THE BEST DRESSED AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS
The Award-Winning Styles on the 84th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet
Style Watch with Eden Herbstman
Lights, camera, and that’s a wrap…the 2012 red carpet season officially came to close last night at the 84th annual Academy Awards.The two actresses that had jaw-dropping red carpet moments were Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Chastain. Paltrow, a red carpet pro who balances her signature chic simplicity with stand out elements. This year she took the term “sleek and slender” to another level in her white Tom Ford gown. Donning a matching cape on the red carpet and keeping accessories to a minimum, Gwyneth looked absolutely flawless, and owned a look that set her apart from everyone else. (Young fashionistas take note, this is how it is done.)
Jessica Chastain who has had her ups and downs this red carpet season finished strong and dramatic in this Alexander McQueen gown. Sarah Bolton custom-designed the black silk gown, embroider with gold bullion and metal thread. Chastain’s strawberry hues should also be given praise; her hair tied the whole look together for a stunning red carpet moment.
If there was such a thing as “fashion foreshadowing,” it would be Meryl Streep’s gold Lanvin gown. As Streep-obsessed as I am, I’ve never considered her to be in the best dressed category, but The Iron Lady herself looked statuesque and regal in this gown, and was definitely not one to be ignored on the red carpet.
Milla Jovovich was one of the first to arrive on the red carpet, and unfortunately for the actresses that were to follow, set the fashion bar high. The one shoulder embellished Ellie Saab Couture gown looked elegant and classic on the actresses, and her retro hair style and red lip were paired perfectly. Even though Milla is best known for her role as a zombie ass-kicking action star, she looked nothing short of classy and fashion-forward.
It took many replays on my television, but Michelle William’s Louis Vuitton has finally grown on me. Even though there was some discrepancy over the color of the gown, either red or coral, (definitely not the peach color Ryan Seacrest informed us it was,) the strapless peplum dress is undeniably beautiful, and the structure looks flawless on Michelle’s figure. I’m not a fan of her accessories, the pink bag and necklace downplay the gown, but overall Miss Williams stayed true to her ultra-feminine style.
I think everyone took note that when Angelina Jolie wants to be sexy, she does sexy all the way. If you were able to look at anything other than Jolie’s right leg, her custom Atelier Versace strapless gown was gorgeous in velvet and the structure was phenomenal. Jolie revamped the concept of the LBD, and took it to a couture level with a seductive edge. Yes, the leg posing got old, but the gown was a stunning creation that only Angelina could pull off.
Written by Eden Herbstman
Photography courtesy of Patrick McMullan Company
Design by Eden Herbstman
Left- Gwyneth Paltrow, 84th Annual Academy Awards, Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, Ca, February 26, 2012, Photography by BRIAN LINDENSMITH for Patrick McMullan.com
Right- Jessica Chastain, 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Sunset Tower Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2012, Photography by CLINT SPAULDING for PatrickMcMullan.com