Red Carpet Rundown: 2017 Academy Awards

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Written by Mariem ELTagoury

We still haven’t had enough time to process all the drama that happened before, during, or after the Oscars. No kidding here! To put it in a nutshell, the 2017 Oscars shall go down as: 1) A recap of the American elections (like when everyone said La La Land would win, but despite its many awards and global recognition Moonlight won!) 2) The most controversial event-wise, award-wise (yes, I’m glaring at Casey Affleck), and fashion-wise (no one on the CC team could agree on one opinion!). Which brings us to the long awaited fashion list of hits, misses, and those that hung in between.

Top 5 Best Dressed

In no particular order here are my picks for the best dressed.

Viola Davis in Armani Privé

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I lied. She was the star and the best dressed lady of the night. 51 year-old, Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress (for her role in Fences) wore a sleek, red dress with an unexpected neckline that totally flattered her shoulders. We’re used to Davis experimenting with fashion, unlike most actresses her age. I just love how this silhouette flatters her body shape; there’s a lot to admire here – hey, she looks more fit than half the people we know in their 20s! I also love that she kept her beauty look minimal, just some eyeliner and the bangs.

Octavia Spencer in Marchesa

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I’m super excited not only to have several over 40 actresses on my list this year, but also a plus-sized actress! Academy Awards nominee Octavia Spencer walked the red carpet in a silver Marchesa gown; drowning the belief that plus-size couldn’t be as elegant in a ball gown. Beautiful!

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture & Chopard Jewels

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Above 40 and still wowing the masses. The South African actress graced the red carpet in a metallic Dior dress, with her I-haven’t-aged-a-day look, a simple ponytail, and did you see those earrings? The diamond drop earrings are from the Chopard ‘Garden of Kalahari Collection’ and feature a total of 59.9 carats worth of diamonds! Reportedly, she also wore two diamond rings from the same brand. She was shining…literally!

Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta & Aquazzura Shoes

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A pleasant twist on the safe black dress. Does Oscar de la Renta ever do wrong? The Academy Award winning actress made quite the statement (fashion-wise and human-wise, wink!) in this black velvet number, with a ruffled train and that deep v-neckline. Her simple waves and red lip complemented this very graceful outfit.

Aldis Hodge in Armani & Greubel Forsey Watch

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You really didn’t expect this one! It seems so unfair that the ladies get all the red carpet limelight when the men do exert efforts to shine too. The Hidden Figures star caught my attention with the nifty lapel chain he accessorized with; a simple catchy touch, not overdone, not dated, just right. His dapper navy suit also helped him stand out in the crowd.

Other Noteworthy Looks

Meryl Streep in Elie Saab Haute Couture

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Okay, it’s technically not a red carpet look – since she didn’t pose on the red carpet for photos or anything – but she still turned heads in this statement outfit from Elie Saab, with this unexpected choice from her stylist. The pant-dress combo, off-the-shoulder-neckline, subtle beading, and train to top it all off, in a majestic dark blue colour, just had to demand attention. One for the gossip, the reason she might have skipped the red carpet, but still opted for a lavish dress from a brand like Elie Saab, might be an earlier -ahem- dare we say, argument with Karl Lagerfeld the designer of Chanel. Let’s just say it’s never good to be on the bad side of a winner like Meryl Streep and, damn, we could use some of Elie Saab’s luck!

Shohreh Aghdashloo

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The American-Iranian actress looked impressive in a simple black embellished gown. She praised diversity at the Oscars this year and let’s be honest this has been the most diverse year the Oscars has ever had. 

Ermenegildo Zegna

Riz Ahmed (left), Mahershala Ali (right)

These gentlemen’s designer left quite the touch on the red carpet. Zegna designed both Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor (for Moonlight) Mahershala Ali and Riz Ahmed, one of the presenters for the night; much goodness! Ali was slick in black with his monochromatic style and Ahmed stood out in a just-brighter-than-navy tux with matching loafers.  

Most Controversial

The outfits that I just couldn’t make up my mind about…

Halle Berry in Custom Atelier Versace

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Sadly, she should have been on the best dressed list; it’s one of the best of the night if you ask me, but the hair! Don’t get me wrong, being a curly-haired girl myself, I understand the love of going natural and embracing the volume and beauty of your hair, but this hairdo just didn’t flatter Halle’s dress and the whole look just fell apart.

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad

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Can’t Zuhair Murad ever get it right?! He has yet to surprise me. We all know Chrissy Teigen can rock about anything and she’d still look stunning. But, celebrity goddess aside, this dress had so much potential to be THE perfect dress to end all dresses, but he blew it! Naturally, everyone was preoccupied with Chrissy’s stunning legs – can’t blame them; but I was having trouble accepting the semi-sheer sequin embellished bib she had upfront! Why would I want a full frontal of Chrissy’s boobs?! Why?! And why couldn’t the gorgeous white fabric extend to her front, which would have still been equally beautiful?! Why?! Why does Zuhair Murad do this to me?!

Taraji P.Henson in Custom Alberta Ferretti

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This is why boob jobs and extreme push-up bras are a bad idea! This dress had all the specifications of a stunner in the fashion books. Let’s take it from the bottom to the top: strappy stilettoes check, side high-slit check, midnight blue check, velvet check, emerald diamond ring check, portrait neckline check… There was even a diamond necklace for crying out loud! But how can we see that when the boobs are in the way! And that was how the boobs ruined the best Oscar dress!

Least Favourite Looks

We’re not sure what happened to the Oscars, the – supposedly – most stylish event of the year. This list could have been endless, but we narrowed it down to only 5! Feel free to trail down your additions in the comments below!

Scarlett Johansson in Azzedine Alaia

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I’m not sure if Scarlett meant for her petticoat to be so apparent or was that just another skirt under the dress..? That aside, the pattern, the fabric, and especially that belt all look too informal for the big black-tie occasion. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like the hair and the dress but they just seem very misplaced at the Oscars. Sorry, Scarlett!

Ryan Gosling in Gucci & Pharrell Williams in Chanel

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There aren’t many thing you can do as a man to look bad in a tux, so when you end up on this list you’ve seriously got it bad! Gosling went for what we think is a 70s vibe look with a ruffled evening shirt. The made-to-order velvet shawl lapel on the tuxedo could have really been enough but that shirt was really what broke it. On a less surprising note, Pharrell Williams had to accessorize his tail jacket a little over the top, too over the top! Besides adding a white lapel pin, he layered black & silver beaded chain link Chanel necklaces besides his bowtie!

Janelle Monae in Elie Saab Haute Couture & Jennifer Behr Crown

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I suggest you take a few moments to recover, yet again, from all whats going on in this dress. It is too much to take in! Janelle’s stylist described this dress as her grand finale for awards season. We sincerely hope she was describing her career. Ever since Janelle embraced acting, she has been trying a lot of new looks that are further away from her original style as the musician we have grown to love.

She was quite popular for her menswear-inspired outfits and we kind of miss that iconic power-girl with the big hair. I hardly recognised her on the red carpet… and if you’re expecting me to try to break down this monster of mesh, beads, and feathers fashionably, you’ve got another thing coming darling!

Emma Stone in Custom Givenchy Haute Couture & Tiffany Jewels

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Sadly, the Best Actress in a Leading Role winner did not score as high in the fashion department. Perhaps she was going for just the colour gold from an old Hollywood superstition. I just love Emma as an actress, so all I can say about this bead trail or Chinese-infused, flapper-inspired dress is it had her shimmering and shining just like her statuette!

Dakota Johnson in Gucci & Cartier Jewels from a Museum

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The fact that Dakota had a 1958 baguette-cut diamond necklace and 1940s ruby-gold cocktail ring flown in from the Cartier Paris archive collection in Geneva to be matched with this dress made this fashion crime much more heinous! The long-sleeved dress, with a featured plisse front detail and high-neck could have worked out perhaps with another colour, minus that awful cascading bow at the front of her waist, and perhaps she could have done something her with her hair and makeup. Over all she reminds me of a pat of butter that melted!

Which look was your favourite?

Did you watch the crazy go down live? What did you think of the 2017 Oscars fashion? Let’s discuss in the comments!

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