From sequins to Swarovski embellishments to crystal-embroidered belts, 2016 Oscar fashions are all about upping the bling factor.
Best supporting actress nominee Alicia Vikander looked like the belle of the ball (and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”) when she graced the carpet in a strapless ballooning Louis Vuitton dress in a pale yellow shade. “I love the color,” the fashion “it girl,” who is the face of Louis Vuitton, noted on the carpet. “It’s a dusty yellow — spiced it up a bit.”
After Calvin Klein dressed Lupita Nyong’o last year in an intricate construction of 6,000 white pearls, the house designed “Brooklyn” star Saoirse Ronan’s sequined fitted dress with low V-neck. “It’s an Emerald green,” said Ronan — a most fitting choice for the Irish actress and film.
Lead actress frontrunner Brie Larson added something extra to her custom Gucci blue silk organza gown with cascading ruffle skirt: a navy velvet black crystal and pearl embroidered belt, with a deep violet silk and jeweled flower. Operating under a brand-new creative director, the new vision of Gucci also was showcased on this year’s Oscar carpet by Jared Leto, Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling.
Naomi Watts similarly brought some shimmer, in an Armani Privé sapphire blue and vibrant purple strapless gown, embroidered with stripes of Swarovski crystals, sequins and lurex thread — which the house said created “a modernistic chevron pattern.” (Liev Schreiber was supposedly the one who made the final dress call for Watts this morning.)
Armani also dressed nominee and presenter Cate Blanchett in a look featuring Swarovski: a seafoam green cap-sleeve mermaid gown with hand-sewn clusters of Swarovski crystals and white feathers.
Sofia Vergara stunned in navy blue Marchesa with some embellished glitz, which Jennifer Garner’s dramatic Old Hollywood-esque gown also possessed. Margot Robbie sizzled in a gold snake-like fabric.
Olivia Wilde added some bling to her white ribbed Grecian-style ensemble with a Neil Lane Edwardian, pearl, diamond and platinum choker. And Chanel, which dressed best actress winner Julianne Moore last year, Jessica Biel in 2014 and no one in the two years prior, put “Star Wars” star Daisy Ridley in a standout sparkly silver creation.
As for the men, Leonardo DiCaprio added some dazzle to his Armani look with 18k white gold circle surface cuff links with white diamonds by Established Jewelry. Velvet was a popular choice for stars like Henry Cavill, in dunhill, and Eddie Redmayne, who accessorized with an OMEGA Globemaster watch. “My tux was made by Alexander McQueen,” said the ever-fashionable Redmayne, who most unusually doesn’t work with a stylist. “It’s amazing and very hot!”