It’s a night meant for major fashion moments, and boy did the 87th Annual Academy Awards
deliver. Held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Feb. 22, the event’s red carpet was lined mainly with white, red and blush tones and exquisitely embellished gowns, while the dark, vampy pout, low ponytail and super-sleek hair knot shaped at the nape of the neck emerged as beauty trends. There were also several sophisticated noir numbers plucked straight from the runways, signaling a return to fashion houses with new names at the helm.
But the night truly belonged to the custom confection, perfectly tailored and with utterly complicated fabrication. Remarkable was the pearl-covered gown created for Lupita Nyong’o by Calvin Klein Collection’s Francisco Costa, who said of the design: “The most important aspect of a red-carpet gown is that it stays true to the woman’s spirit and complements her natural essence and personality.” Also a complement are those dazzling jewels, and this time we saw a breathtaking array of statement pieces—particularly necklaces—that were just chock-full of diamonds, colored stones, and yes—pearls!
Here are several of the occasion’s most outstanding fashion and jewelry statements:
Julianne Moore, winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Still Alice
, wrapped up her award-season sweep wearing the crown jewel of her red-carpet regalia: a custom Chanel gown, crafted by Karl Lagerfeld himself, which featured 80,000 hand-painted white-resin sequins, as well as flowers made of organza, tulle and sequins, according to the fashion house. Reportedly, it took 27 workers 987 hours to create the work of art. Pieces from Chopard
’s High Jewelry Collection
offered additional embellishment, including earrings featuring swirls of pear-shaped diamonds totaling 14.38 carats, a ring featuring a 10.06-carat square step-cut diamond surrounded by diamonds totaling 1.17 carats and a ring featuring a 4.22-carat marquise-shaped diamond surrounded by diamonds totaling 1.36 carats, all set in white gold.
Fellow Best Actress nominee Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night
) also chose pieces from Chopard
’s High Jewelry Collection
, softening Dior Haute Couture’s athletically influenced take on white eyelet with white gold and diamond hoop-style earrings totaling 13.41 carats and a ring featuring a 6.23-carat yellow diamond highlighted by colorless diamonds totaling 0.93 carat set in platinum and yellow gold.
Carmen Ejogo (Selma
) favored Chopard
’s High Jewelry Collection
as well, pairing an exquisite fringe-style diamond choker with a white mesh gown hand-embroidered with silver sequins by Houghton. The necklace features cushion-shaped diamonds totaling 68.89 carats, pear-shaped diamonds totaling 22.29 carats and accent diamonds totaling 5.31 carats set in white gold and titanium.
Lupita Nyong’o, meanwhile, made the most dramatic all-white statement, wearing several Chopard
jewels to emphasize the series of textures on her Calvin Klein Collection gown, created with intricate placements of differently sized natural white pearls against metallic tulle and silk lamé. These included drop earrings from the Solitaire Collection
featuring pear-shaped diamonds totaling 18 carats and rose-cut diamonds totaling 2.32 carats, a ring from the Copacabana Collection
featuring briolette diamonds totaling 14.65 carats, a ring from the High Jewelry Collection
featuring a round-shaped diamond totaling 5.80 carats and a ring from the High Jewelry Collection
featuring a cushion-shaped diamond totaling 3.57 carats and pavé-set diamonds totaling 0.55 carat, all set in white gold.
Pearls were also the highlight of the ensemble worn by Best Actress nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything
), who blossomed in a custom dove gray gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen featuring three-dimensional flowers dotted with pearls. Van Cleef & Arpels
’ Dans Les Étoiles
earrings with yellow diamonds, colorless diamonds and pearls and a platinum and diamond Snowflake
bracelet added the perfect touch of elegance.
Following suit was Jennifer Lopez in a voluminous Elie Saab gown in beige partially embroidered with pearls, stones and sequins fading to the skirt, which she accessorized with $2.5 million worth of Neil Lane
platinum and diamond jewelry, including drop earrings totaling 20 carats, a solitaire ring, a heart-shaped ring and a fancy brown diamond ring.
Also in pearls was Viola Davis, who showcased another of the many statement necklaces worn at the event, hers the yellow gold, diamond and pearl fringe-style Valadon
necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels
. She also wore the designer’s Puces
diamond studs and yellow gold and diamond Perlée
Van Cleef & Arpels
also made a showing on Margot Robbie in the most celebrated statement piece of the night: the stunning Zip Antique Colombine
necklace featuring a yellow gold functional zipper
outlined in hundreds of blue sapphires and diamonds with a blue sapphire and diamond tassel “pull tab.” The design, which reportedly took more than 600 hours to create, is said to be inspired by one created for the late Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson. And like all of Van Cleef’s rare and extraordinary Zip
jewels, it can be zipped up and worn as a bracelet. Robbie paired the technical wonder with a black gown by Saint Laurent with long sheer sleeves, plunging neckline and billowy draping.
Cate Blanchett, meanwhile, was the epitome of understated elegance in a black silk velvet column with silk chiffon thread details created especially for her by John Galliano for Maison Margiela. The haute couture gown created the perfect backdrop for Tiffany & Co.
’s bib-style necklace featuring turquoise beads, aquamarines and diamonds set in platinum from the 2015 Blue Book Collection
Jewels from Tiffany & Co.
’s 2015 Blue Book Collection
were also the choice for Reese Witherspoon, nominee for her leading role in Wild
. To embellish her custom Tom Ford ice-blue gown with black-velvet border, Witherspoon wore cluster earrings featuring pear- and marquise-shaped diamonds, a bracelet featuring pear- and round-shaped and baguette-cut diamonds, and a ring featuring a fancy intense blue diamond surrounded by pavé-set diamonds, all set in platinum and worth more than $3 million.
Also in Tiffany & Co.
was Emma Stone, nominee for her supporting role in Birdman
, who was super-chic in a beautifully beaded custom Elie Saab gown in “guacamole” green. As a “finishing touch” to the gowns’ long sleeves, she wore the designer’s yellow gold, white gold and diamond cuffs from the 2015 Blue Book Collection
on both wrists, as well as emerald-cut diamond stud earrings.
Another outstanding diamond cuff was seen on Jenna Dewan-Tatum, who was flawless in a white sleeveless gown with plunging neckline and crystal detailing from Zuhair Murad, accented with Lorraine Schwartz
’s 100-carat sparkler and 40-carat diamond-cluster earrings.
Country crooner Faith Hill, on hand to support husband Tim McGraw’s performance of Original Song nominee I’m Not Gonna Miss You
, also donned Lorraine Schwartz
. She paired the designer’s platinum and 100-carat-plus diamond rope-length chain and pendant as well as platinum and diamond rings worth more than $4 million with a white J. Mendel gown with plunging neckline and long sleeves.
Another exceptional necklace was seen on Zoe Saldana, this time a fringe style with 100 carats of pear-shaped, round-shaped and baguette-cut diamonds set in platinum by Neil Lane
and valued at $1 million. She also selected the designer’s platinum and diamond stud earrings, platinum and baguette-cut diamond ring and two platinum and diamond bands to brighten her custom blush gown draped at the waist by Atelier Versace.
Jessica Chastain, meanwhile, one of the few starlets who stepped out in bold color, was radiant in a custom navy blue Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci gown and Piaget
’s riviere-style Extremely Piaget High Jewelry Necklace
with marquise-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds stemming from a cushion-shaped diamond center stone. She also wore the designer’s Mediterranean Garden
ring. According to Piaget, the Mediterranean Garden
collection is inspired by the beauty and glamor of the Riviera and echoes the free spirit and jet set chic that has been part of Piaget’s appeal since the 1960s.
Also wearing the collection was Scarlett Johansson, who caused a sensation in Piaget
’s ultra-modern Mediterranean Garden
ear cuff featuring emeralds, aquamarines, green tourmalines and diamonds set in twisted rose gold, crafted to resemble palm trees, shimmering water and blooming roses. The piece was set off by the necklace-like collar of Johansson’s custom emerald gown by Atelier Versace, which was delicately embroidered with 2,000 Swarovski
In similar fashion, Chloë Grace Moretz sported an ear cuff by Forevermark
featuring Forevermark diamonds totaling 19.31 carats set in rose gold to complement her floral-print Miu Miu gown in peach tones with ivory-lace enfolded vertical pleats. She also wore a Forevermark by A. Link
white gold and diamond line bracelet featuring round brilliant-cut Forevermark diamonds totaling 8 carats, a Forevermark by Rahaminov
platinum and diamond line bracelet featuring round brilliant-cut Forevermark diamonds totaling 7.49 carats and a Forevermark by Galili & Co.
white gold and diamond line bracelet featuring round brilliant-cut Forevermark diamonds totaling 4.62 carats.
Also in Forevermark
was Sienna Miller (American Sniper
), who added a touch of flash to her feminine yet alluring black and navy blue frock from Peter Copping’s debut for Oscar de la Renta with the brand’s diamonds. These included platinum and diamond stud earrings featuring cushion-shaped Forevermark diamonds provided by the Julius Klein Group totaling 6.33 carats, a Forevermark by Leo Schachter
white gold and diamond three-row cuff featuring round brilliant-cut Forevermark diamonds totaling 40.79 carats and a platinum and diamond ring featuring a cushion-cut Forevermark diamond provided by the Julius Klein Group totaling 6.06 carats.
and a sinful shade of scarlet was Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey
) who balanced the sparkly strap on her custom Saint Laurent gown with a wrist full of bracelets and an outstanding ring. These included a Forevermark Exceptional Diamond Jewelry by Rahaminov
platinum and diamond line bracelet featuring round brilliant-cut Forevermark diamonds totaling 28.02 carats, a Forevermark by Norman Silverman
platinum and diamond line bracelet featuring cushion-shaped Forevermark diamonds totaling 23.14 carats, a Forevermark by Natalie K The Center of My Universe
white gold and diamond three-row bracelet featuring round brilliant-cut Forevermark diamonds totaling 11.32 carats, a Forevermark by Rahaminov
white gold and diamond line bracelet featuring round brilliant-cut Forevermark diamonds totaling 7.45 carats and a platinum and diamond ring featuring a radiant-cut Forevermark diamond provided by the Julius Klein Group totaling 13.56 carats. She also wore white gold and 10-carat diamond stud earrings featuring round brilliant-cut Forevermark diamonds provided by the Julius Klein Group, which were well framed by her wispy bangs and sophisticated ponytail.
Also cropping up in crimson was Best Actress nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl
), who was a modern-day Grace Kelly in a custom gown by Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci with strapless neckline, lace appliqués and a belted satin midsection. She kept her jewelry minimal but impactful, wearing front-back earrings featuring round-cut and pear-shaped diamonds and a sideway-set 12-carat Asscher-cut diamond ring worth $2 million by Lorraine Schwartz
was also the choice for Jennifer Hudson, who complemented her yellow Romona Keveza gown with drop earrings and a cocktail ring featuring 160 carats of emeralds and diamonds.
Octavia Spencer followed suit, matching her custom light-blue Tadashi Shoji gown with flowing train and sequin detailing with platinum, natural jade and diamond drop earrings and a cabochon Paraíba tourmaline and diamond ring by Lorraine Schwartz
Gwyneth Paltrow also opted for colored stones, turning up the heat on her custom pale-pink gown by Ralph & Russo Couture featuring an oversized shoulder rosette with Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie
’s colossal Fire Phoenix Earrings
and Pétales d’Amour Ring
Also in Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie
was Naomi Watts, who radiated head-to-toe glamour in an embellished Giorgio Armani Privè gown with black bandeau, dark lip and Hu’s Modern Art Deco Earrings in Sapphires
and Wallis Simpson Bracelet
And finally Laura Dern, nominee for her supporting role in Wild
, rocked a strapless gunmetal gown with textured patterns by Alberta Ferretti and color-coordinating jewels by Bulgari
, including Serpenti
earrings, a Monete
necklace and a High Jewelry
ring in turquoise. Dern wore the turquoise ring in support of the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE, an initiative dedicated to raising awareness of the No. 1 cancer killer of women—lung cancer—which the character she portrayed in the film, Cheryl Strayed’s mother Bobbi Lambrecht, died from. Turquoise is the signature color of LUNG FORCE.