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Fashion Recap: 2013 Academy Awards Red Carpet


It’s been a fun and stylish awards show season, but now, the time has come to wrap up our fashion recaps with a look at last night’s 2013 Academy Awards red carpet. Let’s get to it: Read on to check out our favorite (and least favorite) looks from the 2013 Oscars.

Top 5 Best-Dressed

Here are my picks for best dressed at this year’s Academy Awards, in no particular order:

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 Oscars
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Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence stunned last night in this pale pink Dior couture gown. The dress featured a fitted bodice and a dramatic and voluminous skirt (which may have caused J. Law to trip up the stairs while accepting her award – which she, of course, handled with grace!). Jennifer also got creative, accessories-wise, by draping a long Chopard necklace down her back — love it!

Amanda Seyfried in Custom Alexander McQueen

Amanda Seyfried at the 2013 Oscars
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Amanda Seyfried has consistently been a fashion favorite this awards season, and she didn’t disappoint yesterday in custom Alexander McQueen. The luxe lilac gown was embroidered with silver dragonflies, which Amanda complemented with a smokey purple eye.

If we had one gripe, we do wish that this halter-neck gown had been fitted a bit better – the dress gaped around the neck when Amanda gave interviews. That said, this dress still photographed beautifully – which is the point, right? What did you think of her overall look?

Jessica Chastain in Custom Armani Privé

Jessica Chastain at the 2013 Oscars
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Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jessica Chastain was radiant on the Oscar red carpet in custom-made Armani Privé. Not only did this copper-hued gown work well with Jessica’s coloring, but the Swarovski crystal-embellished overlay made the dress look positively molten. Vintage Harry Winston jewels and side-swept waves added the finishing touches to this Old Hollywood-inspired look.

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

Charlize Theron at the 2013 Oscars
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A statuesque Charlize Theron was the epitome of glam last night in a peplum Dior. Charlize kept things subtle in the hair and makeup departments, rocking a cropped pixie cut and neutral lip, which created a fab contrast against the embellished couture gown.

Naomi Watts in Armani Privé

Naomi Watts at the 2013 Oscars
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Naomi Watts looked head-to-toe amazing at the Academy Awards in a sequin-covered dress by Armani. The body-skimming gown featured a trendy, sculptural cut-out neckline, which Naomi paired with a soft updo and delicate diamond earrings.

Other Notable Ensembles

Although they didn’t quite make our best-dressed list, here are four more looks that garnered attention on the red carpet yesterday.

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Kerry Washington at the 2013 Oscars
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Django Unchained star Kerry Washington went with an adorable, yet fashion-forward Miu Miu gown that perfectly blended color with embellishment. We love the way Kerry rocked this fun and feminine frock, right down to her matching coral-colored shoes and clutch.

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Amy Adams at the 2013 Oscars
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Amy Adams channeled her inner Disney princess in a swoon-worthy Oscar de la Renta ballgown. This light gray dress exuded elegance with its beaded sweetheart neckline, multi-tiered ruffled skirt and long train. Amy opted to pair the dress with a simple updo and classic diamond jewelry, which created an understated, yet glamorous look. While some fashion commentators thought this look was boring, others adored Amy’s pretty princess aesthetic. What do you think?

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille Couture

Zoe Saldana at the 2013 Oscars
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Zoe Saldana always takes fashion risks on the red carpet, and last night she wore another one of those “love it or hate it” kind of looks. While many fashion commentators adored her couture Alexis Mabille gown — which featured a floral appliqué bodice and gradient hemline — others thought the oversized, bow-adorned belt made the ensemble look too busy. We want to know what you think — did you love or loathe Zoe’s look?

Halle Berry in Custom Atelier Versace

Halle Berry at the 2013 Oscars
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The gorgeous Halle Berry made quite the statement last night with this head-turning little number from Versace. Between the sequined stripes, plunging neckline and structured shoulders, one thing’s for certain: this gown was b-o-l-d. Halle complemented her custom-made, Art Deco-inspired gown with a tousled ‘do and matching black drop earrings.

Least Favorite Look

Of course, we can’t love everything that goes down the red carpet. Here’s one look that we just weren’t a fan of at last night’s event.

Anne Hathaway in Prada

Anne Hathaway at the 2013 OscarsAnne Hathaway at the 2013 Oscars - close up
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Rumor has it that “Best Supporting Actress” winner Anne Hathaway was all set up to wear Valentino to this year’s ceremony, but instead opted for this blush pink Prada gown at the last minute.

Unfortunately, I really wasn’t a fan of this look, due to the fact that the darting on the bodice was extremely ill-placed and super-distracting. I did like that Anne wore a Tiffany necklace backwards, although it seemed to get lost because of the criss-cross straps and tie-back waist. Tell me what you think — was Anne’s look a red carpet hit or miss?

Your thoughts?

Now that you know what we think, tell us your opinion. Did you watch the Oscars last night? What did you think of the red carpet fashion? Who wins your pick for best-dressed? Any looks you didn’t like? Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think!

*All photos via PR Photos

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33 Responses to “Fashion Recap: 2013 Academy Awards Red Carpet”

  1. 1
    February 25th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I really like your list! jennifer lawrence looked stunning!! and you are so right about anna hathaway… what a weird look.
    however I didn’t really like zoe saldana’s look… the dress was just too much (maybe without the belt it would look better) and the shoes just made it worse.

  2. 2
    February 25th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    What about Samantha Barks?? She was absolutely gorgeous in her red carpet dress and her dress during the Les Miserables performance!!!

  3. 3
    February 25th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    My personal favorite was DEFINITELY Samantha Barks in Valentino :)

  4. 4
    February 25th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I think a huge miss on this “best dressed list” is Jennifer Garner in her Gucci plum/wine colored strapless gown!! She also killed it with that necklace!!

    By far my favorite look of the night!

  5. 5
    February 25th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Good picks! I loved Stacy Keibler’s dress too!

  6. 6
    February 25th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I agree with what you said about Anne Hathaway’s dress. And I felt the neckline was too far up :/

  7. 7
    February 25th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Naomi Watts, what a vision.

  8. 8
    February 25th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    There’s something a little too 90’s about the shape Anne Hathaway’s dress. Too boxy and solid.

  9. 9
    February 25th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Anne Hathaway looked atrocious. Nicole Kidman was also one of my favorite looks

  10. 10
    February 25th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Jennifer Lawrence and Amanda Seyfried’s dresses were insanely gorgeous! I think Anne’s kind of looked like a Project Runway challenge that didn’t quite come together right.

  11. 11
    February 25th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    What about Nicole Kidman ??? Personally, I thought she looked stunning. That black and gold dress really worked with her complexion ! :)

  12. 12
    February 25th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for adding all the Black people in Honorable Mentions!

  13. 13
    February 25th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Oh my. I wonder if Anne Hathaway realized how horrid that dress looked. Poor thing.

  14. 14
    February 25th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I loved Kerry Washington and Jenifer Garner’s dresses!!! Anne Hathaway looked awful and she snubbed Valentino? They designed her wedding dress! Not a huge fan of Naomi Watts, although I see why it’s in the best dressed. Nicole Kidman was so adventurous! I think it was very flattering on her.

  15. 15
    February 25th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Agree with most of your picks except Seyfried… Her dress was cute but you could just tell that she was so uncomfortable in it! That ruined it for me.

    Lol @ Alana – never before heard Amy Adams referred to as a “black person” ;) but in all seriousness, this post is about the fashion- I loved Zoe’s dress but I don’t think either Halle or Kerry’s dresses are “best dressed” material. And I’d say that no matter who was wearing them. Race has nothing to do with this.

  16. 16
    February 25th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    My absolute favourite has to be Jennifer Lawrence’s gown. She looks stunning. Such a simple gown but so very elegant. There were really a lot of great looks on the red carpet this year!

  17. 17
    February 25th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    @ Alana- there’s just no nice way to put this…you are an ignorant moron. Way to pull the race card at a completely unnecessary moment.

  18. 18
    February 25th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I am in love with Jennifer Lawrence. And I love her dress so much!

  19. 19
    February 25th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Okay I’m sorry but did NO ONE APPRECIATE FAN BINGBING’S GOWN?? IT WAS FUCHSIA AND A BALLGOWN. Also it contrasted against her creamy skin and dark hair TO PERFECTION.

  20. 20
    February 25th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Agree with your best dressed and worst. Sorry but the see through shirt this is an Absolute NO for me in ANY situation. Great post!

  21. 21
    February 25th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Agree 100%! I thought Charlize looked stunning and totally took the pixie cut trend to a whole new level. I though Anne Hathaway’s dress was so ill-fitting, and those darts did not help!

  22. 22
    February 26th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I would submit Samantha Barks instead of Samantha Barks instead of Amanda Seigrfried

    Her dress was so chic and classic and was reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn. I don’t really agree with Kerry’s dress either.

    Even though i love Mcqueen, i don’t think it was a good fit on Amanda.

  23. 23
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Jennifer never fails me, she look GORGEOUS!!

  24. 24
    February 26th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I thought Anne Hathaway looked adorable… guess I’m alone in that…

  25. 25
    February 26th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    ^With the bodice though? I thought it looked really awkward. I loved the color though and her hair and makeup was just divine!

    I agree with all your list except for Amanda Seyfried. I thought it was really ill fitting at the back. Did anybody else catch that shot of somebody else getting interviewed with Samantha behind being taken pictures of and the top of her back just really looked bad. Like it was getting squished really hard and she had weird fatty upper back. hmmm..

    I loved Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Aniston’s gowns too! Jenn A was just simple but I thought the color suited her so well!

  26. 26
    February 26th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I absolutely loved Olivia Munn’s red and gold Marchesa gown. Gorgeous!!!

    And forget all of my prior wedding gown dreams…I want to get married in an ivory version of Amy Adam’s dress!!

  27. 27
    February 27th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    J. Law. looked amazing! she was definately my favorite. Amy Adams also looked so romantic and gorgeous!
    Anne Hathaway was a real desapointment, altough her make up was amazing.

  28. 28
    February 28th, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Anne Hathaway looks matronly, sorry. And I love Jennifer Lawrence and Amanda’s looks, like everyone else.

  29. 29
    February 28th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    looks like i’m going to be the odd one out! i actually liked anne’s dress a lot. hope she enjoyed what she was wearing since she got her first oscar in it! :)

    i also say i might be the odd one out here in the comments section because i thought jennifer lawrence’s dress was too, i don’t know, boring. it was too drab for me. meh, i’m having trouble coming up with the word.

    anyway, naomi watts’s dress was AMAZING. what a stunner!

  30. 30
    March 9th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I know it’s not part of the red carpet, but J-Law’s after party dress was soooooo gorgeous

  31. 31
    March 17th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I didn’t like the fit of Jennifer Lawrence’s dress- would have looked nicer with a ‘traditional’ cut (ie- if it poofed out at the waist, rather than lower down).

    That said, I agree with Isa that Fan Bingbing was absolutely GORGEOUS in her hot pink gown- as an asian with jet black hair myself, it gives me all sorts of ideas on how to rock bold colours! ;)

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