Gallery: 5 best 2014 Oscar fashion moments – National
ABOVE: Breaking down the best and worst dressed from Sunday night’s Academy Awards
Academy Award winners create buzz. Then there’s the buzz generated by what the winners (and others) wore.
Lupita Nyong’o took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar on Sunday – and looked very much the part in a pale blue Prada goddess gown.
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Cate Blanchett’s heavily embellished, light tan Armani gown sparkled under the lights at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles when she collected her Oscar for best actress in Blue Jasmine.
And Jennifer Lawrence, rarely tripped up by style, wore a $2 million, 100-carat diamond necklace from Neil Lane to accent her girl-on-fire orange-red strapless dress from Dior.
Here are some images of styles from the Oscars:
With a supporting actress Oscar now in her possession, a tearful Lupita Nyong’o concluded a red-carpet season Sunday night as a fashion darling for sexy silhouettes and colours that wow.
She didn’t disappoint at the 86th Academy Awards, wearing a pale blue Prada goddess gown and a sparkly gold-and-diamond headband from Fred Leighton.
“I felt Lupita’s dress was glorious,” Rubenstein said. “She’s just not making a mistake.”
He praised her colour choice and the full-pleated gown with a plunging bodice. The colour, he said, was perfect for her dark skin tone. He called her jeweled headband a nice touch of youth and wit.
“There are now so many other awards shows where you can take chances. You can be silly, you can be funny. The Oscars is like coronation night. On Oscar night you look for classic glamour, you look for the glamour that really is defined for us by Hollywood, by the movies that we’ve seen. All those great Edith Head costumes. … The way Grace Kelly was dressed by Hitchcock. That’s what we have drilled into our head as what glamour is and so many people reference that type of glamour,” Rubenstein said.
Ok, so yeah, she tripped again, this time on the red carpet as opposed to running up the Oscar steps to collect a statuette, but she giggled it off and stunned in strapless Dior akin to the bright colour of a Calvin Klein she wore in 2011.
Of a Lupita versus Jennifer smackdown, Rubenstein chided: “C’mon now, they both looked beautiful. Jennifer’s was also a beautiful colour.”
Jennifer Lawrence attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Jennifer Lawrence attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
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Lawrence, with a swept-back bob, pulled off a bit of ruffle at the hip. It was a form-fitting dress in contrast to her full gown at last year’s Oscars, when she stumbled as she made her way up the stairs to collect her award for Silver Linings Playbook.
“The Dolby is a very big theatre and when you wear a dress with a lot of volume like she did last year, you kind of get lost in that volume,” Rubenstein said. “The more body-conscious dress really focuses on you.”
Fitzgerald and Marquez were not quite as impressed.
“I’ll say it: I’m bored,” Marquez said. “It has none of the drama of last year’s Dior gown. It’s just another slinky gown on a night with more than enough of them.”
Fitzgerald added: “I have to agree. And the red seems kind of done. It just doesn’t feel very fresh.”
Was it Navy blue? Royal blue? Simply, dark blue? Whatever. It was a deep-tone Alexander McQueen and an example of an edgy fashion house offering up an Old Hollywood-style stunner, Rubenstein said.
Sandra Bullock speaks to the media as she arrives on the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images
Sandra Bullock speaks to the media as she arrives on the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
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Both Rubenstein and Stanley called the look Navy, noting a ruffle that fell to one side. It was in line with a lot of blue, some green, and not quite so much red as in years and carpets past.
Marquez called it, “Another stunner for the night – and a personal best for her. She tends toward colorless, slinky dresses and pin-straight hair. It’s refreshing to see something with some shape.”
Fitzgerald also lauded her loose, sideswept hair – a deep and dramatic side part another trend of the night.
He called the dress “crazy-dramatic. It’s the kind of look, top to bottom, that makes you step back and say ‘Now, that’s a movie star.”‘
Black made a reappearance, said Rubenstein, and it remains a dynamic colour.
Actress Charlize Theron arrives on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Robyn Beck/Getty Images
Actress Charlize Theron arrives on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
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Theron was elegant in black Dior, paired with a $15 million Harry Winston necklace that had a cluster of diamonds at the centre.
“Her simple dress and massive necklace was a classic yet fresh look,” Stanley said.
The look had invisible straps and a curvy plunge, clinging to her body with a partially sheer train in back.
“As far as I’m concerned, this is the look that won the night,” Fitzgerald said. “She’s serving up serious Madame X here,” as in sexy, dark and mysterious.
Theron’s short hair fell over her forehead from the evening’s popular side part.
She wore a blue column strapless by Gucci with a lapel-like, fold-over at the strapless part. It was another Navy and stuck close to the body, flowing into a short train at the hem.
“There were columns, columns, columns,” Rubenstein said of that time-tested silhouette, and Adams was a prime example.
Amy Adams arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP
Amy Adams arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
The simple silhouette left plenty of room for her Tiffany jewels. They included rhodochrosite, lapis and turquoise earrings with diamonds in 18-karat yellow gold, worth $35,000, and a $1.4 million yellow diamond bracelet, also in 18-karat yellow gold.
The earrings? “Stunning,” Stanley said.
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