My Grammy post was called 2015 Grammy Awards Recap, but I opted to leave out “recap” this time because it would have been entirely inaccurate. My thoughts on the red carpet will fill enough space that going on about the entire show could be overkill.
Overall, I thought the Oscar Awards were much more successful (in terms of fashion) than the Grammys. The Grammys seriously underwhelmed. In fact, after reviewing red carpet footage and photos extensively, I wasn’t struck by any of the gowns as a “worst look.” Sure, there were some garments that weren’t great, but they weren’t awful. Good work, Hollywood!
I also found myself drawn to a lot of pieces of gowns and looks. Just a couple of examples; the top of Patricia Arquette’s Rosetta Getty dress was stunning. The draping, the fall of fabric over her shoulder, the curve of the neckline – perfection. Not in love with the unadorned, straight-line break between white top and black bottom. And the skirt was fine, but nothing worth writing home about. Or on a blog. Cate Blanchett’s Tiffany necklace, which positively dominated her John Galliano black robe. The combination was spot on, the notion of clothing competing with that stunning accessory would be blasphemy. Then again, that’s a lot of real estate to just gloss over.
Best Dressed Men
Neil Patrick Harris in custom Brunello Cucinelli – gray? Love it. LIGHT gray? I’m dying. It’s such a simple choice, but the result is dynamite.
David Oyelowo in cabernet Dolce & Gabbana. THAT VEST. Genius. Phenomenal. Brilliant. And I’m using brilliant in the most British sense. The color, the curve of that vest, the fit… by far the best dressed gentleman of the evening.
Best Dressed Women
America Ferrara in Jenny Packham. In case you’re unaware, I love color. Particularly at awards shows, and things of that ilk, where there tend to be a lot of women wearing black, and most (if not all) of the men are in black. Also, awards shows tend to end up with a trending color. This year it was pink nudes. America knocked it out of the park (as she usually does) in a marine teal. Gorgeous.
Chloe Grace Moretz in floral Miu Miu. Classic, elegant and still fresh. Serious respect to a young actress who isn’t just flinging her breasts and legs around all willy-nilly. The small floral pattern was young and delicate – not your grandmother’s floral. The ONLY qualm I have with this is that when Moretz presented an award, she kept her hands in the pockets. I love pockets in a dress, and I understand you want to use them. But it put the waistline of the gown into an odd place.
Zoe Saldana in Atelier Versace. This dress looks like it was made for her, and was possibly sewn onto her body. The draping is sublime, the lines exquisite. The color and the style of the bodice vaguely hint to a ballerina’s costume. This look was perfection.
I’m just not a fan of either one of these women, and I don’t want to approve of their choices… but the gowns (the GOWNS, people) were winners for me. Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture and Kelly Osbourne in Rita Vinieris.
Who Wore It Better?
J Lo in Elie Saab? Or Luciana Duvall in Jad Ghandor? (Hint: The answer is Duvall, and yes, it’s mostly due to breast manipulation or lack thereof)
Ah! Upon review, I forgot about one look that actually was distractingly, unbelievably bad. Sorry, Lorelei Linklater. Her Gabriela Cadena gown made her look younger than her actual age of 20, which is a tragedy. This look is more junior prom than Oscars. While there could be arguments made for portions of the dress, the full garment ends up looking patched together and haphazard.
Other honorable mentions? We’d be here all day, friends. Again, there were a lot of beautiful people in beautiful clothing at the 2015 Oscars, but these were the real standouts, for me. Happy Monday!