What’s more exciting than seeing which actors and actresses take home the golden statuettes for the most incredible performances and productions of the last year? Checking out what they’re wearing, of course. This year, the competition to be best dressed was incredibly fierce. Before getting down to the nitty gritty of the best and worst, first are a few honourable mentions.
Emma Stone in Givenchy was gold done right. Best actress winner Emma Stone arrived at the 2017 Academy Awards channelling the Oscar statue itself in this gold Givenchy dress. The design’s bodice was studded with intricate beading, while the skirt featured gold fringe. Her Tiffany & Co. accessories were just as stunning. The ombre fringing brings a playfulness that fits with Emma’s whole vibe.
This year, Viola Davis brought an elegant and fresh look to the red carpet in Armani Price. The winner of the Best Supporting Actress award stunned in an old-school glamour red dress from Armani Privé.
Brie Larson opted for a stunning ruffled Oscar de la Renta gown, which she accessorised with Aquazzura shoes and jewellery by Neil Lane. Her ruffled hair paired with this delicate ensemble made a powerful statement, that she’s no longer an ingénue.
For the 2017 Academy Awards, Kristen wore a custom Christian Dior Haute Couture dress,Christian Lacriox shoes, a Roger Vivier clutch and Niwaka diamond necklace and earrings.
All the way to the Best-Dressed list.
Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti
Henson perfectly captured the retro rewind vibe of the 2017 Oscars red carpet in a custom off-the- shoulder navy velvet Alberta Ferretti gown with Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch and a dazzling Nirav Modi necklace.
Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé
When she first arrived on the carpet, her nude Armani Privé gown with glittering silver embroidery featured a criss-cross back detailing, but half way through the show her skinny straps were tied into a halter. Wardrobe malfunction or change of plans?
Karlie Kloss in Stella McCartney
The former Victoria Secret angel opted for a white straight line Stella McCartney gown that she accessorised with a blue ACLU ribbon, worn in protest of President Trump’s travel
ban. She finished off her look with a pair of Stuart Weitzman heels, which remained mostly hidden under her long white gown. She accessorised with a large diamond choker necklace and large diamond stud earrings, both from Nirav Modi.
Janelle Monae in Elie Saab
Always classy, always elegant, always with flair, Janelle looked more like a work of art than a red carpet actress. Janelle rocked in a superb Elie Saab creation, which featured feathered detailing, beads, jewels and sheer netting. With such a busy dress, she chose to keep her makeup look simple and sophisticated – a great move.
Thumbs Down For
Scarlett Johansson in Alaia
The Alaia dress accessorised with an edgy studded black belt was criticised for being too casual for the Academy Awards. Perhaps so.
Felicity Jones in Dior Couture
No, no, no! The plain and simple ballerina look might be perfect for the high school prom, but not on the Academy Awards red carpet. Surrounded by gown after own, Jones seemed incongruous to say the very least
Dakota Johnson in Gucci
The Fifty Shades of Grey actress reminded us of a wedding chair cover. The actress disguised her stunning body in a champagne coloured dress with a high ruffled neck, bow peplum detailing and long sleeves.
Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
The Flamenco-inspired dress and messy bun might have been perfect for a dance competition rather than a prestigious red carpet. An ornate black flamenco fan and some castanets were missing from this cha cha look.
Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo
Although we would like to see more Ralph & Russo creations on the red carpet, this gown was not an inspired choice for the Academy Awards. The completely sheer gown had too much happening, including an excessively ruffled high neck. Just like in Scarlett Johansson’s case, it felt too casual.
Maybe 2017 was not a lucky year for some Hollywood fashionistas. One year they may hit a best dressed spot and the following one they will end up being pointed out on the red carpet for all the wrong reasons. We anxiously look forward to seeing what 2018 Academy Awards bring for the red carpet.