Silver Screen Modes is again awarding the Most Glamorous Gown Award for the Oscars red carpet in 2015. This award was started for my previous blog The Silver Screen Modiste in 2010 and has been awarded annually ever since. Last year the winner was Charlize Theron wearing a Dior Haute Couture black decollete gown (see the photo at the bottom of the post). Previous winners have been Jessica Chastain in a copper-colored Armani Prive (2013); Milla Jovovich in a white sequin Elie Saab gown (2012); Anne Hathaway in a red Valentino (2011); and Sandra Bullock in a gold-beaded Marchesa (2010).
Fashion trends have had their place on the red carpet, although the bigger trend over the last couple of years has been the interplay between actor, stylist, and fashion designer. As stylists have taken on more influence, there have been fewer “what was she thinking” moments on the red carpet. The result has been an over-all improvement in the beauty (and glamour)of the gowns, but their homogeneity has taken away the surprise factor. This started changing somewhat a couple of years ago as fashion designers began working on custom designs for their favored clients. The more typical procedure in the past was one where several possible designs were submitted by a leading fashion house, or where the stars and their stylists selected a runway design that was fitted for the star. With an A-list star now essentialy getting a true couture gown – designed and made to her body measurements – this becomes a different ballgame. I must note that this was essentially what happened during Hollywood’s Golden Age, when the studio designers like, Adrian, Travis Banton, and Orry Kelly designed and had the studio wardrobe department custom make the gowns for the Studio’s own nominees. But today there are also those stars that have impeccable taste, like Julianne Moore, that always seem to look stunning and work directly with favored designers. Of course moody stars can always wear whoever or whatever they want, but nobody particularly likes being pictured on the Fashion Police as the “Worst Dressed.” But now as there are almost really no bad gowns, a “worst dressed” designation becomes a stretch, and often just unfair.
The Golden Globes have also become more formal in recent years, increasingly competitive with the Academy Awards for the glamour of the red carpet gowns. Sparkling silver seemed to be among the most glamorous gowns at that event. Yet as more media attention is paid to red carpet fashions, some women actors are giving interviewers the silent treatment on the question of “who are you wearing?’ and shunning some of the overt camera treatment or even being photographed altogether. The reason being that they would rather talk about some of their more “serious” endeavors, or just don’t want to talk about their looks. We understand the seriousness of their craft, but isn’t their looks and their glamour a big part of the occasion?
There were some stunning looks on the red carpet and on the Dolby Theatre stage. Out of them all the MOST GLAMOROUS GOWN AWARD goes to MARGOT ROBBIE in a black Yves Saint Laurent gown with a very deep décolletage and with sheer long sleeves. It was beautifully, I should say stunningly accessorized by a Van Cleef & Arpels necklace made for the Duchess of Windsor in the 1930s, “worth more than my life,” Ms. Robbie let out.
Special mention must be made of three other gowns. The first one was worn by Lupita Nyong’o – a beautiful custom Calvin Klein white gown made of some six thousand pearls. It hugged her figure and had a halter top and key-hole cut-out below her breasts. It was designed by Francisco Costa.
While there was less color than I would have thought, The red Givenchy Haute Couture worn by Rosamond Pike was a most beautiful and glamorous gown – strapless and embroidered with fleurettes over a satin base.
Model Behati Prinsloo also looked stunning in an Armani Prive textured two-piece ensemble. It was a great color for her and for the evening.
These were all beautiful and exquisite gowns, and there were more as well.
This year’s Best Costume Design went to Melina Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was the favorite and that I had predicted as well. The film won four awards in the “technical” categories.
Below is the photo of Charlize Theron in last year’s Most Glamorous Gown. I seem to like black.