best dressed : oscars

who’s the next generation of red carpet royalty?

by nylon

The Oscars are over, and hopefully your favorites got a little bit of screen time on the big stage. But besides the winners of the gold statuettes (go, Natalie!) there were other victors whose outfits were Olympic-level awesome.  Here's our Top Eight.

The Rules:  All Best Dressed winners must be actual Oscar attendees.  Kelly Osbourne and Emma Stone looked amazing at the after-parties, but they don't count for this poll.  (Don't worry; we'll call them out on other parts of the site for sure.)

8.  Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier

Far be it from us to deny anyone a Disney Princess moment on the red carpet, especially when the person in the Cinderella dress is the actual voice of a Disney cartoon queen.  Mandy Moore's spangled gown was young, fun, and completely compatible with a pair of Mouse Ears.  Our only problem - where's Ryan Adams?!

7.  Florence Welch in Valentino

Hippie chic is back with this creamy crepe dress that hit the floor in floaty tiers.  Kelly Osbourne told E! she wished Flo's look were different from her Oscar gown, which we totally understand.  But if you've got a signature style that you love, why abandon it for the biggest night of your life?  We'll gladly buy the H&M version of this frock when it hits stores (soon, please?).

6.  Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein, with Louis Vuitton jewelry.

This sheath dress looked like liquid silver running down the movie star's body.  We loved the ultra-modern fabric, the simple shape, and the deceptively casual vibe of the whole ensemble.

5.  Michelle Williams in Chanel Haute Couture.

Simple, elegant, gorgeous, and perfect with Michelle's platinum pixie cut.  She may not have won for her Blue Valentine role, but Ms. Williams should have accepted a trophy for Most Amazing Outfit. 

4.  Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa. 

The 14-year-old American beauty co-designed her sweet pixie dress with designer Georgina Chapman.  Judging by its picture-perfect arrival on the red carpet, this won't be the first time.  In fact, Hailee Steinfeld x Opening Ceremony has a nice ring to it, right?

3.  Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive couture.

Another liquid metallic moment at the Oscars, this one courtesy of Italian glamour.  The color and shape looked incredible on the 28-year-old Oscar host, and it was definitely more "young and hip" than many parts of the telecast.

2.  Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana

Red lace, and deep red lace, and an open back, and tousled hair reminiscent of model Arizona Muse's recent catwalk style.  This is Cool Luxury, and it looks amazing.

1.  Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein

The best argument for "less is more" that we've ever seen.  She's already proved her acting chops, but tonight on the red carpet, a style star was officially born.

People's Choice:  Mila Kunis in Elie Saab.  Judging from your comments on this site, Twitter, and Facebook, this outfit made our January cover girl look like Venus gliding to earth in a clam shell.  And who are we to argue with the color purple?

Who are your picks?  Tell us in the comments section below - the list might keep evolving because we love you...