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