Fashion hits, trends and statements made on the Oscar red carpet

High fashion merged with Hollywood on the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday (February 26), with Jessica Biel making one of the biggest statements of the night.

Resembling a real-life—though much more chic—Oscar award, Biel sported a shimmering gold-copper Kaufman Franco beaded gown accessorized with a bold African-inspired necklace from Tiffany’s.

“I thought Jessica Biel looked incredible, she almost looked like a Grecian goddess. She was wearing a gold dress, with silver accents. She had an amazing, real bold statement necklace. Her hair was pulled back really sleek,” said Kahlana Barfield Brown, fashion and beauty editor-at-large at InStyle magazine.

After being at the top of several worst-dressed lists this award show season, Brown said Nicole Kidman kept things simple.

“We’re use to seeing her take a lot of risks on the red carpet. For the SAG she wore this really bold, bright green dress. And I thought she played it safe for the Oscars. But when you saw it in person it actually did have a lot of details. There was a lot of shimmer, a lot of sparkle, but [I feel like] on-camera it didn’t read as strong as it looked in person.”

Emma Stone, winner of best actress for “La La Land” sparkled in a 1920s-inspired gold-fringed Givenchy gown, while “Hidden Figures” supporting actress contender Octavia Spencer opted for a silvery Marchesa adorned with a flounce of feathers.

Diamonds adorned the throat of “Hidden Figures” star Taraji P. Henson, poured into a cleavage-baring midnight blue velvet Alberta Ferretti gown with a daring split at the leg.

Velvet ruffles from Oscar de la Renta cascaded down last year’s best actress winner Brie Larson in an old Hollywood glamour look with a dramatic decolletage.

Isabelle Huppert, nominated for best actress for “Elle,” showed her typically refined style in a long-sleeved silver Armani Prive gown, while Ruth Negga, nominated in the same category for “Loving,” chose a long-sleeved lacy Valentino in the fashion house’s signature vibrant red.

Supporting actress winner Viola Davis poured herself into an off-the-shoulder red Armani, and Charlize Theron went for a metallic look in Dior.

“Chanel Pharrell!” proclaimed singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams, decked out in a fitted Chanel tux accessorized with a dramatic black bead necklace that fell down over the lapel.

“I thought for men Pharrell won hands down,” said Brown.

“He was wearing a Chanel tuxedo and he almost had a necklace on, like a chain necklace. It looked like something a woman would wear, but only Pharrell could pull it off and it just looked so fly.”

(REUTERS)

 
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