Oscars 2015 red carpet: White dresses, rain and other trends
Feb 22, 2015 | 5:32 PM
The red carpet for the 87th Academy Awards is over. Rain soaked reporters and celebrities alike as white gowns dominated the sartorial selections among the actresses, several of whom opted to take part in the #AskHerMore campaign instead of talking about their wardrobe choices. Here's a recap.
No shades for Anna Wintour
Vogue editor Anna Wintour is here with her daughter, Bee Shaffer, and not wearing her trademark sunglasses. She's clinging to them, though, a pair of Chanels. The pair were drinking water -- no champs -- when they were introduced to Chiwetel Ejiofor. She wished him good luck as he walked away -- weird, since he's not nominated?
Probably it'll be 'Boyhood' or 'Birdman.' But you know, if 'American Sniper' helps vets to understand PTSD, if 'Selma' illuminates history, it's a win. It's about good movies and doing good things. These movies change lives.
Harvey Weinstein, when asked what he thought would win best picture
Rita Ora arrives
Singer Rita Ora is performing "Grateful," the Oscar-nominated original song from "Beyond the Lights," during the show.
The standout menswear accessory of the red carpet appears to be a crisply folded white pocket square. A sliver of horizontal white fabric can be seen poking just perfectly from the breast pockets of Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall and Terrence Howard.
While the plethora of pocket squares could simply be a style flourish (it does a good job of adding a little -- but not too much -- flair to a standard-issue tux), as the skies over Hollywood opened up and the rain went from a trickle to a downpour, we're guessing more than a few of those pocket squares will end up being deployed for brow-mopping and -- for those truly skilled in the gentlemanly arts -- gently daubing the raindrops from one's date.
So far, the men on the 87th Academy Awards red carpet are all over the map style-wise. Sure, there are a fair number of classic-looking, old-school tuxedo looks -- including Adam Levine in black two-button wool/cashmere tuxedo (extra points for the shawl-collar lapel) and Michael Keaton and Steve Carell (in Brunello Cucinelli), who chose to accessorize their tuxes with crisply folded white pocket squares.
Although we liked Common's uncommon choice of pairing a white bow tie and white shirt with a black Prada tuxedo jacket (which appeared to be black velvet), Kevin Hart's outfit, which was essentially a photo-negative of Common's with a black tie, black dress shirt and white jacket, was a sartorial misstep thanks to black contrast lapels that added some horizontal width that didn't work with the actor's stature.
And we're not sure exactly what was going on with Will.i.am's outfit, which included a bold shirt with vertical black-and-white stripes and a hat that was somewhere between a railroad conductor's hat and a kepi.
Laughing: "Sorry you had a bucket of water dumped on your head!"
On tonight's race: "You know, I'm having fun," the lead actor nominee, for "Birdman," said. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't look at the other awards," he added, noting Eddie Redmayne's recent Screen Actors Guild Award win in the same category. "But the interesting thing is, it's like a political campaign and you can see how things shift. It's fun."
"Sorry about that," he added as he was pulled off, referring to the wet-haired reporter and the now giant tear in the tent.
As the rain went from a slight drizzle to a torrential downpour, parts of the plastic tent began to leak, soaking the red carpet. Guests who'd been waiting in line to have their photo snapped at the spot where stars pose bypassed the queue to rush closer to the Dolby. There, in the hallway where stores like Louis Vuitton and MAC had been covered with red curtains, ticketholders opted to pose with human-size gold Oscars. Anyone who got too frisky -- touching the statue's toned derriere, say -- was swiftly reprimanded by security.