The best and worst of Oscar fashion

In an awards season where stars (or their stylists) have played the fashion very safe, the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday brought a touch of excitement to the red carpet. Best actress nominee for “Brooklyn” Saoirse Ronan went emerald green for her native Ireland in a sequined custom Calvin Klein dress, with mismatched pearl and emerald drop earrings, and best supporting actress nominee Rachel McAdams also chose the hue in her train-for-days gown by August Getty Atelier. The Force Awakens in an intergalactic silver V-shaped gown by Chanel Haute Couture and Kerry Washington’s slightly storm-trooperish black-and-white statement by Atelier Versace was a high-contrast departure for the actress who usually favors bold colors. Best supporting actress nominee for “Carol” Rooney Mara in Givenchy, best actress for ‘Joy nominee Jennifer Lawrence in Dior and actress Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad all favored intricate lace and lace-embellishment effects that revealed without exposing. Best supporting actress for “The Danish Girl” winner Alicia Vikander was a social media favorite in a strapless yellow Louis Vuitton gown whose full skirt (with a slight rise in the front) brought comparisons to the heroine in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” With a few exceptions, the men hit the right marks, especially the velvet clad Superman Henry Cavill and best actor nominee for ‘The Danish Girl Eddie Redmayne (in Alexander McQueen), white-tied Ryan Gosling and the evening’s host, Chris Rock, in a white tuxedo jacket a squared shawl collar. On the subject of the evening’s fashion, Rock squeezed in a joke about The Representation Project’s #askhermore campaign, a project started by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, that encourages red carpet hosts to “ask her more” than about what she’s wearing. Best actress nominee Brie Larson’s flowing blue Gucci gown with sparkling accented waist and scalloped skirt was a cobalt dream. Best supporting actress nominee Rooney Mara in a white lace Givenchy proved that a high center-slit and mid section cutout can be elegant on the right woman. In the battle for the best David Bowie tribute, best costume design for “Carol” nominee Sandy Powell in her green evening pant suit and scarlet hairdo was a much chicer Ziggy Stardust homage than a certain pop star at the Grammys. Jared Leto‘s Gucci tuxedo with pink piped lapels and red flower at his throat reminded us why we love to see what the always avant garde actor is wearing, whether in street style photos or on the red carpet. What was he thinking? ABC red carpet host Michael Strahan‘s vivid blue three piece tuxedo made him look like he was auditioning for a road company production of The Wedding Singer:

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