The red carpet felt a little bit like the way E's pre-show coverage limped to an end without any clear declaration that it was over other than the absence of Ryan Seacrest and the prolonged presence of a Kardashian. Even so, there were some gorgeous gowns. If one had to generalize, the theme was sleek, shimmering bodices. And note the impeccable makeup and hair.
If Lupita Nyong'o was trying to go under-the-radar as a past winner, she failed. Miserably. Out sparkling everyone in the most dazzling of the many white dresses of the night, a custom Calvin Klein adorned with a reported 6,000 pearls. (Imagine sitting in that!)
Reese Witherspoon bucked the big trends of the night—pony tails and sleek, modern styling for full on glamour in Tom Ford. It read white and black on TV, but was actually an icy blue.
Rosamund Pike listened to us! Following a series of interesting, but ill-fitting red carpet dresses, she shut down awards season in a sexy and super flattering fitted red dress by Givenchy.
When you're dressing to win, it's good to have Karl Lagerfeld on speed dial. Julianne Moore's custom Chanel was simply exquisite—a true work of art.
Ever the red carpet risk taker, Emma Stone's long sleeve beaded chartreuse Elie Saab gown took some time to process. It's definitely not going to be everyone's favorite—for color alone. But the more I look at it, the more I love it. The fit, the shimmer, the full-on glamour in the shape of a sleek silhouette. The side-swept hair and bright lip were the perfect exclamation points.
Do your thing, Jennifer Aniston! There is no denying how spectacular she looked in a nude Versace that fit her like a glove.
Nicole Kidman is the master of the column dress, but it was fun to see her shimmer in a strapless gold-toned Louis Vuitton. Loved the red belt, and the discipline to not muck it up with other jewelry.
Other thoughts on the carpet:
- If only we could have ripped that black strip off the back of Marian Cotillard's dress.
- Scarlett Johansson wore a green chandelier around her neck, which is not the kind of statement one wants to make on the red carpet.
- Men, black and white is classic for a reason, and always the best choice. Take a cue from Adam Levine!