As always, the Academy Awards are a place where the brilliant creations of designers highlight the talented men and women that come together to celebrate the film industry. We've compiled a list of our favorite looks from this year's event that shone the brightest on this year's star-studded red carpet.
MOST INTERESTING: Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture The back of this Dior dress is reminiscent of a Geisha kimono, where an obi traditionally finishes a kimono by hanging heavily in the back. As the obi draws attention to the structure of its knot, Dior does the same with Cotillard’s dress’s structure and finishing black tie.
MOST DARING: Emma Stone in Elie Saab Haute Couture This uncommon green-yellow color isn’t normally seen on the red carpet, but it perfectly complements the shade of Stone’s beautiful red hair.
MOST SOPHISTICATED: Meryl Streep in Lanvin Streep has done this walk before, and this Lavin combo showcases this goddess of film’s comfort and ease on the red carpet.
BEST DRESS & ACCESSORY COMBO: Lady Gaga in Alaïa Lady Gaga looks like a true lady in this gorgeous gown. The red gloves and lipstick in a perfectly matching shade provided an excellent color accent to the white-speckled shimmery dress.
BEST SHAPE: Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford This simple black and white dress from Tom Ford is perfection. The black horizontal lines across the white body highlight Witherspoon’s beautiful figure.
BEST STRUCTURE: Viola Davis in Zac Posen Though this photograph doesn’t give Zac Posen’s gown credit, the dress does seem like a beautiful tribute to the couture genius of late designer Charles James. James was known for elegantly structured ball gowns during the 1940’s and 50’s; the Met Gala even honored him this past year with an exhibit of his work. Zac Posen again displays his own fashion genius with this gown for Viola Davis.
BEST BOWTIE: Bradley Cooper in Ferragamo This perfectly sculpted bowtie outshines all the others as an accent for this classic black tuxedo.
BEST PATTERN: Naomi Watts in Armani & Keira Knightley in Valentino We couldn’t choose between these two gorgeous gowns worn by two equally gorgeous ladies. Both are very different; the glittery black and white, edgy, brick-like pattern on the Armani with the cutout back and solid black accent is quite opposite the soft, flowery princess dress that Valentino paired with a subtle crown for the mother-to-be.
BEST COLOR: Cate Blanchett in Margiela Couture The pale turquoise-blue statement necklace against the black Margiela gown accentuates both pieces through an intense color contrast.
BEST COUPLE: Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophia Hunter in Lanvin The newlyweds complemented each other perfectly in their matching Lavin. He wore a bold white tuxedo jacket while she opted for a simplistic yet stunning red gown with a deep side slit.
BEST SUIT: David Oyelowo in Dolce & Gabbana Pulling off red on the red carpet is a daring venture, though David Oyelowo was immensely successful in his conquest. The dark maroon suit and vest stood out amongst the rest of the more traditional dark colored suits.
BEST DRESSED: Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection Last year's Best Supporting Actress winner returned to the Oscars, making a statement in a dress and jewelry combination that was all wrapped up into one gorgeous gown. This masterpiece took two months to hand craft, and when asked about the pearls and weight of the dress, Lupita responded that it was actually comfortable, which would be hard to believe if it weren't for her stunning elegance on the red carpet.
Photos courtesy of Vogue.