85th Academy Awards

Oscar fashion: Some standouts on a safe red carpet

 

mmarr@miamiherald.com

Early bird fashion watchers at the Oscars were getting a little nervous seeing a parade of black dresses and messy tresses.

Was this going to be a safe, unremarkable Oscar red carpet at the Dolby Theatre?

But then Jessica Chastain arrived. Her tea-rose figure-hugger by Armani Prive made her look as if she stepped out of a 1940s time capsule. Her coiffed hair, scarlet lips and understated Harry Winston diamonds screamed old Hollywood glamour. “I love cinema so much,” the Zero Dark Thirty star told Ryan Seacrest. “It’s a very ‘Happy birthday Mr. President’ dress.”

Others also rose to the occasion:

Kerry Washington ( Django Unchained) was ravishing in a red Miu Miu with a stunningly embroidered top.

Octavia Spencer told People at a pre-Oscar party that though she’s plus sized, she refused to “wear a muumuu.” That cream Tadashi Shoji was a far cry.

Catherine Zeta Jones refused to be ignored in a gold, glittery Zuhair Murad. Movie star all the way.

Jennifer Hudson (Roberto Cavalli Couture) keeps getting better with age.

GMA’s Robin Roberts, back from her health issues, triumphed in a cobalt Marc Bouwer.

Amy Adams’ feather-trimmed, pale grey Oscar de la Renta did her justice (love the Cinderella train).

Jennifer Lawrence, in Dior Haute Couture, was a little too bridal catalogue, but what a knockout. The backward necklace may just be the next trend.

Quvenzhané Wallis’ puffy Giorgio Armani dress may have been a tad too mature, but her signature puppy purse reminded America of her tender age — 9. Also in Armani was a sequinned-up Naomi Watts.

More blue: Reese Witherspoon’s Louis Vuitton was upstaged by her perfect Breck Girl tresses. “I just had a baby, and your hair gets so thick,” Witherspoon explained.

Also riding the red brigade: Silver Lining Playbook’s Jacki Weaver (Rani Zakhem) and Sally Field (Valentino).

The Oscars always see some major misfires: Amanda Seyfried’s edgy Alexander McQueen with laser cut outs seemed to be searching for an after party.

Anne Hathaway isn’t going to live this one down. Prediction: Her nipples are going to have a hashtag of their own. That was Prada?

Did Helena Bonham Carter’s ghoulish husband Tim Burton design that debacle? Nope, Vivienne Westwood Couture.

And finally, the most down-to-earth celebrity award goes to . . . Helen Hunt: Her navy dress, she told Seacrest, is from none other than H&M.

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • La vida local

    Marlon Wayans couldn’t let it rest: he’s back for ‘A Haunted House 2’

    Last time we spoke to Marlon Wayans, he was promoting A Haunted House back in January 2013.

  • Celebrity birthdays on April 17

    Actress Olivia Hussey is 63. Singer-guitarist Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks is 59. Actor Sean Bean is 55. Actor Joel Murray is 52. Actress Lela Rochon is 50. Actress Leslie Bega is 47. Actress Kimberly Elise is 47. Singer Liz Phair is 47. Rapper-actor Redman is 44. Actress Jennifer Garner is 42. Singer Victoria Beckham of the Spice Girls is 40. Actress Rooney Mara is 29.

  • Celebrity roundup

    Rob Kardashian in treatment

    Rob Kardashian has bigger issues than trying to lose weight. According to Star, the reality brother, 27, is being treated for depression at The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center in Arizona. Poisons of choice are apparently marijuana, alcohol and prescription cough syrup.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category