Fashion took a dark turn at the 2014 Academy Awards, where, for the first time in recent memory, black and midnight blue were surprisingly popular choices among A-list actors and nominees (along with the occasional over-the-top sparkler, of course). This made for a fairly sober, rain-soaked red carpet that was, at times, even a little sleepy. What the awards lacked in bold and bright colors, though, was made up for with some daring shapes and fabric treatments – so long as you could make them out.
Designer: Raf Simons for Christian Dior
What was it like: Floral waterfalls from last season were replaced with flower-like clusters of LED lights that shifted in color—until the start of the show when the space became engulfed in white light and models marched to the fast-paced pulsating beat of “Bug Noticed” by French Fries.
Why we love this collection: Sharp, tailored coats and pantsuits dominated the runway, but in rainbow-bright colors (think: fuchsia, canary yellow, Kelly green, and cerulean), occasionally accented with corset-like stitches, and paired with sculptural sporty heels. Meanwhile, dresses with bejeweled slits and quilted voluminous skirts added a flirty punch. And finally for evening, Simons approached it with a casual attitude, effortlessly layering sparkly sheer floor-grazing numbers over T-shirt dresses.
InStyle‘s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson and Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary are in the midst of Paris Fashion Week, and after attending Dior‘s fall/winter 2014 show the pair couldn’t wait to give us their thoughts on the collection. Raf Simons’ vision for the the powerful and energetic city woman came through in these wearable clothes, and the designer simplified from seasons past. Focusing more on tailoring and proportions, this season was less about the embellishments. “Raf comes from a menswear background and I always love a woman in tailoring, and he does it beautifully,” Weber Cleary states. ”I was surprised, though, because last season was so romantic and mysterious.”
The vivid color palette showed off the beautiful silhouettes, proving that sometimes less really is more. ”This collection was very grounded. Real clothes for real women who work, who live in the city, and who are trying to get around fast,” says Weber Cleary. A can’t miss moment? ”Make sure you check out the shoes, which look like a pump, but feel like a sneaker,” says Wilson. See the review in full by watching the video above.
When the red carpet rolls out for the Academy Awards, Hollywood’s biggest stars step out dressed in some of fashion’s most extravagant gowns and some even dare to take risks. Dating back to Barbra Streisand‘s Oscar moment in 1969, the nominated actress took home a golden statute for her role in Funny Girl clad in sequined Scaasi evening pajamas. “I didn’t realize the outfit was so see-through,” she told InStyle. “You couldn’t tell that in the dressing room.”
In the years following, starlets including Celine Dion and Halle Berry have followed in Streisand’s steps wearing looks that have kept everyone talking—like this backwards John Galliano for Christian Dior tuxedo and peek-a-boo embroidered Elie Saab gown—and for good reason. They made outrageous Oscar gowns a trend and we culled our favorite 24 looks from over the years just in time for the 86th annual Oscars ceremony.
Click through the gallery to see more daring looks and be sure to check back here this Sunday, March 2 beginning at 6:00 p.m. EST to see just who might take the “most outrageous” title at this year’s ceremony.
It’s practically a given that any actress who steps foot on the Oscars red carpet will look gorgeous, but only a very special and select few can be called “unforgettable.”
InStyle Editor-at-Large Hal Rubenstein joined the ladies of The View Monday morning to chat about just that: the most extraordinary ensembles we’ve seen in the 86-year history of the Academy Awards red carpet. From the ice-blue Edith Head dress Grace Kelly wore (three separate times!) in 1955 to Julia Roberts‘ game-changing vintage Valentino in 2001 and Nicole Kidman‘s John Galliano-designed Christian Dior in 1997 (striking because everyone was in pastels at the time), Rubenstein conjured up a few choice picks we always find ourselves reminiscing about each time awards season rolls around.
Click through the gallery to see these looks and more, and be sure to check back here this Sunday, March 2 beginning at 6:00 p.m. EST to see just who — Lupita? Sandra? Cate? — might take the “unforgettable” title at this year’s ceremony.
English actress Sally Hawkins has been one to watch on the red carpet circuit this awards season. After showing off her stellar acting chops opposite Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, the star received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and her eclectic sense of style has since made each event a colorful playground full of vintage gowns. Whether she is in lace, brocade, or rich embellishments from the ’60s, Hawkins manages to give vintage a new lease on life.
Usually Wears: Hawkins has the process of picking a vintage gown down to a science, favoring pieces that have a rich history behind them. Case in point: The embellished Dior ensemble she wore to the Golden Globes (right). “It’s like a jewel and on loan from William Vintage in London, so it’s quite special,” she tells InStyle.com at the ceremony. “It goes back to the Dior museum after this outing, so that makes it quite valuable. I feel like I’m wearing a jewel.”
Wildcard Factor: While the red carpet can be an intimidating place — especially during awards season — she mirrors the fun, whimsical details on each of her sartorial picks with a stress-free attitude and a refreshing outlook. “I think as long as you just remember that it’s all part of the fun, and you get to dress up for a night. And you do feel very lovely wearing these gorgeous clothes,” says Hawkins. “As long as you don’t stress about it and have fun and remember that it’s all to do with the magic of the night and have a good time, I think, yeah, I love it. I mean, who wouldn’t want it?”
What We’d Like To See: We wouldn’t mind seeing Hawkins pull off another regal vintage look for the Oscars red carpet. After all, she wears the style well, and certainly knows how to pick them!
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If the red carpet at the 2014 BAFTAs is any indicator, we can expect this year’s Academy Awards to be the most glamorous yet. In the midst of London Fashion Week, stars gathered Sunday at the Royal Opera House in London to honor the year’s most buzzed-about films while giving us a taste of the amazing gowns and couture pieces we’re hoping — and expecting! — to see at the Oscars March 2. Nominees Amy Adams and Cate Blanchett both went for sleek black ensembles, with Adams wearing a design by Victoria Beckham, and Blanchett opting for Alexander McQueen. Naomie Harris stood out in a berry number by Gucci, and true to form, nominee Lupita Nyong’O stunned in an emerald Dior gown, which she paired with gold accessories.
Get a closer look at each star’s red carpet ensemble, and see what everyone else wore in our gallery.
Spring 2014 Couture Fashion Week is upon us, and just as we expected, we were greeted with a whirlwind of one-of-a-kind creations. We did not expect to witness, however, the prevalence of casual shoewear paired (deliberately, we might add) with bespoke gowns, coordinating couture fanny packs and knee pads at Chanel, the blur of out-there hair at Schiaparelli, and so much more.
That’s why we dissected the Parisian shows, pinpointing the major show-stopping moments, and rounded them all up in one place. From the Grace Jones-slash-Lady Gaga-inspired hooded gowns that sashayed down the Atelier Versace catwalk to Marco Zanini’s Schiaparelli couture debut (the first in decades), consider this your go-to guide of all things haute, delivered to you straight from the City of Lights.