Oscar Red Carpet Glory
NOTE: the opinions in this article are the author’s own and not reflective of the Tertangala.
The biggest night of the year has come upon us: the 88th Annual Academy Awards, AKA the Oscars, featured some of the best fashion moments of the 2016 award season and some of the worst.
The show was hosted for a second time by comedian, Chris Rock, who I believe was the best host they have had in years. His ability to talk about the serious topics such as racism in Hollywood, while also adding humour, was outstanding. However, he did receive quite mixed reviews from audiences.
This year we were treated to an array of stars from Cate Blanchett to Lady Gaga to Jennifer Lawrence. The Oscars red carpet is a chance to show off in a breathtaking gown or a dapper suit. Either way, the whole world is watching and we are all paying attention.
The first arrival I noticed was Alicia Vikander, and boy did she make an entrance. The young star, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl, looked like a stunning Disney princess in this custom Louis Vuitton gown, drawing online comparisons to Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Vikander is a newcomer to the red carpet, and has proven this year that she is one to watch.
At the young age of 25, Jennifer Lawrence has already been nominated for four Oscars and won once, which is a remarkable achievement. While she wasn’t a winner on the night, she was definitely one on the red carpet. JLaw was seemingly missing on the carpet because she turned up just as the main show was beginning, but that didn’t stop people from going crazy over her dress. The actress was wearing a lace gown with a black feather train by her go-to designer Dior, with Chopard jewellery. It seems to be a heavenly match when you consider Lawrence’s past Oscar looks which Dior also designed.
Cate Blanchett, who was nominated for her role in Carol, looked regal in this powder blue, embellished Armani gown. I love seeing Blanchett on the carpet; she’s the Australia screen queen. Her gown is very similar to the one she wore in 2014 when she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Blue Jasmine, which had similar embellishment. However, this time around, her look seems to have a light floral theme which is breathtaking.
Nominated for her role in Spotlight, Rachel McAdams was a vision in this green August Getty gown. I was originally going to select her as my best dressed but I found someone much more deserving. However, everything about this look for me is flawless. Her hair slicked back, with simple jewellery and the high leg slit all give this look a slight edge but still leave it looking elegant and tasteful.
Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner looked so classy; you forgot she was only 20-years-old. Turner arrived in a Galvan gown with Tiffany & Co. jewellery. I love everything about this look from the gorgeous red hair and smoky eye, all the way down to the Christian Louboutin heels. For such a young actress she looks likes a sophisticated and mature woman.
But what about the men of the night? The women aren’t the only ones wearing expensive designer outfits. Leonardo DiCaprio looked as dapper as always in a black Giorgio Armani suit and Christian Louboutin shoes. DiCaprio was the talk of the evening after he won his first Oscar for his lead role in The Revenant. After more than two decades in the industry, I think the award was well deserved and long overdue.
I always look for at least one couple that stand out and at the Oscar’s I was blessed with the presence of the gorgeous Chrissy Teigan and John Legend. Teigan, who is over six months pregnant with the couple’s first child, looked radiant in this red lace gown by Marchesa. Legend is a handsome accessory to his wife in a Paul Smith tuxedo. I have no faults for this stylish couple.
The big winner of the night was Brie Larson who took home the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Room. However, I don’t feel like Larson was dressed appropriately for the occasion, or better yet another event other than her high school prom. She showed up to the red carpet in this horrendous deep blue Gucci gown with Niwaka jewellery. I have enjoyed Larson’s fashion choices this awards season, but this was huge disappointment.
Now let’s follow that huge disappointment with another. The beautiful Heidi Klum arrived not looking very flash. You may ask how can a supermodel can look bad? Just look at her in this lavender Marchesa gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewellery. To me it almost looks like a bad vintage bridesmaids gown from the 80s. I do think her hair and make-up are quite nice, however, not with his look.
Kate Winslet usually looks like a movie star, though this year she looked more like she was wearing a black trash bag. I would have liked this dress by Ralph Lauren if it was made with a different material, because when cameras are flashing and lights are shining, the dress gets this unappealing shine. I feel her hair is a bit dull too, and would have looked nicer slicked back.
My worst dressed breaks my heart because I love her so much. It’s Margot Robbie in this golden Tom Ford gown with a The Row clutch. I honestly find that this dress ages her or maybe it’s just the pose in this photograph. She looks like she is hunched over and her golden hair on top of a gold gown is a bit odd for me. I’m definitely not a fan of the black clutch either. I will say the gown is quite nice, but not on Robbie and with everything else considered, I’m not a fan of this look at all.
My best dressed is Lady Gaga. It almost seems as if Gaga has been everywhere this year, and it’s only March. She has stunned on all the major red carpets, and this one was no exception. She stood out in a sea of gowns and rocked the red carpet in a voluminous, strapless white jumpsuit by Brandon Maxwell. The look featured an overskirt and a train, leaving Gaga looking like a dramatic goddess. She sadly missed out on winning the Oscar for Best Original Song, however, her performance of “Til It Happens to You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground was the best of the night. It received widespread acclaim, a standing ovation from the audience and left people in tears. A fantastic end to the 2016 award season.
Update 5/3/16 – an incorrect link was used in this story and has since been fixed