Metallics and neutral tones (ivory, nude, eggshell) seemed to dominate on the Red Carpet at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2, 2014. As usual there were hits and misses on the red carpet. Cate Blanchett, who won Best Actress for her role in the film Blue Jasmine, wore nude coloured Giorgio Armani. The dress was covered in applique details that she said were ‘quite heavy’ when she spoke to Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. Sandra Bullock was a stunner in an unexpected navy satin gown with a sweetheart neckline by Alexander McQueen. With her hair swept to the side and minimal accessories she radiated classic elegance with an air of Hollywood glam.
Lupita Nyong’o won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years A Slave. This was her first nomination. To walk away with a win as a rookie is rare. Jennifer Hudson did the same in 2007 when she won for her role in Dreamgirls. Lupita was radiant as usual on the red carpet in a pale blue pleated dress by Prada. With a simple headband and earrings she was absolutely beautiful. The actress has become a fashion darling and continues to capture the hearts of her fans.
Charlize Theron wore an elegant black Dior gown that hugged her body in the perfectly. The dress appeared strapless with its light straps that give the illusion of having no straps at all.
Jennifer Lawrence wore red dress with peplum detail from Dior. She managed to still look elegant despite falling on the red carpet. It wasn’t a dress some felt gave her a wow factor, rather it was simple, classic and elegant. Legendary Bette Midler performed at the Oscars in a tribute to those who died over the last year. She moved the audience singing her 1988 hit song, “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Wearing a custom Alaia gown for her performance the 68-year-old looked graceful. Midler appeared earlier on the red carpet in a red Reem Acra dress that many thought was a fashion miss.
Kerry Washington arrived in a plum, custom maternity dress by Jason Wu. Some critics didn’t favour her choice, but she still looked radiant and classy. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga, made her first appearance on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Known for pushing the boundaries of style, she opted for something more subdued than what she is usually known for. Her metallic strapless Versace gown made her look like a statue with its detail and the way it hugged her body. Her dress looked quite similar to Kristin Chenoweth’s gold metallic gown.
What were some of your favourites on the red carpet?