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Fashion Week can be invigorating, but the spectacular combination of couture and cinema makes the Academy Awards one of my favorite times in the year to fawn over fashion. With my TV on, laptop charged and cell phone at the ready, I spent last night practicing my ability to multitask and adoring the shimmering, flowing and vibrant gowns of the Oscars.

Unlike the Golden Globes red carpet which left me slightly underwhelmed, the 86th Academy Awards stepped up the game with a variety of trends and gorgeous choices.

Loyalty came in red as Jennifer Lawrence stuck with Christian Dior. The bright red hue, streamlined silhouette and unique peplum looked beautiful on my favorite starlet, who topped off the look perfectly with a Harry Winston statement necklace dangling down her back (similar to last year).

The only thing better than this angle of Jennifer Lawrence is seeing her Christian Dior from behind.

The only thing better than this angle of Jennifer Lawrence is seeing her Christian Dior and statement necklace from behind.

Kate Hudson tied as my favorite look of the night looking Hollywood-glam in Atelier Versace. The E! crew commented on her look asking what’s in her water, and I couldn’t help but agree with them: she absolutely glows.


Kate Hudson was glowing in Atelier Versace with plunging neckline and a twist on a cape.

Hudson was right on trend wearing white. Bridal-inspired hues, from crisp whites to soft pastels, were the popular choice. Sally Hawkins chose a stunning Valentino gown with full sleeves and intricate embroidery, while Portia de Rossi’s cream Naeem Kahn dress featured a pattern of cutouts. Among the standout ladies in neutral were Naomi Watts, Cate Blanchett, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Jessica Biel.


Blue Jasmine actress Sally Hawkins in Valentino.

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Pictures just don’t do justice to the sequined Calvin Klein Collection gown on Naomi Watts.


Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett was on trend in her neutral-toned, yet exquisitely-detailed Armani Prive dress (it was adorned with Swarovski crystals!).


Jessica Biel kept it pretty and simple in a pale Chanel Couture choice.

On the darker side of the spectrum were shades of green, navy and black. Idina Menzel was anything but “wicked” in her forest green Vera Wang. Holding it down in gorgeous navy tones were nominated leading ladies Amy Adams and Sandra Bullock. Julia Roberts made a good choice in her black lace Givenchy Couture, and Charlize Theron looked stunning as usual in a black mermaid Christian Dior.

Once again on the best dressed list, Charlize Theron went from white to black this year, wearing Christian Dior.

Once again on the best dressed list, Charlize Theron went from white to black this year, wearing Christian Dior.


Nominee Amy Adams ditched the plunging neckline of her “American Hustle” character for a streamlined Gucci dress.

Leave it to Emma Watson to arrive in a dress equal parts elegant, fun and youthful. The young actress sparkled in a silver and black Vera Wang. Also shimmering was one of my all time favorite actresses wearing my favorite couture designer: Angelina Jolie wore a sheer, long-sleeve dress from the Elie Saab 2013 Haute Couture collection.


Emma Watson didn’t make many best dressed lists, but I thought her Vera Wang choice was youthful and fun.


Bow down! The gorgeous Jolie-Pitt couple arrived right on time, with Angelina sparkling in Elie Saab Haute Couture.

The darling of the night was Lupita Nyong’o, who wore a goddess-like Prada in duck egg blue (which, after stating it reminds her of her hometown, has been dubbed “Nairobi blue”). Her heartfelt acceptance speech for best actress in a supporting role has become just one more reason to love the young woman whose vivid color choices and impeccable fashion taste has been winning us over this entire awards season.


Lupita Nyong’o took home the double win: her “Nairobi blue” Prada landed her on best dressed lists and her performance in “12 Years A Slave” awarded her the Oscar.

My dreams last night were a swirl of soft colors, graceful draping and detailed embroidery (sounds like my Elie Saab dreams. Hmm…). I loved the majority of red carpet choices and noticed few glaring mistakes. Who made your Oscars 2014 best dressed list?

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