Yes, Keep it classy is our expectation when it comes to the red carpet of Academy Awards but I don’t remember anybody ever requesting it to be boring. And No, you’d not be able to guess the very few ones that actually made it to the best dressed list this season. And I’m very glad to say that Kelly Osbourne is one of the few that actually turned heads with her Badgley Mischka Strapless with netted shrug with gold accents. Add the gold accessories and the classic umbrella and you’re fit to be a queen; or at the very least a Queen-to-be.
It was a parade of nude on the red carpet but Camilla Alves was the definite winner of the pale and pretty in Gabriela Cadena. And Sandra was the best of the bold with her sultry midnight blue Alexander McQueen gown. Only Meryl Streep could wear something as simple as a black & white Lanvin and make it work like a Queen. Like mother, like daughter; Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson shimmered like stars in Atelier Versace Gowns while Louise Roe looked absolutely graceful in a gown by Pronovias.
Emma Watson looked simple and elegant in Vera Wang and was definitely a whole lot better than a stream of other disappointments. Penelope Cruz can do no wrong but even she went relatively safe and opted for a Pale Pink Giambattista Valli gown. Margot Robbie did well for herself with the brunette hair and YSL Gown while Ellen looked her best as well in a tux by YSL. Jennifer Garner looked like she stepped out of a conservative version of the 20’s in her Oscar de la Renta and looked radiant but felt slightly out of place. Jenna Dewan Tatum in Reem Acra looked gorgeous as usual while Olivia Wilde chose Valentino to cover her baby bump. Jessica Biel stunned in Chanel while Jada Pinkett Smith did the same in Versace.
Angelina Jolie looked radiant and motherly in Elie Saab Haute Couture but after the YSL stunt at this year’s BAFTA, this was a tad disappointing. Lupita Nyong’o looked like she was celebrating her birthday in her Baby Blue Prada gown with adorable Fred Leighton accessories (who knew Prada could go so light?). The standards Angie and Lupita set for themselves are so high that anything that’s normal is just not impressive enough.
Cate Blanchett looked lovely in a Nude Giorgio Armani but how was she comfortable being seated in that sequined gown is beyond me. Jennifer Lawrence; Surprise, surprise; wore a Dior and in a yet another stunt (not surprising anymore) tripped and took down a few others with her. Thankfully, it was not inside the Kodak theatre and like Ellen was kind enough to point out; she should receive her awards from her seat and never try to get up on stage.
Amy Adams looked regal in Gucci; but like Lupita, this was yet another disappointment. Charlize Theron has stunned our red carpet hungry eyes quite a few times, but unfortunately this was not one of them. How did Dior imagine those transparent straps would work? If our dear old Charlie can’t make it work; No one else can. Naomi Watts looked elegant as usual in CK but she’s never been one to grab the spotlight for her sense of fashion and she’s holding on to that.
Anne Hathaway was on a mission to take the spotlight tonight; did I say take? Sorry, I meant become! Anne managed to blind everyone in her sparkling Gucci and I must say; not in a very good way. Jason Wu’s much talked about debut on the red carpet did not do him any good. Kerry Washington ended up looking like she was wrapped up in a satin sheet and tucked it with a decorative pin. Julia Roberts finally manages to look elegant in Givenchy but forgets to get it fitted well. Maybe she ran out of time? Sally Hawkins’s Valentino looked like those gaudy thick cream curtains our grandma’s used to appreciate. Way too old-fashioned Sally; even for you!
Lady Gaga is doing her duties to the house of Versace as its brand ambassador but lacks in the outrageous dept. of fashion that we’re just so used to. Elsa Pataky made an Elie Saab look like it had lost all hope at redemption. And then there was Anna Kendrick, who wore a J Mendel, that did not make sense regardless of how you looked at it.
And we’ve officially reached the end of the red carpet season. Even though it ended on a disappointing note, we did have quite the few stunners on the way. Let’s look forward to who the red carpet star of the season is, shall we? My best guess is Lupita but you never know.
In Heidi Klum’s words, One day you’re in; next day you’re out.
Stay Tuned. Until Next time,
P.S. As usual, the images are from various sources. I only take credit for my views.