Oscar Fashion 2014: What Hollywood’s Leading Ladies Should Wear
Seeing beautiful gowns glide down the red carpet is as eagerly anticipated as seeing who wins the award for their portrayals. With Hollywood’s leading ladies dressed from head to toe in some of the most luxurious brands as well as dripping with jewelry, fashion followers drink in the night, dissecting hits and misses. Ahead of the Oscars, here are the looks we’d love to see on some of this year’s nominees.
Amy Adams, Best Actress in a Leading Role: American Hustle
Adams has a history of showing up at awards ceremonies in ball gown-style dresses. At the 2013 Oscars, a fitted bodice gave way to layers of floating grey tulle on Adams’ Oscar de la Renta gown. The muted color brought even more attention to the beautiful design, and long train on the gorgeous gown. For this year’s Oscars, a ball gown with a twist would be the perfection option for Adams. Zac Posen’s Fall 2014 collection has plenty of options, but the black strapless dress definitely is a show-stopper. Shorter in the front than the back with a full ball gown skirt and train, Adams would be able to continue her trend large skirted dresses, while still wearing a style that is a slight departure from her usual red carpet style.
Lupita Nyong’o, Best Actress in a Supporting Role: 12 Years a Slave
Nyong’o does not shy away from being bold (see her Dior emerald eye-catching dress at the BAFTAs) in her fashion choices, and if there is anyone who can pull off the large decals and bright color of this Oscar de la Renta gown, it is Nyong’o. Her confidence carries her down the red carpet with ease. This voluminous gown requires stature, and Nyong’o can easily rise to the challenge. Another gown that needs a tour de force to pull it off is a floral, colorful look from the Elie Saab Couture line. A painted ball gown sauntered down the runway, and Nyong’o would steal the show — regardless of whether or not she wins — in that dress.
Cate Blanchett, Best Actress in a Leading Role: Blue Jasmine
Blanchett has already stunned red carpet watchers with Armani Privé once this season. At the Golden Globes, she wore a black lace dress that beautifully showed off her skin tone and figure. Blanchett and Armani are no strangers, on or off the red carpet. She appears in advertisements for the company, and the designer is one of her go-to brands for awards shows and premieres. Selecting another look from the Armani Privé couture line isn’t easy when so many flatter the actress, but she would be a delight in two related dresses from the Spring 2014 Couture show (first two images.) Since Blanchett wears the brand so often, she needs a departure from her recent options, which often hug the body. Both gowns flow away from models’ bodies, and would move beautifully down the carpet with Blanchett, picking up flashing lights — refracting the beams back to onlookers. Top detailing gives the dress added dimension (far left), and prevents the design from appearing too static.
Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress in a Supporting Role: American Hustle
Jennifer Lawrence will be wearing Dior, but don’t expect a full-blown ball gown repeat of the 2013 Oscars. Raf Simmons kept his designs shorter, or in an a-line cut for Dior Couture Spring 2014. Lawrence’s 2013 Oscars dress came from the 2013 Spring Couture line, and for this year’s Academy Awards, Lawrence could turn heads in a short frock with a plunging neckline from the 2014 collection. Meticulously placed circles overlay a transparent layer that would probably receive further lining before making its way down the red carpet. Lawrence could also make this the year of menswear on the red carpet. Angelina Jolie elicited fashion buzz when she showed up to the BAFTA awards in a tuxedo, and Dior’s haute couture line had several key looks involving pants. With an embellished and textured top (far right), the look would be a casually romantic red carpet outfit for Lawrence.
Sandra Bullock, Best Actress in a Leading Role: Gravity
In 2013, Sandra Bullock wore Elie Saab to the Oscars, and we’re crossing our fingers for a repeat. Last year’s dress was a black beaded gown, but the Elie Saab Spring 2014 couture line was filled with softer shades that would suit Bullock perfectly. A pastel blue gown (second image) with intricate detailing would be a departure from Bullock’s usual curve-hugging dresses, but still show off her perfectly toned body. The dreamy blue color is reminiscent of the earth’s blue swirls seen from space, a perfect tie-in to her movie Gravity. The a-line style isn’t the only Saab creation that fits the earthy bill, another option for Bullock would be the sheer, deep blue number (last image.)
Judi Dench, Best Actress in a Leading Role: Philomena
It is no secret that Judi Dench has a love affair with the clothing created by Indian designer Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. Dench dons their decorous designs for movie premiers and awards shows. She chose an Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla for the Oscars in 1999, when she won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love. More recently, she wore the designer to the Venice Film Festival. Dench tends to pick ivories and whites for her gowns, and this beaded gown (far left) is an Academy Award worthy selection. But we’d love to see her transform into a golden girl in an equally intricate gown (second from right.) The rich gold overlaying black would stand out beautifully against the red carpet, and shine even more on stage should Dench take home the statue for her role in Philomena.
Meryl Streep, Best Actress in a Leading Role: August: Osage County
Meryl Streep is a fabulous dresser, Oscars included. After a career in the industry, regularly making red carpet rounds, Streep knows the ins and outs of selecting a gown. For the past few years, Streep has been choosing gowns designed by Lanvin. But a collection full of lamés and short cuts hit the runway this season, none of which screamed Streep. In a break with tradition, for full skirts and full glamour, Streep could choose a Zac Posen (middle.) With her poise, Streep would carry the gown better than any runway model. Alternatively, Streep could also see an Oscar contender in Alexis Mabille’s white dress (left.) Although she is no stranger to plunging necklines, a slight modification may be necessary for the cutout may be a bit much even for Streep.
Julia Roberts, Best Actress in a Supporting Role: August: Osage County
Roberts cemented her place in Oscar’s fashion history in Valentino’s black column gown with white detailing in 2001. A more recent black-and-white combo at the Golden Globes raised a few eyebrows for its combination of menswear and formal wear. Like Streep, Roberts is up for an award for August: Osage County. For the Oscars this year, the lilac gown from Zuhair Murad’s Spring Couture line would be a perfect fit. The embellished dress doesn’t need any extra jewelry, perfect for Roberts’ understated elegance. The color is flattering for her complexion, and is the classic antidote needed for her unusual combination at the Golden Globes.