Best & Worst Dressed: Oscars 2016

While we know most people watched the Oscars for Leo’s shining moment, we’re just as thrilled by the dresses that made our hearts flutter this year. Alicia Vikander’s princess moment, Jennifer Lawrence’s sultry lace comeback, and newcomer Daisy Ridley’s most stunning look yet. But who received the honor of Best Dressed at the 2016 Oscars? Vote for your favorite below.

THE BEST:

10. Rachel McAdams

Nothing makes an entrance quite like a super long train. The best supporting actress nominee donned an emerald silk number by August Getty Atelier and we were all about it. That matching eye shadow, slicked-back pony, and halter neck combo is hitting all the right notes.

9. Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner looked ravishing in a strong and dramatic one-shoulder Versace gown that featured sparkling black beading on the bodice and a ruffled detail on the skirt. Topped off by the perfect finishing touches — diamond jewelry and platform sandals.

8. Charlotte Rampling

We wish we looked this good right now, nevermind at age 70! Best actress nominee Charlotte Rampling masters Parisian chic in this long-sleeve, sparkling Armani dress featuring an eye-popping pattern and dual chest pockets. The low-key styling of naturally wavy hair and low, closed-toe heels is beautifully classic. Talk about growing old gracefully.

7. Alicia Vikander

If anyone had a princess moment on the red carpet this evening, it was Alicia Vikander who channeled Belle from Beauty and the Beast in this pale yellow Louis Vuitton gown. The bubble skirt and silver embellishments were an unexpected star match, and her half-up baby bun looked just chic and simple enough to work.

6. Brie Larson

The best actress winner’s bright blue Gucci dress stood out on the red carpet and on stage during her shining moment. We love how the sheer paneling sits over the neckline, how the ruffles fall all the way down the skirt, and how the silver belt creates such a drastic contrast. And although it may look like a pin in her hair, the adornment is actually fabric that was secured in place by twisting her hair into the shape you see here. Details do matter!

5. Daisy Ridley

Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley stunned in the most perfect ankle-length Chanel Couture dress ever. The delicately detailed sheath dress with a dropped waist transported fashion fans to galaxies far, far away. Not to mention, her twisted bun hairstyle could have lived in Star Wars just as easily as it fit in on the red carpet.

4. Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara’s white lace Givenchy dress solidified her as a futuristic trend-setter. The intricate detailing and diamond cut-out (in Troll-jewel fashion) are show stoppers. Dramatic, precisely applied makeup and a cool-girl knotted hairstyle (that harkens back to Star Wars as well!) are the exact right finishing touches.

3. Jennifer Lawrence

The Joy actress smoldered in a sheer-underlay black lace gown by Dior Haute Couture that featured a V-neckline and boned detailing. The peekaboo ruffled lace tiered skirt is a seriously sexy move. Overall, a refreshing pick for J. Law.

2. Olivia Wilde

Two words: statement choker. The always-cool Olivia Wilde wears a white Valentino Haute Couture dress featuring a strategically placed plunging neckline and gorgeous pleated silk. The detail on the back is only added wow factor, along with master styling in the form of a slightly-undone Dutch braid.

1. Cate Blanchett

There’s never been a clearer front runner for best dressed. The best actress nominee wears this beautifully colored, embroidered Armani gown like a true fashion star. The seafoam green number features 3-D flowers that feather across her body in such an innovative way that we can’t stop staring. People are going to be talking about it all year, trust us.

 

THE WORST:

5. Lady Gaga

Brandon Maxwell created this pantsuit masquerading as a strapless ball gown. While the concept is fun and it’s a glam step in the right direction for Lady Gaga (who brought the house down with her performance later in the evening), we’re just a little too underwhelmed by the whole look.

4. Kate Winslet

Is there such a thing as too much shine at the Oscars? We didn’t think so until now. The Ralph Lauren dress drew comparisons to an oily trash bag and didn’t do much for the Oscar icon’s figure. We’re excited to see Kate Winslet step outside her comfort zone, but it’s the details like too-simple styling that fell flat.

3. Kerry Washington

Is she a gladiator or a dominatrix? This black and white leather bodice gown by Atelier Versace looks a little too Fifty Shades of Grey for the Oscars red carpet. Plus, that tape around her waist resembles pen marks you’d receive before undergoing plastic surgery. Not flattering.

2. Jennifer Jason Leigh

The Hateful Eight star looks a little washed-out in this dusty blush Marchesa gown. The ruffle detailing and floral appliqués are boring. All we can think is this is a whole lot of blasé.

1. Heidi Klum

There are so many fashion faux pas with this Marchesa gown that we don’t know where to start. Heidi Klum is drowning in lavender ombre chiffon, some of it in the form of huge gaudy flowers. There’s an awkward cleavage cut-out and a single long sleeve. If this were Project Runway, we think Tim Gunn would suggest starting over.

Vote for your favorite below, or if you thought someone else stood out, let us know in the comments!

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