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.
Ever since Pharrell Williams graced the Grammys red carpet in his now-legendary Vivienne Westwood hat back in January, the world has been anxiously awaiting what sort of fashion stunt he could possibly pull next.
So when the singer made his debut at the Oscars sans the hat tonight, we sighed—only if for a moment – until we suddenly realized in the absence of the hat was another red carpet fashion statement equally as cool and unexpected – shorts.
Yes, the cool-as-a-cucumber Pharrell waltzed down the carpet sans pants (photo, right), instead opting for knee-high shorts, which he paired with a Lanvin tuxedo top.
But the Pharrell style moments didn’t stop there, either; inside the awards show, the famous hat resurfaced (photo, left)—this time in black—during a performance of his hit “Happy” (side note: his hat’s Twitter handle, @pharrellhat, is still going strong).
And, if that wasn’t enough to keep you fashionably satisfied, there’s more: the hat wasn’t the only accessory to steal the show during his performance. He also rocked a pair of Wizard of Oz-esque red sequined Adidas sneakers that made us want to click our heels. Bottom line: We’re loving the statements he’s been bringing to the carpet, all season long.
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In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson shares his favorite fashion moment of the week, and explains how it could shape styles to come. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday.
The Moment: Paris Fashion Week often resembles designer speed dating, what with all the dashing between catwalks, showroom appointments, coffees, and cocktails over nine days. It really looked that way on Wednesday night when 30 up-and-coming designers from around the world were installed in closet-sized booths within an LVMH building on Avenue Montaigne. They were the semi-finalists for the first LVMH Prize, which includes a grant of 300,000 euros, auditioning in front of a jury of mega designers that includes Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Nicolas Ghesquière, and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon from Kenzo.
So, it’s intimidating.
Designer: Alber Elbaz for Lanvin
Notable guest: Rihanna
What was it like: All the elements that a Lanvin show encompasses: romantic and moody with a slight hint of edge. Oh, and a celebrity sighting thrown in the mix, with Rihanna sitting (surprisingly covered up, we might add) in the front row.
Why we love this collection: For fall 2014, Elbaz tapped into a rougher side, texture-wise, experimenting with wooly coats, seemingly unfinished blanket dusters, asymmetric sweater dresses, pleated leather numbers, fur-accented pieces (if not, all fur), and fringed evening dresses. Yet, Elbaz’s unmistakeable fluid silhouettes still held a strong place in the collection, with slinky satin gowns that swished at every step.
We can’t get over how amazing Cate Blanchett always looks on the red carpet, and this awards season has been no exception. Having already nabbed several crucial trophies this year, including “Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama” at the Golden Globes this past weekend, and “Best Actress” at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards last night for her role in Blue Jasmine, Blanchett is well on her way to Oscars glory.
But the real question on our minds is, what will she wear? A bicycle helmet, if the actress has her way. ”I’m thinking of some cycling gear for the Oscars. You know, the helmets,” the actress (in Lanvin) quipped to InStyle at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. However, she quickly had a better idea. “Maybe I’ll leave that to the men. I mean, Jared Leto has great legs. Maybe he should do cycling wear!”
When it comes down to it, Blanchett believes the red carpet is all about enjoying yourself and representing yourself through fashion. ”It should be fun. I mean, if you take it all too seriously the whole fun goes out of it,” she stated. “You never expect to be standing here, and when you are, you’re just the luckiest gal or guy. It’s been an extraordinary year for cinema, and I never take that for granted. But the rest of it should be fun.”
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’s Costume Designer Spills All the Details on Keira Knightley’s Katharine Hepburn-Inspired OutfitsJan 17, 2014 @ 11:25 am
The newest installment in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, hits theaters today with Chris Pine stepping into the famous CIA analyst’s shoes, and he makes sure to bring a stylish woman—played by Keira Knightley—along for the ride. Costume designer Jill Taylor gave InStyle.com an exclusive breakdown of Knightley’s looks in the new film. “When Keira and I first spoke, I asked how she wanted to portray this lady,” said Taylor. “She felt that Cathy was a no nonsense practical sort of a girl, almost like a tomboy. No frills no fuss!”
Taylor drew on Keira’s characterization of Cathy, while also being inspired by the actress’ own sense of style, “I just wanted to convey that this character was a practical, intelligent girl, with an inherent sense of who she was, who had more important things to think about, other than the way she looked. Keira wears clothes beautifully, she has an innate sense of her own style, and so it was obvious to exploit that in this film.”
Additionally, Taylor added a sense of old Hollywood and classic style into Keira’s wardrobe, “I have always been a huge fan of Katharine Hepburn, particularly her style, and so looked to her for inspiration, she had a practicality about her, a simplicity of dress, but still always managed to look feminine even wearing pants, men’s brogues, and a simple shirt.” This simplicity of dress was especially essential when picking an important black cocktail dress Keira wears in the film. Taylor went with a beautiful Lanvin dress that filled all the requirements it needed to, “it had to possess the combination of simplicity, (in keeping with her character) glamour, (it had to tell a story in as much as Cathy wanted to look great, she was coming to Moscow thinking her fiancé Jack was maybe having an affair) and practicality (she had to be able to move in this dress easily, because of all the action work required in the script).” Scroll down to enjoy even more exclusive details on Keira Knightley’s wardrobe. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hits theaters this Friday, January 17.
From a Giant Chanel Hula Hoop Bag to a Diamond-Encrusted Serpent Watch: The Standout Accessories of 2013Dec 19, 2013 @ 10:51 am
2013 brought us such unforgettable statement accessories—ahem, a giant Chanel hula hoop bag—that we have to see them all again! Fitting for the year of the snake, the Bulgari Serpent Watch was spotted on Sofia Vergara and Rachel Weisz, and we think its an irresistible piece. The luxe coil now comes in 18kt pink-gold and features 228 diamonds (Starting at $5,150 at bulgari.com). The biggest statement of the year may have come in the form of a necklace from Lanvin, literally allowing you to wear your feelings around your neck. Statement earrings more your style? We think ear cuffs, like these that Julianne Hough wore, are more than cool. When it came to bags, Hedi Slimane hit a high note with his first signature duffle for Saint Laurent and Chanel went back to the toy box with its Plexiglass bag—though at $9,900 its far from a plaything.
On her hit show Homeland — whose season three series finale airs Sunday, Dec. 15 on HBO — Claire Danes tends to wear staid suits (and the occasional hospital gown). But on the red carpet, the three-time Emmy winner and four-time Golden Globe winner is a style pro. She’s been walking in the pop of flash bulbs for almost two decades now, ever since 1995’s My So-Called Life made her a bold-faced name. While most people would be intimidated navigating the tricky style waters, Danes approaches her red carpet appearances with a solid confidence, telling us in 2004, “Armed with good shoes and a good frock, I’m good to go!” She takes a minimalist approach to her style, donning sleek silhouettes with clean necklines and letting a pop of bold color or dazzling fabric bring the glamour.