The red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards was swarming with some of the usual classic trends that never get old as well as a few risky styles, but not as many bold moves as years past (Zoe Saldana in purple Givenchy, anyone?). There were a lot of strong trends – scarlet red, blush tulle with floating sparkle, and shades of lavender. Here are a few of the most radiant looks from the evening.
Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang
Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier
Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa
Hilary Swank in Gucci
Mila Kunis Elie Saab
Cate Blanchett in Givenchy
Halle Berry in Marchesa
The 82nd Academy Awards were predicted to be unpredictable, and certainly turned out some upsets with winners on and off the red carpet. Key trends in Oscar fashion this year were voluminous gowns, bright pink lips, and messy updos (or maybe those were accidental, given the rain). Here are my favorite looks from an elemental perspective…
Sandra Bullock in Marchesa
There’s no doubt that this was Sandra’s night. As Carson Kressley said on Oprah’s After Oscar Special yesterday, “her stylist knew she was going to win,” and chose her dress accordingly. This dress is a complete embodiment of Metal energy with an extra spark of Fire, making it the perfect choice for her to win the gold in!
Demi Moore in Atelier Versace
Demi sure knows how to wear nude. How Metal of her! Even though this dress feels like a bit of deja vous from previous years (I’m thinking Penelope Cruz), I gotta hand it to Rachel Zoe for nailing Demi’s look. It’s sleek, sophisticated, and most of all, sexy – which is just so Demi.
Zoe Saldana in Givenchy
I think this is one of those dresses you either love or hate, and I absolutely love it. If there is anyone who can carry it off, it’s Zoe. I love that she went for something so fantastical for the year of Avatar. While there’s a lot of Fire going on in all the drama of sparkles and ruffles, my favorite part is the ombre effect – the Water to cool down the Fire, if you will.
Miley Cyrus in Jenny Packham
I know Miley has been getting some negative press around her “bad posture” and whatever else on Oscar night, but I think she looked stunning. This gown had everything a young star would want for the Oscars – girly sass in the bustier top, but an element of youthfulness in the tulle skirt. I can’t think of a better person to wear this gorgeous Metal/Fire dress. Just like last year, Miley got it right.
Nicole Richie in Reem Acra
Nicole Richie definitely deserves some points for honoring her essence on the red carpet this year. This elegant Metal Reem Acra dress with a Watery/hippy twist was made for her. I cannot see anyone else rocking it like she did, and that’s when you know someone played it right. I also loved the sleek hair (perfect to combat the rain) and smoky cat eye – it all just screamed “Nicole Richie”, and that’s what I love to see!
Meryl Streep in Chris March
As much as we all love Meryl, sometimes she doesn’t quite nail it with her fashion choices. But this dress, to me, was such a perfect choice for her. I loved the pure white Metal look, with touches of comforting Earth in the boxy shoulder and ample arm coverage. It was classic, yet trendy in all the right places. Best of all, it was far from over-the-top. You can tell she is genuinely comfortable, which is something I love to see on an Earth like herself!