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Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Recap

by habituallychic

03 . 03 . 14
I debated a few times on which actress and which color to begin my recap of the fashions at the 2014 Oscars.  You really can’t go wrong with Cate Blanchett and since so many of the ladies were in light colors, this is where I’m beginning.  A few people commented that some of the glittery gowns were reminiscent of ice skating costumes, but they were all gorgeous. Cate’s beautiful waves complimented the details on her Armani dress perfectly as well as those of the Oscar she won for Blue Jasmine. 

Do I dare say though that I thought Sarah Paulson looked even better in nude glittery dress by Elie Saab. I’m also loving her new darker do too. 

Kate Hudson looked like a chic superhero in her caped Versace gown.  The cape came off for the award ceremonies and she looked even better. I want whatever skin care products she’s using now!

Naomi Watts looked lovely in white Calvin Klein. She’s another one who gets lovelier as she ages. 

I never thought I’d have Calista Flockhart on my best dressed list but I loved her white Andrew Gn gown.  The details and fit were perfection and the emeralds were the perfect final touch. 

I’m a little on the fence about Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta but her hair and makeup looked beautiful. 

Jessica Biel also looked beautiful but maybe a little washed out in Chanel. 

Kerry Washington also looked beautiful but a little wrinkled in Jason Wu. 

Also on the fence about Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Vali that veers a little into Roman toga territory. 

Can someone please find out what shampoo and conditioner Jared Leto uses on his luscious locks?! He  gave one of the best speeches of the night and definitely deserved his Oscar win for best supporting actor and crowd award for best hair.  I would have preferred a black bow tie but I’ll let it slide. 

Matthew McConaughey looked dapper as well and his wife Camila Alves looked chic in pink.  Not sure who made her dress but I loved it. I also loved his speech.  I don’t think many people would have ever thought it possible to refer to Matthew as “Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey” but it’s another example to never stop chasing your dreams.  

I’m so over Jennifer Lawrence in Dior but the red was a beautiful color.  A few of the ladies had peplums on their dresses so I guess they are back. You’ve been warned. 

Bette Midler is a legend and I loved her in custom Reem Acra.  A lot of the older ladies knocked it out of the park this year. 

I wish Meryl Streep had worn color but you can never go wrong in Lanvin.  And she’s Meryl Streep so she could wear a garbage bag and still look amazing. 

Glenn Close was also at Cafe Cluny last weekend and just being in the same room as her was awe inspiring.  I loved this black Zac Posen gown she wore to the Oscars. I’m a sucker for long sleeve and wish designers would make more dresses with them! 

I thought singer Karen O looked lovely in Camilla Staerk to attend her first Oscars. 

I almost started with Charlize Theron in black Dior with nude straps.  She’s almost a dead ringer for Madame X by John Singer Sargent.  Hands down one of the best dressed of the night. 

There seemed to be mixed reviews for Julia Roberts in black Givenchy.  I actually loved the dress but not the visible roots showing against her new blonder hair.  I mean who let her out of the house with roots?!

It honestly looked like Olivia Wilde just had a big lunch and wasn’t pregnant in her black Valentino dress.  Some ladies have all the luck.  I wish I had a photo of her with her baby daddy Jason Sudeikis.  They make a very cute couple.

Can’t believe Idina Menzel was the only one in dark green.  I thought her Vera Wang gown was gorgeous and it was the color I kept seeing the most on the fall runways. 

Also need to find out the name of Sandra Bullock’s dermatologist and/or plastic surgeon.  She’s another one who gets better with age and her navy blue Alexander McQueen gown was perfect for the Oscars. 

Amy Adams looked like a tall drink of water in her navy blue Gucci gown but I just wish her hair had been different.  But I will always like her nonetheless. 

If you haven’t watched House of Cards yet, immediately sign up for Netflix and stop what you’re doing to binge watch both seasons! Kevin Spacey is amazing and I love his navy tux.  I don’t think it looked quite so bright blue in real life so no comments on the color. 

I saved the best for last.  Lupita Nyong’o hasn’t made a misstep all awards season and the Oscars were no exception. She said the pale blue color reminded her of her home in Nairobi, Kenya and was designed with Prada.  The gold accessories were a perfect match for the little gold man she took home as well. I really can’t wait to see what the future holds for Lupita. 
I can’t even imagine all the hard work that goes into award season and I send a thank you out to all the designers, stylists, makeup artists, and hair stylists who worked tirelessly to bring us all these beautiful looks for the past month.  It’s been fun.  Hope you all enjoy your much needed vacations! 

Photos from Vogue and Huffington Post. 

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  1. Bake Bellissima March 3, 2014 | 5:24 am

    I missed the red carpet, so thanks for the recap! Love your picks, Cate Blanchet is my fave, she is regal and just keeps getting better.

  2. Sarah Hartmann March 3, 2014 | 8:49 am

    Great summary, thanks! Love the comparison between Charlize and Madame X. I am from South Africa and she is one of our greatest exports!

  3. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse March 3, 2014 | 9:10 am

    Calista Flockhart looked darling in that chic dress with slightly messy hair (just like to say “I’m still me!”), but Amy Adams, wow, it always surprises me how flawless she is!

  4. pve design March 3, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    The best part of watching was that I actually had seen almost all of the movies that won! I always admire the fashions, the speeches and well – winning and taking home an Oscar is incredible. I loved Sydney Poitier. What an inspiration.

  5. La Maison Fou March 3, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    I always look forward to this one, you nailed it girl!


  6. Miss Sophisticate March 3, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    I loved many of the looks, but in terms of the overall best looks (dress, hair, makeup), my faves were Kate Hudson and Charlize. They both made my jaw drop when I saw them. 🙂

  7. Karena Albert March 3, 2014 | 5:18 pm

    Sandra’s Alexander McQueen gown and Kevin’s navy tux are the winners for me.

    The Arts by Karena

  8. kim at northerncalstyle. March 3, 2014 | 5:30 pm

    Heather, Just reading the other recaps, and yours could be mine. We concurred on almost all of these..I’m not sure I was so in love with Charlize’s dress though. I also loved Calista and great you included Glen and Bette who look great as well.


  9. Richie Designs March 3, 2014 | 5:51 pm

    I also want Sandy’s plastic surgeon / dermatologist.

    the perfect amount of “stuff” she looks flawless and not “filled” at all.

  10. ArchitectDesign™ March 3, 2014 | 6:29 pm

    LOVED Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett’s picks. Jennifer Garner is so beautiful but somehow the dress made her look masculine – too boxy perhaps; or too square?
    I wasn’t loving Amy Adam’s look (she’s usually one of my favorites) but she still looked great.

  11. Gilded Singing Sarah March 3, 2014 | 6:39 pm

    LOVE this post! You nailed it!

    Did I miss a Jolie mention? How are we feeling about her ? I just felt like there was an Angelina thing in the room I couldn’t put my finger on and I don’t follow the celebrity thing close enough to know what’s going on.

    Also, random, I wanted to see Liza perform… she has SO much experience and makes everything sound like magic w that delivery. I love her.

    The skin cream is Obaji#3 but you didn’t hear it from me. I don’t work for them but I wish I did b/c I would be a billionaire. Give it 3 weeks, use SPF, and don’t take my advice w/o asking your MD.

  12. EllenV March 4, 2014 | 4:52 am

    Here is the scoop on Jared’s hair: Chase Kusero, Leto’s longtime hairstylist, created his look for the event in a two-day process, which involved sleeping in Vidal Sassoon Creme Wave Pomade and Wave Primer Spray, followed the next day by a touch of Vidal Sassoon Colorfinity Dry Shampoo and flat-ironing fewer than ten pieces to enhance his hair’s natural wave

  13. Janet March 4, 2014 | 9:27 pm


    NY magazine has a Q & A with Leto’s hairstylist.

    I’m impressed he slept in the pomade for two nights; I probably wouldn’t ever go to such lengths.

  14. Amy March 5, 2014 | 6:38 pm

    Oh Amy Adams! She explained to an interviewer on the red carpet that her decision to go with the up-do was a last-minute call due to the pouring rain. I suppose that’s a good call for someone with naturally curly hair. She laughed that it was her impromptu homage to Kim Novak. She is so adorable!

  15. Tonia March 6, 2014 | 12:22 am


    I agree you saved the best for last Lupita. Her hair, makeup and acessories were perfect and her dress was amazing!