No night in Hollywood is as important as the Oscars. Actors and actresses dress their best while they are honored for efforts in film. As a follower of fashion, the red carpet event is the highlight of the evening. Actors such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Robert Downey Jr. clean up in classic tuxedos, but seeing the gowns worn by Hollywood’s leading ladies is the best part of the evening.
Since the Academy Awards are the ultimate honor for actors, it’s the Holy Grail of the year’s red carpet events. Actresses are encouraged to take chances, showcase their favorite designers and, of course, look beautiful. Some memorable moments from previous Academy Awards red carpets were Hilary Swank in 2005, Mila Kunis in 2011 and Charlize Theron in 2004.
This award season women such as Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy and Michelle Williams have been film favorites, but some of the red carpet looks have been questionable. Both Spencer and McCarthy have “real” bodies and have had a more difficult time dressing to their potential; however, Spencer proved that a woman with curves can work a gown. She wore a white, sunburst-embroidered, cap-sleeved Tadashi Shoji gown that hugged her curves and gave her the perfect hour-glass shape.
My pick for best-dressed of the night goes to Michelle Williams who sported a reddish-coral, Louis Vuitton gown. The dress, made of tulle, was embellished with trendy peplum detail around the hips and topped with a silver bow. Williams’ blonde pixie-cut, dark , and neutral makeup were a perfect complement to the bright gown.
Funny lady, Tina Fey, stunned on the red carpet in a navy Caroline Herrera gown. Fey shined in the sophisticated, fitted, strapless dress with peplum detail. She completed her look with a high-volume up-do and neutral makeup.
Meryl Streep proved that a woman can shine at any age in her Oscar gold Lanvin gown. The long-sleeved, gown was completed with a woven gold and strass chained belt that accentuated Streep’s figure. She paired her dress with gold accessories and Salvatore Ferragamo gold lizard platform sandals.
Honorable mentions of the night go to: Cameron Diaz in Gucci Premiere, Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace, Emma Stone in Giambattista Vali, Jessica Castain in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Leslie Mann in Roberto Cavalli, and Glen Close in Zac Posen.
Worst Dressed: Melissa McCarthy in Marina Rinaldi, Shailene Woodley in Valentino Couture, and Rooney Mara in Givenchy Couture.