Oscar Night: Where the question is, “Who are you wearing?” Dior, and Versace, and Cavalli, oh my! Not only are the Academy Awards a time for celebrating movies on the big screen; they’re also the epitome of Hollywood’s elite showcasing the hottest in high-fashion by strutting their stuff on the red carpet.
You’ve seen the films, you’ve read the reviews and you’ve made your predictions. Now it’s time for my reviews of past Oscar ensembles. From the wacky and the wild to the chic and haute couture, these styles never fail to spark a “Wow!”
Hilary Swank was a vision in blue at the 2005 Oscars thanks to her stunning dress designed by Guy Laroche. The gown was tasteful and elegant, but with a sexy twist; it was completely backless. Who could blame her for wanting to show a little skin? After all, she did gain 19 pounds of muscle training for her role in Million Dollar Baby. Not only was she on countless best-dressed lists, she also took home an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Coco Chanel once said, “The Best things in Life are Free; the second best are very expensive.” Knowing that, I’m afraid to ask how much money a starlet will fork over for a fabulous dress. All I know is that Reese Witherspoon looked like a million bucks in her vintage Dior gown at the 2006 Academy Awards. This best actress winner defined “Old Hollywood Glamour” in this stunner that, can you believe it, once belonged to a princess. The actress said that she would never wear the gown again, but gushed that she would love to see her daughter Ava wear it someday. What a lucky little girl!
Mila Kunis played Lilly, a seductive ballerina in Best Picture-nominated, Black Swan, but she showed a softer side at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in a lavender lingerie-inspired gown by Elie Saab Haute Couture. The lace made for an ultra-feminine look and the pastel color looked gorgeous on the actress’ tan skin. With the perfect jewelry and a fabulous up-do, Kunis was head -to- toe perfection. Even though she didn’t take home an Oscar for her performance, she takes home a Live Fit Magazine award for one of the best Oscar looks of all time.
Step aside, George Clooney, and make way, Brad Pitt, there’s a new man in Hollywood and his name is Ryan Reynolds. While he may not have been nominated for an award, he dressed to the nines and looked suave and debonair while presenting at the Academy Awards in his Tom Ford tux. The suit was well tailored and he even sported my two favorite male accessories, a bow-tie and a handsome smile.
Bjork surely caught the attention of many thanks to the infamous swan dress she wore to the 2001 Oscars. Marjan Pejoski was the designer responsible for the creation of the Icelandic singer’s feathered friend, and gained Bjork a spot on plenty of worst- dressed lists.
I’ll admit, one of my favorite parts of any award shows is watching the celebrities pose for the cameras. These stars have made Hollywood history with some of the elegant and, in some cases, eccentric styles known to the red carpet.