After an above average red carpet season, Hollywood stars stepped up the glam factor for an unforgettable night. Since the Academy Awards are considered the biggest award show of the year, the ensembles parading down the carpet were appropriately bold, elegant, and a dream for anyone to wear.
In the Mood for Nude
The hottest trend of the night was the nude gown as was worn by Cate Blanchett, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Sarah Paulson, and Julie Delpy. It was so popular, stars including Selena Gomez, Jessica Biel, Emmy Rossum and COVERGIRL’s Sofia Vergara and Pink wore the neutral tone to the big Vanity Fair Oscar party.
Being in the family way didn’t deter Hollywood beauties Elsa Pataky, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, and Kristin Cavallari from wearing some of the hottest dresses of the night. Pataky, who is currently pregnant with twins, wore a sexy Elie Saab gown as she supported husband Chris Hemsworth who served as a presenter during the telecast.
“Scandal” star Kerry Washington was the talk of the red carpet thanks to her metallic purple Jason Wu gown and burgundy red lips. I have a feeling Olivia Pope would approve!
Black is Back
As one of those people who loathes seeing celebs going the safe route and choosing black, I must say I’ve changed my tune after last night. South African beauty Charlize Theron scored a spot in my top three favorite Oscar looks for her jaw-dropping Christian Dior haute couture gown which she paired perfectly with a delicate drop necklace from Harry Winston.
Other popular black gowns were worn by Anna Kendrick, Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, Julia Roberts, and Oscar performer Karen O.
I can’t believe I was able to contain myself this long and not talk about Lupita Nyong’o! The Mexico-born Kenyan actress, who can now add Oscar winner to her repertoire, transformed into a modern-day Cinderella in custom Prada gown in the perfect shade of pastel blue. It was her use of a delicate headband however, that really got people rethinking accessory trends moving forward.
Dear Disney, if you’re looking to (finally) create a Latina princess, please use Penelope Cruz and her powder pink Giambattista Valli gown as inspiration. The Spanish star let her gown, featuring a delicate black bow below the bodice as her main accessory, be the star opting to finish her look with drop Chopard earrings and sparkly bracelet. The only thing missing was my favorite Penelope red carpet accessory: husband Javier Bardem!
Red is the new Black
People say every color is the new black, but did they see Jennifer Lawrence looking red hot in Dior last night? Stars are opting for the bold shade more and more and I couldn’t be happier. Better Midler turned back the hands of time in a custom Reem Acra gown ahead of her first-ever Oscar performance. The 68-year-old left nary a dry eye in the house when she performed “Wind Beneath My Wings” to honor those who have passed on including James Gandolfini, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Carmen Zapata, Paul Walker, Shirley Temple, Harold Ramis, and Juan Jose Bigas Luna.
Boys will be Boys
Did Oscar winners, and “Dallas Buyers Club” co-stars Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey coordinate before finalizing their outfits for the night? Both paired white jackets with their black pants and opted for bow ties albeit in different colors. Leto, who wore Saint Laurent, had the Twitterverse on fire thanks to his ombre locks with waves so perfect I’ll never look at the ocean the same. Is it hot in here?
I’m not sure if Pharell Williams was worried about the rumored rain fall, but he had everyone talking about his Lanvin tuxedo shorts. If you thought you had seen the last of his popular hat, you’d be wrong. When he hit the stage to perform “Happy” from the “Despicable Me” soundtrack, it was the first thing everyone noticed! We should note however, this is not the same Vivienne Westwood accessory from the Grammys. That one was purchased by Arby’s for a whopping $44,100 as part of an eBay auction benefitting his, “From One Hand To AnOTHER” foundation which hopes to change the world one kid at a time.
Honorable mentions go out to “Best Director” winner Alfonso Cuaron, British hunk Benedict Cumberbatch, Frank Underwood er Kevin Spacey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bradley Cooper.
Who were you favorites on the red carpet?