic Monique Lhuilier gown which I saw in person on the Spring 2011 runway, so I'm a little biased.

Other standouts for me included the gorgeous Halle Berry in Marchesa, Michelle Williams in Chanel, Helen Mirren in Vivienne Westwood, Penelope Cruz in L'Wren Scott and Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa. Host Anne Hathaway looked lovely throughout the evening, especially in her red Valentino gown.

The Look for Less: Miu Miu Studded Clog Sandals

Originally $495 at Net-a-porter, last season's Miu Miu studded platform clogs are now $386 at

Miu Miu at ShopStyle

Who's wearing Miu Miu clogs? Jessica Simpson, Annabel from Blushing Ambition, and Kristin Cavallari, to name a few.


Get the look for less with the BCBGeneration 'Blend' sandal, available in three colors for $110 at Perfect for spring's '70s trend.

Gap at ShopStyle

Or, get the look for even less with Gap's suede wide-strap wedge sandal, $89.50 in either taupe or saddle. I think I almost prefer the wedge, and it's probably more comfortable, too. Click any image for deets!