The Oscars have come and gone. The junior prom (Golden Globes) and the winter dance (SAG Awards) all led to this finale and it did not disappoint. Viola Davis is the now the first African-American actress to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony, Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim man to win an Oscar, Casey Affleck let a homeless man accept his award and La La Land won best movie. Oh wait, no, Moonlight did. This is not a joke, Moonlight won best movie. And that was Casey accepting his award. Moving on to fashion news, I can summarize the Oscars in just three words – Black, Cream and Metallics.
There was no color on the red carpet this year. Perhaps the stars take fashion risks at all the other events and play it safe during the Oscars? Let’s see who deserves an award for their outfits and who should try again next year.
Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo
I love this dress! Again, Ralph & Russo can do no wrong for me. The sheerness and floral appliques are typical of this designer and I knew the dress was by them the moment I saw it. Hailee has been ‘bringing it’ to all the award shows this year. She dresses beyond her age and has set a very high bar for future red carpet appearances. However, I feel like all the gowns she wears are too similar. Her Vera Wang gown at the Golden Globes was also pastel and sheer. Take some risks, Hailee, you’re still young.
Viola Davis in Armani Prive
It was Viola Davis’ night yesterday. Apart from earning multiple accolades for her role in Fences, she was one of the only women to wear any color. Admittedly, she broke a rule by wearing red on the red carpet but she makes it look so good! The cold shouldered gown has a small train and fits her like a glove. There’s no embellishment here, just a simple, fitted dress.
Emma Stone in Givenchy
All hail Queen Emma. She was by far the best dressed at the Oscars and it was a perfect fit for her first win. Originally, I didn’t think the gold went well against her skin tone but I was definitely wrong. Also, I’m obsessed with the fringe detail on the bottom of her dress – so flapper inspired! Lastly, the old Hollywood hair and red lip complement the look perfectly.
Charlize Theron in Dior
Another metallic dress on the carpet. Yawn. I like the plunged neckline and belted waist and am also a fan of the slit (seems like that was another popular trend yesterday). But, I just feel like so many have worn variations of this pleated dress before. The gown looked fabulous under the spotlight and her earrings are to die for. Yet, I can’t say I’m overly impressed with her choice.
Brie Larson in Oscar De La Renta
Let me start off by saying I adore the structured neckline of this dress. The ruffled detail and the soft velvet are also a plus. However, I’m irked by its length. Perhaps Brie forgot to get her dress altered, because it should be a bit longer. I doubt the original length was supposed to be by the ankles – there’s simply too much going on to also make this gown a non-traditional length.
Felicity Jones in Dior
Felicity looks like a pretty ballerina! This dress is a simple, no-frills ensemble. Well, if you disregard the tulle that is. You only see a hint of sparkle underneath those layers and even the makeup is minimal. Overall, I like it, I just don’t think it’s appropriate for the Oscars.
Dakota Johnson in Gucci
Dakota joked that multiple bodyguards were following her because this vintage dress was borrowed from a museum. But perhaps they weren’t there for her and were just trying to save everyone else from this fashion faux pas? The dress is reminiscent of the wedding gown Sandra Bullock wore in the proposal. And I believe that was Betty White’s dress in the movie so yes, I believe this dress is vintage. Dakota – you should have left this one at the museum.
Janelle Monae in Elie Saab
There’s so much going on with this dress! Sheer paneling, tulle trains, floral appliques and a velvet belt. Yet, it all works. This is such a Princess dress and Janelle was glowing in it. Fittingly, the only accessory seen here is a headband.
Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad
I think I’m just a sucker for romantic dresses. However, while most of them have layers of tulle and lace, this one is sleek and only has a small layer of lace on the bodice. The intricate beading on the front artfully fades away towards the waist. I haven’t seen watteau trains in a while, so thank you Chrissy, for bringing them back.
Olivia Culpo in Marchesa
Kudos to the stars who use their fame for a good cause! Olivia Culpo brings attention to the global water crises with this environmentally conscious dress. The cascading tiers cleverly mimic water patterns and the crystals are formed from recycled Stella Artois chalices. Looks like she also watched the Matt Damon commercial too many times.
Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti
Taraji comes to every event looking like she does not give a cr@p about anything or anyone. And she does it looking like a bombshell. Apparently, she tried on this dress two days ago, loved it and decided to wear it to the Oscars. Meanwhile, everyone else probably had multiple dresses on hold for months and went to a thousand fittings. What can I say about this dress that is not already said in the picture above? Royal blue velvet (almost black) with a sweetheart neckline and a high slit mark a vintage Hollywood style. Hidden figure no more, Taraji shines in this number.
Kirsten Dunst in Dior
I’m going to end with another classic black gown. While others opted for high slits, Kirsten went for the high-low cut and a simple strapless neckline. At first glance, this seems like a regular ballgown. Upon further inspection, you’ll notice that the corset waist and exaggerated hips are signature of the original Dior designs. This is definitely an homage to Christian Dior. The design worked back then and it works now. Also, the short bob with it is so fetch.
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