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.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia