Award season has come to a close with The Oscars, Hollywood's biggest event. Sunday night was full of celebrity antics, selfies and style. I laughed with Ellen DeGeneres as she broke Twitter with a star-studded snapshot. I cried when Lupita Nyong'o accepted her award for supporting actress. I almost died at John Travolta's pronunciation of Idina Menzel (which sounded like Adele Dazeem).
The highlights for me are not always which movies or actors win (admittedly I haven't seen most of the movies up for nomination, but I'm adding them to my Amazon wish list ASAP), but rather which star shines on the red carpet. This year, the carpet glittered with a palette of black, white, nude and pretty pastels. Making my best dressed picks was easy, but finding a poorly dressed attendee was actually hard for once. You know it's a safe award show when Lady GaGa keeps her outrageous outfits to a minimum (that's probably why nobody noticed she was there).
I love the infographic (to the right) looking back at all the gorgeous gowns A-list actresses have worn in the past. My favorites include Audrey Hepburn's 1954 Givency, Halle Berry's 2002 Ellie Saab, Sandra Bullock's 2010 Marchesa and last year's Christian Dior worn by the flawless Jennifer Lawerence.
The show's gorgeous gamut of gowns made me recognize some Tinseltown trends. Below you'll find my choices for best and worst dressed as well as some collections of red carpet styles.
Lupita stole the show in powder blue Prada. The winner of Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 12 Years a Slave (which also won Best Picture) radiated with diamond accessories, dewy makeup and a brilliant smile. She looked like a modern day Cinderella, only at the end of the night she took home an award instead of a pumpkin.
The equally elegant Emma Watson wore Vera Wang to the Dolby Theatre. I'm in love with the metallic trend top half of the gown and her dramatic red lip. The ingenue didn't remind of us the wizarding world where her fame began, but instead got us thinking about what move she'll make next. Whatever that is, Watson will surely look incredible.
Donning Calvin Klein Collection, JGL (the more famous JG out there) looked dapper than ever. Smart tailoring, shiny shoes and a blanch white shirt are red carpet go-tos for any movie male. Two added details I love: the slightly flecked detailing of his tux jacket and the red button advertising his production company hitRECord.
In a similar fashion, Jared wore a pop of red on his tux with a bow tie. In an unexpected Yves Saint Laurent suit, Jared looks remarkably polished yet maintains his edge. With locks luscious enough to make most girls jealous, Leto really took a red carpet risk that paid off. The gentleman took home the trophy for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Gaga has left us yawning with this demure dress by Versace. The material and design is vastly outdated, attempting to hit trends but in an ineffective way. The bust looks awkward and ill-fitting. Paired with a cheap looking chiffon scarf, this look seriously lacks the personality we expect from the international popstar.
That's not a Smurf you're looking at, it's the 67-year-old Liza Minnelli. This blue, saggy jumpsuit is all sorts of wrong in terms of it's construction, cloth and color. The shoes, makeup and matching hair aren't redeeming the look one bit. To top it off (literally), the legend is not wearing a bra. I honestly can't look at this for long. Keep scrolling down.
The usually suave singer has a wardrobe as cool as his music, but the Oscars proved that Pharrell has entered a style rut. Onstage he wore an oversize hat (think of the Arby's logo) and on the red carpet he wore a short suit. Despite what he thinks, these items will never come in style, even if he wants to throw his image behind the accessories.
You can't blame Johnny, a figure skater, for wanting to take his ice rink inspirations to the Dolby Theatre. However, this outfit is hilariously horrendous. The skinny pants, long-tailed jacket and glitter bombed shoes make him look like a modern-day court jester instead of an Olympic athlete. He might need to change his last name to Weird.
My best dressed picks were easy to see against the flurry of white gowns this year. Coming in a second place for style, each of these lovely ladies wore a white piece with some sort of added embellishment. Maria Menounos took a page from Taylor Swift with a Johanna Johnson dress. Naomi Watts wore crystallized Calvin Klein Collection. My favorite white wardrobe choice was Kelly Osbourne's breathtaking Badgley Mischka.
The biggest trend for Hollywood's elite and the everyday fashion follower is metallic fabric. Jennifer Garner grabbed our attention wearing Oscar de la Renta complete with 20s inspired fringe. Anne Hathaway's bedazzled bodice of her Gucci gown took a twist on the trend. Angelina Jolie added elegance in Elie Saab haute couture. Finally, Kate Hudson took a plunge with this daring Atelier Versace creation that incorporates a captivating cape, intricate beading and shiny fabric.
babes in blue
Varying shades of royal blue from both sexes washed the red carpet. Kevin Spacey bore a blue Burberry tuxedo that left a lasting impression. Amy Adams' Gucci Premiere gown has a unique design that takes it a step above your average strapless piece. Jason Sudeikis looked debonair alongside Olivia Wilde in a Prada suit that was quite a bit darker than Spacey's similar ensemble. The blue belle of the ball was Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen.