In one of the most unpredictable Oscar races in years, the red carpet followed suite but not so much by delivering daring more a return to understated glamour.
My favourite night of the year is all over for another year and while they may have kept everyone to time at the ceremony, it still doesn’t finish until 5am meaning this post is fashionably late in being turned from my bleary eyed notes into something coherent!
We got the metallic mermaid look shown off best by Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein and Naomi Watts in Armani Prive. The shimmer and colour were just exquisite. Saoirse went for a natural look with her hair and the cut out back detailing to maintain a youthful look rather than trying to look older which was so refreshing to see.
Full on drama came in the form of the plunging neckline, Charlize Theron really pulled it out of the bag in this striking red Dior number making her look more statuesque than normal as though that were possible. The sublime Cate Blanchett paired her plunge with an appliqué sea foam dress, another from Armani Prive. I wasn’t keen on the dress on its own but I think it worked so well on her.
Walking her own path was Lady Ga Ga but doing it very classily in this trouser suit from the all white and the cape elevated this to being worthy of the occasion. Although she was probably the best chance of a completely crazy outfit which has been sadly lacking in this year’s awards season.
Silhouette wise it was pure golden era of Hollywood with full length full skirts and cold shoulders reigning, most definitely the year of “the Gown”. This is such a flattering style on most body shapes, its easy to see why it was popular. It gives the status fitting for the biggest red carpet of the year. Those opting for a “gown” went for block colour with detailing and cut being chosen to add interest. Black was a popular choice and for me the best version was Jennifer Garner looking simply divine in Atelier Versace.
Away from the block colour came the pretty –my favourite pretty of the night though was the Louis Vuitton dress of Alicia Vikander, subtle yellow and pretty flowers with a raised hemline, it was dreamy.
However the hue was most definitely blue even amongst the boys with Supporting Actor nominee, Mark Ruffalo, sporting a blue tux.
The blue of the night and for me the best dressed was the gorgeous Brie Larson in Gucci. The colour and shape were great but by also incorporating on trend pleats and an embellished belt it really brought the wow factor, much like her winning Actress in a Leading Role performance.
Same time, same place next year and if you haven’t seen the major category films get out and see them now such a strong field this year. For more looks that we liked head over to the Pinterest Board.Tags: 88th Academy Awards, Academy Awards, Awards Season, cinema, fashion, film, formal, glamour, gowns, hollywood, Oscars, Red Carpet, The Oscars