The finishing touches are on my Oscar dress and its emergency backup (Thank You Photoshop!). I’m all prepared. Hopefully the award hopefuls are, too. And welcome to my very first Independent Spirit Awards carpet report! It’s a blue carpet rather than a red one, so forgive me if I lapse because this is only the second blue carpet event I’ve ever covered. If I call it red, well, you know what I mean.
Category: Most Improved
Marisa Tomei in Stella McCartney
Emilia Clarke in Michael Kors
Category: The Blue Ribbon
Jessica Chastain in Elie Saab
This sapphire-blue stunner is absolutely gorgeous– no danger of blending into he carpet here! The necklace is eye-catching as well.
Category: Most Intricate
Brie Larson in Chanel
The beading on this halter dress is crazy ornate. Also I’m not sure if those are waist cutouts or the dress is actually a two-piece. Loving it– Brie is on her A-game yet again.
Category: The Effortless Award
Lauren Cohan in Alice+Olivia
Category: Most Brilliant
Jessica Biel in Roland Mouret
Category: Not-So-Basic Black
Rooney Mara in Hugo Boss
Category: Most Dramatic
Nikki Reed in Etro
The crazy print works here, and its juxtaposition with the dark hunter green main color is such a standout. Add pleats and a split-front bodice and you’ve got visual interest for days!
Category: A Short Story
Frieda Pinto in Bibhu Mohapatra
This little dress is so cute! A periwinkle skirt color-blocked with a black bodice and pastel iris-print halter, paired with the awesomest black-and-yellow pumps. This is one of those dresses I could literally wear anywhere and I love it!
Category: Worst Dressed
Dree Hemingway in Chloe
There’s looking like you just stepped off the beach, and looking like you just stepped off your four-wheeler at the beach. This failed attempt at Boho just hangs there, with its warring pastels creeping through shirred trenches and explosions of hideous tassels. Ratty trainers complete the mess, and the poor cute Leiber clutch just looks out of place.
Category: Best Dressed
Rachel McAdams in Solace London
Yes! This is pure win. It’s a literal tangerine dream. From the vivid vermilion bodice to the coral-colored belt, to the peaches-and-cream skirt, she looks like a beautiful tiger lily unfolding into the sunshine. Love love love it!
Special Category: The Fluffy Award
Cate Blanchett in Gucci
Gucci has some super-cute cartoony designs this year, and I love this one with its peacocks, koi fish, and bright flowers. This award is for the look that most closely hews to my own personal aesthetic, or which I’d have chosen for myself. I’m not a beige person at all, but here the beige is more of a naked backdrop for the colorful artwork. Cate wins again!
See you guys tomorrow for my Oscar roundup! Excited yet? I sure am…