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Award season is coming to a close, and drooling over the fabulous designer fashion has been one of our favorite red carpet rituals. From modern-day ballgowns to curve-hugging, slinky numbers, stars are stepping out in full Hollywood regalia, donning their best (loaned) designer duds for the occasion.
The A-list guest list almost always bring their sartorial “A” game when it comes to Oscars fashion. With the Academy Awards marking the end of the red carpet parade for 2015, Hollywood royalty and up-and-comers alike are expected to top all their previous event looks with stunning outfits. Whether or not they managed to still look fresh, or if the millionth sparkly evening gown is now yawn-inducing, is, as always, in the eye of the beholder.
Sharity’s picks for the Academy Awards red carpet looks were quite different, ranging from relatively understated (Margot Robbie) to show-stopping (Laura Dern). Here are our 2015 Oscars Best Dressed picks.
Lisa’s Favorite Look
This is my favorite dress of the evening! I always love to see what Lupita is going to wear next and of course I wasn’t disappointed. This dress is so elegant and yet a bit daring, covered with 6,000 pearls from head to toe! Would you dare to sit in this dress?
[Editor’s Note: Lupita is wearing a custom Calvin Klein dress.]
I love everything about this look. It feels so old Hollywood. At first I asked myself, do I love this dress or is she just so stunning that I would love anything she was wearing? But I have to say, the entire look was put together beautifully.
[Editor’s Note: Margot is wearing Saint Laurent.]
Jamal’s Favorite Look
Gwyneth Paltrow in her Ralph & Russo Couture custom-made pale pink silk-crepe gown. I loved the fitted lines with a slight flare at the bottom. Her asymmetrical sleeveless top with that huge flower was so feminine. I was drawn to it because I felt it wasn’t a safe choice for her, and she wore it beautifully, and looked stunning!
This little number was not the vision of Oscars past, and I was in awe. She looked like a viking goddess in this Alberta Ferretti gown with silk panels and embellishment galore. Muted in color and fabulously textured, it hugged her in all the right places for a gorgeous silhouette. The one downfall to the outfit in my opinion was the necklace. It could have been left out completely to show the lovely neckline. Other than that it was unexpected and a total hit.
Vicky’s (Almost) Favorite Looks
Call me the Oscars Grinch, but I was not wowed by any one look. Perhaps it’s red carpet fatigue, or maybe it’s the more interesting offerings happening at Fashion Week (Month) right now, but all the sparkly, nude/blush/white, chiffon gowns have meshed (ha) into one in my head.
There were plenty of looks that came close to amazing, but fell short due to over-accessorizing. Scarlett Johansson’s emerald green Versace’s bodice was beautifully cut and pieced together, enhancing an already stunning figure–but that fringed and beaded neckpiece looking for all the world like mossy overgrowth detracted from a perfectly made dress (and otherwise flawless styling of the hair and makeup).
Like Jamal, I thought Laura Dern’s Alberta Ferretti gunmental gown was eye-catching. Heavily embellished with stones, beads, and more, it stops just shy of looking like DIY glue-gun couture. A deep side part with bangs swept over one eye added to the drama–and she would have pulled off the overall look had she not hung that enormous medallion around her neck. What would’ve been just a playful nod to medieval armor went full Round Table with the heavy pendant.
But it’s not as though I have something against statement-making necklaces. Cate Blanchett pulls off the heavily beaded, multi-strand Tiffany & Co. turquoise necklace with aplomb, by pairing it with a simple and sophisticated John Galliano for Maison Margiela black dress. Sometimes more is not more, even when on the red carpet.
Ari’s Favorite Look
Felicity Jones truly was the belle of the Oscars in her silver Alexander McQueen ball gown. The Theory of Everything break-out star possessed a regal air with her hair pulled up in a simple bun highlighting her ornately beaded choker + cut-in sleeveless neckline. With the perfect amount of bang, simple makeup and elegant drop earrings, Jones’ fragile frame was able to carry McQueen’s voluminous look into my book of best-dressed Oscar looks.
Zoe Saldana Versace gown was va va voom-fabulous! Wow! Old Hollywood glamour in a modern blush/nude tone combined with her beautiful skin and post-baby bod (twins!) just left me breathless. That gorgeous diamond necklace paired with pulled back wavy hair and minimal accessories was styling perfection.
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