Mar 1, 2016

2016 Academy Awards - The Whiteout

And with one last Awards show, and the only one I've actually caught live, Awards Season is over! But before we slip our jeggings and yoga pants back on, let's revel in all those who got dressed up to prance down the Red Carpet for our viewing pleasure!

Ironically enough, #Blackout, some of the most notable fashion to grace the Red Carpet were dressed in white, which I will be the first to admit is a risky shade to wear, but let's start with those who did it right!

I absolutely loved the delicate and vintage feel of Mara Rooney's Givenchy lace, cutout gown. Everything about it was perfect, especially on the dark haired, fair-skinned actress. The hair and makeup feels a little Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love, but it works.

Another gown that did white lace right and avoided looking completely bridal Priyanka Chopra's Zuhair Murad gown. Of course would I consider wearing this down the aisle? Of course! But that doesn't take away from how amazing the gown is and how beautiful Priyanaka looks in it.

The most shocking of the night for me, was Lady Gaga in a caped Brandon Maxwell pant and bustier ensemble, simply because I loved it and she was not covered in bubbles or meat products! Gasp! When I first saw her I thought it was a gown and was a fan, but I once I realized it was a pantsuit, I appreciated it even more. For a pianist who was performing later that evening, the design made sense, and she looked very old school glamour with a modern twist. My only complaint is the position of bustier, but I can appreciate the desire to avoid photos of you constantly pulling up your top. 

While we're on the topic of pants, let's stand back and appreciate Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. better known as Common in his crisp white Dolce & Gabbana tux. Amongst the sea of typical black tuxedos, it's always welcome to see some variation, plus you can never go wrong with a black man in a white suit, at least in my eyes! (To keep it positive, I am going to avoid the fact that his pants look about an inch too short!)

When it comes to Kerry Washington's Versace gown, much like the gown itself, I am of two minds. I like the leather bodice, and I like the pairing of the black leather with flowing white skirt, the slit is a perfect height, the leather creates a perfect waist, and yet I don't love it. I'm unsure of the purpose of the leather running through the skirt, or what's happening with those straps! Plus the neckline, is it crooked or is it just the way she's standing? Either way, I dislike it. Let's just say, this was so close, but not quite there.

Olivia Wilde. I love her. It's very rare that I find myself criticizing her or her fashion choices, and yet I find myself feeling very conflicted about my dislike of this dress. In short, I hate it. I want to like, her boobs look great! But her hair, makeup, choker, the dress, I dislike all of it. It looks like Valentino started this dress, finished the skirt, but did not have enough time to finish the top, so just handed her the remaining pleated fabric, hung it around her neck and tucked the ends into the waist.

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