By ALISON THOET
The Oscar show may start at 8:30 p.m., but the fashion shows start hours earlier, and even months before the main event. This year, some of the most renowned fashion icons have returned, and others surprised us on the Red Carpet.
The men may not have as much room to stand out or as many choices as the ladies, but this year some of the men dabbled with new colors.
David Oyelowo (“Selma”) tore away from the typical black tux to sport a beautiful red three-piece suit set against a crisp white shirt designed by Dolce and Gabbana. Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) went all white with his suit, while Chris Pine was an impeccable example of the right way to wear a Giorgio Armani black tux.
Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) mixed color with black lapels set over a navy blue coat in Alexander McQueen. Perhaps the most unusual was Jared Leto’s Givenchy baby blue/periwinkle suit, paired with his signature long hair and own blue eyes.
The women brought not only color, but also the absence thereof, as well as a wonderful sense of art and texture to the Oscars this year. Lupita Nyong’o was nothing but perfection in her 6,000 pearled, white cutout wonder by Francisco Costa.
Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), also in white, followed in the style of her silver-black sequined and feathered Givenchy Haute Couture gown at the Golden Globes with a textured Chanel gown complete with black beaded rosettes.
Now for the greens. Scarlett Johansson played it fierce in a tightly cut-in gown that would fit no one else as it did her. The deep green Versace gown was paired with a beaded statement collar of the same shade that made the eye wonder.
Emma Stone (“Birdman”) paired the two styles of texture and green with a yellow-green beaded ensemble by Eli Saab that followed in Stone’s ever-interesting Red Carpet fashion.
Keira Knightley presented a different sort of gown, a floral nude gown by Valentino covered in French writing and paired with a simple headpiece. Knightley kept her style with the light, floral dress, but added a baby bump to the ensemble this year.