The Oscars: a night of elegance and style

By Richard Nguyen

(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

The winners of the 2015 Oscars weren’t the only ones to shine Sunday. Many of the celebrities and their stylists also brought their A-game to this year’s red carpet.

Actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Emma Stone were dripping in jewels Sunday night. Nyong’o wore a beautiful custom-made cream Calvin Klein gown, which was covered in glimmering pearls.

According to, the dress had over 6,000 pearls that were featured mostly on the bodice of the gown. Paired with Chopard earrings, even though Nyong’o wasn’t nominated for a film this year, she still dressed as if she was.

Lime green may not be the first color for an actress to wear on the red carpet, however, Stone made a green gown work. She wore a beaded backless Elie Saab haute couture gown, which was shown on the Paris runway just a couple weeks prior to the event.

The gown, covering her arm and shoulder area, may have seemed modest for an actress her age. However the mid-thigh slit on her left leg proved that being seductive could be done tastefully.

Saab proved to be one of the most popular designers of the night. So popular, that the same gown was worn twice by two different women, which is a major no-no of red carpet etiquette.

Jennifer Lopez and Robert Duvall’s wife, Luciana Duvall, both wore a Saab gown from his fall 2014 couture collection. Both gowns featured a full tulle skirt, with a deep v-neckline that dipped down to the bellybutton. The bodice of both gowns had intricate beaded lace, flowing down to the skirt of the garment. The only difference between the two was that Lopez wore it in a nude color with a matching belt, whereas Duvall wore it in a light baby pink sans belt. Although their stylists floundered, both women look radiant.

Best actor winner Eddie Redmayne and presenter Ansel Elgort were also twinning, but in a less “they stole my look” kind of way. Redmayne, who won for his performance as Stephen Hawking in the film “The Theory of Everything,” wore a luscious midnight blue Alexander McQueen suit with a contrasting black peak lapel. He veered away from the usual black suit attire normally worn at red carpet events. Elgort also decided to wear a midnight blue suit, opting to wear a Prada with shawl lapel.

Going along with the midnight blue theme, United Kingdom-based singer Rita Ora wore a custom-made fishtail Marchesa gown. The gown itself was very simple, but the gold embroidery at the bust and at the side of her waist made the dress very elegant. Finishing the look with Lorraine Schwartz earrings, made Ora into an old Hollywood glamour bombshell.

Looking to channel old Hollywood glamour as well was Lady Gaga. No longer wearing meat dresses or emerging from eggs, the star, along with her stylist, Brandon Maxwell, discussed this drastic style transformation on Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaïa designed her red carpet ensemble, taking two months to stitch the bugle beads onto the dress. The red gloves, also designed by Alaïa, became a buzz on Twitter and a meme, photo-shopping Gaga with dishwashing photos.

Gaga switched it up once again when she performed a medley of songs from the “Sound of Music” to commemorate its 50th anniversary of its release. She came onstage with a simple white ball gown that looked very airy and ethereal. Her only accessory was her heart-shaped engagement ring, which was given to her by her fiancé actor Taylor Kinney.

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