Oscars 2017 Style Trends Metallic, Little Black Dress & Sustainable Fashions

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The 2017 Academy Awards red carpet fashions displayed a return to classic styles.  Metallic fabrics like gold lame and silver tones were in heavy rotation.

Oscars Metallic Dresses on the Red Carpet.

Oscars Metallic Dresses on the Red Carpet.

Best Actress winner Emma Stone wore a Givenchy gold-metallic spaghetti strap, sleeveless dress with 1920’s style fringe on the bottom.  Actress Oliva Cupo also channeled the 1920’s in a Marchessa silver gown with fringe and beading.   Charlize Theron wore a gold lame Dior gown with a full skirt.

Karlie Kloss wore Stella McCartney'Oscars

Model Karlie Kloss wore Stella McCartney’s Mirabella cape-effect stretch-cady gown

Karlie Kloss wore a ivory Stella McCartney’s  Mirabella cape-effect stretch-cady gown which retails on Net-a-Porter for 3, 780 USD.  Karlie accessorized the dress with the blue ribbon to support the ACLU and Civil Liberties.

The under $4,000 price tag on the one shoulder dress with a cape is actually a bargain given the prices for Oscar gowns.

Taraji P Henson ,Alberta Ferretti gown

Taraji P Henson in a vintage velvet Alberta Ferretti gown.

 Hidden Figures star Taraji P Henson looked gorgeous  in a vintage styled Alberta Ferretti velvet gown.  The dress looked purple but also black depending on how the light on the red carpet hit it.  Her Hidden Figures co-star  Kirsten Dunst wore a very 1950’s vintage inspired strapless Dior black dress with an uneven hem higher in the front than the back.

Kirsten Dunst in Dior at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Kirsten Dunst in Dior at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Sustainable Fashions at the Oscars

Emma Robert Armani Dress Oscars 2017

Emma Robert in a Vintage Giorgio Armani Gown & Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry.

Actress Emma Roberts wore a in Vintage Giorgio Armani Gown and Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry as a part of Red Carpet Green Dress Initiative. The pre-loved Armani gown was from 2005.  Wearing an older gown an making it new again is an important form of sustainability.

The spaghetti strap couture dress, which originally debuted in Paris in January 2005, is embroidered with cream crystals and waves of small white jet beads featured in a two-tiered skirt. The dramatic plunging bodice is made of jet and black crystal teardrops and is completed with a black satin cummerbund at the waist.   This dress definitely deserves to be worn over and over again.  On the red carpet, Ms. Roberts recalled how her Aunt Julia had worn a vintage Valentino black and white dress when she won her best picture actress.

Priyanka Bose wore a custom-made eco-conscious Vivienne Westwood Couture gown

Priyanka Bose wore a custom-made eco-conscious Vivienne Westwood Couture gown.

The other eco-friendly fashion statement on the red carpet was made by “Lion” actress Priyanka Bose. Ms. Bose wore a custom-made eco-conscious Vivienne Westwood Couture gown with Atelier Swarovski Jewelry. The custom designed gown, was created in a jewel toned silk and lurex floral jacquard fabric, recycled from a past Vivienne Westwood collection. The pattern cutting technique has been designed to keep waste to an absolute minimum, using only 320 cms for the design. Leftover sequin film, usually left as waste from sequin production, is embroidered to the bodice of the dress creating a honeycomb effect, highlighted with reclaimed Swarovski crystals for added sparkle.

What did you think of the Oscars gowns this year readers? I thought the fashions were some of the best we have seen.



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