The Oscars 2015: Looks 11-15

I’m working from this slideshow:

11. Nicole Kidman (Louis Vuitton)
SO many sequins. The color is a little too yellow, and I would rather it had been a shade darker and more champagne-y to better suit her complexion, and I think the red band would go better. The straight across strapless neckline wouldn’t have been my first choice, but paired with the irregular hemline, there’s a bit of a visual disconnect. I really like the slit up the side, her shoes and OF COURSE the clutch- but I just don’t think this dress quite works, especially for Nicole. NAY.

12. Gwyneth Paltrow (Ralph & Russo Couture)
I really REALLY love this dress. The light pink makes Gwyneth positively GLOW, and her already gorgeous figure is nothing short of flattered by this silhouette. The rose detail obviously wouldn’t quite work in everyday life, but for the red carpet, it’s perfection. YAY!

13. Reese Witherspoon (dress by Tom Ford, jewelry from the Tiffany Blue Book Collection)
This dress is stunning, and Reese pulls off the striking black and white combination very well. The black band at the top sinks down enough around the shoulders that it doesn’t make her shoulders look too wide, and the band around the waist accentuates and emphasizes that it’s the smallest part of the torso. The flair of the mermaid silhouette nicely balances out the off-the-shoulder neckline, and the simplicity of the fabric keeps it from being overwhelming. Definitely a YAY from me.

14. Sophie Hunter (Lanvin) and Benedict Cumberbatch
Even beyond the fact that these two are the cutest couple ever, they looked wonderful on the red carpet. As I’ve said before, I’m hopeless when it comes to men’s fashion, and I can only know whether I like how it looks or not- in Benedict’s case, it’s a yes.
As for Sophie, the red and gold is stunning. The asymmetrical shift silhouette has the slit up the side and some detailing to keep it from being too simple, and it allows for the otherwise overwhelming accessorizing with the strappy heels, the drop earrings, the cuff bracelet, and the clutch. Perfectly put together, perfectly pulled off. YAY!

15. Viola Davis (dress by Zac Posen, jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels)
This color is perfect for Viola’s complexion, and the champagne gold accessories accent the dress perfectly, especially pairing the bib necklace with off-the-shoulder (Fashion 101). The silhouette is beautiful (like before, the width of the hemline balances out the off-the-shoulder neckline) and while I wish there was a belt or pin or something defining/accenting the waist, it’s a YAY from me.

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