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Fashion Recap: 2014 Academy Awards Red Carpet

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It’s been a little over a month since our last red carpet fashion post, but now we’re back with a recap of the most-anticipated of all award shows: The Oscars. Below, we’re going to go over some of our favorite and least favorite looks worn at the 2014 Academy Awards. Scroll down to see them all.

Top 5 Best-Dressed

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

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein Collection

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein Collection at the 2014 Academy Awards
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Oscar presenter Naomi Watts stunned last night in this beaded white gown from Calvin Klein Collection. While the dress stands out on its own, we love how Naomi paired it with a silver statement necklace and a black-and-white clutch. A matte red lip and slicked back ‘do also added some edge to the ensemble, and kept things looking modern and fresh.

Lupita Nyong’o in Custom Prada

Lupita Nyongo in Custom Prada at the 2014 Academy Awards
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Lupita Nyong’o cemented her status as a fashion “it girl” in this custom-made Prada gown. The Academy Award winner resembled a Disney princess in the pastel blue gown, which featured a glam plunging neckline and flowing train. What I really loved about this ensemble was the accessories: from the gold headband to her snake bangle, Lupita looked amazing from head-to-toe.

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture at the 2014 Academy Awards
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Charlize Theron was the epitome of glam in a jet black gown from Dior Couture. The mermaid-style dress had sheer illusion straps, which looked oh-so chic with the dramatic sweetheart neckline. Charlize’s cropped hair was perfectly coiffed, and she accented her look with $15 million worth of Harry Winston jewels.

Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé

Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé at the 2014 Academy Awards
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Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett is always one of our red carpet faves, and she looked phenomenal last night in this soft gold Armani Privé gown. The cap-sleeve dress was covered in oodles of embellishments, including Swarovski crystals and sequins, which Cate complemented with ultra-glam drop earrings.

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at the 2014 Academy Awards
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Kate Hudson may have just been a presenter at this year’s ceremony, but she was definitely a fashion winner in our book. She looked so fab in this retro-look Versace gown, which fit her like glove. The deep v-neck adds a sultry vibe, and that draped cape is everything – Kate proved to us last night that shoulder pads can look chic.

Other Notable Looks

Unfortunately, we’re unable to talk about every single look from last night, but we did want to chat about a few more ensembles. Whether you loved them, loathed them, or fall somewhere in-between, here are four red carpet getups that made a buzz on the red carpet.

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture at the 2014 Academy Awards
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Jennifer Lawrence looked absolutely statuesque in a cherry red peplum gown by Christian Dior. Aside from J. Law’s second fall at The Oscars (hey, it happens!) she also repeated something else from last year: she wore her necklace backwards. It worked in 2013 and it worked this year, too.

Amy Adams in Custom Gucci Première

Amy Adams in Custom Gucci Première at the 2014 Academy Awards
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Like I said in our SAG Awards post, Amy Adams loves her jewel tones, and this sapphire-hued Gucci gown complemented her coloring nicely. Like her American Hustle co-star, Amy’s custom dress had a peplum detailing, but Amy’s strapless gown was very clean-cut, with an Old Hollywood vibe. She wore her hair in a sleek updo and added a contrasting pop of color with the chandelier earrings.

Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel

Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel at the 2014 Academy Awards
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Presenter Anna Kendrick walked the red carpet in this unique frock by J. Mendel. The edgy black dress featured a sheer midriff, an asymmetrical skirt, and an elegant strappy back. Anna picked up the gown’s red beading with a matching crimson clutch, and accessorized with a pair of statement earrings. Did you like Anna’s fashion risk or were you not a fan of this look?

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab Couture

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab Couture at the 2014 Academy Awards
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The always gorgeous Angelina Jolie wore an Elie Saab gown that got a lot of mixed reviews yesterday. The beaded couture gown is a departure from her usual style, but the peek-a-boo sheer detailing along the neckline and sleeves still added plenty of sex appeal. Angelina wore her hair down with a pair of glamorous diamond drop earrings. What did you think of her red carpet ensemble?

Least Favorite Look

You know we can’t like everything that comes down the red carpet. Here’s one look I simply didn’t care for at last night’s event.

Sally Hawkins in Valentino Couture

Sally Hawkins in Valentino Couture at the 2014 Academy Awards
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Blue Jasmine‘s Sally Hawkins opted for a Valentino gown that ended up being my least favorite look of the night. While the embroidery is exquisite, I thought this dress overwhelmed Sally’s frame. There was just way too much fabric! I also wish she had worn her hair up, since that would have complemented the high neckline and long sleeves.

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 dresses you didn’t like? What other red carpet looks did you love? (We also adored Olivia Wilde, Kristen Bell, and Kerry Washington, to name a few!) Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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8 Responses to “Fashion Recap: 2014 Academy Awards Red Carpet”

  1. 1
    March 3rd, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I absolutely love Angelina’s dress! And I really like Jessica Kendrick’s look too :) I’m not really a fan of peplum so I didn’t really care for JLaw and Amy’s styles.

  2. 2
    March 3rd, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I thought Amy Adams looked amazing, but my favorite of the night goes to Anna Kendrick for being edgy and different. Beautiful dress and bravo to her!

  3. 3
    March 3rd, 2014 at 11:06 am

    lupita looked absolutely gorgeous! i also loved naomi watts’ dress, she looked like a dreamy screen siren. but i can’t believe kerry washington was left off this list in that beautiful burgundy, she’s such a pretty pregnant lady!

  4. 4
    March 3rd, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I love Lupita’s dress-it was simple and the color was gorgeous. I also loved Charlize’s necklace.

  5. 5
    March 3rd, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I loved Angelina’s. It looked so glamorous when she was on-stage. In general it was a pretty classy set of dresses this year. There were so many common elements among most of them, it’s hard to pick a favorite. But that pastel baby blue on Lupita was such a breath of fresh spring air, it was a stand-out.

  6. 6
    March 3rd, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I know JLaw takes “risks” (sort of) but I feel like her red carpet looks are yet so safe. I wanna see something really with a wow factor!!!

  7. 7
    March 3rd, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I absolutely loved Kate Hudson’s dress, even more so without the cape when she was presenting. She looked just stunning!

  8. 8
    March 7th, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Lupita’s is my favorite by far! :) followed by Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie.

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