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

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Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive

Trend – Yellow

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Alicia Vikander in Custom Louis Vuitton

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Trend – Glitz

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Margot Robbie in Tom Ford

Trend – White

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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


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 Jennifer Garner


Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace

Sarah Silverman

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Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren

Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren

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 Olivia Munn in Stella Mccartney

Olivia Munn in Stella Mccartney

And the aftershow party frocks

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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

SAG Awards 2016 – Best Dresses

When I first started watching the live red carpet coverage of the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) awards last night, I have to say I was both disappointed and frustrated. I was disappointed with so many of the dresses and looks on display, from Kate Mara in a dress that was literally the colour of dishwater, to Eva Longoria who seemed to have got something on loan from Kim Kardashian’s wardrobe. The SAG awards are known for being slightly more relaxed, slightly lower key than the Oscars or the Golden Globes, but some of the dresses did make you say – ‘really, you had all that choice and you chose that?’

Even current golden girl Brie Larson didn’t really impress me. She looked incredible in her dress from Versace, but I have to say the dress itself was pretty ugly, sort of a pale blue escapologist outfit. I do think this girl could wear a sack and look great, but this dress was nowhere near as successful as the gold look she wore to the Golden Globes. Nicole Kidman, who can be best dressed on any list when the mood takes her, had opted for what can only be described as a multi-coloured, Studio 54 night-dress. Yes, it was that bad.

As well as the bad dresses happening to beautiful people, there was also a frustration that the E! Channel coverage wasn’t offering a really good look at some of the biggest stars, with Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams all only being glimpsed at with hardly any view of their dresses. Which is a shame, as they all looked pretty fantastic. Helen Mirren, in particular, was once again an impeccable goddess, showing starlets half her age exactly how to bring glamour and gloss to the red carpet.

Now I’ve had chance to look again at the looks, I’ve had a rethink. My initial thought was that this was a poor red carpet, but actually, on second glance, there were some lovely dresses on display, and at least one cool jumpsuit courtesy of the chic Kristen Wiig. My best dressed on the night was shared between two of the stars of Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke and Sophia Turner, who both chose full skirted gowns that were simply beautiful. A special mention must also be given to Laverne Cox, who is basically killing it on every single red carpet.

Do you have a favourite look from the SAG awards this year?

 

 

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                                 Kristen Wiig in Roland Mouret

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                           Claire Danes in Stella McCartney

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                                     Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham

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                                   Emilia Clarke in Dior Haute Couture

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                                             Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab

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                                                Tina Fey in Prabal Gurung

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                                               Anna Faris in Naeem Khan

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                               Sophia Turner in Carolina Herrera

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                                   Marisa Tomei in Zuhair Murad

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                          Julianne Moore in Givenchy Haute Couture

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                                          Laverne Cox in Prabal Gurung

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                                                   Rooney Mara in Valentino

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                                                        Lily Rabe in Lela Rose

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                                                 Sarah Hyland in J Mendel

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                                               Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang

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                          Christina Ricci in Christopher Kane

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                                  Hannah Murray in Charlie Brear

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                                Diane Lane in Angel Sanchez

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                                       Kate Winslet in Georgio Armani

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                                         Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton

Fashion enjoys a velvet goldmine

When it comes to fabric, this is the season that velvet makes a comeback. The ornate, luxurious fabric always has the potential to steal the show, with its dark and dramatic connotations, but this is the season that it shows it can be effective in more colours than just the traditional ‘Black Velvet’ or ‘Blue Velvet’ immortalised in song.

It seems there has not been a red carpet in 2015 that has not been walked by someone in velvet. From Camilla Alves at the SAG Awards to Alicia Vikander in a soft, silvery grey at the Cannes Film Festival, velvet has become a staple for all seasons. And it isn’t just the ladies who love to sport the most glamorous of fabrics. Eddie Redmayne moved the velvet suit from the realms of the caberet singer when he wore a teal version with a silver grey tie, he looked so hot.

ASOS has a wide range of velvet pieces this season, some of which you could actually add to a daytime look to add a little decadence to your look. There are also velvet shoes, heels and boots that are great for those who just want to add a little touch of velvet goldmine to a little black dress or a pair of skinny jeans.

Will you be adding any velvet pieces to your wardrobe this season, or will you be saving it for Christmas?

 

Velvet Inspiration

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Velvet Goldmine

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