Oscar Night is always the highest fashion evening of the year, and one of my favorite TV nights of the year. The exciting and fabulous 90th Academy Awards, aka the Oscars, aired Sunday, March 4, 2018 on ABC. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the second year in a row, the evening was incredible – especially the Red Carpet – though viewership faltered a bit. According to Deadline.com, Sunday’s “ceremony which aired live from 8 PM-11:54 PM EST, averaged 26.5 million viewers (Live+same day) . That was down 19% from last year’s 32.9 million viewers, a nine-year low. That, despite the fact that The Shape of Water was the the highest-grossing Best Picture winner in five years.”
But let’s put aside the films for now, and talk about the Fashion! Honestly, this year, I thought everyone looked stunning! There weren’t really many “Could Have Done Better” choices. Because of this and the onslaught of general negativity of late, I decided just to focus on my Fashion Favorites this year. But before I get started on my choices, I wanted to share the thoughts and perspectives of Zanna Roberts Rossi, Senior Fashion Editor of Marie Claire and Judge on Lifetime’s Glam Masters and Brad Goreski, Celebrity Stylist and E! Red Carpet Co-Host. On Monday’s NBC Today Show, they mentioned the vibrant array of color they saw in the fashions as well as the metallics (“almost like head to toe armor”) and “clean and structured” whites. Brad said his favorite was “hand’s down Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive. I said last night, ‘Bow down to Nicole Kidman.’ That gown to me is everything that is chic about the Oscars. It is everything I want from Nicole Kidman.” Zanna said she had two favorites. The first was Margot Robbie in a white Chanel Haute Couture gown. She “loved the beading, [and it] felt a little bit sci-fi with that clear plastic bag – the cheap plastic bag.” And her other favorite was Saoirse Ronan. She looked “absolutely beautiful in Calvin Klein By Appointment … the actual construction on this bow – stunning.”
As I like to mention, I am no fashionista* but just a regular Realtor, Mom, etc. without any training in fashion or award show styling. I just like what I like. And on that note, here are my five favorites of the evening (listed in alphabetical order):
Zoey Deutch in Elie Saab Couture and Tiffany & Co. jewelry – I loved her gently curled locks with her neutral beaded, tiered gown. So pretty!
Jane Fonda in custom Balmain, Chopard jewelry, Perrin bag and Salvatore Ferragamo shoes – Zanna and Brad summed it up perfectly…. “Jane Fonda shut down the carpet…. She’s 80, and probably still a sample size.” Wow – no words on that one!
Eiza Gonzalez in Ralph Lauren, Chopard jewelry and Brian Atwood shoes – another Wow. But this time is what a Hot Wow! She was sizzling in her tight-fitting and breast-hugging dress! And I am not usually a fan of yellow.
Taraji P. Henson in custom Vera Wang – her black slit gown was armor-like and free-flowing at the same time. What a great combination of effects!
Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior – She looked sculpted in her Metallic dress like she was wearing head to toe armor as Zanna and Brad mentioned above. She was warrior-like – strong and yet feminine accentuated by her frizzy blonde locks.
Helen Mirren in Reem Acra with a Judith Leiber bag – ok I fibbed…. I have to have six favorites. Helen Mirren was just too classically beautiful and elegant in her blue, tightly fitted gown and gorgeous necklace not to mention.
And of course, the men looked fabulous too, some making serious fashion statements. I particularly loved the look of Ansel Elgort in his velvet Tom Ford tux. And there was quite a buzz around Chadwick Boseman, who looked so handsome in his three-quarter length Givenchy coat and zippered shoes.
All in all, it was a fantastic night with fun, festive and many fabulous fashion choices! What did you think? What were your fashion favorites? Were they similar to mine? I can’t wait to hear….
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* My other caveat is that unfortunately for me, I wasn’t at the Oscars (but hope to be at some point in the future). And so I didn’t get a chance to see all of the Oscar participants and their fashion choices – only those who were on TV or online – nor did I see them in person with my own eyes.