Awards season is a wrap, but wedding season is just getting started! Brides behold: white was a standout on the 2014 red carpets at the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, and Golden Globes. So, what does that mean for your wedding day look? Read on for dress inspirations, plus, check out the six hottest bridal trends inspired by red carpet style stars.
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.
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!
From dark winter colors to bold statement jewels, the red carpet at the Oscars was nothing short of spectacular, but one of the top contenders for top trend of the night? Stars in pale-hued beaded dresses. Naomi Watts opted for a white, beaded Calvin Klein Collection dress and Bulgari jewels, Angelina Jolie shined in a long-sleeve, beaded silver Elie Saab Couture gown with earrings by Robert Procop, and Cate Blanchett brought it in a sheer, nude Giorgio Armani gown with beaded embellishments and Chopard jewels. But it wasn’t just these ladies that opted for beautiful beading—stars including Jessica Biel, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and Maria Menounos also rocked the trend.
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Looking forward to Sunday’s 86th Academy Awards, InStyle‘s Editor-at-Large Hal Rubenstein dishes to Time.com on some of the Oscar dresses that turned heads and blazed new trails in fashion in years past. Every year at the Oscars, actresses walk the red carpet looking to make a forever positive impression, but only a small number of gowns have had a lasting impact on both Hollywood and fashion history. From Grace Kelly‘s splendorous silk gown designed by Edith Head that she wore in 1995 to Jennifer Lawrence‘s body-hugging, red Calvin Klein dress from 2011, the Oscars have produced some of the world’s most famous and jaw-dropping gowns of all time.
However fascinated we are with Oscar dressing, Rubenstein says they could use a bit more flair. ”What are the Oscars missing these days? Cher! It’s really that simple,” Rubenstein says. “We long for a woman who has that sense of flamboyance, the humor, the wit, the in-your-face drama that Cher just embodies.” Her Bob Mackie designed ensemble that she wore to the 1996 Oscars stole the show, and she made her mark on history. ”The red carpet is really about familiar glamour. The glamour that we’re used to, the glamour we were brought up with from the movies,” states Rubenstein. When actresses do something odd or different, viewers are shocked, as was the case with Cher and Tilda Swinton‘s asymmetrical Lanvin gown from 2008 that threw everyone for a loop.
Dresses that walk the red carpet can have a major impact on the success of a design house, but Rubenstein suggests that we forget how much the right dress can shape the career of an actress. ”We overlook the impact a dress might have on a little known actress who is wearing a fantastic gown,” Rubenstein says. For example, at the 79th Academy Awards, Keira Knightley strode out in a burgundy taffeta Vera Wang ball gown, and the then little-known actress became a sensation by the next morning, and her career took a huge leap forward. From shocking looks to haute couture creations, check out all of Rubenstein’s thoughts on revolutionary Oscar fashion in the video above!
Then, tune in to the Oscars this Sunday, March 2nd on ABC at 7PM EST/4PM PST, and stay set to InStyle.com as the night goes on for all the up-to-the-moment red carpet updates.
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Beyoncé may not have turned heads on the red carpet at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, but that’s only because she didn’t actually walk down it. However, all eyes were glued to the star the second she took her seat inside the show in a stunning white dress. The designer behind the most talked about look of the evening? 31-year-old L.A.-based designer and Project Runway alum Michael Costello. How did Queen B end up wearing his floating design at music’s biggest night? From a party with Diddy that started it all, to a secret dress stash hidden in Costello’s design studio where the dress came from, he gave us all the scoop on that magnificent gown.
How did your gown end up on Beyoncé in the first place?
About two weeks ago, I was at a Golden Globes after-party hosted by Diddy and Beyoncé’s stylist, Ty Hunter was there, and he told me he wanted to “come and see me” for Grammys. As soon as we knew what day he was coming, we went out and bought a new chandelier, we bought new mannequins, we started making new pieces for her right then and there! When he came in, he saw a few options that he liked, but he said he wanted to do something ‘naked.’ So that’s when we hit up the secret stash.
Wait, a secret stash? Tell us more!
Yes, it’s a collection of dresses that we keep hidden upstairs, and we never show it to anyone, but we brought it down and [Hunter] was like, ‘yes!’ He loved it. The dress wasn’t even ready yet. The zipper wasn’t installed, the neckline wasn’t finished, but he saw something in it, and he knew she was going to love it. The dress is a part of the “Winter Wonderland” collection I’m showing at New York Fashion Week– everything [in the collection] is pretty much naked and transparent with lacy fabrics; it’s a take from winter and all white, with little pops of color.
Give us the scoop on how the dress was created.
It’s constructed of three different fabrics: White lace overlay, nude mesh underlay, and a fish-netting behind the nude mesh to give the dress a little bit of stretch and support. The dress is entirely hand sewn and sewn to this nude illusion fabric. It’s almost paper thin and you can’t even tell it’s fabric — it looks like the lace is just floating on the body. The sleeves have delicate flowers that cascade down one arm and into the other arm, and the back has this really beautiful square cut out. It’s an A-symmetrical mermaid silhouette on the bottom.
That is quite intricate. How long did it take to make?
It’s trimmed in this really beautiful wire nylon hem called horse hair (a nylon fiber), and that’s the thing that took the longest on the dress to do. It took 14 hours just to get just the hemline into the dress! In fact, it took longer to get the hemline into the dress than to actually make the dress. The whole process took about three days.
What was your reaction when you first saw the dress on Beyoncé at the show?
I starting bawling! It’s one thing when you dress somebody who’s an A-list celebrity, but it’s a completely different thing when you’re such a huge fan. She wore my dress when she could have worn anybody else’s dress in the world. That moment, I’m still living it.
You’re showing at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 8. What can we expect to see from the collection?
It’s a “Winter Wonderland” theme; it’s everything I’ve ever wanted to create, but drenched in whites and beautiful metallics. I wanted to celebrate the woman’s body and give her beautiful options, nothing too avant garde or overworked. I love effortless, easy style. I really wanted to do mermaid silhouettes, I had a little more inspiration from the movie American Hustle. I think you’re going to see things in the collection that celebrate women’s curves, that every women can wear no matter what her size is.
You also dressed Skylar Grey at the Grammys, in that fabulous nude gown. Tell us about that creation.
That dress is brand new, she’s the first person to have it longer than it’s been in the showroom. It got made two days before the Grammys. We were just about to shoot the look book for it, [her team] saw the dress, they had to have it and so I gave it to them! My business partner and I collaborated on that dress together. There’s more youth there; stretch leather, perforated leather with a huge triangular cutout in the center.
What kind of woman does your clothing speak to?
I think she’s a risk taker. I think she knows she’s hotter than anything in this works but tries to be modest about it!
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