Most of the blunders and awkward moments were inside the Dolby Theater at the 89th Oscars ceremony last night. But on the red carpet, elegance and grace (mostly) reigned supreme along with a few surprise hits—and it was a very good evening for Armani Privé. Below are the most Oscar-worthy gowns of 2017.
And the winners are…
Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta, Neil Lane jewelry, and Aquazzura heels
The dramatic ruffles and pointed bodice of Larson’s Oscar de la Renta dress was a true red carpet moment. The dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta’s new creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, who also dressed Larson in their label Monse for the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party when she won for Room last year.
Jessica Biel in Kaufman Franco and a Tiffany & Co. Blue Book necklace
Biel’s dress certainly created a stir, with some saying she looked like the Oscar statue itself. The Kaufman Franco dress and elaborate Tiffany’s necklace were a risk, but it stood out in the sea of mostly safe looks this season.
Kirsten Dunst in Christian Dior Haute Couture and Nikawa jewelry
Dunst’s perfect hourglass figure in this classic Dior gown was perhaps one of the best silhouettes of the evening.
Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti and Nirav Modi jewelry
Va va va voom! Henson slayed the red carpet in this sexy dark navy number that highlighted all of her best assets.
Viola Davis in Armani Privé
It’s hard to imagine a dress more perfect for Davis than this one. What a shame to only be able to wear it once! (We imagine there will be many client orders for this one post-Oscars and just in time for the gala season.) The color was radiant and the design graceful. Brava.
Isabelle Huppert in Armani Privé and Repossi jewelry
The 63-year-old French actress was pure elegance in Armani and her trim figure and fabulous skin rivaled her 20- to 30-something red carpet counterparts.
Ruth Negga in Valentino and Irene Neuwirth for Gemfields jewels
Regal Ruth! Negga looked like a queen in a cherry red gown from Valentino and a ruby adorned crown. The color also happened to highlight Negga’s blue ACLU pin, which was one of the first political statements of the evening.
Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture
Miss Stone never goes wrong, whether she’s onstage or on the red carpet. Her Givenchy Haute Couture gown was pure Hollywood glam with the perfect hair and makeup to match (take notes, Dakota Johnson). Pure Oscar-worthy gold.
Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton and Bulgari jewelry
Vikander, like Stone, is another perennial red carpet winner. This season, her casual top bun perfectly offset her black lace princess dress and ornate jewels.
Emma Roberts in vintage Armani Privé
Oh la la! The barely there lace top on Roberts’ Armani dress was at once sweet and sexy without being provocative. (It was also sending our straight male Oscar co-viewers into a tizzy!)
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton
This erred on the side of too safe, but nevertheless Williams still looked lovely, as always, in Louis Vuitton.
Laura Dern in Rodarte
It’s hard to go wrong on a statuesque figure like Laura Dern’s. The simplicity of her sequined Rodarte column dress and the subtle triangular trio of straps spoke volumes.