Celebrity Style: The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o

March 3, 2014 • Celebrity Style, Fashion Blog

Was the 86th annual Academy Awards the moment we’ve all been waiting for? Perhaps. While it did have its fair share of surprises — Ellen’s celeb selfie heard ’round the world and Jennifer Lawrence‘s face plant — and predictable wins — oh come on, everyone KNEW Lupita Nyong’o would steal the Supporting Actress glory — I was truly surprised by one thing. Lack of color on the red carpet. Yes, there was red and sparkle and (gasp!) navy blue – but the biggest trend of the night? Black and white!

I really thought the celebrities would be more risk-taking this time around — and alas, they were, in the embellishment department. But not in the bold color department. With a few exceptions, of course. Even Ms. Nyong’o, the color queen of this year’s awards season, went for a bold, bright hue.

Other moments of fashion glory people will be talking about? Well, besides Pharrell’s hat, of course.  Anne Hathaway‘s rebellious but glamorous turn in Gucci (now why didn’t she wear this last year?) Kerry Washington‘s glamorous pregnancy glow (she’s been looking great all season!) JLaw’s backwards necklace.  And Kate Hudson‘s cape! These pieces make me believe in fashion again.

Without further adieu, the best dressed celebs at the 86th annual Oscars!

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

Cate Blanchett wasn’t the only one in a flesh-colored gown for the Oscars, but she certainly was the most dashing! That is, until she uttered the words “Julia, hashtag suck it!” Perhaps I forgot to mention that nude does seem to be making a comeback. Or flesh-toned gowns, rather, not being in the nude!

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Jennifer Lawrence never ceases to impress in Dior, even wearing a color she’s worn before — though the peplum side embellishments on this Dior gown, coupled with her slicked back hair and backwards necklace, are  beautiful.

Anne Hathaway in Gucci

Anne Hathaway in Gucci

Must I say it again. Why didn’t Anne Hathaway wear this on the red carpet last year? I think Ms. Hathaway learned a thing or two from all of of last year’s “Why Do I Hate Anne Hathaway?” articles. (And believe me, there were plenty!) She’s toned it down in a beautiful subdued, somewhat tomboyish yet androgynous way that really works for her.

Emma Watson in Vera Wan

Emma Watson in Vera Wang

Emma Watson cuts a gorgeous figure in anything she wears.

Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta

Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta

Those embellishments are really working for the stars this season. They’ve let go of bold colored floor length ball gowns in favor of toned down hues with other details, that speak volumes! Just look at Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel (both presenters) who pretty much competed with the Oscar nominees in the fashion category. Both look ravishing. (Though I’m still trying to figure out what they’re really doing at the Oscars…)

Jessica Biel in Chanel

Jessica Biel in Chanel

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

I think Kerry Washington may just be the most beautiful pregnant woman I’ve ever seen! And she definitely finds the right colors for her skin tone every time!

Idina Menzel in Vera Wang

Idina Menzel in Vera Wang

I adore this fit on Idina Menzel.

Viola Davis in Escada

Viola Davis in Escada

I DO NOT adore this fit on Viola Davis, but kudos to the actress for wearing a color when there was so much nude, black, and white on the red carpet.

Jenna Dewan Tatum

Jenna Dewan Tatum in Reem Acra

A bit try too hard and I don’t like the two tone texture, but Jenna Dewan Tatum can make a paper bag look good.

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

I was kind of hoping that Lupita Nyong’o would wear a bold color like the oranges or reds she’s been wearing, but alas, she toned it down for the Oscars in light blue. I do find it refreshing that she chose to wore Prada, an unconventional name on the red carpet in my opinion and something we’ve haven’t really seen her wear before.

Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace

Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace

I always like when Lady Gaga chooses to look more like the rest of the crowd and doesn’t try too hard to stand out, though at the same time, I find this Atelier Versace gown really gorgeous. And yes, it looks stunning on her.

Chrissy Teigen in Monique Lhuillier

Chrissy Teigen in Monique Lhuillier

Funny enough, it was Chrissy Teigen who looked more like everyone else did about 2 years ago at the Oscars, wearing this print Monique Lhuillier.  We can’t argue that the dress isn’t stunning, though, as is practically required of a Monique Lhuillier piece.

Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli

Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli

When I saw this gown for the first time, I thought it was white, but alas, the one-shouldered Giambattista Valli gown is blush-colored.  I guess you could say it looks like a modern toga dress and I mean that in the nicest way possible! I do like how the fabric wraps around Penelope Cruz‘s shoulder on one side and her arm on the other, and I’m impressed with Penelope’s look here. Though, it doesn’t look as great in the back.

The Navy Trend

For most gorgeous ladies of the night, the Oscars go to…Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, and Alfre Woodard in their stunning navy blue gowns!

Amy Adams in Gucci

Amy Adams in Gucci

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

Alfre Woodard in Badgley Mischka

Alfre Woodard in Badgley Mischka

Black and White

While you could say wearing black or white to the Oscars is the most predictable fashion trend of all time, celebs did try to oomph their looks with curvaceous cuts and stunning silhouettes. When you have a designer like Naeem Khan designing your dress (as he did for Portia de Rossi) you know you’re going to have some kind of gorgeous applique or embellishment. And as for Kate Hudson and amazing cape situation, well,
well there are no words to describe  that unique and striking creation.

Best of all, kudos to 18-time nominee Meryl Streep for wearing both black and white and continuing to look modern, trendy, but age appropriate.

Anne Kendrick in J. Mendel

Anne Kendrick in J. Mendel

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron in Dior

Glenn Close in Zac Posen

Glenn Close in Zac Posen

Julia Roberts in Givenchy

Julia Roberts in Givenchy

Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep in Lanvin

Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khan

Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khan

Sally Hawkins in Valentino

Sally Hawkins in Valentino

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein Collection

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein Collection

 Best Dressed Couples

This was a tough one to call as there were a good number of well-dressed couples at the event. (Notice how Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis and Will Smith and Jada-Pinkett Smith are not on the list.) I decided to stick to couples where both man and woman held celebrity status (although this could be arguable for both Elsa Pataky and Camila Alves.) But I HAD to include Elsa Pataky because her Elie Saab dress made her look like the most glamorous pregnant woman of all time (next to Kerry Washington, of course.) And Camila Alves, well, she looks gorgeous in anything.

Brad Pitt in Varvatos, Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab

Brad Pitt in Tom Ford, Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab

Dax Shepard in  Kristen Bell in Cavalli

Dax Shepard in John Varvatos,
Kristen Bell in Cavalli

Elsa Pataky in  Chris Hemsworth in

Elsa Pataky in Elie Saab, Chris Hemsworth in David August

Matthew McConaughey in Dolce & Gabbana, Camila Alves in

Matthew McConaughey in Dolce & Gabbana, Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena

 

–Simona Kogan

Photos: E! Online, People.com, The Ellen Show (@EllenDeGeneres)

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