Alright, kids. It’s that time! I think the first thing I should note is that there were so many people missing tonight! No Lupita Nyong’O, no Jennifer Lopez, no Emma Stone, no Gwyneth Paltrow, no Halle Berry, no Jennifer Aniston, no Amy Adams, no Viola Davis, no Angelina Jolie, no Kate Hudson, no Beyoncé, no Nicole Kidman – and those are just the regulars that I feel we see on most every Oscars red carpet. So, that kind of bummed me out as I always look forward to seeing what I would classify as the heavy-hitters. However, there are always the after parties so we’ll see what those bring.
Bear in mind that I take into consideration the entire look when determining my favorites. This means I like the hair, the jewelry, the makeup, everything (and not just the dress). So, here are the four from tonight’s Oscars red carpet that I absolutely adored!
Best Fantasy Moment
So, I’ve seen stuff on the internet about this dress saying things like, “Step away from the glue gun, Cate”, and that it looks too crafty. Um, I’m sorry, but have you ever made a craft that looks as good as this dress?! I mean, COME ON. Cate looks like the epitome of a fairy princess in the best possible way wearing this gorgeous Armani Privé gown. With her dainty, elven face, gowns like this are a perfect match for her. Feminine, flowery, and in a shade that I’d describe as robin’s-egg-blue (with crystal details and what looks like little purply bits found in the flower appliqués), this was the first look I saw tonight that made me squeal. It’s that every-little-girl’s-fantasy kind of dress. The silhouette is incredibly flattering, too, with the exaggerated shoulders and deep v-neck. Simple beautiful.
Best Moment of SHUT THE FRONT DOOR YOU IS LOOKIN’ HOT!
Yeah, Kate Winslet is aging backwards. I mean, the woman just doesn’t age (though a contract with Lancome does help- Genifique, anyone?). Her face has evolved into one that evokes Old Hollywood glamour and sophistication, and her red carpet styling always lends itself quite well to that aesthetic. This particular look, however, took a bit of a sidestep away from the stately sophistication and veered more into HOT MAMA territory. I mean, wow. The loose waves coupled with the shiny texture of this Ralph Lauren gown amounts to a look that is at once futuristic/edgy and timeless/simple. I am crazy about the liquid feel of this silk lame. And her standing next to Leo? Twitter just about lost its mind.
Best Moment of Redemption
Confession- I have felt for a long, long time that the partnership between Jennifer Lawrence and Dior has been a huge mistake. I just don’t really find that Dior suits Jennifer. She’s a young, cool girl with an edge of crass to her, and Dior is the pinnacle of ladylike sophistication seen on the likes of statuesque, elegant actresses such as Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron. It just doesn’t jive for me, and the gowns and clothes that Dior has had Jennifer wear always seem to end up wearing her instead.
However, tonight was a welcomed exception. This dress felt cool. This dress felt edgy. This dress felt young. And the overall styling was fantastic. I love that Jennifer’s been going more platinum with her hair these days. That icy white platinum look? Ooh, I love it. I’d do it myself if I knew my hair wouldn’t literally snap off in heaps after three weeks. I’d need a bucket of Olaplex to survive. But anyhow, hats off to the JLaw team tonight. She looked stunning, and I’m thinking she and Dior may have turned a new corner in their relationship.
Best Moment of Color
A silhouette like this typically isn’t my favorite because we’ve seen it so much, but for some reason, this outstanding shade of vermillion makes it all okay. I think it also may be the fact that we never see Charlize in this color. We’ve seen her look stunning in gold, white, black, and baby pink, but I don’t think we’ve seen her choose serious color for the Academy Awards since 2010 when she wore her lilac bustier gown (which everyone hated but me).
My most favorite look of Charlize’s is actually the forest green Dior gown she wore to the 2006 Oscars, back when John Galliano was still at the helm. It was so dramatic with that giant bow, and the color was so unexpected. I guess that’s what I love Charlize for- she can wear absolutely anything, so unusual silhouettes and bright colors are always a delight on her. And I have to say, if Imperator Furiosa had to walk a red carpet and couldn’t choose to wear black, it may as well be this uncompromising shade of red. My mom loved it, too!
Other honorable mentions include Naomi Watts’ gown that reminded of the Rainbow Fish, Margot Robbie’s I-am-literally-a-golden-Oscar-statue moment, and Saoirse Ronan’s gorgeous shade of green that made me think of a mermaid. I also liked the architecture of Olivia Munn’s gown. Alicia Vikander’s dress was beautiful too, but the whole look was definitely a bit too inspired by Belle, all the way down to the half-bun. Daisy Ridley’s was pretty but I would’ve preferred a full-length gown, and Julianne’s was nothing special to me.
Rachel McAdams’ was a bit of a yawn for me too, and while Brie Larson’s gown was really pretty her hair styling sort of ruined the look for me. I’m not much for pulling back hair that way with a flowy gown that has lots of movement. I would’ve loved to see some loose waves, or contrast the gown with a sleek chignon. And Rooney Mara has become as predictable as ever! I don’t expect to ever see her in bright pink or anything like that, but there’s got to be some way of changing things up while sticking to her general elegant-goth aesthetic.
Well that just about wraps it up for me, and now its time to dig for some extra details on the makeup- my very favorite part! Give me your thoughts and let me know what you think. And now, it’s time to start the countdown to the Met Ball! xo, MR
Photo credits in order of appearance to: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, Jason Merritt/Getty, George Pimentel/WireImage, and Unknown on Theron image.