Hollywood’s biggest night has already come and gone. Several Oscars have found new homes and a plethora of red carpet looks are fighting to take their place in history. While there were certainly some standouts, the majority of the ensembles had a “been there, seen that” feel to them – Yes, J.Lo I am talking to you since your skintight plunging V-neck style is all but your guaranteed look for every award show you attend. That being said, there were some gorgeous pieces to praise. Check them out:
Julianne Moore won every accolade known to man this awards season so it is no surprise she had access to the best of the best when it came to fashion. Her custom organza Chanel gown clung to her body beautifully and the lack of jewelry kept the focus on her dress and gorgeous face where it belongs. Word on the street is her dress was the work of Karl Lagerfeld himself. I mean, of course it would be.
Color! Bright color! Bold color! Hallelujah! At first, my eyes started to glaze over because it looked like there was going to be a sea of only neutral tones crashing back and forth. Don’t get me wrong. Black can be absolutely divine. White can be scorching hot. Gray can make quite the statement. And nude tones can establish an amazing balance. But, I will always appreciate the person who is not afraid to stand out from the pack – a true VULGAR CITIZEN, if you will. Enter: Emma Stone. She has already built a reputation for herself as a risk taker on the red carpet. This long-sleeved, chartreuse Elie Saab continues the trend. You do not see this color often in fashion and I can see most people being scared off by it. Emma Stone is not most people and thank God for that.
Say what you will about Gwyneth Paltrow, she is anything but boring. She knows how to get people talking. Whether you love her or hate her, rarely does she walk a major red carpet and not turn heads. I fall into the “love it” camp when it comes to this absolutely stunning one-sleeved Ralph & Russo Couture gown. I already see the memes knocking the bold shoulder embellishment but I adore it. The soft pink shade compliments her skin tone without washing her out. Old school red carpet aficionados may get a sense of deja vu since the color of this dress is similar to what she wore when won her 1999 Oscar. Please don’t let that moment ruin this one. While her 1999 Ralph Lauren Oscar gown didn’t even fit her properly, this one highlights her shape perfectly. Bravo.
Elegance is redefined in this black draped Rita Vinieris gown worn by Kelly Osbourne. Her bold hair and Judith Lieber clutch add just the right amount of spunk that Kelly is known for. The lace detailing is impeccable, her Sophia Webster shoes are wonderfully understated, and her jewelry by Graziela Gems is fresh without overwhelming the look. And what can I say? I am partial to a woman with a mohawk.
Solange. Solange. Solange. The woman who in most circles is known as “Beyonce’s Sister” or the “chick with a mean high kick” actually has always had a leg up over her sibling in the fashion department. Solange’s style is bold, charismatic, and most of all, memorable. She is anything but contrived, anything but predictable. You cannot really say the same for most of her contemporaries and especially not for her more famous sister. In this vibrant Christian Siriano ensemble, Solange does the unthinkable – she wears pants! You cannot really tell from this photo but the overlaying turtleneck cape among the voluminous flood of fabric distracts from this minor detail. Not really sure when it was written in stone that females wearing pants to the Oscars is the ultimate no-no but as expected, Solange didn’t listen. She looks refreshingly powerful which isn’t usually the adjective attached to Academy Award looks. Side note: I really wish she would wholeheartedly pursue fashion in some way. She would make her mark. On her own.
Oscar newbie Jamie Chung certainly didn’t look like one in this ultra-chic sleeveless Yanina Couture gown. I typically am not the biggest fan of tulle as I find it far too dainty for my tastes and usually the wearer ends up swimming in it. However, this dress is the exception. With the amazing sequined detailing throughout and just enough layering to showcase it, Jamie hit this one out of the park. The dress fits her well and she is not swallowed up by the fabric. I am not all that familiar with her previous red carpet appearences but this one has made me look forward to what’s coming from her next.
While I absolutely fell in love with the above 6 looks there were a few more that I liked but they fell just a bit short. As a result, honorable mentions go to:
Be sure to respond with comments, agreements, disagreements, etc. I want to hear your thoughts as well! Welp, ’til next year, folks.
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