By now the stardust from the 86th annual Academy Awards has settled and there’s enough distance from the red carpet to admit more than a few fashion faux pas—even on Oscar darlings Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o. Yes, they are great actresses with charming personalities and gorgeous looks, but they’re not immune to material mistakes. Nor are 10 others, including Kristen Bell. Fortunately the virtual world offers digital solutions for starlets in need of a fashion fix.
It’s not you, it’s the dress
Although the dresses were lovely, they weren’t figure-flattering since the red Dior accentuated Lawrence’s long waist and the low-cut Prada made Nyong’o appear masculine despite being adorned by jewelry and a headband. Unfortunately those accessories tipped the goddess theme into the realm of costume as Lupita looked ready for Clash of the Titans instead of an Oscar race. Equally out of place was Kristen Bell’s bridal gown which was too much for the actress’s physical and professional stature. Plus the color, or lack thereof, drowned out Bell’s pale tone.
Try this on for size
All is right on the red carpet by simply switching the gowns on Jennifer Lawrence (12), Lupita Nyong’o (11) and Kristen Bell (10). Since the Oscars are like a wedding, presenters should appear as well-dressed guests, nominees as fanciful bridesmaids, and the winner as the bride. That’s why Bell’s former formal is more appropriate on Nyong’o, who appears stately and sophisticated in white while her ex-dress better suits nominee/presenter and past winner Lawrence. The higher waistband and lower cut on the duck egg blue Prada shows off Jen's feminine curves and masks her long waist, just as her initial red number makes Bell look like a million bucks since the vibrant form-fitter is ideal for the petite presenter.
Frances Ha’s Greta Gerwig (9) could have taken one step for fashion-kind had she opted for a chunky closed-toe shoe which would have better sold the glamor of the 1940s that she seemed to be going for.
May the force of fashion be with you
Why emulate Princess Leia when you can look like Liz Taylor? The question is posed to beautiful Olivia Munn (8) who could easily exchange her metal over-the-shoulder-bolder-holder for a gorgeous necklace of colorful stones. Even Yoda is at a loss for this lapse in fashion logic.
Nominee Sally Hawkins (7) should have had a proper fit at the Academy Awards—not because she didn’t get an Oscar, but because she didn’t get a seamstress. By simply hemming the sleeves and taking in the bodice, the diminutive actress could have stood tall, instead of looking like a little girl trying on her grandmother’s old wedding dress.
Keeping abreast of fashion
Living legend Liza Minelli( 6) is obviously young at heart—and hair with her surprise streak. The shock of blue locks worked way better than the shocking option to go braless. Unless she was there to promote Gravity, a top that offered support would have made a world of difference.
Dressing for two
Veerle Baetens (5) is being pulled down by too much fabric and Elsa Pataky (4) is being pulled forward by her baby bump. Yet when the two swap garments, the crushed black velvet elegantly covers Pataky just as the teal beads on her former frock rock on Baetens.
Granted, Reese Witherspoon (3) is only attending a post-Oscar party but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t dress for the occasion. With a little more fabric, she would have looked like a sophisticated guest instead of a slutty server.
Wrinkles on an actress’s face are refreshing but wrinkles on the red carpet are sloppy. Too bad presenter Viola Davis (2) didn’t don velvet since it’s a more forgiving fabric.
Less is more
There’s so much happening on (1) Anna Kendrick’s J Mendel, one doesn’t know where to look, other than away. But say goodbye to the high scalloped skirt with slit and choose either the sheer and embossed midriff or the veiled black top with asymmetrical accent, and the presenter would have made a positive fashion statement.