Black and white: Oscar red carpet trends


By Elana Katz

If it were permissible, I would start and end this article by discussing the amazing tuxedos and one very special gown that host Ellen DeGeneres wore to the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.

DeGeneres began the night while wearing one of three custom tuxedos from French fashion house Saint Laurent. As someone who is notorious for menswear-inspired looks, it came as no surprise that DeGeneres rocked bedazzled suits paired with sneakers.

During the show, she  thanked the designer, Hedi Slimane. The first tuxedo was velvet navy and black, paired with a white bow tie. Throughout the show, she changed into two other tuxedos, one all-white and the other all-black. All three were glamorous, and, best of all, DeGeneres stayed true to her personal style.

The absolute best look DeGeneres donned was Glinda the Good Witch’s pink gown. She included the giant crown and star-shaped scepter. All she was missing was her giant bubble.

On one end of the color spectrum, black was popular on the red carpet. Emma Watson in Vera Wang, nominee Julia Roberts in Givenchy, Olivia Wilde in Valentino and Charlize Theron in Dior all wore black gowns for the special evening.

The best black dress look was Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel. Her black gown featured intricate red beading above her waist with a deep slit up the leg that showcased just the right amount of skin. She paired the dress with a red clutch and gold drop earrings. Kendrick looked beautiful and it was no surprise, because she has slowly become one of Hollywood’s biggest style icons.

Navy had a fashion moment  as well. Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams both donned navy blue gowns. Gravity nominee Bullock’s navy look was courtesy of Alexander McQueen, featuring a sweetheart neckline and elegant draping along the side. Her ensemble looked effortless and chic.

Rather than taking inspiration from American Hustle, Adams picked a navy mod strapless dress by Gucci. There were no signs of plunging necklines or big hair, but Adams looked sophisticated in this fitted dress.

The endearing June Squibb,  the stunning Lupita Nyong’o and the delightful Jennifer Lawrence rocked emerald, baby blue and coral, respectively.

Squibb’s ensemble proved that bold colors are no longer reserved for Hollywood’s youngest stars.

Nyong’o wowed in a baby blue Prada frock. The look channelled Cinderella, especially with the headband as an accessory, which added to her charm.

Lawrence looked lovely as always in her go-to Dior peplum dress. Like last year, Lawrence donned a long necklace that trailed her back, which is sure to catch on as a trend. If J-Law is doing it, why aren’t you?

White was the color of the evening. The men of Dallas Buyers Club wore white tuxedos. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto looked fabulous while accepting their awards.

McConaughey’s Dolce & Gabbana jacket paired nicely with a black satin bow tie. Leto rocked a deep red silk bow tie for that added pop of color. His white suit was courtesy of Saint Laurent designer Slimane. Both white looks were more than “all right all right all right.”

The evening was so filled with white sparkly dresses that Kendrick took to Twitter: “Weird that no one gave me the memo about wearing a white sparkly dress … Can I not sit at the cool kids’ table? #Oscars.” Indeed, countless stars wore “white sparkly dresses.”

Naomi Watts donned a white, sequined Calvin Klein Collection dress; Sally Hawkins rocked a white Valentino dress with gold embellishments; Kate Hudson sported a white, draped, silky Atellier Versace gown; and Jennifer Garner wore a white, shimmering, tiered Oscar de la Renta dress. Talk about winter white.

Cate Blanchett receives best dressed for her dazzling Armani Prive gown, which was adorned in countless rhinestones and sequins, giving her an extra spark. She paired the dress with even glitzier drop diamond earrings and loose, flowing hair. Her look was the perfect accompaniment to her win for Best Actress in Blue Jasmine.

The Oscars were a beautiful end to award season, both on and off the red carpet. But nothing could possibly top DeGeneres doling out pizza to hungry stars and her Twitter-breaking selfie.



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