Oscar Red Carpet Fashion Re-Cap

By Joe Kucharski - March 3, 2014

The Academy Awards' Red Carpet has come to be the pinnacle of the fashion scene for Hollywood's elite! All the biggest names were out, wearing the latest trends. Unfortunately, last night's festivities consisted mainly of expected shapes, boring colors, and a lot of ill-fitting garments. She our best and worst below!

One of the biggest trends of the night for men was bucking the traditional black tuxedo. Men stepped out in cream and color. While I applaud this attempt, most came off looking like cater waiters. Mainly, they just looked overly fussy.

Jared Leto in Saint Laurent.  Chris Hemsworth in David August. Matthew McConaughey in Dolce & Gabbana .

One of the biggest offenses of the night (and the most easily remidied!) were men in trousers that pooled more than their wife's dress. Formalwear, gentlemen, no break! Please stylists, don't let men walk the red carpet in what look like their daddy's pants.

Benedict Cumberbatch (sorry! other than the pooling- you looked very dapper). Dax Shepard in John Varvatos.  Michael Fassbender in Tom Ford.

The other other leading sartorial faux pas was an issue of lapel proportions. Things have been going skinny for many years (though, thankfully we've started moving away from that in the last two seasons), but these tiny lapels look like they came from the little boys' department. This is especially a problem for men with broad shoulders or chest.

Jeremy Renner in Givenchy  Jonah Hill in Dolce & Gabbana. Michael B. Jordan in Givenchy.

Speaking of clothing made for little boys, Pharrell arrived in a shorts tux. I'm aware of this growing trend in menswear, made wildly popular by the likes of designer Thom Browne. As someone well-versed in costume history, I can't see this without picturing a 19th Century toddler. 

Pharrell in Lanvin.

Now that we're through with introductory lessons in taste and tailoring, on to some of the men that knocked it out of the park!

Chiwetel Ejiofor wore a traditional black tuxedo, with perfectly proportioned peak lapels, and an enviable trouser hem. (Looks like someone had his fittings in the right shoes!) This look was elegantly classic, but wonderfully modern in its execution.

Chiwetel Ejiofor in Rake.

Bradley Cooper looks excellent in the most textbook example of formalwear of the night. This is a lesson in contrast. When everyone is working hard to be different, sometimes the most traditional stands out best. The scale of those lapels are phenomenal, with the black bow tie and studs making for an excellent pop!

Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford.

But my absolute top pick of the night goes to Kevin Spacey! He was born to wear this midnight blue, peak lapel tux. The fit is drool-worthy. I'm willing to overlook the trouser length because of that incredible color.

Kevin Spacey in Burberry. 

When it comes to the evening's gowns, there were no trainwrecks, simply because no one took much of a risk. It came down mainly to a story of color. All of the top stylists and reporters predicted the pastel, nude, and metalic trends that we saw all over the carpet. While individually, every one of these neutral looks is beautiful, put all together it became a parade of blah.

Julie Delpy in Jenny Packham. Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive. Sally Hawkins in Valentino.

Sarah Paulson in Elie Saab. Goldie Hawn in Versace. Jenna Dewan in Reem Arca.

The neutral that truly ruled the carpet was the cool, silver metallic. Such a gorgeous choice for the ladies below.

Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta. Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab. Kate Hudson in Versace.

Who would have thought that black would feel like a refreshing change of pace after all that borrowing beige?! But these stars were strong and statuesque!

Charlize Theron in Dior. Meryl Streep in Lanvin. Emma Watson in Vera Wang.

Navy was another powerful statement on the red carpet. Amy Adams stunned in this structured, modern gown, though she would have benefited from a softer hairstyle and small statement at the neck. Sandra Bullock is gorgeous, but the dress itself is forgettable. 

Amy Adams in Gucci. Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen.

Kerry Washington is a vision of feminine perfection in this dusty lavender drapped gown.

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu.

Lupita Nyong'o was the belle of the ball in this gorgeous ice blue, plunging gown. I don't think we have found a color that she doesn't shine in!

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada.

Jennifer Lawrence was one of the edgiest of the night, with this excellent orangey-red peplum gown.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior.

But my hands-down favorite look of the night was Karen O in this deep-v, fishtail, capelet gown that she was poured into. The perfect blend of classic, modern, and sexy! 

Karen O in Camilla Staerk.

She stuns again on stage in her performance of "The Moon Song" from Her. (Extra points for Ezra Koenig's matching socks!)