In preparation for the 86th annual Academy Awards this Sunday, we are reliving the best fashion moments from this year’s nominees! Take a peek back at the top red carpet looks from this awards season, including Cate Blanchett‘s stunning Giorgio Armani gown from the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, Lupita Nyong’o‘s sleek white Calvin Klein Collection gown and Matthew McConaughey‘s silver Lanvin tuxedo both at the at the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, as well as Sandra Bullock‘s out-of-this-world Lanvin dress from the 2014 SAG Awards. We can’t wait to see what these stars plus Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Julia Roberts, Jared Leto, and more are going to wear for film’s biggest night of the year—remember to tune in to the Oscars on ABC this Sunday, March 2nd at 7PM EST/4PM PST, and check InStyle.com as the night goes on for all the up-to-the-moment red carpet updates.
Hollywood’s biggest night will be here in T-minus 2 days and we’re counting down the hours till our favorite stars hit the red carpet in their finest designer frocks and suits for the 86th annual Academy Awards. We picked the top ten reasons why we’re excited about this Oscar season, in particular.
Behind every pair of retro aviator sunglasses, sequin- and leather-adorned dresses, and fur coats seen in the Oscar-nominated blockbuster hit American Hustle, is costume designer Michael Wilkinson. The man responsible for the ’70s-inspired looks managed to make each piece in the film look effortlessly modern, while taking a unique spin on the outfits. So in anticipation of the upcoming Academy Awards this Sunday we decided to dig a little deeper to find out how he chose the looks for the film, and what it was really like to dress Amy Adams.
“We really wanted to think outside the box and not do your typical 1970′s film,” explains Wilkinson at the 2014 Costume Designer Guild Awards. “David O. Russell had to really encourage me to go very, very deep with my investigation of these characters and to sort of get outside of my usual comfort zone and be a little bold with my decisions. So looks like it’s sort of paying off.”
The film—which stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, and Bradley Cooper—has earned ten Academy Award nominations for the leading stars (Bale, Adams, Lawrence, Cooper), director, costume designer, and the ensemble as a whole. ”It was just such an honor to work with five of the most gifted actors on the planet and to create with them, these very idiosyncratic, highly imaginative characters,” Wilkinson added. “We really wanted to make it such a really full‑bodied film that was just surging with life and we’re glad. You know all of these actors are so impassioned. Their triumphs are huge, but their flaws are also pretty huge. And so it’s great to really show that full spectrum of humanity.”
As for dressing Adams in those sexy deep v-neck ensembles (see the gunmetal sequined gown above), Wilkinson was only left in awe when it came to collaborating with the Golden Globe-winning actress—who was also honored with the Lacoste Spotlight Award at the CDG Awards. “She’s the ultimate chameleon. She can play a nun, or a princess and now in our film, she’s just this incredible seductress and hustler. And there’s nothing she can’t do,” he says. “She’s very professional and she was there in the fitting room with me for hours. We had forty costume changes to work out, and we see her in the film transform from a simple small town girl to the most sophisticated dresser in Manhattan. It was great to trot that journey with her.”
Want more American Hustle? Take a style note from Michael Wilkinson’s work and shop ’70s-inspired looks in our gallery!
—Josephine Cusumano with reporting by Brianna Deutsch
Jennifer Lawrence has come a long way from her Academy Award debut back in 2011, where she made her mark on the red carpet with a custom-designed Calvin Klein gown. “Don’t forget how young and unknown she was at that point—she was nominated for Winter’s Bone—and that was a very different look,” explains Fashion News Director Eric Wilson during InStyle‘s Google Oscar Hangout Debate. “She wasn’t really known as this glamorous woman until she stepped out on that carpet in that very particular striking dress, and she stood out so well.” Three years later and a total of three Oscar nominations under her belt, Lawrence is back and up for an Oscar based on her supporting role in the ’70s-inspired film American Hustle. As for this year’s look, everyone can’t help but wonder if she will wear Dior again!
Usually Wears: Lawrence tends to stick to neutral colors from whites to dark hues, but she plays up each look with either structured, sheer, or textured designs.
Wildcard Factors: From strapless gowns, cropped tops, to sheer paneling, Lawrence doesn’t shy away from fun silhouettes and is always ready to take a fashion risk. Want proof? Just look at her sheer gray knitted Christian Dior Couture gown from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere.
What We’d Like To See: “I think the new couture Jennifer Lawrence is the Jennifer Lawrence you’re going to have for a while,” says Wilson during InStyle‘s Google Oscar Hangout Debate. “I know she renegotiated her relationship with Dior so she is very attached to the designer there and he’s very much inspired by her so I can’t see the likelihood of her wearing something else.”
Take a look back at all of Jennifer Lawrence’s best looks ever in our gallery!
In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent Dana Avidan-Cohn shares tips and tricks on how to tackle the latest trends. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday and be sure to try out the trend yourself using #HowToWearIt.
The cuff has reinvented itself. The beloved easy-to-throw-on style has traveled upward, taking hold of some new real estate: your ear. The earcuff is one of the biggest trends in jewelry at the moment. And unlike real estate, you can easily own an earcuff at a reasonable price. Luckily, the decorative ear piece is not limited to pricey fine jewelry designers, making this is a trend you can actually try before you go out and buy the real thing, à la Cara Delevingne. One more take away from cool-girl Cara? Opt for an ear cuff with crystals galore. The added sparkle makes it seem a bit more feminine.
So, how to wear it? Pull your hair back, and—to add oomph to an already eye-catching style—don’t be afraid to go a little heavy-handed with your eye liner. Classic, slightly-severe eye makeup poses as the perfect balancing act to your edgy, of-the-moment accessory.
Shop It: BaubleBar, $28; baublebar.com
At Sunday night’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, stars like best actress-winner Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence (who beat out favorite Lupita Nyong’o for the best supporting actress statue) may have won big, but everyone had a good time. The proof is in these photos, where cameras caught Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor (who won best actor for his role in 12 Years a Slave), and BAFTA Fellowship recipient Helen Mirren hanging out backstage showing off their statues, as well as Rita Ora, Naomi Campbell, and Oprah Winfrey making a ladies’ night out of the awards show’s after-parties. And oh, yes, there’s more…
See all the behind-the-scenes photos we could get our hands on pre- and post-show by clicking through the gallery.
What will Lupita, J-Law, and Sandra wear on Oscar night? Tell Us What You Think During Our Live #OscarsDressDebateJan 27, 2014 @ 1:35 pm
Oh Cate! Lupita! Sandra! The stars have already bewitched us with red carpet magic this awards season, and we are still a month away from the biggest show yet: the Oscars. Well, pardon us if we don’t want to wait a second more to discuss what Hollywood’s leading ladies will be wearing that night. We’ve already been swapping predictions over the water cooler, but now we want to share our Academy Award sartorial prognostications with you—and invite you to participate in the conversation, too!
Join our Google+ Hangout tomorrow, January 28 at 1 p.m. EST for our live #OscarsDressDebate with InStyle’s editor Ariel Foxman, our Fashion News Director Eric Wilson, designer Rachel Roy, and Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley of N.Y.C. Soho boutique Kirna Zabete. Simply log on to the event at 1 p.m. EST to hear our style experts discuss what they hope to see, and ask a question or join in the debate by using #OscarsDressDebate in social media.
Can’t join us live? Look for the replay immediately following the broadcast, and get your questions in now by visiting the event page. (And be sure to follow InStyle on Google+ while you’re at it!)
We always get excited during award show season, but this year’s crop of red carpet walkers — which includes Lupita Nyong’o, Sandra Bullock, and Cate Blanchett — has been among the most gratifying we’ve seen in ages. From Jennifer Lawrence‘s fascinating collaboration with Dior to Nyong’o's Ralph Lauren risk, we can’t stop talking about what we’ve seen so far. And it’s all leading up to the biggest fashion night of the year, the Academy Awards!
To help celebrate the season (because after all, this is our Super Bowl), InStyle is hosting our first-ever Google+ Hangout to discuss the dresses and details of Hollywood’s biggest night. What will they wear? What should they wear? Join InStyle‘s editor Ariel Foxman along with Fashion News Director Eric Wilson and three very sharp and savvy fashion leaders, designer Rachel Roy, and Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley of N.Y.C. Soho boutique Kirna Zabete, for our #OscarsDressDebate, live Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. EST. Simply log on to the event at that date and time to hear our style experts discuss what they hope to see. Can’t join us live? Look for the replay immediately following the broadcast, and get your questions in now by visiting the event page. (And be sure to follow InStyle on Google+ while you’re at it!)
Join in the debate by asking a question, or share an opinion using #OscarsDressDebate in social media. And don’t forget to freshen up your fashion memory files by reviewing all the red carpet looks from the recent Golden Globes and SAG awards.