I was pleasantly surprised at the jewelry seen on the red carpet this year– people were bringing it for the Oscars! And they should, as this is the mother of all award shows, right?! I definitely saw a few trends emerge as the evening progressed. Of course, there were many ear climbers and fabulous bracelet stacks, yet I want to focus on these three trends: diamond ear clusters, memorable necklaces, and swinging earrings.
Diamond Ear Clusters
I vividly remember my grandmother wearing (faux) diamond ear clusters as part of her “cruise attire,” back in the 1970’s, and they are now back and bigger than ever. The first pair I saw walk down the carpet were by Norman Silverman (13 ct!!) and worn by Anna Kendrick. They looked spot-on with her coral Thakoon dress with a five-row diamond collar.
Marion Cotillard’s Chopard earrings (even bigger!) were lovely with her Dior dress. While not necessarily a traditional cluster, the visual effect is similar. Side note: I loved her dress from the front, but not so much from the back. You?
Reese Witherspoon went for a very minimal look with her Tom Ford black and white dress tonight (too high of a contrast level for her, just sayin’) and was also donning ear clusters by Tiffany & Co.
Jenna Dewan Tatum’s earrings went the extra mile, almost melding into a cluster chandelier by Lorraine Schwartz. (Yes, I just made up that term.)
There were three necklaces that really stood out to me. First and foremost is the incredible vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Zip necklace worn by Margot Robbie. During her Ryan Seacrest interview she said, “I think it was made for the Duchess of Windsor in the 30’s,” and “This necklace is worth more than my life.” Alrighty then. It was perfectly highlighted by the plunging neckline of her black Saint Laurent dress.
Faith Hill also caught my attention. The extra-long diamond necklace with a geometric pendant was hot! I would SO wear it! (though in a much more casual way)
While there was a plethora of diamond and pearl necklaces, there weren’t as many with color. Cate Blanchett, being the style maven that she is, went bold with a turquoise Tiffany & Co. necklace with her Mason Margiela black dress. How amazing do her eyes look with this?! Way to make it fashion forward.
I wrote about this trend just a month ago in my wrap-up of the Golden Globes. While I focused on diamond earrings in that article, there were some great options in color at this show. One of the very first to arrive was America Ferrera, in stunning Irene Neuwirth drops.
While she didn’t appear on the red carpet, during the show I couldn’t take my eyes off Jennifer Hudson’s Lorraine Schwartz emerald show-stoppers. Such a great color mix with her yellow gown.
Kerry Washinton wore shoulder-skimmers in pink ombre sapphires and diamonds by Fred Leighton.
And I can’t resist talking about one diamond pair as well. Meryl Streep rocked a pair of 19th century Fred Leighton earrings. I love how they complemented the sparkle in her belt buckle.
Jewelry Mention of Honor
Ok, there’s no way a 2015 Oscar jewelry report can be complete without talking about Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein Collection. Not only did she have fabulous jewels from Chopard, but her WHOLE DRESS was made of pearls!! 6000, to be exact. I cannot even imagine how much that dress weighs, but I think she’s good for her cardio for a week just by wearing it.
The jewels she chose to accompany this fantastical dress only enhanced the look, without creating too many focal points.
I know that there were a couple other actresses that those in the fashion world were crushing on (Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow, for example), but I wasn’t feeling it. That’s one of the cool things with style — beauty is in the eye of the beholder…and the person wearing the ensemble.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Oscar fashion!