Pantone Inspiration at the Oscars

The Academy Awards are, to many, considered the most fashionable night of the year. ABC dedicated two full hours of programmingOscars before the awards even started to showing off the stars and honorees arriving on the red carpet in their finest. This would have been almost as long as the Oscars broadcast itself – if the show hadn’t run roughly 15 hours over. Seriously, I stayed up WAY past my bedtime to see that final award – even though we all knew Birdman was going to get it.

Thanks to the #AskHerMore movement, focusing on the couture worn last night instead of the performances is a bit taboo. However, as a trend blogger I would be remiss not to dedicate some time to the fashion.

Color of the Year?
One of the first interesting Marsala at the Oscarsthings to note is the major lack of Marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year, on the red carpet. In stark contrast from years past when the Pantone prediction was popular, Marsala was almost non-existent amongst the key players. Although many went with bold red, the distinct brownish-red hue was missing. One celebrity that did dress in the color was David Oyelowo from Selma, who looked sharp in a Marsala-toned Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo.

InGrand Budapest other Color of the Year news, Grand Budapest Hotel won the Oscar for Best Costume Design – costumes that heavily featured 2014’s COTY, Radiant Orchid. At least Pantone nailed it with its 2014 prediction!

Spring 2015 Report – Soft & Cool
Although Marsala was not prevalent at the awards, Soft Huesmany of the other colors featured in Pantone’s 2015 Spring Color Report were dominant. Pantone’s report focuses on subtle, warm tones and a minimalistic palette. The colors are reminiscent of the soft hues found in nature. Particularly popular were plays on Toasted Almond, Glacier Grey and Strawberry Ice with many actresses in shades of blush, pink and grey. Stars like Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez and more opted for these softer looks.

With four different shades in its report, Pantone was definitely on the mark in its promotion of blue. A range ofOscar Blues blues was seen for both men and women fashion at last night’s awards show. Some opted for the icier shades of blue, Aquamarine and Dusk Blue. This cooler color was seen in gowns worn by Octavia Spencer (the unfortunate focal point of NPH’s running lock box gag) and Chrissy Teigen, as well as in Jared Leto’s unique suit. Others went with a more Classic Blue look, with many turning to navy rather than black for their awards ensembles. Jessica Chastain wore a dramatic navy blue gown and many of the men wore navy tuxes, notably Best Actor winner, Eddie Redmayne (YAY!).

Texture Please!
Another running trend in 2015 Oscar fashions was the use of texture and embellishments. From the elaborate pearl beading Texturesof Lupita Nyong’o’s gown – 6,000 beads! – and the applique flowers that popped on Julianne Moore’s white gown to the textured fabric of gowns worn by Faith Hill, Marion Cotillard and Rosamund Pike, Oscar style followed our apparel predictions. Especially popular was the use of mixed mediums in one look, like Kerry Washington’s two-part ensemble.

Because I only saw a few of the nominated movies, I can’t really speak to the awards results (except that The Lego Movie was robbed!),Lego Movie but I think that the fashions last night were some of the best we’ve seen in the past few years. In my opinion, there were not many looks that were an auto-thumbs down. Thanks to their Pantone-inspired ensembles, the red carpet was not the only color worth mentioning at the Oscars.

With the Housewares Show coming up next week, I am wondering whether the goods seen there – ones that typically take many cues from Pantone – will be mimicking the trends at the Oscars as well. Who doesn’t love mixing bowls and accent pillows that pair with haute couture? Check in later next month for our trend report to find out!


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