Well, the big one was last night and it was wonderful. Yesterday evening (February 26) the annual 89th Academy Awards (Oscars) 2017 took place in the traditional venue of the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles. The ceremony was full of memorable moments, including host Jimmy Kimmel‘s opening monologue (which you can watch here), as well as the many tearjerking acceptance speeches and musical performances. Just like the past few years, I stayed up to watch the red carpet show before watching the ceremony live (bedtime was 5.30am!) – and all I can say is…WOW! This was a fantastic turnout and a beautiful fashion showcase, as it always is! There were jaw-dropping gowns and a lot of very well-dressed men. So who made the Killer Fashion Best Dressed List this year, and who won the big awards at the Oscars 2017?
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Killer Fashion Choice
To be honest, choosing just one gown for the Oscars red carpet was a toughie so in a way I’m glad I don’t have to in real life! However, when I saw this Ralph & Russo Fall 2016 gown, I knew it’d be the right one! I adore the powder pink hue of the body, with its asymmetrical exaggerated peplum tiers and the pink, lilac & silver white floral embroidery that contrasts beautifully against the body. The curved neckline and strapless finish are perfect finishing touches to this gown. I’m just in awe of Ralph & Russo’s designs.
The Best Dressed
Oh how Emma Stone looked wonderful on the red carpet, wearing Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci. The beautiful actress chose a glamorous gold full-length gown, which featured a sweetheart neckline and simple straps, lattice mesh with embroidery along the sides and a tiered fringed straight skirt. Her gorgeous drop earrings and rings were courtesy of Tiffany & Co., that matched the lace beaded gown’s hues perfectly. Her red hair was styled into retro glam waves, with soft smokey eyes and a classic red lipstick to finish. Oh how I love this! Emma Stone also won the Oscar/Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘La La Land’ – congratulations!
Loving actress & Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga was one of the first stars to arrive at the Oscars, and boy did she make a wonderful debut. She was the lady in red donning a custom-made Valentino gown, which featured a high neck design, a scalloped neckline with long sleeves and lace detail around the waist too. Our Irish-Ethiopian princess added stunning jewellery to her look including a gemstone hairband, drop earrings that matched her burgundy lipstick and soft smokey eyes. She looked absolutely beautiful. Ruth also wore a blue ribbon to show her support for the ACLU, which many other stars supported for the evening.
Young actress Hailee Steinfeld attended the awards donning Ralph & Russo Couture for the occasion, a stunning high neck haltergown with scalloped trims, a cinched waist and floral embroidery in hues of peach, lilac & silver cascading down the bodice into the sheer skirt, which finishes in a mermaid train. Her chrome manicure matched perfectly, and sparkling bracelets & earrings by. Her hair and makeup, smokey eyes, nude pink lipstick and a twisted upstyle, were the perfect finishing touches for this awards attire.
Classic Black & White
I’m a big fan of Emma Roberts and she didn’t let us down donning a stunning vintage gown by Armani Privé, which is also made of sustainable materials supporting the ‘red carpet green dress’ initiative. It featured a black lace appliqué wide-v bodice with a thin criss-cross open back, a cummerbund waist and a cream tiered sequin skirt finish. Her red hair was styled into retro glam curls showing off her gemstone drop earrings by Swarovski with gold smokey eyes and red lipstick to finish. J’adore!
Wearing a classy black gown, Kirsten Dunst wore a strapless cinched gown by Christian Dior Haute Couture, which featured a full ankle-grazing skirt and long train that showed off her Christian Lacroix ankle strap heels too. The curved neckline adds such a beautiful hourglass shape to her body, teamed well with a simple diamond choker necklace, a a wavy updo, kohl-rimmed eyes and red lipstick to finish.
Attending in an LBD, Salma Hayek wore Alexander McQueen that was sassy, sexy but also classy. The scooped neckline was complimented by the mesh boning of the bodice, with the dress also featuring a gathered detail around the bust that fell into the skirt with a subtle lace & sequin overlay too.
Janelle Monáe had such a jaw-dropping red carpet moment in her Elie Saab Couture LBD. She stepped out wearing this stunning sleeveless ballgown, which featured heavy embellishment around the neck, down the mid-front of the skirt and around the bodice in floral & bird motifs. The sheer balloon skirt also featured embellishments cinched to the bodice with a waistbelt, that the singer/actress wore with an embellished hairband in her pixie haircut. She styled a Jimmy Choo clutch and Brian Atwood heels to her look that complimented the overall look perfectly. Janelle Monáe also won the Oscar/Academy Award for Best Picture for ‘Moonlight’ alongside her cast & crew…after an accidental error announcing the correct winner!
One of the last to walk the red carpet before the ceremony went underway, Brie Larson looked absolutely beautiful in her classy wide-v neckline gown by Oscar de la Renta. The skirt featured a mid slit with exaggerated trims that showed off the silk lining that ruffled off into a train, and her Aquazurra strappy sandals too. a messy sideswept hairstyle, red lipstick and minimal jewellery by Neil Lane rounded up her look.
The Beautiful Blues
As always, Giuliana Rancic looked beautiful, wearing Georges Chakra Couture for the Oscars red carpet. The gown featured an asymmetrical neckline with gathered detail and a slit across the bodice that matched the thigh-high leg slit, alongside crystal embellished lattice design around the waist and a wide train to finish. Her sparkling jewellery is courtesy of Forevermark and styled with Christian Louboutin heels, the E! Live From the Red Carpet presenter rounded up her awards attire with a ponytail and soft pink lipstick.
Hidden Figures actress & Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson looked wonderful, and so classy donning a velvet midnight blue Alberta Ferrertti gown, which featured an off-the-shoulder neckline with a fitted bodice and thigh-high leg cut that showed off the dress’ train. A stunning diamond necklace by Nirav Modi with a matching coloured clutch and barely there sandals, both by Jimmy Choo. Tousled curls with metallic sheen eyeshadow, classic eyeliner & exaggerated lashes with a pink lip colour to finish. Wow!
Laura Dern attended in a navy glittering sequin-clad Rodarte column dress, with strappy shoulders and a straight neckline. I love this look on the tall blonde that was simply styled with a straight hairstyle, minimal jewellery by Bulgari and nude lipstick.
Wearing a beautiful dress to the awards, Debbie Matenopoulos attended in a plunging nude gown that featured sparkling pavé gems and an asymmetrical cape too.
Felicity Jones looked very sweet in her Christian Dior tulle champagne dress, with a v-neckline and an ankle-grazing cut, showing off her Christian Louboutin gold sandals. A half-up half-down hairstyle, minimal jewellery by Niwaka and a peach lipstick were her subtle finishing touches.
Lion actress & Academy Award nominee Nicole Kidman looked wonderful as always, wearing a halterneck creation by Armani Privé. Her nude coloured gown featured circular motif embellishments that fit her body perfectly, with its column finish that she styled with silver jewellery by Harry Winston, a rosegold manicure with a bright red lip that also matched her ruby & silver drop earrings.
Hidden Figures actress & Academy Award nominee Octavia Spencer wore a breathtaking gown by Marchesa, which featured an off-the-shoulder bodice. The ice grey look was adorned with feathery details all over the skirt alongside hidden embroidery & sequins. Forevermark jewellery and Stuart Weitzman heels rounded up her awards attire.
Auli’i Cravalho looked gorgeous donning a Rubin Singer strapless gown that featured geometric style floral prints with tiered details and a train too. A curly sideswept hairstyle, minimal jewellery and a white box clutch completed her look. Auli’i Cravalho also performed during the show, changing into a stunning red gown, which you can watch here.
A breathtaking entrance, Sofia Carson opted for a strapless gown by Monique Lhuillier, which featured a sweetheart neckline and embellishments on the bodice and along each trim of the triple tiered tulle skirt. A sleek upstyle, red lipstick and zero jewellery rounded up her awards attire.
The strapless white gown sure was popular, as Brianna Perez also chose to wear one to the Oscars. Her simply classic look was styled with a sparkling choker necklace and pendant, a fully fringed pixie look and flawless makeup to finish.
Darby Stanchfield wore a beautiful white sleeveless dress by Georges Chakra, which featured a tulle overlay at the front & back with cutout discs around the trim. She styled statement turquoise, silver & pearl earrings by Neil Lane to the look with sideswept relaxed curls, classic eyeliner and pink lipstick.
Model Karlie Kloss attended the awards donning a crisp white fitted Stella McCartney dress on the red carpet. The round neck was accented by a sparkling choker necklace by Nirav Modi, to which she styled the caped look, rounding up with silver sandals by Stuart Weitzman and a Roger Vivier clutch, retro glam waves and an orange-red lipstick.
Gorgeous actress Priyanka Chopra was rather fashion-forward wearing Ralph & Russo donning this inverted triangular bodice with a straight neckline and fitted bodice, that featured metallic silver & white triangles all over. The sides of the bodice were cut very close for a risqué finish, styled with dazzling cuff bracelets and drop earrings by Lorraine Schwartz, a straight hairstyle, kohl-rimmed eyes and a pink lip to finish.
Moonlight actress & Academy Award nominee Naomie Harris looked great wearing a strapless dress to the Oscars, as she stepped out in Calvin Klein. It featured a slit cut out under the sweetheart bust, with a midi knee-length cut and a cape finish. The sequin-clad look really suited the actress, complimenting her skin tone and her funky yellow & gemstone ankle strap heels. A straight hairstyle, pink hue eyeshadow and a nude lipstick with jewellery by Bulgari to finish. Naomie Harris also won the Oscar/Academy Award for Best Picture for ‘Moonlight’ alongside her cast & crew…after an accidental error announcing the correct winner!
Elle actress & Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert attended wearing a crystal pavé Armani Privé full length gown that also featured full sleeves and a cinched waist.
Actress Sofia Boutella was also in attendance, walking the red carpet in this silver sequin Chanel gown, which also featured a feathery skirt finish from the knees down. I adore her sideswept full fringe hairstyle and the silver jewels she’s styled with this.
Chrissy Teigen stepped out with her beloved husband John Legend, donning a Zuhair Murad gown. The look featured an explosion of gold & silver beading on the bodice, with long sleeves and a full-length skirt that had a thigh-high leg cut showing off her gold sandals by Stuart Weitzman. Dark smokey eyes, dark nude lipstick and a metal clutch rounded up her outfit.
Louise Roe is always a fun lady to spot on the red carpet, and she looked great donning a gold glitter halter midi dress. Her black ankle strap platforms and clutch contrasted well with the dress, and complimented her dark wavy tresses and dark smokey eyes too.
Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo wore a stunning Marchesa gown, designed in collaboration with Stella Artois & Water.org that was made for a good cause to help bring awareness to the global water crisis. The dress itself was made with chalice pieces, including embroidered and fringe detail, a v-neckline with a nude mesh body finishing with a thin tied waistbelt. The flapper-style look was teamed with a black embroidered clutch, purple eyeshadow, nude lipstick and a slicked hairbun.
Actress Jessica Biel attended the Oscars wearing a Kaufmanfranco fully glitter gown, styled with a Tiffany & Co. statement collar necklace. The long-sleeved dress shone from all angles in its gold & silver hues, which the actress wore with Stuart Weitzman heels. She added a sleek curled updo, soft pink lips and an oval clutch to finish.
A Splash of Colour
Viola Davis looked wonderful in red, wearing a custom-made Armani Privé creation. The dress featured a halterneck with off-the-shoulder detail, a fitted look with a slight train. Her awards attire was styled with Niwaka jewelry, a silver metallic quilted clutch by Bally and Stuart Weitzman heels. I really like her short hairstyle, slicked down with smokey eyes and nude lipstick to finish. Viola Davis also won the Oscar/Academy Award for Actress in a Supporting Role for ‘Fences’.
Actress Scarlett Johnasson wore a pink patterned gown by Alaia, a silk georgette style with a ballooned v-neckline adding a silver studded waistbelt that complimented her cuff bracelets by Fred Leighton too, along with her quiff pixie cut and her shimmering eyeshadow too.
Producer Mimi Valdes looked great in her light pink & nude floral patterned tulle gown, which featured a waterfall skirt trim showing off her rosegold low block heels. The nude mesh created a scooped neckline illusion, styled with a box clutch, silver drop earrings and a plaited crown hairstyle.
I love a good fashion moment, and model Daria Strokous definitely had one of these. Her strapless lilac gown featured a straight strapless neckline with an oversized vertical bow detail, a high leg cut and a long train that was completely covered in sparkling embellishments in firework motifs. Silver sandals & jewellery styled her look, with wavy curls to round up.
Blanca Blanco easily stood out wearing an embellished yellow dress, with its exaggerated shoulders and asymmetrical super high leg cut. The fitted number was styled with black strappy sandals, an envelope clutch and a slicked hairstyle.
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