If there was an award for Hollywood’s Awards Season Sweetheart, surely Lupita Nyong’o would get it. Like Jennifer Lawrence in 2013, Nyong’o left the 86th Academy Awards clutching the Best Supporting Actress award and winning the all-important “Best Dressed” accolade with a pleated Prada gown in “Nairobi sky-blue” and goddess ready headband.
Also receiving a big tick from the fashion police were Sandra Bullock in navy-but-nice Alexander McQueen, Angelina Jolie (Elie Saab) and Cate Blanchett (Armani Prive) who both shimmered with elegant Hollywood glamour. Bringing out their beautiful dark sides in not so little black dresses were Charlize Theron (Dior) and Olivia Wilde (Valentino), while Jennifer Lawrence finally found her footing long enough to light up the carpet in a vibrant scarlet Dior peplum.
As with all awards, with the winners come the losers, but sadly there’s no escaping an Oscars fashion disaster with an awkward “I’m so pleased for you” smile/clap combo. Taking the embellishment trend a little too far was Best Supporting Actress nominee Sally Hawkins in a Valentino gown that could have done with losing a few metres. Meanwhile, Portia de Rossi’s white Naeem Khan gown with intricate cutouts conjured up only one word – doily.
If you thought you’d seen the last of the Angelina leg tributes, think again and thank Anna Kendrick for seeing the trend into 2014 in a disastrous dress by J Mendel. There was no luck for those in pink this year as Penelope Cruz was swamped in a caped, belted and one-shouldered Giambattista Valli Couture gown in Little Bo Peep pink. Joining the sugary pink overload brigade were Jada Pinkett Smith in Versace and Camila Alves – wife of Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey.
Without the women of Hollywood, the red carpet would be an endless stream of black tuxedos, so a special mention goes to those mixing it up in the male fashion stakes. Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey showed that friends who act together, dress together with matching white jackets that yielded surprisingly stylish results – anything to break up the male fashion monotony. On the other hand, Pharrell Williams finally left his park ranger alter-ego at home but flashed his pins on the red carpet in shorts. I know celebrities are obsessed with looking youthful, but in those shorts Pharrell could pass for a pre-teen – literally a school boy error. It’s only fashion, but someone has to lose, Pharrell.
See the pictures of our fashion winners and losers from the 86th Academy Awards below. Read our overview of the ceremony and see a full list of actual winners here.