I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that this year’s Academy Awards were probably the most highly anticipated in their 90 year history. And that’s not because everyone wanted to know how Jimmy Kimmel would do in his second year as host (he came back regardless of the fact that his final words last year were “I promise I’ll never come back; good night!”). Nor was it because we were dying to see Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway reprieve their roles as announcers for Best Picture and wondering whether or not the “Bonnie and Clyde” duo would screw up the announcement for Best Picture lol (though that did provide an interesting moment).
In this #Me Too Times Up era, is there really an appropriate or inappropriate way to dress on the red carpet? Well, that is obviously subjective but it doesn’t mean one can’t have opinions. I thought Bianca Blanco crossed the line of good taste and drew a lot of criticism at the Golden Globes in January, with her red cut out dress that left nothing to the imagination. She basically repeated the same thing again this time around (someone described her choice as a “clothing malfunction waiting to happen.”)
Taraji P. Henson’s custom made black Vera Wang with its ultra-high slit, was a bit too negligee looking for me. Olympic skiing sensation Lindsey Vonn was almost un-recognizable in a black dress with lace trim that was overdone and matronly. They were among the few women who wore black which should not be that surprising since black made such a statement at the Golden Globes.
Lupita Nyong’o looked like a statuette in her gold metallic Atelier Versace one shoulder asymmetrical gown. Gal Gadot, in silvery Givenchy with plunge front and triple fringed skirt, Jennifer Lawrence in silver sequined Christian Dior, and Sandra Bullock in a metallic sequined halter neck Louis Vuitton also shimmered.
Red may seem like a clichéd, obvious choice, but its appeal can never be underestimated. Allison Janey looked more than ready to pick up her Oscar, in a minimal red Reem Acra with deep v neck and extra-long sleeves.
Sofia Carson’s fiery red Giambattista Valli had a cape effect. Meryl Streep looked vibrant in a completely unadorned deep v neck red long sleeved Christian Dior Couture gown.
Soft innocent pastels were another big theme. Of course one big problem it that they can look like prom dresses. Emily Blunt looked beautiful in a graceful, mint green chiffon Schiaparelli with high neck and interesting sleeve detailing. Pink was also a popular choice. Several women opted for pale whisper pink, like Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein and Mira Sorvino (her embroidered dress had such a long train it needed a separate room) but Viola Davis made a statement in sequined shocking pink Michael Kors Collection. It was cut simply, like a bathing suit on top, and accessorized with a bejeweled Roger Vivier clutch in a matching hue.
Paz Vega’s beautiful floral Christopher Bu dress had an Oriental feeling.
86 year old Hollywood legend Rita Moreno’s dress, which she almost literally twirled around in, had a black velvet top and very full skirt which was decorated with enormous gold flowers. What made it really interesting was that it was the same dress she wore in 1962 when she received her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “West Side Story”.
The always exuberant Andra Day literally lay down on the red carpet, wearing a long sleeved floral custom Zac Posen, accessorized with a pale blue clutch, red velvet platform sandals, and a whole lot of diamonds (rings, necklace, and clips in her bouffant hair). It was as they say, a real photo op.