The 2015 Oscar’s Red Carpet was a veritable who’s who and what’s that of fashion. With the recently starlet-snubbed E! Mani Cam banished officially because of “space constraints” amid sexism controversy, Oscar hopefuls and presenters seemed to take back more creative control of their fashion as well. A marked departure from last year’s overly contrived un-styled looks masterminded by megalomaniacal stylists, the red carpet this year was fresher, more individual, fashion-forward and fabulously flawed.
There were three major trends on the Oscar’s red carpet this year: statement necklaces, ponytails and pearls.
Unfortunately, the statement Cate Blanchett chunky turquoise necklace had to make was weekend road trip to the Grand Canyon. It’s hard to believe the necklace is Tiffany & Co.
Margot Robbie’s necklace statement was much more Oscar-worthy, she accessorized her Yves Saint Laurent dress with a vintage Van Cleef and Arpels necklace created for Wallis Simpson.
Dakota Johnson, smoldering in Yves Saint Laurent, whipped her hair into a playful ponytail, while Jennifer Lopez topped her nude Elie Saab with a more slicked-back look.
Felicity Jones wore Alexander McQueen with pearls in the center of the three dimensional embroidery on the bodice.
Lupita Nyong’o had the pearliest of creations, with 6,000 lustrous spheres sewn to her Calvin Klein dress.
The luminous Julianne Moore wore custom Chanel in lustrous white. The column dress took 927 hours to make, but its detailing left me a bit divided on the look overall, evoking somewhat of a sea creature feel.
Sadly, Marion Cotillard, who usually makes it to the top of best-dressed lists, looked like she pulled a Little Mermaid with the tablecloth from a sushi restaurant.
Versace dressed new mothers Zoe Saldana and Scarlett Johansson, one of the best and one of the worst looks of the evening. Scarlett looked like a cross-dressing Jolly Green Giant in a New Orleans brothel.
Also in Versace was Jennifer Aniston who got slimed on the red carpet by Emma Stone’s Ectoplasma-Green Elie Saab gown.
No one told Jessica Chastain that navy blue was over, probably because she’s this hot and it’s kind of annoying.
Gwyneth Paltrow wore a petal pink Ralph and Russo that kind of grows on you after a while.
Lady Gaga one-upped Amal Clooney’s awkward Golden Globes gloves with her tribute to both dishwashing and falconry.
Nicole Kidman accessorized with red as well, although the belt on the opalescent yellow dress made her look like a magician’s assistant after the sawing in half trick went horribly wrong.
Rita Ora drew the Marchesa short straw, wearing one of the designs of Harvey Weinstein’s wife which always tend to look like they were crafted with a glue gun on a Percocet high.
The best and worst went to the Brits.
Naomi Watts seemed to have hit a wall while wearing Liza Minnelli’s sports bra with this Armani Prive gown.
Rosamund Pike was perfection in red lace Givenchy.
And of course, the Best Undressed went to host Neil Patrick Harris.