Red Carpet Rundown: 2014 Academy Awards

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Written by Mariem ELTagoury

It’s been a while since we last had a red carpet rundown, and I can say that as much as time consuming as it is I still do miss it; and this time we’re back with the most exciting of all red carpets The Oscars! The Oscars were held on the 2nd of March 2014 at the Dolby Theatre so today’s piece is a recap of all the fashion I’ve seen that day (and there was a lot! Excuse my delay for publishing this).  Aside from my deep pleasure that “Frozen” got Best Animated feature and “Let it go” got Best Original Song, I have to say that the red carpet fashion was equally as pleasing and left me with the least disappointment I’ve had from red carpets in a long time. Here are the looks that caught my attention.

 

Best Dressed

 

Lupita Nyong’o in Custom Prada

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada
Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

Lupita has wowed us on almost every red carpet she has graced; she didn’t disappoint us this time either. The Academy Award winner left us in awe as she appeared in a glamorous icy blue gown with a plunging neckline and train which her sleek small figure pulled off beautifully. A shout out to all flat chested girls out there! We finally have a fab fashion icon! She accessorized with a gold headband and a gold snake bangle.

 

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Kate Hudson in Versace. Sultry!
Kate Hudson in Versace

The draped cape, the deep v-neck, Kate Hudson had everything to make her a fashion winner in my books. Who knew that power and sultry looks could unite to make this fab Versace gown, then again …it could only be Versace!

 

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture

Charlize Theron in $15 million dollars worth of jewelry! I bet she was the most valuable woman on the planet that day!
Charlize Theron in Dior

While people were busy with J.Law, I was busy admiring the real Dior queen of the night. Her jet black gown Dior couture mermaid style gown had a dramatic sweet heart neckline which was supported by sheer illusion straps. The 15 million dollar worth of Harry Winston jewels she wore with her perfectly coiffed cropped cut added to the essence of glam that suited the dress.

 

Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka

Why does she look like a fantasy character? I guess it's the umbrella...
Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka

Kelly never used to be on my best dressed list but lately, the fashion police presenter seems to have taken some from her pointers into consideration and has improved her fashion sense so much that lately she’s been included in so many of my lists. It’s hard to pull off white; it’s even harder when you have curves. Kelly proves it’s possible in this simple sheath dress with a gold caplet overlay which gave off an aura of vintage glamour while her hair and chandelier earrings added a personal touch of her edgy vibe.

 

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

Sandy was purty...pretty! Sorry, it's Sandy was pretty.
Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen 

Sarah Burton is an amazing designer; only she could have made me change my mind about the McQueen brand which I hated previously with all my heart. Sandra Bullock might have taken the safer side with traditional Hollywood glamour and last year’s fad of blue tones but she pulled it off like no one else with pleated draping that fell to one side and her side swept hair with a dramatic side part. I’m not sure what it is exactly but she was the very essence of what glamour should be so much that she turned it into Hollywood royalty!

 

Notable

 

Cate Blanchette in Armani Prive

She will always be Lady Galadriel...
Cate Blanchett in Armani

It seems like the second or third time Cate has worn this silhouette. This time, it’s nude with beaded embellishments but she it looked so good we couldn’t help but put our disappointment aside and fall in love yet one more time with this dress covered in embellishments, of Swarkofski crystals that matched her drop earrings. The Academy Award winner was dressed for winning that night.

 

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

Kerry Washington is pregnant!? SCANDAL! Oh wait...
Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

It’s the first time for Jason Wu to dress an actress for the Oscars’ red carpet and we have to say we’re happy he did. Aside from the miss with the Prada/midriff/baby-bump outfit; Kerry has proved that she’s one hell of an inspiration when it comes to the bump. She looked exquisite wearing a berry lip color and a sleek silver grey dress which, thankfully, did not look like she had to squeeze herself or her bump to get into and yes! We are referring to Elsa Pataky…

 

Camila Alves in Gabriele Cadena

 

Alright, Alright, Alright! (Matthew McConaughey's voice over)
Camila Alves in Gabriele Cadena

The model pulled off sleeves elegantly and fashionably in this flowing powder pink gown with subtle shoulder pads with a pink clutch to match. She kept the rest simple opting for a sleek up do, and minimal jewelry.

 

Meryl Streep in Lanvin

The 18 times or so Oscar nominee still looks dazzling. In other news, 64 year old women across the globes have committed suicide after seeing this photo.
Meryl Streep in Lanvin

Meryl has to throw in a token of simple elegance on every red carpet just to remind us what a fabulous artist she is. The 64 year old actress proudly showed off her quirky style with a shoulder and wore a belt with matching bracelets.

 

Penolope Cruz in Giambattista Valli Couture

"Si! Estoy una bella donna" said Penelope.
Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli

It was good to see Penelope break her trend of huge sophisticated gowns for this simple pale pink dress. Well, not too simple; being Penelope it had to have a catch which was the half cape. Fashion risk success achieved!

 

Controversial

 

Amy Adams in Gucci Premiere

I think her outfits in American Hustle were a bit more original.
Amy Adams in Gucci

Amy looks good in this dress but I felt like I was struck with a déjà vu when I saw this. For a moment I thought she pulled out her SAGs dress. It’s even the same jewel tone color! I’m not sure if I was happy or not to see the stunning actress in this dress.

 

Jennifer Lawernce in Christian Dior Couture

The girl on fire, ladies and gents! She never fails to - (reporter falls down)
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

As a guy friend kindly pointed out, J.Law looks good even if she wears nothing! But then again, I guess that’s all what they’re hoping for! Honestly the dress got a lot of nods and cheers. In my opinion, it was just for the love of Jennifer. The cherry red peplum dress was too mainstream and plain for the Academy Awards nominee who repeated the “wearing the necklace backwards” trend and even her famous fall. J.Law, don’t you think that’s so last year?!

 

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein

Is she wearing flat shoes to the Oscars!?
Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein

Naomi graced the red carpet with this beaded white dress from the Calvin Klein collection, paired with a silver statement necklace, a matte red lip, and a modern slicked back hair do. While she pulled off white beautifully, I couldn’t help feeling that the dress was just too plain. The jury’s out; you decide…

 

Anna Kendrick in J.Mendel

"I've got my ticket for the long way round..." what?
Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel

I love the hair, the makeup, the accessories, the nails, even the clutch, and the dress…maybe not that much. Honestly, playing the bared midriff card on the red carpet is either a love or hate situation. At first site, I thought she looked cool and edgy but after closer inspection, I found the dress was too busy. It’s got a sheer midriff, an asymmetrical skirt, a lot sheerer on top, and a strappy back! This frock has to be the biggest collection of fashion risks on the red carpet this year. What’s your say about it?

 

Julia Roberts in Givenchy haute Couture

I love her smile...not the dress though, but that smile!
Julia Roberts in Givenchy

Let’s see… this is a black lace, vest imitation, peplum dress! That was too much for one sentence let alone one dress but she still looks good! Heck this is Julia Roberts; she’ll flatter even in a paper bag! What do you think?

 

Worst

You know we can’t love them all!

Sleeves the Wrong Way

Sally Hawkins in Valentino & Sarah Paulson in Elie Saab

 

I don't know about Sally but Sarah is sure not gonna like this! She'll invoke her coven onto us! (hides under the bed)
Sally Hawkins in Valentino; Sarah Paulson in Elia Saab

Blue Jasmine’s Sally Hawkins seemed to have picked quite a large dress for her size. I can see sleeves look awkwardly long for her arms and the cut doesn’t flatter her figure. Her hair do didn’t compliment the neckline either. What a waste of embroidery! 12 Years a Slave actress, Sarah Paulson also drowned her slim figure in a heavily embellished nude dress, giving her beautiful face and hair no favors.

 

The Glitzy Not Glam

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab & Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta

 

The curtain drapes suit you Angelina. Hi, Jennifer Garner!
Angelina Jolie  in Elie Saab; Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta

Angelina opted for a lot of shine in a sloppy beaded dress that made her look a lot older than her age. She could have at least done something about her hair that covered her drop earrings! Someone please remind Angelina that she’s still one of the sexiest women alive! Jennifer on the other hand went for a flapper inspired silver tulle tiered fringe gown with bead embroidery and graced us all with the understanding of why that fringe could only work for shorter hemlines!

 

Skeletal misfit!

Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace

At least she didn't go to the Oscars wearing her dinner if you know what I mean! ... No?
Lady Gaga in Versace

While Gaga toned down the costume drama, she seemed to have forgotten how to dress. The dress looked too tight for her, her bust doesn’t fit in place and, honestly her curves were about to burst out of the sides. The light hued, fully beaded dress with a skeletal sketch going-on didn’t flatter her pale skin tone and hair. The train length scarf looked like the remnants of her famous unnecessary dramatic outfits. Talking about unnecessary “hwa eh eli wdaha hnak!?”

 

The Cursed Crew Neckline

Anne Hathaway in Gucci & Emma Watson in Vera Wang

 

All I'm seeing is Anne Hathaway. No Emma here because she is just perfect!
Anne Hathaway in Gucci; Emma Watson inVera Wang

It breaks my heart to have both of them in the worst list but my fashion conscience couldn’t help itself.  Anne wore a similar neckline and cut last year only it was a pink Prada! She also didn’t get much fashion points for it, so it’s kind of surprising she’d go for the same cut this year and add armor to it! Emma on the other hand went for a very bland glitzy silver and black which wasn’t expected from the trendsetter and risk taker.

 

 

 

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