It’s the 2014 Oscars, everyone! On the morning after the 86th Academy Awards, it’s time to take a look back at the red carpet dresses, and decide which stars deserve a Fashion Police gold star for their efforts, and which could be accused of committing crimes of fashion. At a time when red carpet fashion is becoming increasingly tame, we thought the 2014 Oscars provided a particularly “safe” collection of dresses, with very few to either wow us or cause us to reach for the cuffs. Our personal choice for Best Dressed would be Best Supporting Actress winner, Lupita Nyong’o, who was a vision in pale blue Prada, with a matching headband. As always, however, we leave it up to you…
We fear the age of celebrity stylists has made the Oscars boring. Gone are the days of Bjork in a swan dress or Celine Dion in a back-to-front tuxedo: these are the days of (mostly) immaculate hair and makeup, and very few risks. You could say that was a good thing, of course. The Fashion Police had to make very few arrests at the Oscars 2013, which technically means that most people were “well dressed”. It does make it all a bit dull, though, doesn’t it? Fashion Police at the Oscars 2013: red carpet roundup You’ll find the full gallery from the Oscars 2013 red carpet at the bottom of this post. Before you get to it, though, some very…
There are more celebrities at the Oscars than there is space in the Fashion Police jail, and, as much as we’d like to, we just can’t write about them all. Unless, of course, we were to give up eating and sleeping, and sorry, but no, our love of fashion only extends so far. Instead, then, we’ve put some of the celebrities we haven’t yet featured in our 2012 Oscars coverage into the gallery below, which you can peruse at your leisure. Enjoy: and don’t forget to tell us whose outfits you loved and loathed!
The combination of high neck + long sleeves isn’t one we see very often at the Oscars, especially on young starlets like Shailene Woodley, so we have to give her credit for trying something a little bit different with this white Valentino Couture dress. We’ve gone back on forth a few times now on whether we love this or hate it, so we’ll leave the final judgement up to you: what do you think? Image: Heather Ikei / ©A.M.P.A.S.
Kristen Wiig was certainly pale and interesting at the 2012 Oscars, in a J. Mendel gown which is an almost perfect match for her skin-tone. Although the tulle skirts inevitably have a bit of a “princess” feel to them, this somehow manages to be a fairly laid-back look from Kristen, perhaps because of the casual hair and lack of accessories. What did you think of it? Image: Heather Ikei / ©A.M.P.A.S.
Proving that style the sole province of the young ‘uns, Glenn Close was one of our best dressed of the evening, in this green Zac Posen dress, worn with a matching blazer which sharpened up the look and really helped it stand out. Glenn really looks like she’s enjoying wearing this, too, which always helps. Image: Heather Ikei / ©A.M.P.A.S
There’s a very Grace-Kelly-esque vibe about Penelope Cruz here, from the retro-inspired hair to the off-the-shoulder gown. We love each of the individual elements of this, but found it just a little bit ageing on Penelope, who looks beautiful, but maybe a little bit matronly. Just us? Image: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Octavia Spencer kept it classic on the red carpet last night in a silver/white Tadashi Shoji gown, with matching clutch and earrings. We particularly liked her hair here, with its combination of bun n’ bouffant: simple but sleek.
Rooney Mara always brings the drama to the red carpet, and this was no exception: while the white Givenchy gown is dramatic enough on its own, pairs with Rooney’s pale skin, jet black hair and red lips, it starts to look like something out of a fairytale. Is Rooney the evil witch or the beautiful princess, though? Up to you to decide… Heather Ikei / ©A.M.P.A.S.
One of our least-favourite looks of the evening, this Marchesa gown not only added a few more years to Sandra Bullock’s age, it also stole her waist. It’s a Fashion Criminal of the highest order, and we’re putting out a warrant for its immediate arrest. If you see it, please don’t approach the Waist Thief, or you may find your midsection suddenly goes missing, too. If you see Sandra’s waist, on the other hand, we expect she’d like it back. Image: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.
And so we come to the biggest question of the evening (and perhaps of our times): what WAS Livia Firth storing in the bodice of that dress? We refuse to believe it’s there to serve some aesthetic purpose: it HAS to be storage of some kind. So, what’s in there? Perhaps it’s the remains of all of the irreplaceable vintage dresses she had cut up to make last year’s gown? We will never know, but we will always wonder. Well, until the next celebrity comes along, anyway… Colin Firth, meanwhile, wore a black suit with a bow tie. GOD, but we’re glad we’re not men. Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.
So, this is a nice dress. Cameron Diaz looks very pretty in it. But the fact that we’re more interested in what the guy in the background is looking at, and what’s in his little green bag, probably tells you all you really need to know, doesn’t it? What IS in the little green bag? Heather Ikei / ©A.M.P.A.S.
This dress is VERY J-Lo. We’ll leave it up to you to decide whether that’s a compliment or not. Image: Heather Ikei / ©A.M.P.A.S.
This isn’t the best photo, but it was one of the best looks of the night for us: Rose Byrne in a black sequinned Vivienne Westwood gown, looking simply chic. We think her sleek bob may be our favourite part of the whole look… Image: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.
At every Oscars ceremony, there always has to be at least one person who comes dressed as the statuette. We guess in this case it was rather fitting that the person in question happened to Meryl Streep, who was named Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in The Iron Lady. For the ceremony, Meryl went from Iron Lady to Gold Lady, in this shimmering gold Lanvin gown, and we give her major props for planning ahead and co-ordinating so nicely with Oscar himself. You don’t get that level of attention to detail from most celebs, do you? Richard D. Salyer / ©A.M.P.A.S.
Michelle Williams may not have won the Best Actress Award for her performance in My Week With Marilyn, but she DID wear one of the most eye-catching dresses of the evening. Which is really all that matters, isn’t it? (We’re joking.) (We’re not.) Michelle’s dress is by Louis Vuitton, and the fact that it’s orange makes it, like, SO bang on trend, dahlinks. Do you like it, though? Or is it one ruffle short of a 70s bedspread? Image: Bryan Crowe / ©A.M.P.A.S.
Emma Stone chose to come dressed as Nicole Kidman from the 2007 Oscars. Awkward. (Her dress is by Giambattista Valli Couture, Nicole’s was Balenciaga. We’d do a “who wore it better” thing, but obviously Nicole did.)
We wish Gwyneth Paltrow had partnered up with Angelina Jolie for the 2012 Oscars. They’d have made an excellent good twin/bad twin double act, don’t you think? We love Gwyneth’s white Tom Ford gown. It’s what Princess Leia would wear to the Oscars, if she was invited. And anything that’s OK by Princess Leia is OK with us.
Oh look, Angelina Jolie wore a black dress on the red carpet. How unusual. She also walked around with her leg out like this aaalll night. Which actually IS quite unusual, come to think of it… Unfortunately for Angie, it wouldn’t really have mattered WHAT she’d worn, because the focus is always so much on her weight. We’ve already read the phrase “Needs to eat a sandwich” in connection with this woman about 200x today, and it’s not even mid-day yet. If we’d been playing the Fashion Police Drinking Game, we’d be drunk out of our minds by now. We kind of wish we had been, actually. For every comment she gets about sandwiches, however, Angelina will make this face…