STEP & REPEAT: THE ACADEMY AWARDS

The grand dame of awards shows, the Academy Awards, were held this past Sunday in Los Angeles. Considered fashion’s most buzzed about runway, the ladies of the 2015 carpet proved they belonged in a collection of couture gowns that ran the gamut from sweet to sexy. On a red carpet that has seen it all, these fashionista’s each brought a new twist to a classic look. - Lauren Wilson

The stunning starlet of last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Margot Robbie strutted down the Oscar red carpet in a subtle and chic Saint Laurent gown. Taking her cue from the seductive glamour of the 1970’s disco era and king of Studio 54, Roy Halston. Complete with a deep V-neck and sheer sleeves, this dress by Halston, most certainly informs Margot’s Oscar choice. 

Sporting her second look of the night, Jennifer Lopez, here at the Vanity Fair after party, proves why she is the ultimate diva in this fully embellished nude gown and white fur stole.  J.Lo’s look most definitely calls to mind Richard Avedon’s extravagant portrait of Cher in 1974 whose also rocking the “naked” gown. 

While it’s her husband that usually has the ladies swooning, Jenna Dewan-Tatum turns the spotlight on her in this sophisticated Zuhair Murad Couture gown complete with an intricately jeweled art deco belt. Her pristine glamour recalls Geroge Hoyningen- Huene’s image of the alluring gowns of Vionnet for Harper’s Baazar in 1936. 

Behati Prinsloo, model and wife of nominee Adam Levine,  dazzled in a Giorgio Armani Privé  bustier gown featuring black and red beading.  The statuesque model’s textured gown and color scheme recall Louise- Dahl Wolfe’s photograph of a similar dress in 1955. 

English beauty and best supporting actress nominee, Keira Knightley donned an ethereal Valentino Couture gown embroidered with flora and fauna, proving you can be chic with a baby bump, especially in couture! Her sweet look is reminiscent of fellow Brit designer Edward Molyneux’s floral confections. Here featured in Vogue’s 1936 issue. 

Emma Stone proved once again why she is fashion’s girl of the moment in this long sleeved custom Elie Saab Couture gown in shocking chartreuse. Her linear elegance harkens back to Cecil Beaton’s portrait of Coco Chanel in 1937. Having been credited with inventing an easy elegance for women in the early 20th century, it’s no wonder that Emma’s no-fuss style is so reminiscent of Coco herself.