The top five:
Far and away #1:
Lupita freakin’ N’yongo in Prada.
This. Girl. Smart, talented, beatiful, and a sense of style like nobody’s business. She’s look flawless at every awards show this season (Ralph Lauren at the Globes, and that Gucci at the SAGs), but she blew all my expectations out of the water with this incredible pale blue Prada gown. The pleats. The beautiful color against her beautiful skin. That plunge that she has just the right size chest to pull off. AND THE ACCESSORIES.
Let’s talk about the accessories: They’re personal, showing an effortlessly beautiful girl who loves to have fun with fashion. Her gold cuff was a snake, and she had a delicate little gold ring (layered with a larger blue bauble) that was a frog. Quirky touches like these made her look all the more unique and perfect. And the headband. It’s like a tiara crowing her the princess of the Oscars. So different, so beautiful. I heard them call her “Lupitarella” on E!. That’s just about perfect, but not as perfect as this look. I think this will be an Oscar look that I will remember for a long time as an iconic, all-time faves–adding to Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy and Mila Kunis’s Elie Saab from past Oscars.
2. Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I would love to wear this dress! When she walked the fringe moved in such a cool way. The cut with the spaghetti straps makes it so simple and classically elegant, but the sparkle and fringe are to-die-for fun. Her wavy hair is amazing, as is her stack of diamond bangles. You can also see she’s rocking MAJOR silver platforms! I love the monochrome, for sure the way to go. Nothing I would change about this look, definitely a fave of the night.
3. Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel
Here’s another lady whose accessories took her look to a whole new level. Her red lucite clutch and edgy earrings, not to mention the little details (bows?) on her heels give this dress even more personality. I love the top and the sheer panels, and her hair and makeup look great.
4. Emma Watson in Vera Wang
Wow. Part of me feels like she could have gone for something bigger and bolder for the Oscars, but I mean, this is incredibly beautiful and unique. I would love to wear this gown–the somewhat sheer bodice almost looks like the world’s coolest tee shirt. It’s classic and comfortable with an edgy twist, complemented by that cool, piecey pony, perfect red lip. and her killer collection of silver rings. Beautiful. What a cool girl.
5. Chrissy Teigen in Monique Lhuillier
I love a floral gown, and the combo of pink and black is always fun. The cut is perfect, I love loose, wavy hair on red carpets, and those diamond drops?! Amazing, gorgeous, so flattering on her face and the perfect jewelry for this gown. The cut of the gown is great, and I love how you can tell it was designed with comfort in mind–the slightly high-low hemline surely makes it easier to walk in, and it’s got POCKETS!!!!
Other great bits of fashion from the evening:
Kerry Washington’s hair, makeup, and cuffs.
Maybe it’s that pregnant glow, but Kerry looks radiant. The darker lip and half-up hair are departures for her, I love their edgy, relaxed beauty. I also love the look of matched cuffs on both wrists, and thin diamond ones are fresh and fancy.
Amy Adam’s and Cate Blachett’s earrings
I love the fun colors of Amy’s statement earrings and that they’re from a classic brand, Tiffany & Co. As for Cate’s, I have no idea how she wore such heavy earrings all night! From afar they seem to match her gorgeous sheer-and-white dress, but up close they were a beautiful mix of pastel stones (pale blue/green, lilac, and pale pink). Cate really knows what’s up when it comes to fashion.
Sources: Most dress info from the E! red carpet broadcast last night, but info on Emma Watson’s dress from dailymail.co.uk, Jennifer Garner’s from justjared.com, Cate Blanchett’s from usmagazine.com, and Camilla Alves-McConaughey from huffingtonpost.com. All pictures from people. com (see their complete Oscar’s arrival photo gallery here) except: picture of Cate Blanchett from huffintonpost.ca, and pic of Amy Adams from beautyeditor.ca.