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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Oscars 2014 Best Dressed, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o Gowns

Some truly striking gowns hit the red carpet at the Academy
Awards Sunday night — in fact, we’d be hard-pressed to pick one loser
among a sea of really stunning dresses.
But of course, the most fun part of the night is choosing our
favorites, so below, check out the six that we (and Style Council member
Louise Roe) were drooling over last night, keeping in mind that some of
us had to battle to earn the rights to our pick. Then tell us in the comments who won your Best Dressed of the night (or even better, make your own list and share it with your friends on Facebook!)

Kate Hudson Oscars 2014
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Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: There was a big fight over who would get Kate Hudson
as their best dressed pick, but since I sent the email out to the Style
team to get the ball rolling on this post, I was able to claim her
first! (Sorry, not sorry.) First of all, the actress’s custom Atelier Versace gown featured a bolero , and in my book if you can pull off any sort of cape, you have some serious style cojones and should be praised. Plus, the gorgeous plunging beaded off-white design fit Hudson’s body perfectly, and her side-swept waves just found themselves a spot on my wedding hairstyles Pinterest board.

Lupita Nyong'o Oscars 2014
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Zoë Ruderman, Deputy Style and Beauty Director: Before the red carpet even started, I had a feeling my vote for Best Dressed would go to a plunging look. The thing is, I assumed that would mean Amy Adams, reigning queen of the cut-down-to-there gown.
But she showed up in a surprisingly demure dress (and then Brittany
claimed Kate Hudson before I could) so I’m going with Lupita.
As a fellow member of the small-breast club, I love that she went with a
deep-V Prada design despite the lack of Kardashian-esque cleavage.
It felt classy, chic and just plain gorgeous. The “Nairobi blue” shade
and Fred Leighton diamond headband only made me love the getup more.

Keep up with your favorite celebs in the pages of PEOPLE Magazine .
Cate Blanchett Oscars 2014
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Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: I knew Cate
Blanchett would be wearing something magical, but I was lucky enough to
be in the Kodak Theater when the lights went out and Blanchett’s
stunning gown lit up the room like a disco ball. It looked like it had been made to highlight her perfectly from head to toe, but in fact, she shared that she had only chosen it 10 minutes before hitting the red carpet .
You know you’re truly famous when you have three equally intricate
gowns in your closet and picking something so sublime is just a matter
of playing eenie-meenie-miney-moe.

I’ve been covering Oscars style for six years now, but this was my first year getting to see the gowns in person. And what really struck me was how much gets lost in translation on a computer screen. Looking at this photo now, it seems a little dishwater-y and washed out.
But to watch it move, catching the light with every swish, was truly
ethereal and breathtaking — and exactly what fashion is supposed to be
about. It was a shimmering golden gown for her golden moment.

Jessica Biel Oscars 2014
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Bronwyn Barnes, Senior Style Editor: My top moment: Seeing Jessica Biel all aglow in a strapless dress from Chanel’s Spring 2014 Haute Couture collection.
The iridescent pastel shades of sequin embroidery created a shimmering
effect that actually had me wondering if she was hiding a string of
twinkly Christmas lights under there.
And while I’m usually not a fan of the piled-on diamond jewelry look,
the combination of the bracelets, cloister necklace and a matching
aquamarine ring and earrings — all from the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Collection — was, pardon the pun, just brilliant.
Then, when Jessica turned around to throw a few over-the-shoulder
poses, I caught a glimpse of the column from the reverse view and
realized it was even better from the back. A long row of buttons accentuated the perfect C-curve of the actress’s famous booty. When she decided it was time to move on down the red carpet, I hated to see her go, but I loved to watch her leave

Jared Leto Oscars 2014
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Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I told Brittany she could have Kate Hudson on one condition: I could choose Jared Leto.
The same boy who made me swoon with his flannel and leather choker is
now a designer tux-wearing Oscar winner who also happens to have the
best (natural?)
hair color in Hollywood. He clearly loves getting decked out for red
carpet events, having recently sported a Saint Laurent gold blazer with a
hot pink pocket square and Dior Homme suit with a white bow tie. For the Oscars, he brought his fashion A-game, choosing a cool white jacket and burgundy bow tie (both Saint Laurent). I could practically hear Angela Chase weeping in a high school bathroom somewhere.

Camila Alves Oscars 2014
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Louise Roe, Celeb Style Council member and TV host: So as a fashion expert, I confidently predicted the Oscars red carpet would be awash with pink. Such a huge trend at fashion week … but oops, how wrong I was. Nobody rocked the soft, girly hue except Jada Pinkett, and Matthew McConaughey ‘s beautiful wife.
Camila Alves earns my best dressed award for her stunningly elegant
Gabriela Cadena gown, which her tall, statuesque body posed in like a
true Hollywood icon. The fabric had a slight sheen to it (and normally the thought of shiny pink would make me go eww — but not tonight). And the silhouette was daring: a half cape that called to mind Gwyneth Paltrow ‘s Academy Awards white Tom Ford winner a couple of years back, and a long, slight-mermaid shape to the dress … it was just a dream. With her loose brunette waves and gleaming tan skin, Camilla nailed that balance between fairytale and avant-garde.

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