The Best Oscar 2015 Red Carpet Dresses
The Best Oscar 2015 Red Carpet Dresses
If Paris couture week continues to survive, it is undoubtedly thanks to the Academy Awards red carpet. Runway pieces reach their apex (or their pitfall) depending on who wore it best or, in the case of Margot Robbie, whose cleavage stayed in place.
Amidst the red carpet fails (and you know there were many) were brilliant moments like the ponytail comeback, statement necklaces and dresses made entirely of strings of pearls—the former much easier to DIY IRL than the latter. But that's exactly what couture is for.
Anna Kendrick looked adorably saccharine in her custom Thakoon gown. Too bad she took it off to perform that Cinderella bit with Neil Patrick Harris at the beginning of the awards ceremony.
Dakota Johnson's one-shoulder Saint Laurent tied with a very clever, embellished silver rope can only be taken as tongue-in-cheek. I mean, the 50 Shades of Grey trailer was viewed more than 250 million times. We get it, girl. Bondage. What I wanna know, Mr. Hedi Slimane, is how the other side of her dress is staying up?
Perforation in the front, profiterole in the back. Marion Cotillard's dress was as delicious as a French dessert—care of Christian Dior Couture, but of course. I wonder if Miss Dior, I mean, Miss Cotillard will ever shock us by wearing anything other than her beloved Raf Simons?
Naomi Watts did summer maxi dress in the most elegant form. Sequinned bandeau bras are so underrated. Can I get this dress at NastyGal.com or what? Actually no, it’s Armani Couture.
Lupita Nyong'o wore a pearl necklace to the Oscars. And no, it wasn’t Calvin Klein, it was Francisco Costa; he may be the brand’s creative director but there was nothing CK about this dress.
Even though she showed up in Galliano for Maison Martin Margiela, Cate Blanchett, in my humble opinion, was too safe in her selection. While on the topic of fashion faux-pas, that blue turquoise statement necklace would be better suited on a fashion blogger #OOTD than on the Oscar red carpet.
I think I speak for everyone when I say the spaghetti straps should have remained in 1997, at my high school semi-formal, where they belong. The colouring of Zoe Saldana's was perfection; the ruching hit all the right spots on her post-baby body, but the dress would have fared much better with a strapless, sweetheart neckline. Just look at the photograph while squinting your eyes and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.
Rosamund Pike thankfully abandoned the white, unsupportive Vera Wang she wore to the Golden Globes and opted for this uber-flattering Givenchy in red. The dress gives her a the kind of waistline I’d fake my death, frame my husband and kill my ex-boyfriend for.
Jennifer Lopez finally picked the right transparent/lace dress for her, and a ponytail gave it just the right amount of teacher-next-door-cum-Cinderella vibes. Unlike her Golden Globes outfit wherein she looked like a black widow spider about to pounce, J.Lo was almost angelic in Elie Saab. The only offender? I just can’t with the magenta purple lipstick and coral eyeshadow.
Scarlett Johansson tries on GI Jane for size in this hunter green Versace gown, fauxhawk and green icicle necklace. Does anyone know what is going on with her?
Lady Gaga deserves an honourable mention in her Azzedine AlaÏa number that took 25 people to make. I wish she would have left her dish gloves at home, though. Hey, at least we got a few good memes outta them.
The weird get weirder, and the Jared Leto get Jared Leto-er. You can always count on him to look quasi on-trend in a periwinkle blue tuxedo with a drop-crotch and a pink boutonnière.
Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston both made a concerted effort to win best-dressed this year. They should walk all red carpets in an “ugly-cry” embrace.