Last night, rain or shine, Hollywood shut down for its biggest night of the year, the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Even though it was torrentially pouring most the night, that didn’t stop film’s biggest starlets from getting glammed up and donning some amazing fashion. Although many people much more qualified than I have already given their professional opinions on last night’s red carpet, I am here to give you my two cents, for what it’s worth. Here are my unsolicited thoughts on last night’s Oscar fashion!
First up, we have Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta. This dress was pretty, but there is a lot going on here. Between the sheer lace bottom and the bows on top, it doesn’t feel very cohesive. Maybe if she had just lost the bows, it would work better.
Cate Blanchett in this Maison Martin Margiela dress was probably my biggest disappointment of the evening, not because she looks bad, she just doesn’t look great. Normally, Cate brings it and is in the most cutting-edge of fashions, but this just looks like she threw on a black maxi dress and her favorite statement necklace. Obviously, she still looks beautiful, I just have come to expect so much more out of her fashion choices.
Margo Robbie looks gorgeous as usual last night, but I think this St. Laurent dress just wasn’t enough for the Oscars. This would’ve been great at the SAG Awards, but the Oscars are a go-big-or-go-home kind of event.
Patricia Arquette’s black and white Rosetta Getty gown was so chic. Of everything she wore all awards season, this is by far my favorite because she looks so put together, plus the little sash hanging off the back of this dress makes it stand out.
Julianne Moore has pretty much been winning at life lately. Not only has she snagged Best Actress awards at every major award show this year, but she arguably could win Best Dressed Actress at every award show as well. At first I was a bit underwhelmed by this choice and thought her Givenchy Couture dress from the Globes would have been better for the Oscars, however, this Chanel gown is more understated and allowed the attention to be on her achievements rather than her dress. Also, Karl Largerfeld made this himself so…enough said.
Lupita Nyong’o’s Custom Calvin Klein gown covered in pearls is gorgeous! I have never seen anything quite like this. This was definitely a fashion moment that people will remember for a long time to come.
Lady Gaga has definitely been looking a lot more understated lately. The only person you could possibly describe as being “understated” while wearing a white and silver ballgown with crazy sleeves and huge, red, dish-washing gloves would be Lady Gaga, especially when you consider the fact that she once wore a dress made of meat. This Azzedine Alaïa dress would’ve been really gorgeous on its own. The gloves are a bit distracting but, it is Lady Gaga after all.
When I first saw Marion Cotillard’s Dior Couture dress, I loved it, but then she turned to the side and I was trés confused. It just looks like way too much fabric going on for no apparent reason. I get that she is a spokesperson for Dior, but I find it hard to believe that Dior didn’t have something better for her to wear.
Felicity Jones has been touted as this year’s red carpet “it girl,” and while I have appreciated her looks this year, I feel like she tends to look a little too old and matronly. This Alexander McQueen dress just has way too much going on. You want to wear the dress, not have the dress wear you, especially when you are as naturally beautiful as Felicity is.
Oh, Kerry Washington. When you are Oliva Pope on Scandal, man, you look perfect all the time, but sometimes your red carpet game has me scratching my head. This Miu Miu number is a little bit too old, like Mother-of-the-bride old. Save this for when you’re…you know…a mother of the bride.
Naomi Watts is one of my favorites on the red carpet because she likes to go for different looks and pretty much always looks amazing. This Armani Prive gown is fun and different; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a gown that looks like it has a bandeau built into it. Also, her beachy hair and simple makeup looks effortless.
I think Jennifer Lopez’s Elie Saab gown was my absolute favorite of the night. It’s almost as though this dress was custom made for her skin tone, because it matches perfectly. It is the perfect blend of sexy and elegant and I am obsessed.
In my opinion, Jennifer Anniston’s red carpet choices haven’t been all that great this year, so thank God she put this Versace dress on and redeemed herself last night. I loved this dress when she got up to present, but the picture actually makes the bottom of this look really sheer, almost TMI sheer. That aside, she looked really beautiful.
Kiera Knightly has figured out how to be prego-chic in this sweet Valentino Haute Couture gown. She said that while pregnant, she did not want to wear tight-fitting gowns and prefers more flowy, comfortable dresses. Who can blame her? This is definitely worlds better than her Chanel pilgrim/doily/weird butterfly dress that will live in infamy.
Gwyneth Paltrow definitely took a fashion risk last night in this giant rosette embellished one-shoulder Ralph & Russo dress. Call me crazy, but I LOVE this. I think the reason the huge shoulder flower works is that the rest of the dress is simple and tailored perfectly. I know a lot of people probably hate this, but I think this really stands out from the crowd of strapless dresses.
Dakota Johnson is my new favorite I think. Beyond the fact that multiple people swear she is my doppelganger, I just love everything she has worn this award season. When she walked on the carpet in this St. Laurent dress, I was just like…”YAAAASS.” This was definitely one of my favorite looks last night.
I was pretty excited for Rosamund Pike to finally wear something that actually fits her! Between her ill-fitting Vera Wang at the Golden Globes and that large black sack of a dress she wore to the SAG Awards, this dress really does her justice and is gorgeous. This Givenchy dress was another one of my favorite dresses last night.
Behati Prinsloo is always stunning, but I think she looked really elegant in this Armani Prive embellished gown. I also really loved how she kept her hair and makeup simple to really let the design of the dress stand out.
Jessica Chastain in this Givenchy Haute Couture dress was another miss for me at last night’s Oscar’s. To me, she is the modern reincarnation of Jessica Rabbit. This dress did not say “Mrs. Rabbit” to me at all. It just looks too old lady for Jessica Chastain. However, since Jessica usually looks flawless, I will let her off easy this time.
It’s pretty hard not to just love Anna Kendrick. I love everything about her custom Thakoon dress, from the color to the built in necklace. If I had a lot of money and a wedding to attend this spring, I would be trying to get my hands on this pronto. But since I have neither of those things going for me, I’ll just have to admire from afar.
Scarlett Johansson, where do I begin? First of all, the color and the style of this Versace dress is gorgeous, but that necklace is just way too much. Statement necklaces were a big trend last night, but the only statement this necklace is making is that it looks like ScarJo ripped some dude’s beard off last year at a St. Patty’s Day party. Maybe that’s a bit much, but that’s all I can think of when I look at it. On a positive note, she looks like a bombshell even with a half-shaved head.
Last, but not least, we have Emma Stone looking perfect as usual in Elie Saab. She never fails to show up in something chic and fashion-forward. I thought it was a really refreshing choice because it looked conservative from the front, but was completely backless.
What do you think of my picks? I’d love to know what your favorite looks were last night, let me know in the comments! Have a great evening, and thanks for reading! xo
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