Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Fashion – Lupita owns the Night

By ELi CHEP & EVE CHEGE

Lupita Nyong’o chose Prada, Jennifer Lawrence fell over in her Dior gown (again) – and Pharrell Williams wore shorts. replay254 correspondents bring you the stars’ Oscar looks hot from the red carpet in LA – with brief commentaries and pictures

Miuccia Prada is cracking open the prosecco right about now. Because Lupita Nyong’o, the nominee everyone wanted to dress, is wearing Prada. Why don’t more people wear baby blue? It looks amazing against the red carpet: soft and dreamy compared to all the lead-lined corset gowns. But, can I be picky? Lupita has been building a rep for bold fashion choices and this is a bit safe. Also, the Givenchy headband looks like the kind that crazy parents put on baby girls who have no hair.

The gown is grand, but Lupita Nyong’o’s jewellery adds a personal touch: the tiny gold ring is a frog, which is her family’s lucky totem; the pearl rings echo the champagne bubbles that cluster around the hem of the frock. And she piled on the rings and arm candy, but kept the neckline of the dress bauble-free: very modern.

This is Amy Adams in a navy-blue dress from Gucci. It’s perfectly nice, but it’s not exciting. Good ingredients, but no sizzle.

Woah. For a minute there we got all excited about the arrival of an actual man clutch on the red carpet. Alas it’s a fancy ticket. Steve McQueen looks lovely though. If only (and it’s a small quibble) his bow-tie was just that touch bigger.

Pharrell Williams is here with his wife Helen Lasichanh. Best thing about this tux-shorts number from Pharrell? The fact that you can so tell he has moisturized his legs. Look – shiny calves! Also loving the studied awkwardness of the pair of them together with their mix-and-match tux actions. Good work.

You sort of have to be French to pull off this Jenny Packham gown. As my colleague Eve points out, on a norm, this would look like something from some warehouse circus. But Julie Delpy looks foxy. Also, love the double hands-on-hips pose, which is unexpectedly Kardashian.

Sally Hawkins is wearing a pearly crusader look by Valentino. No need to look all apologetic about that Sal.

Um, wow. Liza Minnelli arrived, dressed for a Smurfs’ pyjama party. I can’t work out which is more awesome: the blue streak in the hair, or that she hasn’t bothered to change out of the flat shoes she wore for the journey.

Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars: wears Dior, falls over. It’s her thing. Dior pays her a lot of money. Not sure what the falling over is about. Anyway, I have been hoping she would wear this shape, the straight-lined column, because (A) it’s a bit more fashion and less Hollywood and (B) the princess gown was cute but with the short hair this feels more grownup and modern.

This is a case of the Emperor’s new jewels, because I’m sorry Jennifer Lawrence, but that wasn’t a new way to wear a necklace. If the line of a necklace classes with the neckline of a dress, don’t half sling it down your back – take it off.

It’s Kerry Washington and she’s gorgeous. So why did she slip on the hotel bedsheets and why didn’t she get someone to steam this Jason Wu dress for her…

Cate Blanchett is in a different fashion league from your average starlet. She has this sexy-froideur thing going on. This Armani dress seems to be made of capiz shells, so I am a bit worried about whether she can sit down. But that’s the sort of thing us pedestrian, non-Blanchett specimens worry about.

Can we talk about those invisi-straps Charlize Theron? Because even though they’re Dior, they’re just a bit weird and “underwear solution” ish aren’t they?

Paging a seamstress! This Givenchy dress was the night’s wardrobe function for the divine Julia Roberts. Though, it should have been tighter at the waist above the peplum section and pulled up a bit on the shoulders. Someone help her out with a bulldog clip lol! 

Dark nails might be a Thing. Sandra Bullock has done it, so did Charlize Theron, Emma Watson and Kerry Washington. It works for us. And BTW Bullock looks excellent in McQueen. Navy blue but in a warm way. Nice balance too between the side hair on the left and the pleated detail on the right.

Penélope Cruz can do no wrong. The palest of pale pink chiffon with a grosgrain ribbon belt. Sounds sugary and bluer right? But somehow PC has made it look modern and effortless in this Giambattista Valli gown. We stand in awe.

The red bowtie dude. That’s what the waiters will call Jared Leto. That’s actual fashion fact people.

Angelina Jolie’s dress is by Elie Saab, who also designed what all right-thinking people agree to be her best-ever Oscar dress, the Madame X number she wore in 2009. That was plunging and bare; this is classic to the point of being a teensy bit ageing. The neckline and the sea-urchin-ish beading around the neck are beautiful but then it goes a bit sort of glam beach cover-up.

Lady Gaga’s here and she’s ALL about a bit of trompe l’oeil tonight. The pattern is basically giving her the figure of Jessica Rabbit and the lilac chiffon neck scarf probably gave her all sorts of problems at the bar later last night.

Custom Saint Laurent. Ellen DeGeneres is a lucky, lucky woman. Because as host, the last thing you want to be worrying about is how you look, and with a Saint Laurent tux that’s not going to be an issue. Small quibble, that white bow bit feels a little too clerical.

Thank you Margot Robbie. Here’s the firm proof that it is rather fabulous when a dress (this is by Saint Laurent) works as hard from the back as it does from the front. Also, the brunette hair – we approve.

Kate Hudson has come as Gwyneth Paltrow in 2012. Remember, when Gwynnie wore the Tom Ford white dress with the matching cape? Kate does, in this Atelier Versace dress.

Really wish Barkhad Abdi had have worn a bowtie and not a shiny disco tie. A badly knotted disco tie to boot. But we like his skinny lapels and he’s a new dude on the red carpet so let’s allow him a bit of leeway while he settles in, eh?

Photo Credits : AFWL™ (Africa Fashion Week London) via AP™ (Associated Press)/ Getty Images

 

 

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