She may not have won the Best Actress honor for her Marilyn Monroe biopic but, undeniably hands down, Michelle Williams
was THE style winner of the night. She stunned in a coral confection by Louis Vuitton, accented with a diamond bow pin and of course, peplum detailing.
“Michelle brought some much needed color and fire onto the carpet with this vibrant dress that was perfectly fitted to her body,” says Karen Raphael, a stylist who has worked with Shenae Grimes. “She was dressing to win an Oscar,” says Sam Saboura, who has worked with Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Aniston.
Reality: First off, let’s discuss a detail seen on many gowns last night, and all over the fashion runways: The Peplum. The short, flared strip of fabric attached at the waist of the gown is a vintage-inspired trend that’s made a very welcome comeback. It was the perfect accent on William’s dress, without taking away from the flowy layers of fabric.
And of course, everyone loved the take on the citrusey color of the year. “I predict it’s a color we will see more and more,” Sophia Banks-Coloma says, a stylist who has worked with Kristen Chenoweth and Amber Heard. But, beware: Choosing a color this bold isn’t for everyone. “If you love taking risks and have an outgoing personality, you can display your confidence and draw some attention by wearing a vibrant color like this coral. However, it is important to make sure that the dress itself isn't overdone, especially if you aren't attending a red carpet event,” Raphael advises. “Make sure that the dress has some kind of structure on either the top or bottom half in order to maintain an emphasis on your body so that the dress isn't wearing you,” she adds.
The best thing we can learn from this look is the uber-flattering silhouette, which works on almost everyone. “I think this dress can work on any body type—thin, petite, or even curvy, but for those who have a smaller top half and good arms, this is what this type of strapless works best on,” Banks-Coloma says.