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The 89th Academy Awards Fashion & Drama


Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

Now I have recovered from my once a year all nighter (this year fuelled by the superb espresso martinis at Ham Yard Hotel’s Dive Bar) and the incredible plot twist straight from a script I can share my take on the fashion.  The red carpet may have got somewhat overtaken by events, though it certainly had impact.

The trends saw a move to simplicity but the wow factor was kept high by drama being created through silhouette, bold blocks of colour and high octane jewels.

It was back to black for many of the attendees but that definitely didn’t mean boring.  Kirsten Dunst, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek and my last year’s favourite dress winner, Brie Larson, all went for highly dramatic shape and detail for their black numbers.  The queen in this category, even though she used navy over black, and also for me a contender of best of the night was Taraji P. Henson.  She nailed the old school Hollywood Va Va Voom with a beautifully cut Alberta Ferretti dress complete with a stunning scooped sweetheart neckline.  Finishing touch were the stunning sparkles around her neck. Bravo and a million miles from Cookie Lyon.

Taraji P.Henson in Alberta Ferretti

Taraji P.Henson in Alberta Ferretti

With the ladies in black the men switched and wore white tie but for me it was only really pulled off by the ever impeccable David Oyelowo.

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

One of the other stories of the evening was metallic but again this was used simply to great effect, head to foot block metallic may sound bold but with simple silhouettes and shades of pale gold and pastel, many could have been mistaken for the statuettes themselves.  Those that stood out for me were Amy Adams, Isabelle Huppert and Emma Stone.  I especially loved the fringing detail on Emma Stone’s dress which kept the look fresh.  Also a runner for my favourite of the night.

Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture

Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture

Michelle Williams, who has my favourite red carpet style overall, decided to combine the 2 key trends with black and pale metallic sequins in one dress.  Louis Vuitton it may have been but the style was pure Michelle.

MIchelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Out of the block colour numbers it was Viola Davis in scarlet that was a revelation, coupled with her youthful swept hair she really  owned that dress.

Viola Davis in custom Armani

Viola Davis in custom Armani

Belts and the waist featured prominently in lots of the looks, the winner of the great Hollywood belt off though was Scarlett Johansson.

Scarlett Johansson in Azzedine Alaïa

Scarlett Johansson in Azzedine Alaïa

So my Oscar for best dressed goes to…………………..  oh I don’t know its one of these 3, they looked equally amazing so you tell me, which one? 

Oscars Red Carpet 2016


Posted on: March 1st, 2016 by Emma No Comments

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!

Metallic Mermaids

Metallic Mermaids

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.

Less Ga more Glamour

Less Ga more Glamour

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.

Back to Black

Back to Black

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.

Pretty in Primrose

Pretty in Primrose

However the hue was most definitely blue even amongst the boys with Supporting Actor nominee, Mark Ruffalo, sporting a blue tux.

Damsels in Blue

Damsels in Blue

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.

Stellar - winner of Actress in a Leading Role and of the Red Carpet

Stellar – winner of Actress in a Leading Role and of the Red Carpet

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.