Those close to me know that I am a sucker for meaningful, gorgeously filmed movies. I also love productions that have the courage to step outside the box, whether in script writing, cinematography, or acting. So it comes as no surprise that every January and February I immerse myself in the beautiful world of the big screen, often using award nominations as my guides. This season was an especially rewarding one for me, with unique films such as Moonlight, Fences, Lion, Hidden Figures, and Manchester by the Sea being released one after the other.
But I would be lying if I said that throughout award season movies were my only focus. While watching ceremonies that honor the best contemporary filmmakers, I get equally excited about female actors, directors, scriptwriters, and costume designers strutting their stuff on the red carpet in gorgeous dresses. There is nothing quite like trains, beading, ruffles, and tulle to cure the winter blues.
So to share my passion for beautiful haute couture with you, I have rounded up my favorite trends from this year’s Academy Awards red carpet and after party.
Nothing makes a statement on the red carpet quite like a red dress. This beautifully intense, exuberant color is the epitome of a powerful zest for life. While Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Viola Davis wore a minimalist, yet on-trend cold shoulder gown for the night that complimented her strong silhouette, Loving star Ruth Negga picked a romantic Victorian-inspired lace number, enhanced by make-up and accessories in different shades of the same color.
It’s no wonder that his fall’s velvet trend was quick to show up on the red carpet. The luscious, elegant fabric seems created just for events like these. Recognizing its potential, singer Ciara and actresses Taraji P. Henson and Bree Larson wore velvet, doubling down on its sultriness with deep cut necklines and statement slits. These workin’ ladies looked sexier than ever!
We all know that romantic ruffles are in, but the antique inspired architectural neckline worn by actresses Hailee Steinfeld and Olivia Hamilton is simply out of this world. Combined with layers and layers of soft tulle in pastel shades and a full skirt, it takes the traditional fairy-tale look to a whole new level. If these are the types of dresses princesses get to wear, sign me up!
This year’s red carpet was quite the bridal catalogue, with beautiful white dresses being paraded around by the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Chrissy Teigen, Karlie Kloss and Naomi Harris. As bridal fashion slowly moves into a more contemporary zone, brides everywhere are turning to the red carpet for inspiration. And with such beautiful couture creations, who can blame them?
Nothing says Hollywood glamour like metallics. Jessica Biel, Nicole Kidman and Hailee Steinfeld tapped into their inner divas, strutting their stuff in silver and gold. But the dresses worn by the three actresses couldn’t be more different. While Jessica Biel picked a modern take on sequins, Hailee Steinfeld traded her ruffled ceremony dress for another romantic number for the after party, rocking an uber-trendy body veil as well. As a nod to her nomination for the role she played in Lion, Nicole Kidman went for a sari-inspired gown.
Feathers and Fringe
The use of fringe and feathers was perhaps the most surprising and memorable trend of the night. Actresses Emma Stone, Olivia Culpo, Emily Ratajkowski, and Lily Collins all went for it, rocking stunning gowns reminiscent of an old world Hollywood.
Heavily embellished, regal gowns might not be a groundbreaking choice for Hollywood’s biggest night. But the couture creations worn by actresses Janelle Monae, Kate Beckinsale and Tracee Ellis Ross definitely deserve their own category on this list. The sheer layers, avant-garde silhouettes and breathtaking beading make these dresses true works of art.
Tis year’s Academy Awards were quite memorable (khm... Moonlight, #envelope), and the breathtaking fashion played a huge role in making the night even more special. Trends such as velvet, ruffles and fringe kept the red carpet fresh, and us, fashion lovers, on our toes. I can’t wait to see where these trends will go from here.
Which red carpet trend was your favorite?