I think the Oscars is the one award’s show I will sit through completely these days, and last night was quite an adventure until the very end. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just do yourself a little google, or take to YouTube, and see for yourself. If I took to talking about anything besides the red carpet with these things I would be manic, I’m afraid. Let’s talk about that red carpet, shall we. Red carpet fashion is one of my favorite not-so-guilty little pleasures. There is somewhat of a method to my madness, though. Sure, there are numerous beautiful pieces that walk that carpet, but I look at each piece in regards to design, fit, accessorizing, and how it vibes overall with whoever is wearing it, not just my first glance impression. From there I determine whether I’m working with a Top 5 or 10, and then present what I have curated here.
The 89th annual Academy Awards bought its onslaught of both the good and the questionable, filling the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with Hollywood’s elite. The little gold statues have been handed out, so let me throw down some gold stars to my five picks for best dressed of the night:
1. Viola Davis in Armani Prive
I think we were all thrilled when Viola picked up the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and how sensational did she look doing it? I feel like a lot of celebs go overboard when choosing a piece in red, but Viola looks like an absolute goddess in this look by Armani Prive. The halter neck meshed perfectly with the off-the-shoulder draping, and the train made her figure look all the more regal and statuesque. Her makeup was fresh, and her asymmetrical pixie cut was smoothed with sweeping bangs. She accessorized thoughtfully with some mixed metals on the red carpet, and later added Oscar to the mix.
2. Darby Stanchfield in Georges Chakra
This look just set off my lust for Hollywood glamour, with touches of modern to keep it nice and updated. I love that it’s done in white, as I think it totally enhances the vibe in this instance. The sheer draping from the one shoulder ends in folds of beautiful geometric panels, matching the hem of the dress itself, leaving a luscious, textured look as Darby moved. Her red locks received the old Hollywood treatment with a waved side part, and she accessorized with a silver Rubeus Milano clutch and a pair of statement chandelier earrings.
3. Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti
Yes to all the Hollywood vixen going on right here. This navy velvet bombshell number by Alberta Ferretti is essentially doing all the right things in all the right places. I fell in love with this one particularly when she was on stage presenting for Hidden Figures (which also led to my husband and me quoting lines from Hustle & Flow). With a thigh high a lot and décolletage for days, Taraji finished her look with a Nirav Modi statement necklace and smoldering eyes.
4. Sofia Carson in Monique Lhullier
You guys, I love The Descendants Disney movie. My niece made me watch it on repeat for the longest time, and naturally, we are excited for the sequel about to come out! I almost didn’t recognize Sofia here, but I am loving her in this sweet flora embellished ball gown by Monique Lhullier. Yes, it does carry that signature Bridal vibe, but the embellishments are so delicate in placement on the skirt, culminating with the heavier embellishments on the bodice, making it much more visually interesting and red carpet appropriate, rather than here comes the bride. I absolutely love that she chose to forgo the jewelry here, I think it adds a minimalist approach to something glamorous. Her sleeked back hair further lends to the minimalist note, while her red lip gives the perfect amount of color and drama, making this such a beautifully balanced look.
5. Olivia Culpo in Marchesa
I already knew I was going to love this dress after watching some of the behind the scenes that went into it’s creation. There was basically a collaboration amongst Olivia, Marchesa, Stella Artois and Water.org to campaign for clean drinking water. Stella Artois has always had a connection with the organization, cofounded by Matt Damon, so this dress designed by Marchesa, and worn by Olivia Culpo, is made from Stella Artois chalices. The silver blue gown features cascading tiers of beautifully, and artfully, crafted design. The deep-V lends to the femininity of the design, and the thin ribboned black belt adds a subtle pop of contrast without being distracting. Olivia’s slicked back hair allows all focus to be on the dress, and her purple smokey eye gives the perfect amount of edge for the event.
What did you guys think about last night’s awards? Did you agree with the winners?? Who was your pick for Best Dressed? Leave your commentary in the comments xo.