Happy Oscars hangover to you all! So there we go, the 86th Annual Academy Awards have come and gone and were a sparkling success. J-Law fell over the second she stepped out of the car, Leonardo was snubbed yet again for an Oscar (someone just give him a little gold man already!) and the selfie to end all selfies was taken by host Ellen DeGeneres, who nailed the opening monologue and had me taken over by all sorts of belly laughs. Awards and tear-jerking acceptance speeches aside, one thing that kept me watching with equal anticipation was the style. This is the night when the world's biggest stars step out in fashion's most beautiful gowns.
Yeah, it is a night for actors, but this year it was also a huge night for music. We got to enjoy performances from the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O singing with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig to Pharrell Williams, who had Meryl Streep doing the shimmy! And speaking of Pharrell, I'm "Happy" to say that when it came to the outfits, this musical bunch did not disappoint.
Here are my top picks of the most ‘Glam’ music heads in attendance at the Oscars.
What a wonderful surprise to have Gaga on the carpet. When I caught wind that she was attending, as sure as the air we breathe I knew she would give us something out of the ordinary. She remained true to her kooky self but managed to be demure while doing it. Mother Monster donned a strapless Versace mermaid-inspired gown in pastel pink.
Not one to be caught off guard by the storm clouds, Gaga tied back her hair in a graceful chignon and wrapped her neck in a chiffon shawl that fell fluidly and elegantly to the floor. Her shoes, for all you foot fanatics, were Brian Atwood and the diamonds were by Lorraine Schwartz. This truly is the most elegant I've seen Gaga ever—and I love it. She's barely recognizable. Hey, maybe she brought Stefani Germanotta out for the night and this is what she looks like. More of this, I say!
Verdict: 8/10 GLAMS
I've always loved the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Karen O’s style is something I've been watching with an eagle eye since a very young age.
Before taking the stage, she oozed glamour and grace on the red carpet in all black. A satin Camilla Stærk gown set off perfectly with diamonds by Neil Lane and Stephen Webster and a Rau Wolf clutch! And just when we thought she couldn't stun us any more, she took the stage a stylish vision. Performing the Oscar-nominated "The Moon Song" from Her with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig in a red floor-length gown (peep it below), Karen looked so much softer and delicate than her usual ‘edgy’ and ‘hard’ self. This was, of course, very fitting for such a sweet and fragile song. The neck was a deep v-cut complemented by flowered chiffon sleeves. Her strappy nude shoes were set off to the side, giving that perfect romantic, "I've been out dancing all night" touch to the black stage as the moon rose in the background.
The Oscars performance marked the first time the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman sang the song for a global television audience. Let's just say she did one hell of a job and looked great doing it.
Verdict: 7/10 GLAMS
Pharrell, Pharrell, Pharrell, you are one hell of a trendy fellow! He hit the carpet looking like a right slick rick but shocked us for two reasons. First, he was not wearing his trusted Vivienne Westwood hat. Just last night, it was purchased for $44,100 by Arby’s, who are delighted to finally have their hat back, however great the price.
Secondly, he had our jaws dropping because he managed to start a new fashion meme hat-free with his red carpet "shorts tuxedo" look. These knee grazers were designed by Lanvin and in my opinion were indeed a tasty pair. I'm always one to say that man ankles are the male cleavage, so when it comes to Pharrell's tattooed legs I'll say, "Hellooo nurse!!!" But shhh let's not say it too loud because that’s his wife right there on his arm and nobody likes a jealous wife.
Verdict: 7/10 GLAMS
We can't talk about Oscar wins or stylish males and not bring up Jared Leto. The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman took home the prestigious Academy Award for Actor in a Supporting Role for his part in Dallas Buyers Club and looked so dapper while doing it. Actually, in her opening monologue, Ellen DeGeneres singled him out as the "prettiest" in her long list of mentions. So yes, let's go with that, because when is Ellen ever wrong? The correct adjective to describe Leto last night is indeed "pretty."
First, let’s talk about the hair. He sported enviable ombre locks that would have any long hair-loving lady weak at the knees. He was forerunner of the white tuxedo trend that was a favorite among many boys at the ceremony. He was dressed in a smart off white (verging on cream) tuxedo jacket with a crisp white shirt. "Off-white with crisp white" is something that sounds so wrong, but Leto made it work! He teamed all this with a lovely dash of color in the form of a carmine silky bow tie and some fitted black slacks. This look was all created by Saint Laurent designer and friend, Hedi Slimane.
So yes, I enjoyed his style and his speech. No, I didn't have the hots for Leto before last night, but yes, seeing him dressed like this, it’s a sure thing that I now do.
Verdict: 8/10 GLAMS
Last but not least, it's Anna Kendrick. With Pitch Perfect and the consequent success of the "Cups" song, Anna has proved she has a pair of talented lungs and that she is well equipped to sing her little heart out. And after last night, I think it’s safe to say that it turns out she’s a triple threat: Actress, singer and fantastic dresser!
We saw her pull her best Angelina Jolie with this side-slit black and red J-Mendel dress. With a basic round neck and sheer panels, the center was stunning, showing off her toned abs and adding a boost of much-needed color with a deep red, almost wine-colored floral design. She subtly picked up on the colored center with a matching Rauwolf clutch and set it all off with the greatest accessory of all that we can all emulate free of charge—a megawatt smile!
Oh yes, and let's not forget the Louboutins. This is a "girl code" if there was one—never ever forget the Louboutins.
Verdict: 7/10 GLAMS
Bonus Look: It’s a Sham!
With the good and the glam, of course comes the bad and the sham. It's not in my nature to be negative, but I have to say Pink's ensemble was a huge let down. Usually a style stunner, I waited with bated breath to see what sort of exciting risks she would take with her outfit. Instead, she hit the stage in a tacky sparkly red dress which looked like she swiped it right off a Sochi figure skater.
Of course I get the motive—It was a Wizard of Oz tribute with a performance "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," so Dorothy’s ruby slippers translated to a ruby red dress. Awww, how sweet. No, not really.
She flashed a whole lot of flesh with a deep V-cut giving just enough peek-a-boo to make it clear that she was not wearing a bra. For shame girl, for shame! Gravity may have won seven Oscars on the night but Pink, when it comes to your bosoms, it will not be your friend forever!
That said, I did love her hair. Her signature platinum blond tresses were slicked back into a stunning off-the-face pompadour. Between this pinned-back 'do and her makeup, she redeemed this look slightly, but I don't think it was her best fashion moment. She should leave the Wizard of Oz outfits to those who can rock them with true beauty and elegance—a la Ellen DeGeneres.
Verdict: 3/10 GLAMS = SHAM!
So there you go guys, my musician fashion picks from 86th Annual Academy Awards. What do you think of my selections? Who was Glam and who was a Sham in your opinion? Comment below and let me know!
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