They say that in Hollywood, you are bound to have the best and the worst of times. At the Oscars, however, it’s not only the times you win or lose but whether your outfit makes it to the best and worst lists. Here are my picks of the best and worst dressed stars during the most recent Oscars on Sunday, March 4.
Starting with the best-dressed women, of course. Nicole Kidman tops my list. The “Big Little Lies” star wore the most stunning display of all by Giorgio Armani. Indigo got a lot of play on the carpet. This Giorgio Armani gown was the best kind of colorful surprise. Nicole wore a sweetheart neckline Armani Privé bustier gown with exaggerated bow detail and front slit, black Christian Louboutin pumps and Harry Winston jewelry. Classic!
Zendaya came in at a close second with her one-sleeve chocolate-brown Giambattista Valli Haute Couture and Bulgari jewelry. The 21-year-old “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star wore a gown that most women would take as a risky move but she pulled it off with such elegance. The Giambattista Valli chocolate chiffon gown that blew past voluminous, veering into shapeless; so slouchy, yet so glam.
If I were to choose the third best dressed of the night, it had to be Jane Fonda. First of all, let’s remember that she is now 80. Now imagine her in a crisp white Balmain column gown
showing off her statuesque frame. She topped the look with a brushed-back blowout so voluminous it appeared as if she and her trademark blonde bob traveled to Hollywood’s Dolby Theater with their own wind machine.
Some runner-ups include Mary J Blige in her Armani Prive dress; Margot Robbie in her white Chanel Haute Couture gown with beaded straps and a crisscross skirt, which she paired with clear Chanel clutch and Chanel Fine Jewelry. Gal Gadot also stunned in a flapper-style plunging gunmetal gown from Givenchy with a fringe skirt and Tiffany & Co. Blue Book diamond-and-aquamarine necklace and Christian Louboutin heels. Emily Blunt was refreshing with her soft blue look and Lupita Nyong’o — wearing a shimmering golden Atelier Versace gown with a one-shoulder black-and-gold beaded sash detail, Alexandre Birman shoes, Niwaka jewlry and gold in her hair — was just the right mix of elegance and flair.
While it’s not really my style to bash somebody else’s fashion sense, I’d have to mention some dresses that didn’t really make sense to me; or at least I didn’t find them as attractive, to say the least. Take for example, Salma Hayek’s glittering lilac Gucci gown with built-in jeweled neckline. It didn’t help that she paired it with Harry Winston diamonds and accessories by Gucci. It all seemed so bright but not in a fancy stunning way. Though, it was nice to see Salma in something colorful and floaty for a change.
Another star that’s “almost there but not quite” was Viola Davis. Some would argue that her custom pink Michael Kors Collection with a matching Roger Vivier clutch and Norman Silverman jewelry was phenomenal and I would have agreed had I not paid attention to the pseudo-underwire stitching that looked so obvious the gown seemed ill-fitting. Lastly and I really don’t like saying this but please stay away from textures and colors that resemble the curtains, ceilings or worst, the red carpet. I wish Maya Rudolph (in her red gown) would heed this advice next year.
Those are the best and worst dressed female stars in my humble opinion. And I was going to end my piece at that but I realized why can’t he male stars join in, right?
Three of best dressed male stars, for me, were Kobe Bryant in his perfectly tailored tux; Timothée Chalamet in his all-white tuxedo and black boots (all Berluti); and Jordan Peele, who did not only take home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but hit a “homerun” with his white tux jacket with a deer antler lapel pin in a reference to his film “Get Out.”
Winning an award in Hollywood is not an easy feat. But being named as best dressed at the Oscars is a good start on setting an awe-inspiring presence. Congratulations to the best-dressed women and men of the night. And for those who didn’t make it to the list, better luck next year!
Monet Lu is a Marikina-born, award-winning celebrity beauty stylist with his own chain of Monet Salon salons across Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Ultimately, Monet is known as an all-around artiste who produces sold-out fashion and awards shows as well as unforgettable marketing campaigns. Monet is also the founder of the revolutionary all-natural beauty products such as Enlighten, your solution to discoloration . To contact Monet, please visit www.monetsalon.com or email him at email@example.com