I’ve been watching the Oscars since I was young enough to need training wheels, and over the years, I’ve been wow’ed by several gowns. Even in recent memory, there have been spectacular looks on the red carpet.
People occasionally ask how I choose my best dressed list, because it’s usually a bit different than the ones you see elsewhere. And the truth is, that I have just one guiding principle: Which looks do I remember fondly the next morning? Because if I’ve forgotten about your gown by breakfast, that is not a good sign. Here are the gowns that I couldn’t stop thinking about.
I love Jessica Chastain, and I always look forward to seeing her on the red carpet, but her gowns are usually a disappointment. However, this coppery Armani fits her beautifully, complements her alabaster skin without washing her out and her hair and makeup are flawless. She may not have won an Oscar, but she definitely burnished her fashion street cred.
Stacy Keibler has a lot of shade thrown her way, but no one can deny that she looked amazing last night. The beading on this dress is incredibly intricate and stylish, the tailoring is impeccable and everything else is just right. I would have liked a hint of color on the lips, but that’s a small matter. Good job, Brad Goreski.
This violet column gown with a ruffled train is stunning. I especially love the shallow sweetheart neckline. And while I am usually averse to lots of jewelry, her necklace, bracelets and rings are all perfectly curated.
Who else joined Mrs. Affleck on the best dressed list? And which gown will Belle be dreaming about well into 2014? Find out after the jump.
If you don’t walk the Oscar red carpet, do you still belong on the best dressed list?
When your look is as perfectly tailored and flawless as Nina Dobrev’s you do.
The sleek, modern ponytail and the smoky, sultry makeup are truly lustworthy. The dress itself has a gorgeous cut and an interesting, but not too busy, pattern that gives it a more relaxed feel. And I think those are the same lovely earrings that Zoe Saldana was wearing…
I wasn’t sure that this dress would make the list, but I couldn’t get the crumpled texture of the fabric out of my head. I love how it takes an otherwise treacly, pale pink gown and makes it current. And the long necklace worn backwards, with its delicate chain and hint of sex appeal just wowed me.
This dress stuck with me because it was one of the few brightly colored gowns we saw last night, and because the interplay between the tones in the beading and the color of the accessories is expertly done. I love mixing the darker tangerine with the coral. And with such a bright palette, it would have been all too easy to overdo the makeup with a coral lip or too much blush, but Kerry keeps it subtle, flawless and pretty…just like always.
But what was my favorite look of the night…the one I’ll remember next year and beyond…
This gown is just a marvel. A sleek, architectural marvel with just a hint of Old Hollywood in the peplum and train.
The makeup is soft and feminine to play up the sharp edges of the dress. The jewelry is crisp and simple. And the hair keeps the look fresh with its tousled boyishness.
At first, I thought it needed a belt. Just a thin band of platinum. But now, looking at it again, I realize it doesn’t need anything. It’s perfection as is.
So who do you think should have made the list? And which gown were you most smitten with?