A break from Fashion Week coverage to bring you our take on the Oscars 2013 Red Carpet!
This year’s Oscars telecast was an oddly elegant and relaxed show. It had enough old Hollywood references to deliver the romance of yesteryear, yet still managed to feel current and even somewhat intimate. Perhaps it was the combination of the slick, “crooner” style of Seth McFarlane and the showmanship of Broadway veteran Kristen Chenoweth. Add a mix of high-fueled performances and polished production numbers and it was a worthy 85th anniversary celebration.
Most of Hollywood seemed to be in step with this glamorous, old Hollywood theme, showing fashion reverence in their Oscars 2013 Red Carpet choices.
On the sartorial front, the women looked overwhelmingly beautiful last night. Elegant gowns were highlighted with appropriate bling, and hair and makeup were lovely and sophisticated. If the fun is to be had in the lapses of fashion judgement, critical tongues were somewhat silenced last night. In fact, the strongest criticism we’ve heard seems to be at the expense of Anne Hathaway who, though evoking memories of Audrey Hepburn and looking quite lovely, seemed to have some issues with the bodice of her Prada gown.
Whereas some actresses favored a sleeker 30’s columnar silhouette, other’s embraced the romance of a train. As antiquated as a train sounds and can be, it is made for red carpet walking; it not only looks apropos, it looks regal. Jennifer Garner’s “surprise” train (the dress appeared columnar from the front) was another one of our favorites.
Oscars 2013 Red Carpet: Statement-making Haute Couture
One big trend that is surely going to be influencing the season is the clean beauty of white (or quasi-white) gowns. Seriously, any color chilled to the brink of whiteness is a chic answer to flat white. Haute Couture does it religiously season after season; the Oscars 2013 Red Carpet proved what a strong statement it can make. The best examples – Jennifer Lawrence in a pale pink Christian Dior Haute Couture gown with a delicate diamond train necklace and Charlize Theron rocking her short hair in sleek, sexy Christian Dior.
Embroidery is another trend that was well paced on the red carpet last night. There were some serious embroidered marvels and more than a few lace or cut velvet gowns accented to great visual heights. Salma Hayek looked absolutely elegant in her Alexander McQueen.
When embroidery is done well, it is amazing. One thing that many do not know is the weight that some of these gowns can reach. A fully glass-beaded gown can easily surpass 10 lbs. We think the weight was well worth it for the gorgeous drama of Stacy Keibler’s Erte-inspire Naeem Khan gown.
We also have to give a few other special call-outs. Jane Fonda looked fabulous, showing legendary star power in a beaded Versace gown. She’s almost a freak of nature, looking so amazing at 75! Emmanuelle Riva, herself well into her 80s, dressed like a pro. Helen Hunt showed independence and courage in her H&M gown, and though perhaps not one of the “best picks” of the evening, it was event appropriate and looked polished. And one more…the future fashionista, Quvenzhane Wallis, showed the perfectly proper way for a young star to dress for the biggest evening of the year in her Armani Jr. gown.
Of course, Helena Bonham Carter looked like she jumped out of a plane, but she hones that look. Melissa McCarthy was universally panned for her ill-fitted gown that made her look squat. And, though Naomi Watts’ shimmering Armani Privé fit like a glove, the odd cut-outs made her look a bit unbalanced (see…we can have some critical fun!).
Now enough with the frivolity, back to the work of serious Fashion Week coverage (did we really just say that?).