The Oscars have been presented and the 2015 Academy Awards are history but the image of what the stars wore will remain in print and on the web for a long time. The hope of every designer is to dominate the media discussion with how talented and creative they are. Not what a disaster they created. Anyone remember Barbara Streisand’s see-through pant-suit over thirty years ago?
Most stars wear these memorable dresses only for the red carpet. Their stylists select something more wearable for the after party so they can dance and enjoy. If a star is presenting or performing, there might be a third dress for that function.
Jennifer Lopez garnered much attention in her Elie Saab gown with its enormous skirt and plunging neckline. J Lo is one of the few people who could wear this neutral flesh tone so well. Although a beautiful gown, it would not have been my choice for this talented star. My philosophy is to choose something that shows off your best features and camouflages the areas that are not your best. At 45 and the mother of twins, I would not expose J Lo’s décolleté so openly. The dress also appeared difficult to “manage”. Jennifer is beautiful and has a great body to dress. Why not choose something more wearable that shows her off at her best?
I loved the simple elegance of Anna Kendrick’s Thankoon gown. Rosamund Pike, in Givenchey, is another elegant, understated example as is Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ralph Russo understated drama. Like many of the gowns, simplicity reigned. Jewelry was kept to a minimum and hair kept simple. Each dress showcased the beauty it its wearer. These are examples of gowns we might actually be able to wear to a black tie event.
One of my absolute favorites was the Calvin Klein worn by Lupita Nyong’o. I love everything about it! White is spectacular against her dark skin and brings out the whites of her eyes and her white teeth. The dress is suggestive but modest and the texture of the 3000 beads beautifully support her short curls. A definite home run!
Okay, back to reality! We only have to look at Lady GaGa’s dress to see what can go terribly wrong! The dresses that enhanced one’s natural coloring, physical attributes and personality all deserve awards. You are always your most beautiful when you are at your authentic best – never trying to look like someone else.