Oscars 2017 – Best Dressed.

The 2017 Oscar ceremony will forever be mired in conspiracy and controversy. The best picture Oscar was first of all given to (as expected) La La Land, before it was revealed that ‘Moonlight’ was the actual winner. How had this happened? It seems it may have been a mix up with an envelope, although Emma Stone claims she had her best actress envelope that was being blamed for the issue. Whatever was the reason for the mix up, when you tie this in with the controversial Casey Affleck as ‘Best Actor’, you have an Oscar night that will live in the memory for all the wrong reasons.

Which may not be a bad thing, as the fashion seems to have been the least interesting thing about the night. It was not a vintage night for style by any means, with the standout best look, worn by model Karlie Kloss, being a very similar look to the iconic white cape style sported by Gwyneth Paltrow a few years earlier. Many on Twitter raved about the dress worn by Janelle Monae, but I found it to be an ugly mess of a dress with little or no redeeming features. With the likes of JLo, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie and Naomi Watts missing, and with Alicia Vikander also disappointing, it was left to the glorious Leslie Mann in yellow Zac Posen, a very lovely Octavia Spencer in princess style Marchesa and Kirsten Dunst putting a glamorous spin on a classic Dior black dress to bring us the looks to savour.

There were other fashion moments worth mentioning. Hailee Steinfeld was exquisite in Ralph and Russo, the smokey eyed look was just beautiful. Ruth Negga will definitely divide opinions, but for me this was a definite love moment, and a welcome splash of colour on a night when white and nudes were the chosen trends. Taraji P Henson showed off her best look of awards season in a custom made Alberta Ferretti dress that totally screamed screen vamp, you can almost hear Thierry Henry talking about Va Va Voom. I was however, disappointed by my style crush Naomie Harris, the Calvin Klein dress was unusual, but the cocktail frock with a train just wasn’t right for the Oscars and would’ve been better suited to the SAG Awards in my opinion.

Here are some more of the key looks from last night – would love to know if you had a favourite?

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Octavia Spencer

Kirsten Dunst

Taraji P. Henson

Karlie Kloss

Darby Stanchfield

Leslie Mann

Sofia Boutella

Hailee Steinfeld

Felicity Jones

Louise Roe

Olivia Culpo

Ava DuVernay

Jessica Biel

Chrissy Teigan

Michelle Williams

Busy Phillips

Laura Dern

Emma Stone

Nicole Kidman

Brie Larson

Naomie Harris

 

And a few from the After show parties

Katy Perry

Thandie Newton

Rashida Jones

Sofia Vergara

Oscars 2016 – Dresses and trends

The most glamorous night on the movie calendar took place last night in Los Angeles, and it didn’t disappoint in terms of jaw dropping dresses. There were show-stopping looks from the likes of Cate Blanchett, Alicia Vikander (who was apparently channeling Belle from Beauty and the Beast in her yellow Louis Vuitton dress – whether that was true or not she looked incredible), Naomi Watts and Sofia Vergara amongst many more. Yes, Oscar night was back! (Click here to catch up with all the winners.)

Glamorous glitter was well represented by the flawless Saoirse Ronan in green Calvin Klein, very Studio 54 Halston, but kept young and up-t0-date with her soft hairstyle. Margot Robbie was also incredible in a dress that made her as gold and glitzy as the Oscar itself – another lady who was simply perfection. Lady Gaga started her own trend by wearing both a dress and trousers, but this was not as terrible as it might sound, it was a terrific look designed by her good friend Brandon Maxwell, and in white, with her Marilyn hair, she was a total style hit.

But it wasn’t all good news. Kate Winslet went for a fluid Ralph Lauren look that might have been great on the red carpet, but on photographs looks a little like a black bin liner. I actually joked on Twitter that I thought that Jennifer Garner was wearing Kate’s dress, and kind of wish Kate had chose that dress, elegant and much more fitting with her style. I loved Brie Larson’s dress, but when you are expected to win your first Oscar, maybe something that didn’t resemble a dress worn by Sienna Miller last year may be a good idea. (You can see Sienna’s look here.) I was torn by Rooney Mara’s dress, liking the top which was a beautiful lace confection, but finding the bottom just had the look of torn lace curtains.

As ever with the Oscars, some of the most interesting looks came at the after show parties, where Kate Bosworth looked incredible in a dress that was really made for walking that carpet. Liberty Ross wore the dress she had previously worn to her pre-wedding brunch, and Kate Hudson, was, as ever, showing off that perfect body.

Who was your best dressed at Oscars 2016?

Art Deco Style

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actors Naomi Watts (L) and Liev Schreiber attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Chloe Pirrie wears a custom dress by Karla Otto London during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

Chloe Pirrie wears a custom dress by Karla Otto London

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: TV personality Maria Menounos attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Maria Menounos

 

Trend – Blue

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Sofia Vergara in Marchesa

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Brie Larson in Gucci

Brie Larson in Gucci

 Cate Blanchett


Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive

Trend – Yellow

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Alicia Vikander in Custom Louis Vuitton

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Andra Day

Trend – Glitz

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Saoirse Ronan in custom Calvin Klein

 Margot Robbie


Margot Robbie in Tom Ford

Trend – White

 Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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 Lady Gaga


Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

Classic Black

 Julianne Moore


Julianne Moore in Chanel

 Jennifer Garner


Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman

 Charlotte Riley

Charlotte Riley

 Jennifer Lawrence


Jennifer Lawrence

Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren

Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren

Colour block

 Rachel McAdams


Rachel McAdams in August Getty Atelier

 

 Olivia Munn in Stella Mccartney

Olivia Munn in Stella Mccartney

And the aftershow party frocks

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Gwen Stefani

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Selina Gomez

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Kate Hudson

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Liberty Ross

Kerry Washington arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kerry Washington

Emma Roberts arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Emma Roberts

Diane Kruger arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Diane Kruger

Kate Bosworth arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kate Bosworth

Everyman Cinema opens in The Mailbox

Everyman Cinema’s offer something a little different to the average cinematic experience. Rather than the usual, flip down seating with very little leg room, the Everyman cinemas offer luxurious, sofa style seating with plenty of leg room, mini tables for your drinks, and even footrests. It’s like watching movies from the comfort of your own front room, except you are watching the latest films in perfect definition on a huge screen. I love the fact that we now have an Everyman Cinema in Birmingham’s Mailbox, and on Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited to try out the Everyman Experience with an advanced screening of ‘Still Alice’.

The Mailbox Everyman is a three screen cinema, with Screen 3 having the largest capacity, at 141 seats. From the outside you get an instant rush of the golden age of Cinema, an art-deco light up sign that makes you feel you will be able to smell the celluloid of days gone by.

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Once inside, you realise this is no ordinary cinema experience. There is a bar and diner area that serves delicious food, which can then be eaten in the diner, or taken with you into the cinema (it can be served direct to your seat in fact.) We sampled some of the culinary delights, and I have to say, the house special pizza was delicious, topped with mozzarella, prosciutto and salami. We sat in the balcony area with a crisp glass of Champagne and took in the decor, with classic Vintage movie posters catching the eye.

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Inside the auditorium, your viewing experience is one of comfort. The seats are just perfect – so comfortable, and with plenty of room. The foot rest is another great idea – just try to resist the urge to take your shoes off as you may find yourself very relaxed. Sound and picture quality are all good, and although ticket prices are not the cheapest available in cinemas (Peak time viewings cost £12.95 per person), I think this is a superior viewing experience, a complete night out rather than just a trip to the flicks.

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Still Alice

MV5BMjIzNzAxNjY1Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDg4ODQxMzE@._V1_SX640_SY720_Julianne Moore quite rightly won the Oscar for her brilliant portrayal of a 50 year old woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Alice is a brilliant linguistics professor who suddenly has to face losing everything that is dear to her – her career, her independence, and her memories, as the awful disease that is Alzheimer kicks in and takes hold of her life. This film could be so overly dramatic and sentimental, but totally avoids this due to the subtlety of how the disease is treated, and the performances of a cast at the top of their game – with Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth all giving career best performances.

This is a film that will really tug at your heart strings with a story that cannot end anything other than tragically. And yet, the ending is as uplifting as it could possibly be. This is a film that will stay with you, it’s real and happening every day.

Highly recommended.