The 2018 Oscars have come and gone, and we are left with oodles of inspiration from the red carpet! I am not a fashion critic or expert, but I do love a gorgeous frock (as my incredibly talented friend and wedding dresser Caroline Shaw likes to say!)
So I have chosen a few of my favorites and here is my criteria - I celebrate women of all sizes, races, religions, orientations and creed. And I love nothing more than when a woman’s inner confidence shows through in her outer radiance. Well tailored for a gorgeous fit is a must on any figure, and a clean line is something I love as much as a decadent delight. So while I love the simplicity of Reem Acra on celebs this year, I also joyfully obsess over beautiful texture and opulent details from designers like Gucci and Romona Keveza.
Bold colors and beautiful hair and makeup are as fun to me as softer more romantic looks. Find my collection of favorites to suit all of my inner fashionistas!!
Jennifer Lawrence wore a gunmetal beaded Dior gown with loose waves and delicate Niwaka diamonds and looked effortless. Her hair and makeup softened the metallic column of the dress which for me provided the perfect combination of pulled together without trying too hard.
Margot Robbie, nominated for Actress in a Leading Role I, Tonya, wearing a white Chanel Haute Couture gown with beaded straps (which I read she ended up having to sew back on herself!) With a crisscross skirt, plus a clear Chanel clutch and Chanel Fine Jewelry. Is there anything better than Chanel all white everything? And those straps. Goddess inspiring for sure.
Lupita Nyong’o was shimmering in a golden Atelier Versace gown with a one-shoulder black-and-gold beaded sash detail, Alexandre Birman shoes, Niwaka jewelry and gold in her hair completed her look, which was brimming with confidence, modern glamour, and fun.
Jennifer Garner made a statement! And good for her. She looks fantastic and has aged backwards. With a high-neck cobalt Atelier Versace gown with attached cape and Piaget diamond-and-sapphire jewels, she was flawless. Complete with that gorgeous side swept hair and smokey eye, she was show stopping old Hollywood glamour at its best.
Viola Davis was in a custom pink Michael Kors Collection with a matching Roger Vivier clutch and Norman Silverman jewelry. Nobody rocks color better than Viola! Every look is different with each appearance, and she always looks so confident. I love that! Her hair was also big and bold and I love me some fabulously big hair!
Gal Gadot is a favorite of mine. I loved Wonder Woman, and Gal takes the character she played with her everywhere she goes, advocating for women and being a shining example of kindness, work ethic, and a desire to stand up for what’s right. She wore a dark metallic beaded plunging Givenchy Haute Couture gown with fringe skirt and Tiffany & Co. Blue Book diamond-and-aquamarine necklace and Christian Louboutin heels completed the look and while I don’t love a plunging neckline, everything about it this look came together so beautifully.
Nicole Kidman wore a sweetheart neckline Armani Privé bustier gown with exaggerated bow detail and front slit, blackChristian Louboutin pumps and Harry Winston jewelry. This was the most dramatic look of the evening, that also stayed just within the lines of timeless elegance. Unlike the other dresses I selected, this is not one I would want to wear, or ever try to sit in (can you imagine?!) but I have to appreciate the art that is this gown.
Allison Janney was nominated (and won!) for Supporting Actress for I, Tonya, was in a custom scarlet Reem Acra gown with long caped sleeves, a matching Roger Vivier clutch and $4 million of Forevermark jewelry. Wowza! Reem Acra is always a favorite of mine (I actually wore a piece from them the night before my wedding!) and this color was fantastic on her. And that long caped sleeve? Definitely something I would die to wear!
Salma Hayek wore a glittering lilac Gucci gown with built-in jeweled neckline, Harry Winston diamonds and accessories by Gucci. I know it is a lot to take in, and her hair was kind of ordinary, but I love her fearless femininity, and Gucci is forever an obsession of mine. That neckline is spectacular! And the color and the sparkle. It is basically unicorn inspired and who doesn’t love that?!
Mira Sorvino was soft, romantic perfection in a blush one-shoulder Romona Keveza gown with cherry blossom appliqué. I saw this gorgeous piece last year at bridal market, and wore Romona Keveza at my wedding and to multiple black tie events. Nobody makes a dress like she does! The floral is three dimensional, the fit is perfection and the volume of the dress is ethereal. This one is for sure a favorite!
Rita Moreno gets an honorable mention because well, she is Rita Moreno! And because she modified the same gown she wore to win an Oscar in 1962, with gloves, headwrap and collar necklace. Love this idea of making a special dress new again. Talk about timeless!
Also Helen Mirren in Reem Acra was pure perfection. I hope to have 1/100th of her meticulous style, poise and sexiness when I am her age. Rock it Helen! That necklace was also fantastic!
And there ya have it friends!! My favorites from the red carpet of the 2018 Oscars! Check out more on Vogue.com!