Academy Awards 2014: Belle’s Best Dressed List
Mar 3, 2014
The trends on last night’s Oscar red carpet were nude-colored dresses with embellishments, dresses with deep necklines and large, drop earrings. Finger waves and sideswept locks were the hairstyles of choice, even in the drizzly conditions.
While there were some lovely choices on the red carpet, most of the gowns failed to inspire. Charlize Theron looked great, but the dress just felt off. Anne Hathaway wore the same silhouette as last year, and while the dress looked nice the gleaming crystals did not play well with the stage lighting. Viola Davis’s gown was the perfect color, and her hair and makeup looked phenomenal, but the dress was unflattering around her mid-section.
At one point, I toyed with the idea of only putting Kevin Spacey on my best-dressed list since his midnight blue tuxedo was the only ensemble that spurred noticeable adoration. But that hardly seemed like a fair solution, so here are my picks for best-dressed.
Many of the dresses on the worst-dressed list earned their spot due to poorly coordinated accessories and ill-chosen hair and makeup. EVW took a gorgeous gown and created a near flawless ensemble.
Wilde continues to teach a master class in how to wear formal attire while pregnant. This sleek, black-and-white Valentino makes Natalie Portman’s pink- and red-flowered gown from a few years back look even more laughable by comparison. I also love her accessories, those bracelets will have me searching for a black and white stack of my own very soon.
While this year’s flame-red Dior cannot match the glamorous perfection of last year’s Dior, Lawrence has redeemed herself for the bed comforter she wore to the Golden Globes. This is, by far, her best hairstyle of the season.
What? Lupita wasn’t your favorite? Lupita was everyone’s favorite!
Don’t get me wrong, the girl looked awesome. The dress is divine, this DuJour Media shot proves that, but I thought the earrings were a bad choice. I don’t care for the shape of them, and frankly, I found them distracting. However, the Gucci gown she wort to the SAG Awards is still my favorite gown of the season, it might even make top-5 all-time.
So who was my best-dressed woman?
This is a lot of dress. With yards of ballet-pink material covering her every inch of her body and swatch of draping to boot, it would be hard for almost anyone to make this gown look good. It would swallow up any mere mortal who tried to wear it, but Alves makes it look effortless.
Plus, if you haven’t noticed, I’m a stickler for creating a cohesive look. I want the hair, the makeup, the jewelry, the bag, the shoes and the gown to all fit seamlessly together. In this case, the updo is sublime. The makeup is a vision of perfectly contoured softness. And the accessories melt perfectly into the look, ensuring that they don’t add weight to the already heavy dress.
So who was your favorite? Anybody who really failed to live up to expectations?