Sunday night’s 86th Annual Academy Awards telecast was a glittering finale to a season-long spectacle of awards shows that featured powerhouse jewels and couture gowns by some of the biggest names in fashion. For jewelry lovers and fashionistas the world over, the Oscars Red Carpet did not disappoint. Trends that have been building all season long were solidified in the fashion firmament – principally a move toward pastels, and nude or neutral colors – all set off by fabulous statement diamonds.
For those of us watching the pre-show coverage on E! News, the tone of the evening was set early in the day by co-host Giuliana Rancic. She wore a ballet-style ball gown with a cream-colored embellished bodice and voluminous beige tulle skirt. It was highlighted by a marquise-shaped diamond ring by Forevermark that dazzled horizontally as she grasped the microphone.
Also in the pastel camp was It-Girl Lupita Nyong’o, winner in the Best Supporting Actress category, who switched from her usual bold color palette to an ethereal blue silk georgette gown custom made by Prada. “Lupiterella,” as the fashion press dubbed her, topped off her look with an 18K gold and diamond-dusted headband by Fred Leighton – the surprise accessory of the night.
Pretty in pink was Camila Alves, wife of Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey. She walked the Red Carpet (and owned the front row) in a pale pink gown by Gabriela Cadena that featured a dramatic drape on one shoulder. Her gold and diamond earrings were by Lorraine Schwartz.
Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett was stunning in an Armani Privé nude gown with a floral appliqué overlay. Her dazzling drop earrings by Chopard featured opals set in white gold with diamonds. Fellow Aussie Naomi Watts chose a long white embellished T-shirt style dress from Calvin Klein Collection, and added a little edge with a spectacular spider-web diamond statement necklace by Bulgari.
Charlize Theron, channeling John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Madam X, nearly upstaged all the pastels and neutrals in a black Dior fishtail gown with the biggest diamond of the night – a Harry Winston pendant necklace worth $15 million! And fellow presenter Jennifer Lawrence, in a red peplum-style sheath also by Dior, continued her backwards necklace statement for the second year. On loan from Neil Lane, the necklace featured crystals and 100 carats of diamonds ($2 million).
What a night!