Oscar style hits and misses when Styling the Stars

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The 87th Academy Awards were last night and people won Oscars and stuff. But let’s focus on the most important part: the fashion. This year the red carpet was a mix of Old Hollywood, modern glamour, and a few outlandishly bizarre choices. Just the way we like it.

In my opinion, it was the classic Hollywood influences that made the night. From jeweled shoulder straps to sleek silhouettes, this year’s award show was all about old world style. And I should know: I recently got my hands on Angela Cartwright and Tom McLaren’s book, Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive (Insight Editions). This unique collection combines rare photographs, anecdotes and costume details spanning from the 1930s to the 70s. The looks may change over 40 years, but the glamour of classic Hollywood never goes out of style.

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So with a little help from Styling the Stars, here are our favorite (and least favorite!) looks from the evening:

Favorites

Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent

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Love the bold red, the slim lines, the subtle shoulder bling. This dress combines everything we love about Old Hollywood (the color! The sparkle!) with a sleekly modern silhouette.

 Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein

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It’s a personal dream to one day wear a dress made of pearls, which is why I’ve fallen so hard for this creamy Calvin Klein number. From that form-fitting shape to the peek-a-boo cutouts, we could easily see this dress on Marilyn Monroe.

 America Ferrera in Jenny Packham

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Draped dresses are never easy to do well, which is why we’re so obsessed with Ferrera’s airy, Grecian-goddess gown. The teal color, the sparkle and the perfectly cut shape just scream 1920’s red carpet glamour.

 Rita Ora in Marchesa

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That train will not quit. Paired with an hourglass shape, gold embellishments and platinum hair, this mermaid gown is classic and lovely.

 Michael Keaton in Ralph Lauren

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Don’t worry, we’re not leaving out the men! While many say Keaton was robbed of Best Actor last night, he definitely nailed this classic tux.

 Kelly Osbourne in Rita Vinieris

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Lace was all the rage last night, and few did it better than Osbourne. We love the artful draping of her black gown, paired with that elegant bodice. It’s hard to rock an Oscar gown with sleeves, but this Vinieris dress does not disappoint.

 Least Favorites

 Marion Cotillard in Dior

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No one can deny that Cotillard is a breathtaking goddess. But this dress is basically just a sack with a butt strap.

 Keira Knightly in Valentino

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It’s tough to pull off a nude dress, especially when it matches your skin tone a little too well. Pregnant or not, this gown was a touch too colorless and shapeless for Knightly. We won’t even mention the graffiti.

 Naomi Watts in Armani

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I can’t tell if this dress looks more like fish scales or silver bricks. Neither is a great choice.

 Lady Gaga in Azzedine Alaia

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We’ve come to expect strange Lady Gaga outfits, and while this is no meat-dress, it doesn’t exactly capture the glamour of the Oscars. Maybe if she ditched the gloves and toned down the sleeves it could have potential.

Love Osbourne’s lace as much as I do? Think Gaga should have added a steak to her gown? Let us know in the comments!

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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