The Best and Worst Dressed on the Oscars Red Carpet
For the 89th edition of the Oscars, the red carpet witnessed plenty of great stars but, alas, not so many great outfits… Don’t get me wrong, there were lots of nice dresses, just nothing truly unforgettable. At the same time, there weren’t too many horrors either… how disappointing! 😉 Anyways, let’s have a look at the best and worst dressed from Hollywood’s starriest night!
Without a doubt, Charlize Theron was among those who got “shortchanged” by the camera: I saw her with my own eyes from a few feet away and she looked absolutely ravishing. With a totally trendy oversize V-neckline, an exquisite tear in the pleated skirt, and a hypnotically saturated gold tone that simply had to be seen in person, this look was absolute perfection!
Viola Davis was also impressive in her Armani Privé creation. As we’d predicted, she opted for a bright color, and specifically an intense red which complemented her skin tone wonderfully. The long elegant gown draped down leaving her shoulders exposed – one of the recurring themes on this year’s red carpet – while the cropped pixie hairdo helped make the actress look positively stylish.
Emma Stone showed up dressed to win, wearing a vintage-looking dress that payed homage to 1950s Hollywood glamour, while remaining fully tuned-in to her “La La Land” character. The fringes on her gown gave her a unique, mesmerizing carriage when walking down the red carpet. Her wavy hair, her ultra-natural makeup with classic red lips, and her long yet inconspicuous earrings were fully becoming of a leading lady about to take home the most coveted prize of all.
Ruth Negga was the revelation of this year’s Oscars. There was plenty of buzz around what the burgeoning style icon would be wearing, and I must say that she did not disappoint. In a signature red Valentino gown with long sleeves and slightly “bulky” shoulders, Negga opted for a monochrome “more is more” type of look, adding a gorgeous red ruby tiara and wearing make up which was also in tones of red. Indeed, this was an exotic and somewhat futuristic look – perfectly befitting the unusual features of a woman with such a unique background (half Irish, half Ethiopian). Perhaps unaccustomed to the limelight, Negga also came through as adorably shy, a bit like her character in the film Loving.
Be it on screen or on the red carpet, controversy seems to follow Dakota Johnson. The jury, in fact, was very much split on her gold-colored silk dress by Gucci, this one too featuring long sleeves and a slight “bulging” of the shoulders. But while many hated it, I can tell you that in person she looked absolutely amazing: that gown fit like a glove, sensuously and seductively highlighting her perfect figure. I was not impressed, however, with the convoluted hair styling, and the Cartier necklace, though breathtaking, seemed a little much with an outfit like this one. The lesson there? when your dress features a giant bow at the waistline, you can tone it down on the accessories!
All kinds of creatures populate the red carpet, but on this night, nobody projected more strength and more personality than Taraji P. Henson. Sporting a velvet Alberta Ferretti gown (in such a dark shade of navy blue that it almost looked black) with a pronounced V-shaped neckline and bare shoulders, she was walking proof that confidence is a woman’s most striking accessory!
Wearing an Armani Privé gown that seemed to blend with her sinuous figure, in a pale shade of gold that seemed instead to mesh with her skin tone, Nicole Kidman came out looking like a real-life porcelain figurine, elegantly sophisticated and wholly in her element.
The camera didn’t do justice to Emma Roberts, who was also wearing Armani Privé, but if you’d seen her live you’d agree she was among the bright spots of the evening. With her strawberry hair coiffed in a vaguely retro wave, matched by orange hues of makeup and an intensely red lipstick, she looked truly spectacular in her simple dress with an embroidered black V-necked top and a long embroidered beige skirt. The simple way to make a splash!
And now onto the worst-dressed… While not a downright disaster, Scarlett Johansson nevertheless missed her mark on the red carpet, with a voluminous mess of a dress which had pink, white and green intermingling on a plasticky, animal print fabric. To make things worse, she added a bulky gem-encrusted belt which, from afar, looked like it belonged in a biker dive bar rather than at the Oscars. On the bright side, I can attest from seeing her up close that she does have spectacular skin and truly beautiful features, although she didn’t do her face any favors with that boyish and rather unflattering haircut…
My final (dis)honorable mention goes to Leslie Mann, who chose a nice shade of yellow, but her Zac Pozen princess gown was just a little too “princessey,” making her look like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and making us look the other way…
Needless to say, the Oscars aren’t just about movies: it’s also one of the biggest fashion events of the year – one that defines many of the trends which will take over the world in the coming months, and which I’ll be talking about in my next posts… don’t miss them!
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