Rather than giving in to the pressure of dumping their designer dresses when war broke out a few days before, red carpet habitués instead dumped their megawatt diamonds, scaling back on necklaces and rings, and then scaling back on big hair in favor of sleek chignons. Still, they managed to make Oscar’s 75th birthday colorful, as almost every actress opted for a strong striking color all her own, with shapes staying mostly close to the body — but not too close.
Instead of the usual sea of black — or last year’s sea of nude pinks — J. Lo opted for mint green, Julianne Moore for bottle green, Jennifer Garner for sky blue, Marcia Gay Harden for turquoise, Renée Zellweger for crimson, Hilary Swank for ombréd pink, and Queen Latifah in beaded blue. The dress hues were so strong that they begged for bare necks, and the understated up-dos that emulated old movie stars’ style begged for those long dangly chandelier earrings Nicole Kidman has made so popular.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kidman and Julia Roberts went stark black — and these ladies almost always do — whereas gold made a reappearance as Oscar’s most classic and popular shade. From Diane Lane’s feathery Oscar de la Renta — a convergence of the top of one gown and the bottom of another design — to Kate Hudson’s sparkly Versace to Halle Berry’s shimmery sand-shaded Elie Saab, gold was almost a safer choice than black.
Trends: a strong lip, the up-do with back-of-the-head detail, the chandelier earring.
Biggest fashion winners of the night: Versace, who dressed Hudson, Garner,Heather Graham, Anjelica Huston and Zeta-Jones; Tom Ford, who’s YSL ruffled gown was Julianne Moore’s best look ever; and Paper Bag Princess — Elizabeth Mason’s L.A. vintage shop whose profile was always lower than Lily et Cie and Decades — until Roberts wore her vintage Jean Jourban Paris dress to the Oscars.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty