It is the time of the year again- The Academy Awards aka the biggest prom night of Hollywood. Although the whole world is celebrating the fact that Leonardo Dicarpio finally won his first Oscars… I am celebrating the Oscars for the personal bests and worst looks on the red carpet.
This year, I have to admit I am disappointed at how safe the actresses played. Although there were few surprising trends- Green, Interesting Textured Fabric and a surprising lack of red dresses. For me across the board, many starlets made fashion choices which are safe although not offensive….
But thankfully there are superstars who earned Fashion Oscars from Me for their Fashion Statements while More thankfully, in a year lack of fashion mishaps, I can finally hand out a few Fashion Rasberry Awards to the risks that didn’t work out.
Although this is an extra long post but hope you will hang in till the end of this post of 19 looks that caught my attention at the Oscars this year.
Cate Blanchett in Custom Armani PriveMy first reaction is OMG (as usual with everything she wears), but after a while I began to question whether I liked this more than I should because it is super tough to wear- the mint green colour, the plunging neckline, the feathers and crystals,the stiff taffeta fabric…. This dress has the quintessential elements to become a drag queen costume yet Queen Cate, being the goddess of fashion risks somehow managed to pull it off. Really celebrate that because on anyone else, this would’ve immediately entered tacky field- think Heidi Klum in this dress. For me not the #dressofthenight but definitely the #lookofthenight.
Brie Lawson in Custom Gucci At first glance my reaction is Prom Dress because you guys know I always prefer Fashion Statements than pretty but when I truely think about it, she KNOWS she will win so she us under the pressure of having a dress which looks timeless holding the statue for the Oscar Hall of Fame. It is a pretty dress and I really appreciate the fact that she chose royal blue- a color which rarely appears on an Oscars Winner. That enough forgives the fact that she chose an ultra safe dress.
Naomi Watts in Armani PriveSorry Cate but for me #dressofthenight. As soon as I saw this dress on the runway, I was praying to see it on Queen Cate but thankfully the perfect women did it justice. Yes it is a sequin bath towel but it is an interesting and dramatic one. I question the necklace because I am not crazy about necklaces with tube dresses but the hair and makeup is on point. She looks like she is a nominated even though she is there as a guest to present an award. Kudos to the effort.
Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren A fashion risk for her. Yes its strapless and black. Yes it is a body con dresss with a side train although in photographs it looks like a ballgown HOWEVER the shiny fabric and the dramatic side train is something new. Love the juxtaposition of the shine of the fabric against the slightly beachy hair. We don’t expect her to be a fashion icon but thanks for taking fashion challenges with baby steps.
Jennifer Garner in Versace Old Hollywood Glamour. Its a black dress yet it is dramatic as hell. The silhouette, the one shoulder strap, the fitted skirt with the overlay…. This is a dress on paper could’ve been boring but it was executed perfectly. Thank god Versace can still give us these ultra dramatic yet not tacky red carpet fashion moments. Love the fact that she kept the hair/makeup/jewellery simple otherwise this would’ve looked like a costume. This is an Oscar Winner’s Dress…. and she is there as a presenter…. Welcome back to the RC Jennifer Garner.
Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell I was super unsure about this at first because it seem slightly informal for the Oscars but when I saw her performance outfit and her Vanity Fair After Party Outfit, it made sense. She is conceptually trying to do white trousers in 3 different looks. Also she is trying to find a balance between Lady Gaga the Performer and Lady Gaga the Actress. If this is the new GaGA way to wear gown + pants on the Red Carpet by wearing everything white and minimal… I buy it…. because this is truely beautiful.
Heidi Klum in Marchesa
#NO …. Excuse my language but I have a hatred for diagonal cutouts across the breast area because 9/10 times it looks like they are wearing their vagina on their boobs. But dear Heidi a sheer sleeve does not make this dress demure. In fact it made me wish you cut off the sleeve so as tacky as the dress is we can at least say at least she got the proportions right and At least she is not wearing a naked dress….
Kerry Washington in VersaceI appreciate her always trying to take a fashion risk on the red carpet and always never go the safe root and if this dress is worn to something more casual- maybe the Golden Globes she probably would’ve gotten away with it- but I really don’t get the black armor style bodice which does not fit at the bust. I HATE the pocket like leather detail on the skirt and the slit just don’t do anything to the look. Also where is the drama? This just look like an ill fitting fishtail dress rendered in Leather to attempt to look “edgy”. Imagine this in red silk and beading then it would’ve been the biggest bore of a dress which we see at the Oscars every year.
Oliver Wilde in Valentino Haute CoutureKudos for doing something different. This was the most googled dress of the night, HOWEVER, I can not get behind that much skin on the red carpet. Not only it had the plunging neckline, but the open back extended to the side boob. . She looks like a vulgar version of Princess Leia. The choker is pointless and cuts the neck off. It almost made me wish she wore statement earrings and kept the look vulgar because at least the proportions would be right.
Mindy Kaling in Melissa KennedyFrom the front I don’t mind it. A classic body con dress with cap sleeves and a train. The color is alright if not a bit safe HOWEVER, the back of the dress is enough for me to put her in the worst dressed list. That looks like the way we tie sweatshirts on our waists during a hot day. The fabric of the cape/train looks cheap and gets winkled every time she sits which is pointless since she would be sitting half the time. Good attempt but #NO.
Jennifer Lawerence in Christian Dior Haute Couture
What a bore. I don’t mind the black lace but I always have a problem with lace bodices lined in nude colored fabrics because it looks like the wearer don’t have nipples. Really don’t get black darts which goes up to her boobs. Also really hate how old she looks. This dress with sleeves without the darts with a sweetheart lining in black is a Helen Mirren dress. The hair looks like she did it in 5 minutes.
DISAPPOINTMENTS & OPEN FOR DISCUSSION
Alicia Vikanda in Louis VuittonBy far, the biggest disappointment of the night. It is a pretty dress and there is nothing wrong with the total look of the dress, but total let down compared to the other looks she did for this year’s awards season. As the Fashionista of the year, I was expecting her to do something edgy, unique and dramatic, instead she went the Disney Princess root. I get it is her first Oscars and she had a high chance of winning but I was expecting more. Has she worn this to a movie premier for The Danish Girl, definitely would’ve been best dressed but for the final awards show of the season, this is just blah…. The hair took it to Prom territory.
Charlize Theron in Dior Haute CoutureIt is a very sexy look, the necklace looks beautiful but another let down of the night. In her past Oscars appearances, she has a tendency to wear some of the most memorable Oscars looks of all time and this wasn’t one of them. Its a red fishtail dress with a plunging neckline. She looks good because of her statuesque figure but she looks good in anything. Is it one of the better looks of the night? Yes. But is it as memorable as her dramatic bow in 2006 or The white structured gown with super short hair in 2013? Definitely not.
Rachel Adams in August Getty AtelierThe colour looks beautiful and I get she is going for a slightly minimalist but the fabric is unforgivable for sitting in a limo. There was not one photo which didn’t show any winkles on it and this is before the show. Imagine how the dress would’ve looked IF she won by the time she sat for an hour. Also that train is WAY TOO LONG for her height. Such a disappointment for an Oscar Nominee. This dress without the train would’ve been a dress which the ladies who give the Oscars to the Presenters would wear.
Priyanka Choyard in Zuhair MuradThe face looks beautiful. But yawn another naked dress. Miss Priyanka : Beyonce and Kim Kardashian wants their Wedding After Party dress back.
Reese Witherspoon in Oscar De La Renta
The color is gorgeous. The hair and makeup looks beautiful as usual. But from the draped fabric on the bust with the exposed boning to that line to the super stiff fabric, it looks like an over designed bridesmaids dress. Taffeta winkles easily and that line that cuts right across the waist makes her look wide. Safe and Problemic yes, Offensive? no.
Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klien Collection
Julianne Moore in ChanelWhen Kendal Jenner walked this dress in the Chanel Haute Couture Fashion Show , I knew it would appear at the Academy Awards. I have to admit I was surprised to see it on Julienne Moore. The Bodice is stunning and I love the fact that it the statement earrings with it. The perfect hair and makeup looks BEAUTIFUL. HOWEVER, I wish they didn’t modify it. On the runway the triangle under the bust was alot bigger and extended into a train in front of the skirt which for me wasn’t THAT unconventional and gave the skirt a bit of interesting detail. Without it, the skirt felt plain and this dress turned into a classic ballgown. Also I am not sure whether she is the right person for this dress because it felt too edgy for her if not modified but too pretty for her now that it is modified. On the other hand, maybe I am just nip picking because I was hoping another actress wore it to the Oscars.
Rooney Mara in Custom Givenchy Haute Couture
Thats it for now. Sorry about the extra long post. The Academy Awards Red Carpets is my second favourite time of the year- (My favorite will always be the Met Gala).
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