The time has finally arrived, it’s time to talk about the 2015 Oscar fashion from the biggest night in Hollywood and (usually) fashion. Confession, I was underwhelmed. I’m actually calling it hashtag 50 shades of beige due to the enormous amount of light colors and the fact that the red carpet confections were just sorts of… eh. Look, I’m not taking it away from any of these enormously talented actresses – they all looked very pretty, pulled together and, well, safe. The truth is, 2015 Oscar fashion was sort of a snooze fest and it left me and my friends watching at home asking, do you think the real dresses got caught up in customs? Did they change their minds last minute because of the weather? Did dresses get held up in New York and Europe because of the weather? Did all the beautiful dresses already get worn and this is what was left? I don’t know, but, I do know that there were no real wow moments.
Don’t get me wrong, I thought Naomi Watts looked incredible in Armani Prive and I loved that Dakota Johnson looked like a proper young and beautiful ingenue in Saint Laurent, but other than that… Jennifer Lopez, sparkled (as always) and Lupita Nyong’o, Marion Cotillard and Julianne Moore did light right… But, it was clear the 2015 Oscar fashion was less about the dresses and more about the women in them, which would be the crowning glory of this less than stellar fashion moment – perhaps the paired back looks left room to focus more on the incredible performances of these women rather than what they were wearing. These weren’t worst dressed moments, the dresses were pretty, they just weren’t show stoppers… And for me, the Oscars are about fashion WOWS (even if there slightly left of right) and these gowns just seemed better suited for a less important night…
Perhaps Patricia Arquette’s call for equal pay for women explains all of this. Women in Hollywood not only deliver equally riveting performances to men, but have the secondary role of being fashion icons – a pressure that the men don’t have to fret, and yet they are still not compensated on par with their male counterparts and they’ve finally had enough… I’m really not sure, but I’ll stand behind that theory because it’s pretty awesome. Anyway, enough of that, lets talk about the 2015 Oscar fashion that did happen last night.
First off, the dark horses – the ladies in black/navy all looked stunning – I really do love Jessica Chastain in this gorgeous Givenchy, and Margot Robbie looked so sexy and yet simple in Saint Laurent and I loved Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta because it felt different for her – less bohemian and more polished, it was one of the more refreshing 2015 Oscar fashion moments. Again, all these ladies looked beautiful (love Cate Blanchett bring some much needed color to the carpet with that gorgeous Tiffany turquoise statement necklace). Black is safe, black is usually in abundance, it actually wasn’t this year, making these gowns some of the bolder statements…
Who doesn’t love a bit of princess power and these ladies brought the glamour. In to the Woods had nominations and Cinderella is coming out soon enough and these women brought some fairy tail action to a drenched red carpet. Leave it Jennifer Lopez (in Elie Saab Couture) to shut down the red carpet and make a statement – and thank god she did – we needed it. There was plenty of beading and adornment last night, but these voluminous bottoms were a nice pop of something different.
The adorned ladies putting on the glitz. I was happy to get some of the opulence I was craving with Naomi Watts in her glittering Armani Prive was one of my favorites, and of course Lupita Nyong’o in a Calvin Klein gown with something like 6000 pearls proving that sometimes more is more and that her fashion icon status isn’t going anywhere. These gowns, again, were very pretty, the craftsmanship on these gowns in incredible and, of course, all of these ladies are so incredibly gorgeous.
Ahhhh, the ladies in red… Thank god. I was hoping for a lot more color on the carpet, so I was very grateful for Dakota Johnson showing up like the budding star she is in this gorgeous Saint Laurent gown. It took me back to Jennifer Lawrence’s first nomination in that beautiful (yet simple) crimson Calvin Klein number a few years back. This is a big moment for her so I was really happy to put her on my best dressed list. Rosamund Pike also looked gorgeous in her red Givenchy Couture – hard to believe she just had a baby a few months ago – she has truly never looked better!