This year’s Oscars will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most (if not the most) memorable Oscars in history. Because as you likely know, THEY ANNOUNCED THE WRONG BEST PICTURE WINNER. But this post is about the dresses and red carpet looks. The incredible ones – and the unfortunate ones. Of course my favourite trend on the red capet this year were the earrings. Big ones! And lots of them. As I’ve saying for a while, oversize earrings are going to be huge (no pun intended) in 2017.
Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci
It was pretty much a given Stone was going to win the Oscar for best actress so of course she was the one to watch on the red carpet. And although she hasn’t been as exciting lately with her red carpet choices as she has been in the past, she stepped up her game with this beautiful beaded fringe gown. The old Hollywood vibe was a clever nod to LA LA Land. As I mentioned on CTV, this was Riccardo Tisci’s last couture dress for Givenchy since announcing he was leaving the French fashion house, so this is not only a memorable dress, it’s an important one (it took a team of 11 more than 1,700 hours to make it – that is fancy). Stone’s red lips, wavy hair and Tiffany earrings also complimented the look perfectly.
Janelle Monáe in Elie Saab Couture
Monáe is always an interesting one to watch on the red carpet and she killed it in this incredibly elaborate Ellie Saab gown. This is what couture is all about. Marie Antoinette comes to mind as well. Love how the look was accessorized with the choker and headpiece. Fashion lovers won’t forget this unapologetically outstanding look for years to come.
Jessica Biel in KaufmanFranco
One of the night’s best looks and Biel’s best red carpet dress ever. She.Came.To.Play. I love every detail about this look, from the almost camo-inspired pattern to the long sleeves to the high neckline. And that incredibly stunning diamond and gold feather Tiffany choker was a brave choice that paid off well. This was an A+ styled look.
Viola Davis in Armani Privé
Apparently David originally wanted this dress to be orange but when she saw the red swatch, she was smitten. And it was a great choice. Like Biel, I’d say this was also her best red carpet look yet. The dress was elegant, slightly sexy and fit her perfectly. Also loved her edgier short hair. But I do think Davis could have used some longer drop earrings. Other than that, she nailed it.
Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé
Obviously, she looked beautiful but I was so excited for Kidman to show up this year in something totally legendary that I was a little disappointed with this look – especially considering the unforgettable green sequin Gucci gown with the embellished parrots she rocked recently at the SAG Awards. Perhaps it was on purpose but the nude colour is literally the same colour as her skin so it washed her out. But the hair and make up (yay red lips!) were flawless.
Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo
Steinfeld stunned in this feminine floral flowing (how’s that for an alliteration??) gown. It couldn’t have suited her better and her hair and make up were also gorgeous (not a word I use often). Loved the high neckline and the ruffled detail at this back was masterfully done. Jennifer Lopez wore a similar Ralph & Russo dress to the Grammys this year and I bet she was made when she saw this one because it was way better.
Charlize Theron in Dior Couture
These earrings! These are “Holy Shit” earrings. They even trended on Twitter. The Chopard diamond danglers were almost 60 carats and what most people didn’t realize was that they weren’t identical. The diamond at the bottom of the right earring was pear shaped and the diamond at the bottom of the left was heart shaped, which make them even more incredible. But the short ponytail didn’t make a lot of sense. And the dress wasn’t ideal either. Loved the silver fabric but the neckline was odd and the waistline seemed off as well. If she wore these earrings with the Dior tuxedo she wore to Cannes in May, no one would ever forget it.
Ruth Negga in custom Valentino
Valentino has done so many incredible red carpet dresses lately but compared to those, this one wasn’t my favourite. The colour was beautiful and the details were lovely and romantic but I won’t remember this dress like I’ll remember the stunning metallic Louis Vuiton dress Negga wore to the Golden Globes in January.
Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta
Beautiful, refined, elegant. Oscar de la Renta would be proud of this black velvet gown with ruffled train designed by current Oscar de la Renta designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim. It fit Larson perfectly and it managed to be both timeless and understated. This was the dress she should have worn last year when she won for best actress instead of the nice but unmemorable blue Gucci gown she wore.
Taraiji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti
Another stunning and timeless velvet dress. Loved this dress on Henson, who had a miss recently in Marc Jacobs at the Grammys. No one can argue with this gown. The hair, shoes and diamond choker were the perfect additions to such a classic look.
Karlie Kloss in Stella McCartney
It’s hard for Kloss not to look beautiful on the red carpet and she definitely did in this long white column gown with one-shoulder cape. But can we not all agree that it’s way too close to Gwyneth Paltrow’s legendary Tom Ford gown she wore to the Oscars in 2012. The diamond choker was a nice tough though.
Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad
Teigen often wears Zuhair Murrad on the red carpet and for good reason, she wears the designer’s gowns well. This was a fancy gown that has the Dynasty-era quality I love. Same with amazing long diamond Lorraine Schwartz earrings.
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton
Few women can do a pixie cut as well as Williams. While there’s nothing unfortunate about this look, it couldn’t be less exciting if it tried, especially for Louis Vuitton. Clearly she was having an ‘I don’t want to be the focus’ moment, which is cool is me. Don’t know if Williams will ever be able to top the unforgettable canary yellow Vera Wang dress she wore to the Oscars in 2006. Remember those iconic red lips?!
Scarlett Johansson in Alaïa
I think this gown was almost unanimously disliked but I don’t think it was that bad – perhaps not the best choice for the Oscars. The top half of the dress didn’t work but I thought the fabric was pretty and liked the contrasting belt. After all, it’s an Alaïa (which is the designer Cher mentions when she gets robbed in Clueless and doesn’t want to lie down on the ground and wreck her dress – click here if you don’t remember). FYI: people collect Alaïa because “it’s like a totally important designer.”
Halle Berry in Atelier Versace
Halle often wears Atelier Versace. And this was an interesting and detailed dress but the styling was way off. What was with that hair?! I get the idea of loose natural curls but it’s all sorts of wrong with a gown this complicated. The hair should have been long, straight and parted in the middle. Or she should have gone back to her great pixie cut because like Michelle Williams, Berry wore it well too.
Dakota Johnson in Gucci
Unfortunate. Nothing was working here. Gucci has so many incredible gowns that I have no idea why Johnson and her team chose this one. It’s wrinkled, it’s not flattering and the bow thing at the front is dumb. And you can’t even see the vintage Cartier necklace. Also, what was with the hair?! She could have at least tried. Even just a little. Better luck next time, I guess…
That’s a wrap for Oscars 2017! As always, thanks for reading. Looking forward to more red carpet recaps this spring.
All photos via usmagazine.com