Old school Hollywood glamour led the way in our best dressed selection, which proves that when it comes to ruling the red carpet, simplicity always works best along with an attitude to match.

Here are our picks for the best and worst dressed at the 89th Academy Awards.

Best Dressed

1) Taraji P Henson in Alberta Ferretti

Can you say old world glamour? The hair, the fit, the jewels. Henson ruled the red carpet in a elegant velvet dress with the star quality factor to boot.

2) Emma Stone in Givenchy Couture

Gold is the perfect colour for the Oscars, and this dance-worthy dress comes with a fringed hem, all the better to swirl around in.

3) Viola Davis in Armani

Queen of the night! Red hot and sleek, Davis was elegance personified from head-to-toe.

4) Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad

This was just perfection! Teigen looked gorgeous, the dress was amazing and everything just worked. She looked like a a goddess.

5) Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta

A little cha-cha moment with the ruffles at the hem. The dramatic sweep of this gown especially when she moves had all the makings of a red carpet-worthy dress.

Sigh. The stylists just had one job… it’s the Oscars! How could you fail!


Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad. Photo: Reuters

Worst Dressed

1) Dakota Johnson in Gucci

Gucci is the fashion IT brand of the moment and I totally get the vintage aesthetic but this was a total failure. The colour washed her out, it made her look flat-chested and drab and it did not photograph well. And that hair and make-up? Lets not even go there.

2) Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton

A frumpy and dowdy disaster. And that hair! That neckline is not doing her cleavage any favours either.

3) Leslie Mann in Zac Posen

We know, everyone wants to be a Disney Princess. And Mann looked like she was chanelling Belle with this overdone gown. Sorry, Disney did it better. With “belles” on.

4) Ginnifer Goodwin in Zuhair Murad

How is it even possible Zuhair Murad created the gorgeousness of what Teigen wore and then came out with this for Goodwin? It looked like it was made from discarded lace curtains dyed red on a whim. The hair and make-up doesn’t help either. I think her expression says it all, don’t you think?

5) Scarlett Johansson in Azzedine Alaia

Why is there a studded belt? Johansson is gorgeous but somehow the proportions weren’t working on this one making this extremely unflattering.

Special Mention

Halle Berry’s hair

We love Berry, she’s gorgeous and looks good in anything. But not even she can pull off the hairstyle she was sporting. It looked like she accidentally put her finger in an open light socket and decided to wing it.


Halle Barry sporting an afro of some sort on the red carpet. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni