The Oscars seem like an age ago now. We’ve had The Brits and Madonna’s spectacular tumble, and the world has been divided over #TheDress. Nevertheless, The Oscars is still one of the biggest red carpet events of the year, and I wanted to pick out a few of my favourites for you. I am focusing on the ladies here, but I think it’s a shame that in terms of what people are wearing, very little attention is paid to the male population on the red carpet, and there were some very dapper looking gentlemen that night (I’m looking at you, Eddie Redmayne).
So on to the dresses. I’m using Vogue.com as a source for this, so all credit for the photos goes to them.
First up, Marion Cotillard in Dior Couture. Whilst it may not be an instant winner with the general public, I am a big fan of this dress. Designed to be unusual, with a shape that doesn’t traditionally flatter the figure, I think it’s a bold move for the best actress nominee. The texture of the fabric gives the dress some structure, and the excess of fabric trailing behind adds a touch of elegance to this distinctive design.
Felicity Jones in custom-made Alexander McQueen. I picked out this dress mainly because of the small detail at her hip, where the fabric is gathered together to add some detail to that mass of fabric. I almost think it would be nicer if the bodice detailing was lost, and more focus aimed at simple gathers. Also, how do people move in such a massive skirt? How do they fit in a chair? Don’t even get me started on J-Lo’s dress.
Jessica Chastain in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci. I love how the sparkly under-gown looks as if it’s peeking through at the top, adding a flash of glitz in an otherwise fairly sombre dress. It hugs her figure beautifully, and the split adds a flash of contrast as her leg becomes visible.
Jennifer Aniston in Versace. Some people seem to look fantastic no matter what they wear. This elegant dress suits her perfectly, it’s simple, with interest added by the texture and shapes formed in the body.
Meryl Streep in Lanvin. I am all for a blazer, and Meryl looks stunning here. The soft folds of her blouse contrast nicely with the tailored look, resulting in a smart and sophisticated outfit.
Anna Kendrick in custom-made Thakoon. This is such a lovely colour that works really well with her skin tone. The necklace is a great detail, not just aiding visually but actually supporting the dress around her neck. Got to love something that’s pretty and practical.
And finally Georgina Chapman in Marchesa. What can I say, this dress is absolutely stunning, ideal for the red carpet. The gold flowers make the dress look so luxurious, I can imagine anyone would feel exquisite wearing it. I think the dress works because it’s not trying to be subtle at all, this is a real statement piece that just shouts yes!