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Our favorite stars dressed to impress at the 86th Academy Awards, and kept the celebration going well into the night by attending high-profile after parties. Several leading ladies took this as an opportunity to swap out their stunning red carpet gowns (which they often spend months finding) for a whole new look, switching out their floor-sweeping dresses for more party-appropriate, sexier, looks post-show.
While not everyone opted for a gown-change, many of the night’s nominees including Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams showed off a second look later in the evening. Other stars—like Kristen Bell, Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, and Kate Hudson—shed their gowns fresh looks. ”The first dress I tried on for tonight was glamorous and beautiful, but it wasn’t comfortable,” Hudson tells InStyle. ”This is a long night and of course you want to look good, but more than anything you want it to feel good when you wear it. I wore this dress because I just felt so good and comfortable in it.” Whether these stars changed it up for comfort or style, or simply because they couldn’t decide on one designer piece, they all look stunning in their second ensembles of the night.
Reporting by David Hutchings
At the 86th Academy Awards, Hollywood’s most-stylish leading ladies walked the red carpet in stunning looks (from dark glamour to pale, icy shades) and their floor-sweeping gowns did not disappoint. Now that you’ve seen our best-dressed list, it’s your turn to tell us whose ensemble came out on top by choosing your own Fashion A-List made up of your five best-dressed from the 2014 Oscars.
Who made it on our list? Some of our favorites were Kerry Washington (in Jason Wu), Amy Adams (in Gucci), Kate Hudson (in Versace), Jennifer Lawrence (in Dior), and Cate Blanchett (in Armani). Now that you know our picks, tell us yours by making your own Top 5 with InStyle.com’s A-list tool. Visit instyle.com/instyle/a-list and pick your top looks, then share them with your fashion-savvy friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Shades of nude and pale icy hues may have been all the rage on the Oscars red carpet, but some of Hollywood’s starlets choose the opposite side of the color spectrum and showed off their dark side with frocks in shades of black, too. Emma Watson wowed in a metallic knitted Vera Wang gown accented with a godet mermaid skirt, Charlize Theron gave a dramatic illusion with her Christian Dior Couture gown with clear plastic straps and a sheer skirt. Anne Hathaway added some sparkle to her Gucci column silk crepe gown with a crystal-embroidered bodice, and nominated actress Julia Roberts wore a custom Givenchy lace number complete with a peplum detail. Other leading ladies who chose black on the red carpet? Margot Robbie, Olivia Wilde, and Anna Kendrick. Going dark never looked so good!
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At the 86th Academy Awards some major sparklers shone bright on the red carpet, as did some unexpected dazzling accessories. For Hollywood’s biggest night, the stars rocked megawatt jewels that took their already-amazing looks up several notches. Lupita Nyong’o (in Prada) adorned her head with a Fred Leighton diamond and gold headband, while Jennifer Lawrence (in Dior) went for a statement necklace by Neil Lane that dipped low in the back.
Cate Blanchett (in Armani) wore massive Chopard opal and white gold earrings set in diamond pave, and Charlize Theron (in Dior) donned over $15 million worth of Harry Winston jewels, including a stunning diamond drop necklace. These Tinseltown stars have given the word “tinsel” a whole new meaning, and we are loving their standout looks.
The men on the Oscars red carpet stood out thanks to their sharp white tuxes and they certainly started a trend. From E! correspondent Ryan Seacrest, to Dallas Buyers Club stars Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey, each star rocked a cream suit jacket paired with black tuxedo pants, but managed to put their own spin on each of their looks.
While Seacrest went formal with a black bow tie, Leto was rocker chic in a burgundy bow tie and pocket square compliments of Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, while McConaughey added a black vest to his Dolce & Gabbana look for extra flair. Now those men are white hot!
And that’s a wrap! The 86th Academy Awards signifies the end of awards season, and with it, the last of the major fashion trends on the red carpet. Let’s just say, the stars and their floor-sweeping gowns did not disappoint. Anne Hathaway tapped her glam side in a crystallized Gucci column. As for Amy Adams, it was clear the plunging silhouettes from her American Hustle days were a thing of the past when she stunned in a solid strapless Gucci gown.
Statement jewels dominated the red carpet. Case in point: Girl-of-the-moment Lupita Nyong’o had everyone a-buzz with an 18-karat gold-and-diamond headband and spiked earrings, courtesy of Fred Leighton,while Emma Watson decorated each digit with a smattering of Chanel rings. To see all the greatest sartorial moments from the Oscars, click through for our round-up of the top six fashion trends of the night.
These Hollywood stars certainly didn’t let pregnancy curb their Oscars style. They’re each expecting babies any day now, but that didn’t stop Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, and Elsa Pataky from looking gorgeous on the red carpet at the 86th annual Academy Awards. Washington smouldered in a lavender Jason Wu creation with high slit, Wilde went for classic elegance in a black-and-white Valentino gown and Lorraine Schwartz jewels, and Pataky—who’s expecting twins—glowed in a sparkling green in Elie Saab dress. No amount of jewels could top the best accessories of the night for these stars: their baby bumps!