Live and Up Close: Breaking Down the Glamour on the Oscars’ Red Carpet
This past Sunday night, I experienced one of the most exciting moments of my life: my “first time” as a fashion critic on the most elegant, most anticipated and most highly-scrutinized event of the year, not just in the film industry but in the fashion world as well. You may say it’s the reddest carpet of all: the red carpet at the Oscars!
During the 89th edition of the Academy Awards, I got to see many of the biggest names in the biz strut passed me not 3 feet from away my nose. Interestingly, many seemed to break away from current trends, reverting to an “old school” glamour reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden age. The prime example being Emma Stone: I suppose you could say she was dressed to win!
Although this is not the kind of event where you want to take too many risks, there are always those who look totally out of place. And then there are those to whom the camera simply does not do justice, like Charlize Theron, whom I’d never seen in person, and literally floored me with her beauty.
Disney singer Sofia Carson is only 23 years old but, wow, she is a true beauty! Wearing a strapless white ballgown with silver embroideries, she lit up the red carpet like a real-life Disney princess (silver and bare shoulders, by the way, seemed to be recurring themes…). She landed her look to perfection, adding just a few simple accessories, wearing her hair in a slick bun, and complementing her porcelain-white skin with a classic red lipstick.
Salma Hayek is known for her larger-than-life personality, and the contagious energy she radiates wherever she goes. Once again, she looked amazing! With a body to die for and enviable skin, she filled her black gown – with a surprisingly conservative neckline – as well as anyone could have. The trendy corset-like top, the see-through elements and the rich sequined embroideries made this one a memorable look.
Her hair looked fabulous too, evenly-parted to highlight a diamond-encrusted tiara. And tiaras, by the way, were clearly trending at the Oscars, with Ruth Negga wearing one with rubies to go with her red dress.
Of all the gorgeous women who graced the Oscars’ red carpet, I was most impressed with South African diva Charlize Theron, who seemed to be, from head to toe, the walking definition of perfection. Her impeccable natural makeup and her slightly retro golden wave of hair (tucked in the back into a fun ponytail), her statuesque body and her flawless skin… what a presence! Add the striking dress by Dior – a brand she represents – with a pronounced V-neck (also among the evening’s top trends) and everything was just spectacularly perfect!
Among the more daring style choices, I really enjoyed what Naomie Harris did. Her strapless, sequined, white Calvin Klein number featured a highly-unusual cut-out below the bust, as well as a “two-faced” skirt with a straight knee-length front and a flowing long train. But my favorite part of the whole look was, without a doubt, the yellow shoes. With so many bold choices, fashion disaster is always around the corner, but she pulled it off effortlessly… brava!
Another beauty who took some risks and came out a winner was Janelle Monae in her Elie Saab creation. The elaborate dress was a whirlwind of details, with different materials colliding over large chunks of sheer fabric, and loads of sequins, embroideries, birds, flowers, and belts seemingly fighting for space. There was definitely a lot going on, but sometimes… more is more! And for her, somehow, it worked.
Ruth Negga was another one of the evening’s bright spots. With her uniquely exotic features, the actress has been getting lots of attention on red carpets around the globe. And for the Oscars, the Irish-Ethiopian fashion icon sported a red Valentino gown that few could have pulled off, with discreet transparencies and “clerical” long sleeves. But the real fashion statement, this time around, were the rumpled shoulders – a blossoming trend which I think we’ll be seeing a lot of.
One final mention for Brie Larson: after winning Best Actress last year, the American returned with a very different style, emanating a whole new level of confidence and self-awareness.
All in all, the evening was an absolute thrill for me! I got to be an “insider” at the biggest event in Tinseltown, and take real close look behind the gloss and glamour that is Hollywood. All I can say is don’t miss my next posts: I’ll be giving you many more juicy nuggets about what went down during the glitziest night of them all.
Charlize Theron: RTV.es
Janella Monae: eCartelera.com
Brie Larson: yahoo.com
Ruth Negga: eCartelera.com