From gaudy to glamorous, Oscars fashion filled with highs, lows on the red carpet
February 26, 2017 10:00 PM
Noel West/The New York Times
Fashion win: Ruth Negga in Valentino. (Scroll down for a slideshow with more fashion photos.)
By Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
There’s a reason the Academy Awards is considered the grand finale of awards season. It’s the night that Hollywood’s who’s who pull out all of the stops on style.
From gaudy to glamorous, we saw it all. Here’s a recap of some of the highs and lows from the red carpet:
Show stoppers: Gold and red were among the night’s trending hues. Ruth Negga and Viola Davis radiated in fiery reds by Valentino and Armani Prive, respectively. Emma Stone (Givenchy) and Nicole Kidman (Armani Prive) turned heads in gold embellished beauties. Janelle Monae’s black Elie Saab ballgown also deserves a nod. With a sheer bodice, high collar and lots of details, it was a true example of fashion as art.
Statement makers: Several stars used the red carpet as a chance to spotlight a cause or passion project. Emma Roberts showed her support for the Red Carpet Green Dress movement, which promotes ethical fashion, in vintage Armani Prive that oozed old Hollywood glamour (yet left little to the imagination up top). Olivia Culpo encouraged people to get involved with the global water crisis in a custom Marchesa gown with pieces of Stella Artois’ chalices. In partnership with Water.org, someone in a developing country would be provided clean water for five years for each chalice sold. Other celebs wore small blue ribbons to promote the work of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Best bling: Jessica Biel delivered gilded gladiator goddess in a spectacularly sequined Kaufmanfranco gown that shimmered on her slender frame. Even more eye candy came courtesy of a spiked Tiffany & Co. bib-style necklace. Charlize Theron, in metallic Dior haute couture, got the diamond treatment with jaw-dropping chandelier earrings by Chopard. Pharrell Williams proved that guys can have fun with accessories, too, with a bold lapel pin and a stack of beaded necklaces slung around his neck from Chanel. (Thankfully, he left his signature Vivienne Westwood “Arby’s” hat at home!)
Top fashion feud: In the days leading up to the Oscars, Karl Lagerfeld claimed that Meryl Streep ditched his Chanel dress for one by a designer who was going to pay her to wear it. A rep for the actress fired back that this was a lie. True or false, it kept us all in style suspense: Who would she wear? For her 20th Oscars nomination, she sparkled in an off-the-shoulder Elie Saab in a divine deep blue.
Beauty queens: Halle Berry rocked a head of natural curls and light makeup that let her beauty shine. Her two-toned, single-shoulder Versace dress with fringed hem also was a winning choice.
Cutest couples: It’s a tie! Supermodel Chrissy Teigen shone in a sleeved Zuhair Murad creation with flowing cape, while hubby John Legend looked dapper in Gucci. But Lin-Manuel Miranda with his mom, Luz -— dressed with a little help from Rachael Ray and Stacy London of “What Not To Wear” -— melted our hearts. He scored his traditional black tuxedo with skinny tie at the same Yonkers, N.Y., shop where he got his prom tux in 1998!
Fashion flops: Let’s start with Dakota Johnson’s gold Gucci pick. The fabric gathered in the front gave us waitress apron vibes, and the half-up hair was flat and drab. Plus, she told E! correspondent Ryan Seacrest she wasn’t wearing any makeup, yet her skin and lips looked airbrushed and dewy. Naomie Harris underwhelmed in a white high-low Calvin Klein by Appointment dress that seemed too simple for such a grand affair. Michelle Williams, a usual red-carpet stunner, was a snooze fest this time in a navel-grazing Louis Vuitton. Been there, seen that!
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