This year’s red carpet was a great way to kick off the award show season. Some years this carpet can feel a little safe, but since it is less formal it’s worth crossing fingers that someone will try a more daring look. After figuring out why the awards were shown twice (live and taped) while the red carpet was at 4 (NBC) and 6 (E!), I finally grabbed a beverage and took in some of the fashion. Since we’ve all seen the photos multiple times, I’ve broken down some comparison highlights and noteworthy favorites.
Midnight Blue Ballgown
Both Viola Davis and Jenna Dewan looked stunning in their midnight blue ballgowns with plunging necklines. I wish that Viola’s didn’t have the flutter sleeve detail. A flutter sleeve rarely wins, and just the illusion netting over the cleavage would have been enough coverage (plus she has incredible arms). The plunging neckline on Jenna’s dress plus the pockets and full skirt is young and playful – one of my favorites for the night!
Black Sloped Shoulder
Who would think Lady Gaga and Helen Mirren would be in the same category? While these dresses are quite different from the (very cinched) waist down, the slopped shoulders with exaggerated sweetheart necklines on both are incredibly flattering. Helen Mirren seems to have stopped aging about 20 years ago, and this look feels just as timeless and classic.
I think we’ve all heard enough about Jane Fonda’s dress. Yes it’s incredibly weird and looks slightly like a bed skirt, but if you subtract the giant ruffled distraction she still looks gorgeous. Note to self, ruffles look much better on the waist than the neck. How cute does Malin Akerman look? Just enough volume with a slight train and sculpted top, love it!
A basic black column gown is pretty much as safe as you can go for a big awards show. Sophia Bush looks pretty; nothing offensive but nothing memorable. Kirsten Dunst on the other hand is one of my favorites of the night. Yes it’s a lot of cleavage, but it still looks tasteful and malfunction proof thanks to the straps. The shape is beautiful and I love the slight train. This is the way to do basic black on the red carpet.
I love (love love) a good sequin gown so this is a really tough debate for me. Brie Larson looks cool, sexy, and confident in her gown, although the top is a tad droopy in the middle. I adore this dramatic v-neck ballgown (a big trend for the night) on Portia Doubleday. It’s a lot of dress and a lot of shine, but it works so well.
More noteworthy favorites:
Alicia Vikander pulled off this incredibly tricky “apron-esque” gown beautifully. It helps that she is very petite so all of the ruffles and seams lay flat. I also love the balance of the deep side cutaway.
Jennifer Lawrence referenced o one of her best looks ever (the 2011 Oscar dress) with this beautiful red gown. I often think her Dior choices are too mature, but this dress is fun, sophisticated, and looks incredible. Another top favorite for me.
Multi-colored sparkles are very challenging, but Kate Bosworth pulled it off perfectly. The silhouette is a very simple letting the sparkle and slight pattern stand out.
More great sparkles! Olivia Wilde went for a slightly sexier take on last year’s sequin gown (and minus the baby bump) and yet looks completely effortless.
Taylor Schilling is one of the few stars who worn an alternative to a classic gown. I wish there was a deep drop necklace and more interesting shoes to make the look more red carpet appropriate, but it still feels so cool.
Another one of my very favorites of the night: Zendaya in tiered Marchesa. The voluminous tiers are interesting without overwhelming her, and the top is perfectly tailored. I would love to wear this dress.