Let me start this post off by saying that I was pretty disappointed in the fashion choices made at the Oscar's this year. I found that most of the gowns on the red carpet were safe and a bit boring. I never understand this. As an academy award nominee, presenter, or even attendee, you have the greatest selection of designers to chose from, and yet many still underwhelm. That being said, here is what I thought of the ladies' ensembles at this year's Oscars.
If I were ever invited to the Oscar's I'd probably go with an extravagant princess style gown like the Oscar de la Renta and Dior Haute Couture gowns worn by Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence respectively. This is an actresses's most important night of the year, why not go big? Both looked royally beautiful and although Lawrence ended up falling on her way to accept her academy award, she still did it in the most graceful way possible. Of course the fall would only have happened as elegantly as it did in Dior Haute Couture.
Old Hollywood Glamour
As soon as I saw Anne Hathaway's Prada look on the red carpet, I was immediately reminded of Hollywood Icon, Audrey Hepburn. She looked charming in a light pink column dress and Tiffany and co. jewelry. Jessica Chastain also channeled classic Hollywood glamour in a beautiful sparkling custom made Georgio Armani strapless gown. These two looks were amongst my favorites of the night.
I may be offending many of my readers, but I never thought bright fire engine red was a color that complemented blondes very well. Jennifer Aniston's entire look was very minimal, including her bright red long trained Valentino gown. I think she could've done much better than this look. Seyfriend sported two different looks during Oscar night. She changed from a pale lavender floral embroidered Alexander McQueen gown into a bright red organza belted Givenchy Haute Couture number for her Les Mis performance and after party. Again, the color was not a good match for Seyfriend and the belt only further ruined the already unflattering look. Better luck next year, ladies.
Ugh, it's just too much! Nicole Kidman wore a very figure flattering L'Wren Scott gown, however the black and gold swirling sequins I found not very tasteful and incredibly overwhelming. Her friend and Australian colleague, Naomi Watts, also went with a tacky Emilio Pucci sequin covered look for the Vanity Fair after party. If there's something we learned from both of these ladies' ensembles for the evening it's that an all over black and gold sequin look just doesn't work.
Former Chicago cast mates, Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones, both went for the gold this Oscar season. Although Zellweger's weird facial expressions received much criticism throughout the night, her stunning Carolina Herrera gown maked up for it. Zeta-Jones also wowed in a beautifully embellished Zuhiar Murad piece. Both gowns looked incredible.
Color and Embellishment
Kerry Washington and Olivia Munn both opted for monochrome colored dresses with special detailing on the upper bodice of the gowns. Washington's coral colored Miu Miu look was a perfect fit for the adorable actress, while Munn looked elegant and bit seductive in her extravagant ruby red Marchesa gown.
Both Adele and Lily Collins prove that sparkly looks can be done right. Now an Oscar winner, Adele stunned in a black sparkling Jenny Packham gown that perfectly complemented her voluptuous figure. At the Vanity Fair after party, Lily Collins braved a brilliant sparkling purple floral, striped Zuhair Muhad dress. She took a huge risk, but she nailed it and looked incredibly beautiful doing it.
Fan Bingbing bravely sported an elaborate bright magenta Marchesa gown to the Oscar's and I'm glad she did because it looked amazing on her. Reese Witherspoon also opted for a powerfully colored gown and went with a cerulean Louis Vuitton piece. Both of these bold colored looks definitely complemented the actresses' natural coloring. They both looked great.
Confidence is really what makes a woman beautiful and both Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron exuded it in their red carpet looks. Attending the Academy Awards in crutches and minimal makeup, hair and jewelry, Stewart still looked amazing in an off white Reem Acra gown. Good for her for not letting her leg injury getting in the way of her making it to Hollywood's biggest event. All eyes were on Theron who glided down the red carpet in a crisp white structured Dior Haute Couture Gown. With her short hair style and beaming smile, she was definitely one of the best dressed women at the Academy Awards.
It was a surprise to all that FLOTUS (First lady of the United States), Michelle Obama, participated via satellite as a presenter for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. What was even more surprising was that she repeated a sparkling silver Naeem Kahn gown she wore earlier at the Governor's Dinner at The White House, and STILL out shined everyone who was on the Red Carpet. Her look was my favorite and her bangs looked great.
What do you think? Who was your Oscar's best dressed this year?
photos via: Vogue