The award show to end all award shows, also known as the 87th Annual Academy Awards, took place last night in Los Angeles, California. More stars were found inside the Dolby Theatre than in the entire Milky Way to celebrate the past year’s best and brightest films, and the people involved in making them from actors to directors, screen writers to costume designers and more.
If there was a time for Hollywood’s leading women to pull out all the fashion stops, this was it. Juice cleanses, spa and detox treatments, as well as copious amount of gym sessions were clocked prior to the event so they could fit into the tightest dress for the big night. And unlike the Grammy Awards, where most red carpet choices prompted a ho-hum reaction, the complete opposite happened at the Oscars; the dresses were either big hits or big misses, no in between happened here. As the popular saying goes “Go big or go home.”
The ladies who made our Best Dressed List is long, but when you see them you’ll agree. Two big trends we saw on the carpet were bold colours and cool shades; Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson stepped out of Mr. Grey’s red room in a ravishing (and coincidentally red) asymmetrical, one-shoulder gown by Saint Laurent. New mom Rosamund Pike cut a striking figure in a red strapless, embroidered dress by Givenchy. America Ferrera and Jamie Chung opted for jewel tone shades, while Julianne Moore, Marion Cotillard and Kerry Washington cut cool and sexy figures in their choices of white and off-white frocks.
There were only three celebs whose fashion choices deserved their very own gold statuette. The first was Lupita Nyong’o who wore a custom Calvin Klein dress, which is made from 6,000 pearls. Yes, you read that right. Needless to say a few mollusks sacrificed their lives in the name of fashion. And tied for the top spot were Rita Ora and Jenny from the Block (aka: Jennifer Lopez). The Serbian singer out styled 80 percent of the women on the red carpet in a custom royal blue Marchesa gown; just look at the gold leaf embellishment and the train – damn! And J.Lo’s nude-coloured Elie Saab dress left us utterly speechless for minutes. Hashtag #SheCanDoNoWrong.
And then there were the Hollywood starlets who made us shake our heads and ask the heavens “Why?” Whatever made Gwyneth Paltrow put on the one-sleeve, pink corsage number will be a mystery to us. And Lady Gaga’s choice of custom Azzedine Alaïa with red accessories was much too fashion forward for the occasion. However, no one could top Nicole Kidman’s pale yellow, sequin frock with red belt. Ick! We think she’s spending too much time in Nashville.