For the highly fashionable, the Oscar red carpet is a place not only to show personal style, but to take style risks, and two risks that really paid off for the 2015 Oscar season are the ones made by Lady Gaga and Naomi Watts. In both cases, unique shapes reigned supreme, and both accessories and prints, as well as makeup, made big contributions to their individual looks as well. While both stars looked very different on their walk down the red carpet, there is a thing or two that can be learned by each of their fashion choices.
To start with Lady Gaga, who was at the Oscars to perform a medley of music for the Sound of Music anniversary, and who brought the house down with that stunning performance, we’re pretty used to seeing her take big fashion risks. While some don’t always pan out, there are others that are pure artistic genius, and we feel that this is exactly what we’re working with in her 2015 Oscar’s look. Gaga’s glorious white gown was a custom creation by Azzedine Alaia, a Tunisian designer making his first appearance at the Oscar’s, and what may have stuck out first about the gown was the sleeves. While the cut of the rest of the gown, with the higher neckline, the classic waist, and the ball gown bottom may have looked somewhat typical, the arm openings on either side of the gown are really what drew the eye. Also, the gown was adorned with an intricate glittering pattern that really provided it with movement and that “wow” factor.
To complement the artistically designed sleeve, Gaga paired the gown with red gloves bearing a flared opening from the wrist to the forearm, which is something we’ve never really seen on the red carpet before. To finish out the rest of the look, Gaga wore her hair simply and tied back with a middle part, a dramatic eye, and a classic red lip.
While not quite as dramatic as Lady Gaga’s look, Naomi Watts had her own risk taking success on the Oscar’s red carpet as well. Naomi wore a skin bearing halter dress with a pattern reminiscent of brick, but in silver and black tones, along with a bandeau top underneath; a two pieced look that we don’t often see done on the red carpet, but Naomi proved can be done well. The dress was an Armani Prive creation, and she accessorized it with a gorgeous black Rauwolf clutch.
Naomi’s hair and makeup looks were both kept simple and glamorous, with a wavy blonde lob cut, a dark lip, and fresh faced appearance, and this worked exceptionally well in not making her look seem overdone.
What can we learn from the Oscar’s red carpet when it comes to risk? If Naomi and Gaga are any indication, it’s that risk can sometimes really reap reward!