The Best Dresses And Trends From The Oscar 2018 Red Carpet

NJ Goldston, The Brunette

Last night the 90th annual Academy Awards took place and many stars came dressed to impress. Themes on the Red Carpet included whites, bold colors, metallics, and embellishment with many of these stars (actually their stylists) following the trends we saw during the month long SS18 fashion marathon. Nicole Kidman, never disappoints, and brought us her one of her best look in years, wearing blue Armani Prive with a dramatic bow at the waist (giving us a bit of a throwback to her red Balenciaga bow dress from the 2007 Oscars) while Margot Robbie gets a nod as one of our best dressed as she stunned in custom Chanel Haute Couture. Gal Gadot and Jennifer Lawrence were complete knockouts in silver themed dresses while Lupita Nyong’o and Sandra Bullock both channeled the gold metallic (perhaps lamé) and black theme we are seeing for Spring 18. Read on to see what I wore as I went with one of the key carpet themes of the night.


Other themes included beautiful shoulder reveals and plunging necklines with bold colors front and center. Actress, musician and red carpet fixture Zendaya wore a stunning cold-shouldered halter gown by Giambattista Valli while Jennifer Garner made many a best dressed list in an electric blue Atelier Versace. While a stunning group of actresses (and I know that not that’s not the politically correct word)  showed that with the right color and silhouette the simplest of gowns is worthy of the red carpet. Don’t forget, most of these ladies strike a deal with the jewelry houses (and designers) and do get paid considerable sums to wear what they do. The little known secret is that many of the houses do not not want to dress “older” actresses even if they are “A” list.

Colors were plentiful on the red carpet with actress Jennifer Garner making her return to the Oscars red carpet in royal blue Atelier Versace and Academy Award winner Viola Davis looked radiant in a hot pink Michael Kors number perfectly accented by a pair of diamond hoops. Best director nominee Greta Gerwig gave a nod to the 1920’s in a sunshine yellow embellished Rodarte creation while Helen Mirren and Alison Janey showed us how a silhouette should be worn and that bold jewels are the perfect accessory. I’m not revealing names.

It has to be done just right or it looks bridal but every one of these great ladies pulled off wearing a white gown. Fit, accessories and detailing make it work.

Neutrals and soft pastels were also trending on the Red Carpet and expect lilac or baby lavender to give millennial pink a run for the money in the coming months.

There were even some standout dramatic looks with Ms. Henson in a drop dead custom Vera Wang gown and Emma Stone doing a new take on the pants look that stunned at the Golden Globes a year ago.

Kudos. Hollywood legend and EGOT Rita Moreno turned heads wearing the same dress she wore to the 1962 Academy Awards, the same evening she won her Oscar for West Side Story. She won praise from fashion and film devotees everywhere for this sentimental move.


Finally, while I was not at the Oscars, I did attend the fabulous Entertainment Studios Oscar viewing party. It included Jaime Foxx and Katy Perry performing. Incredible is an understatement. I walked the Red Carpet in a Louis Vuitton from the Kyoto Resort  2018 show; and, my heavily embellished metallic gold and black gown was right on point. I had a major assist from de Grisogono who dressed me in some of their spectacular jewelry me for the night. Like Cinderella, it all disappears after midnight but I enjoyed every moment.


NJ Goldston with a major assist from Nolan Meader

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