Style

On Oscar red carpet, white takes the night

Contrary to the experiences of weather-weary Bostonians this month, Sunday night’s Oscar Awards made a strong case for the snowy shade.

Many A-listers, from Julianne Moore to Kerry Washington, wore white with spectacular results. Beyond the white, the night’s fashion subplots included plunging necklines (Faith Hill) and shades of bubblegum (Gwyneth Paltrow obviously believing herself to be pretty in pink). Also, statement necklaces were in abundance, capturing the necks of silver-screen beauties such as Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie.

The men made the most of their red carpet moments as well. Benedict Cumberbatch rocked a stellar white tuxedo jacket with a perfectly styled hint of a black pocket square. It was also delightful to see Eddie Redmayne and Ansel Elgort sharing honors for best blue tux.

— Jill Radsken

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Best-dressed honors belonged to Marion Cotillard. The silhouette of her stunning Christian Dior gown with its gently gathered back won from all angles.
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Lupita Nyong’o must have gotten in a workout walking the red carpet. Her Calvin Klein dress, reportedly made of some 6,000 pearls, couldn’t have been comfortable to wear, but, like a style A-lister, she knows the pain price of high fashion.
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Margot Robbie wore a long-sleeve Yves Saint Laurent dress that might have looked dumpy on a lesser mortal. But the plunging neckline — and spectacular tassel necklace — gave the dress much-needed drama.
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Red Oscar gowns deserve their own award, and Sunday’s winner was Rosamund Pike’s Givenchy. The strapless lace number flattered her figure, and the mid-thigh slit was straightforward sexy.
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Naomi Watts took the plunge with a geometric black and silver Armani Privé gown. The dress was rich without being opulent.
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Sleek was Reese Witherspoon’s black and white Tom Ford dress. The simple gown wowed with black stripe detail at the shoulder and waistline.
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Cate Blanchett made more than one kind of style statement with her black Margiela dress. The gown was lovely, if reserved, but it’s worth noting that the designer was John Galliano, who has returned to fashion’s good graces after an anti-Semitic rant marred his career.
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It takes a confident man to wear a red tuxedo, and David Oyelowo scored points for his. The Dolce & Gabbana one-button suit — with matching tie and cummerbund — helped make a great night for menswear.
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Lady Gaga was proud to be the first to wear an Azzedine Alaia to an Oscars. The bodice of the dress had a futuristic feel. But, sadly, her red gloves seemed suited for a 1950s housewife.
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Felicity Jones missed the fashion mark under the weight of those eggshell drapes. The high-neck Alexander McQueen gown had a bodice, but the bottom was a bummer.
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