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2017 Oscars Red Carpet - Trends, Best and Worst Looks

Posted on February 26 2017

Although the trending topic of the night is currently the shocking Best Picture mix-up (if you missed it, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally announced La La Land as the winner of that coveted award instead of Moonlight), the red carpet before the debacle was pretty glamorous and eventful too. Pre the "Steve Harvey" moment, stars like Emma Stone, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Viola Davis and Naomie Harris lined up Hollywood Blvd to strut their best stuff. Here's what was trending on the red carpet as well as the best and sometimes questionable looks of the night.

Golden Girls...

1. Current Hollywood favorite, Emma Stone was gorgeous in a gold, tiered and fringed Givenchy gown. The actress looked effortlessly glamorous in a number fit for a screen queen. 

Emma Stone attends the 2107 Oscars in Fringed Givenchy

2. The intricate beading and embroidery work on Jessica Biel's KaufmanFranco may have been a throwback to old Hollywood but her high, feathered neckline was a modern and edgy risk that made her unmissable on the carpet.

Jessica Biel attends the 2017 Oscars in a Gold KaufmanFranco gown.

3. Nicole Kidman channeled understated elegance in her embroidered Armani Privé gown. 

Nicole Kidman arrives at the 2017 Oscars in Armani Privé


4. Fifty Shades Darker star, Dakota Johnson in this gold Gucci was as mind boggling as the last few minutes of the awards ceremony. From the color of the dress to the droopy bow, victorian collar, puff sleeves and front pleats, this is a dress that should have never made it anywhere near this young starlet or a red carpet. 

Dakota Johnson attends the 2017 Oscars in Gucci

5. Another not quite golden look was Leslie Mann's strapless number. The voluminous taffeta layers and droopy bow looked messy and did the star no favors.

Leslie Mann attends the 2017 Oscars

Ladies in Red...

1. No red carpet is complete without this bold hue but tonight, most of the looks were a miss including nominee, Ruth Negga's custom Valentino gown.

Ruth Negga attends the 2017 Oscars in custom Valentino

2. Style darling, Ginnifer Goodwin's prairie inspired red number was unfortunately also a miss.

Ginnifer Goodwin attends the 2017 Oscars in a red lace dress

3. Redeeming things in this department was Viola Davis, who stunned in an Armani Privé halter with exposed shoulders.

Viola Davis in Armani Privé

4. Sara Bareilles' simple but elegant asymmetrical gown is proof that less is more.

Sarah Bareilles attends the 2017 Oscars in a red asymmetrical gown  

Belted Beauties...

1. There is nothing sexier than a cinched waist, which is why several beauties on tonight's carpet opted to add a belted touch to their glamorous looks. What we learned however is that in the world of Couture, fit is everything. If not done right, the entire look could end up a disaster. Case in point, nominee Isabelle Huppert's belted look actually seems to be weighing her down. The belt makes something that could have been elegant into a look that fades into the background.

Best Actress Nominee, Isabelle Huppert attends the 2017 Oscars in a belted dress

2. Scarlett Johansson's belted Alaïa number was ethereal and channeled the perfect spring day but seemed just a little too light for a ceremony like the Academy Awards. 

Scarlett Johansson attends the 2017 Oscars in Alaïa

3. One stand out moment during the red carpet as well as on stage was Janelle Monae's belted Elie Saab Couture gown. The stunning creation was a perfect example of Couture translating seamlessly onto the red carpet. The dress didn't overwhelm her but instead highlighted her affinity for elegance with an edge without her losing any of what makes her style special. In other words, she wore the hell out of that dress.

Janelle Monae attends the 2017 Oscars in Elie Saab Couture

Black out...

1. It may be easy to gravitate towards black but not all black is created equal. Last year's Best Actress Winner, Brie Larson stunned in a velvet, ruffled Oscar de la Renta gown with a deep v-neckline.

Brie Larson attends the 2017 Oscars in a black, velvet Oscar de la Renta gown

2. With every hit unfortunately is a miss. Alicia Vikander's black lace Louis Vuitton was a completely underwhelming look for the star. The fit was completely off and the tablecloth inspired material managed to make the young star look dowdy.

Alicia Vikander attends the 2017 Oscars in Louis Vuitton

 A hint of whimsy...

1. The red carpet deserves strong and bold looks but romantic and whimsical looks will always have a special place in our hearts. 20th Century Women star, Hailee Steinfeld was a vision in an ethereal and romantic floral Ralph & Russo number. 

Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2017 Oscars in Ralph & Russo

 2. Felicity Jones was refreshingly chic and equally romantic in Dior.

Felicity Jones attended the 2017 Oscars in Dior 


3. Unfortunately, Darby Stanchfield's attempt at whimsy fell flat. Her white number looked like she was cloaked in a shower curtain.

Darby Stanchfield attends the 2017 Oscars in white 

What were your favorite looks of the night? Share your thoughts below. 





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