Sunday night (March 2), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doled out awards for excellence in all aspects of film over the past year, sending Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, our girl crush Lupita Nyong’o, and many more home toting gilded Oscar statuettes. But L.A.’s Dolby Theatre stage wasn’t the only place where people were winning at the 2014 Academy Awards: Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars cleaned up on the red carpet, too. MTV News’ Christina Garibaldi, our #shehashadit bestie Jarvis Derrell, and I had a summit of the minds and picked out our favorites.
As always, Jennifer Lawrence was absolutely stunning in Christian Dior. The vibrant red-orange hue of her dress and subtle waist peplums modernized its classic column silhouette, and while the overall look was quite simple, the little details—like her glittering back-necklace and windswept blonde locks—helped make this a truly striking look.
From her Best Supporting Actress win to her impeccable custom Prada gown (also *achem* dancing with PHARRELL), Lupita pretty much won the Oscars. Yes, like, the whole thing. She nailed it with this “Nairobi blue” look—another shade to add to red carpet rainbow—blending regal maturity via an elegant, low-plunging neckline and majestic pleated skirt with girlish sweetness in her prim headband and the gown’s cotton-candy pastel.
While he opted against the Vivienne Westwood Buffalo hat on the red carpet, Pharrell Williams still made a grand fashion entrance thanks to his Lanvin short-suit. It was met with mixed reviews on the internet, but we always appreciate Skateboard P’s willingness to take risks.
Another look that left opinions divided was Charlize Theron’s dramatic black Christian Dior. Some people were turned off by the gown’s sheer illusion straps, comparing them to those clear bra straps that invaded the early aughts thanks to the rise in popularity of tube tops. Granted, this woman could make a garbage bag look like haute couture, but we actually like this dress for what it is. Solid straps would have thrown off the shape of the bust, neckline, and back, and would have taken away from the gown’s super-interesting netted and tiered overlay train.
Who were your red carpet faves?