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Oscars 2013 Red Carpet | A Rather Classy Mix

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.

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Jennifer Garner in Gucci at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

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 Review

Sally Field in Valentino at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Helen Hunt in H&M at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

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.

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Anne Hathaway in Prada at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

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.

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zuhair Murad at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Halle Berry in Versace at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Review

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Stacy Keibler was smooth and leek in her silver Naeem Khan dress.

Stacy Keibler was smooth and leek in her silver Naeem Khan dress.

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.

Oscars 2013

Jane Fonda in Valentino at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013

Emmanuelle Riva in Lanvin at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Budding fashionista Quvenzhane Wallis confidently walked her first Oscars Red Carpet wearing Armani Jr.

Budding fashionista Quvenzhane Wallis confidently walked her first Oscar Red Carpet wearing Armani Jr.

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!).

Oscars 2013

Melissa McCarthy in David Meister at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood at the 85th Academy Awards (2013). She’s a true original thought-out. We want some of her irreverent self-confidence.

Oscars 2013

Naomi Watts in Armani Privé at the 85th Academy Awards (2013)

Oscars 2013

Brandi Glanville at the 85th Academy Awards (2013). Seriously?

Now enough with the frivolity, back to the work of serious Fashion Week coverage (did we really just say that?).

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