There were many new fashion faces on the red carpet at the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, but they brought with them a lot of old Hollywood glamour.
Rooney Mara in white Givenchy, Emma Stone in red Giambattista Valli and Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen were among those making bolder-than-normal choices at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.
“I picked it because I loved it,” said Mara of the Riccardo Tisci custom-made gown made of mixed laces and multilayered chiffon.
Stone’s gown had a high-neck bow, a trend on the designer runways right now, and Chastain’s black strapless gown designed by McQueen creative director Sarah Burton was embroidered with gold bullion and metallic thread.
Some seasoned style stars stepped up their game, too, including Michelle Williams in a burnt-orange Louis Vuitton covered with delicate details, Jennifer Lopez in a crystal-covered Zuhair Murad, Cameron Diaz in a strapless sand-colored Gucci and Penelope Cruz in a feminine, off-the-shoulder, smoky-blue Armani Prive.
Angelina Jolie did her simple, sexy thing in a black strapless gown with a high slit by Atelier Versace.
“Stacy’s dress was chosen straight off the Fall `12 runway. The fabric has real gold metal woven into it, which gives it an almost liquid feel,” described Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, herself an Oscars attendee in Marchesa on the arm of husband Harvey Weinstein.
“I was at fashion week, saw it on the runway and was like, `I need to have that,’” Keibler said.
Paltrow, who has done the Oscars as a pink princess and Goth rebel in past years, made the best-dressed lists of InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein and Louise Roe, Glamour magazine’s editor-at-large.
“Absolute knockouts were the simplest,” said Roe, co-host of ABC’s live coverage. “I died for Gwyneth in Tom Ford with its elegant cape, Emma Stone in fuchsia halter-neck Valli and chunky-crystal Vuitton clutch. Shailene Woodley was a home run in Valentino and Jessica Chastain in classic gold McQueen. Wow.”
Roe was pleased to see Woodley in her modern, fashion-forward gown. “She’s Hollywood’s new hot thing, and this dress finally lived up to our expectations: chic, simple, elegant, I loved it.”
Rubenstein said he liked that there wasn’t a cookie-cutter look; there wasn’t one way to describe this red carpet. “One thing I did love is that it was a night not about one shape _ not just the clothing, but the women.”