The 89th Annual Academy Award aired live this past Sunday, one of the biggest nights of the entertainment & fashion industry, where eyes are all on the Red Carpet. Only this time it wasn’t just about who wore what. Even if you missed the Oscars, the tabloids and social media won’t stop talking about the embarrassing and shocking finale of announcing Best Picture Oscar Award. One minute the producers of La La Land are giving heartfelt speeches and the next minute they are back to announce that the Oscar for Best Picture belongs to Moonlight. “This is not a joke.” And a joke that wasn’t. I remember sitting in front of my TV saying how La La Land deserved this and then bam, Moonlight takes the prize.
Subsequently, Jimmy Kimmel had to lighten the room up by making the correlation to Steve Harvey’s epic mistake of announcing the wrong winner at the Miss Universe 2015 show. We are all human, and we all make mistakes but this, in my opinion, was on a catastrophic level. Having your dreams crushed on live television while almost 33 million people are watching just takes it all to another level. Or maybe it wasn’t so bad. According to Time magazine, this year’s Oscars viewers was the lowest since 2008. But who are we kidding? More buzz to talk about on social media and tabloids. And to top it off, the Australian movie producer Jan Chapman’s photo was incorrectly included “In Memoriam” while she is well and alive (people.com).
Phew, never-ending drama. Now that I got this off my chest back to what interests me: the best celebrity dresses and how I can take that couture look and wear it at my own “Red Carpet.”
I may have mentioned my love for Ellie Saab couture dresses, and of course, Ellie Saab made it on the top list as best worn Oscar dresses according to Vanity Fair, the dress worn by the beautiful Moonlight actress Janell Monae. The magazine stated that this dress belongs in an art museum; a praise most certainly deserved. The tulle see-through lace dress was embellished with gorgeous details of feathers, beads, sequins, pearls, crystal stones and jewels. This is certainly high-end couture and one of a kind.
Undoubtedly, it was impossible to find anything remotely similar to it, but there are a few ball gowns that I found glamorous and reasonably priced to wear at that special Gala event on indiefit.com.
This website has many incredible ball gown choices, but my favorites are the black A-line silhouette floor-length with top lace embellishment (shown on the left) and the tulle black sleeveless V-neck with a sweep hemline ball gown that will surely give you that princess-couture entrance.
If you are more into the elegant look, Taraji P. Henson wearing an Alberta Ferretti gown (vogue.com) and Viola Davis in an Armani dress (won Best Supporting Actress for the movie “Fences”) were my favorite pick of the night. Both actresses looked stunning and sophisticated in off-shoulders midnight blue velour bustier style with a high slit (Alberta Ferretti) and off-shoulder straps bright scarlet red silhouette floor-length gown (Armani).
I have mentioned my passion for velvet/velour clothing in What to wear for the holidays? Velvet of course, so it’s not a surprise that it caught my attention at the Oscars.
I found a similar but more conservative dress to Alberta Ferretti’s style at nordstrom.com by Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon (as shown on the left), an off-shoulder slate blue stretch velour gown.
I have also revealed how every woman should own a red dress (The perfect
date night dress code).
There are so many options available, but my favorite choice and one that is comparable to the dress by Armani can be found on promgirl.com. The long sweetheart neckline off-the-shoulder spaghetti straps fitted gown will be the perfect elegant dress to wear to that Prom night or to that special Gala event.
What did you think about the male version of best-dressed? An article by Forbes magazine highlighted five best-dressed celebrities. I believe the top five picks as mentioned in this article were really stunning ones.
My favorite smashing look was the Ermenegildo Zegna Couture blue tuxedo with a matching blue bow-tie worn by actor Riz Ahmed. I understand tuxedos are usually not something that can be worn on a regular basis. Therefore, I found a similar midnight blue tuxedo that you can rent on theblacktux.com (as shown on the left) if you prefer not to purchase one.
What were your favorite best dressed Oscar picks?