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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Mindy Kaling in Elizabeth Kennedy

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

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Margot Robbie in Tom Ford

Trend – White

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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

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 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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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)

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Golden Globes – looks and trends 2016

Last night saw the first red carpet proper of awards season, when the Golden Globes took place. This post is dedicated to the trends of the night, which saw deep, plunging cleavage being one of the key looks on the night, as Halston style necklines reigned supreme.

Best dressed on the night for me was the exquisite JLo, who moved away from the nude, barely there dresses of last season, to full on, vintage style Hollywood glamour, in a dress she described as ‘mustardy’. It was a beautiful look by Giambattista Valli and made JLo stand out from the all the flesh on display. America Ferreira went for a dress in a similar shade, but I was not so keen on this look due to the high neckline.

Other looks that I loved on the night included the enchanting Saoirse Ronan, who was fresh and pretty in Yves Saint Laurent couture and Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton. Amy Adams delighted me by opting for orange Versace that was sassy and sexy. I loved Olivia Wilde in steaming hot Michael Kors, 70s influenced and perfect, although I think she needed to have a word with hubby Jason Sudukis, who just looked an idiot in trainers on the red carpet.

There were some looks that didn’t work for me. Rooney Mara has a perfect face and her make up was impeccable, but the dress looked like she’d had a run in with a dog on the way out the door. Eva Longoria, usually so glam and sexbomb, was wearing what can only be described as Amish chic, with the double bows and flowers on the hips just looking garish and managing to make Eva look frumpy. Kate Hudson flashed the flesh in Michael Kors, and  yes, the abs are perfect, for frankly, I’m sick of seeing them, and wish she could do something else. Cate Blanchett will split opinions, but I think she looked like Constance Bennett from the 1930s in her Givenchy gown, simply elegant and beautiful.

Ultimately, I think Golden Globes 2016 will be remembered as the one where a lot of the female guests took the event title super seriously and got their Golden Globes out. The biggest trend of 2016? Probably tit tape if this is anything to go by.

What was your favourite look from last night?

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Saoirse Ronan in Yves Saint Laurent Couture by Hedi Slimane

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Laverne Cox in Elizabeth Kennedy

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton

Corrinne Fox

Corrinne Fox

Colour

Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard in Jenny Packham

America Ferreira

America Ferreira in Jenny Packham

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum in Armani Prive

Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom in Christian Siriano

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde in Michael Kors

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez in Giambatista Valli Haute Couture

Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth in Dolce and Gabbana

Amy Adams

Amy Adams in Atelier Versace

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore in Tom Ford

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence in Atelier Dior

Jenna Dewan Tatum

Jenna Dewan Tatum in Zuhair Murad

Carly Chaikin

Carly Chaikin in Juan Carlos Obando

Gina Rodriguez in Zac Posen

Gina Rodriguez in Zac Posen

Black

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka

Sofia Bush

Sofia Bush in Narcisco Rodriguez

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst in Valentino Haute Couture

Nude/Gold

Brie Larson

Brie Larson in Calvin Klein Collection

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Atelier Versace

Eva Green

Eva Green in Elie Saab

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Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett in Givenchty Haute Couture

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen

 

 

The Oscar Fashion Awards go to…

I adore the Oscars, it is, without doubt, my favourite fashion night of the year. And, despite the fact that E! stopped the red carpet coverage before the arrival of Angelina, Gwyneth, Natalie  or Sandra, this was still a vintage night for Fashion. So, here are my very own red carpet Oscars to celebrate all that was good in the Oscar Fashion World.

Best dressed

Angelina Jolie opted for classic black Atelier Versace, but with a thigh skimming split that kept her sexy bad-girl persona in place. I loved that she went for black velvet, bringing to mind a sexy, Hollywood version of our own Kate Middleton.

Super Gwyneth looked super gorgeous in her white super hero cape from Tom Ford.This was Ice Queen perfection and I loved everything, from the Grace Kelly hair to the jewelled cuff. The one outfit that truly made me gasp on the night.

Jessica Chastain looked glorious in an ornate brocade gown from Alexander McQueen. This was a classic McQueen gown, and I think that the deep colour helped her to avoid the washed out look that sometimes ruins her choices. This was perfect – this look needed no ‘Help’. (Groan..sorry, couldn’t resist).

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji was just a masterclass in dressing a curvy figure for pure red carpet glamour. She looked incredible in this draped and beaded dress.

Viola Davis made a spectacular entrance in this vibrant green dress by Vera Wang. The colour was perfect for her, and with that fantail and  pleating detail, this dress made that body look smoking hot. Her natural hair was also a big hit.

Rose Byrne does it again in a stunning,midnight blue sequinned gown from Vivienne Westwood. Like her jumpsuit at the SAG awards, this has a 1970s feel to it. I’m developing a real style crush on Rose, I hope someone gives her a huge juicy roll this year. Imagine the dress if she was nominated.

Deja Vu award

Emma Stone turned up in a wine coloured dress by Giambattista Valli that had people saying ‘haven’t I seen that before?’ The dress, with a rather fussy bow on the neck, was very similar to a red dress that Nicole Kidman had worn to the Oscars a few years ago. I personally didn’t really like either all that much…a bit like turning yourself into a (very pretty) parcel.

Services to vintage award

Natalie Portman opted for a true vintage gown, a 1954 Dior red polka dot strapless dress that was perfect for her petite frame,but was not all that exciting. Penelope Cruz was a revelation in an exquisite baby blue dress from Armani that turned her into a brunette Grace Kelly.This was very much a Princess gown and with 1950s bangs she was almost unrecognisable.

Sandra Bullock’s Marchesa gown also had a vintage feel. This monochrome dress with strong embroidered detail looked like it could’ve belonged to Constance Bennett or Joan Crawford in the 1930s. This did divide opinion, but I think it is just elegant.

The Oscar for dressing like an Oscar award

Gold has always been a popular colour at the Oscars, with many a golden girl seeking to emulate the man they all want to go home with (Oscar..not Clooney, although…). Stacy Keibler was definitely the golden princess in a gorgeous, off the shoulder lame style dress from Marchesa. This was some dress to carry off, but the statuesque, beautiful Stacy carried it off with aplomb. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Best actress winner Meryl Streep. Her gold dress may have been Lanvin,but it reminded me of  dressing gown that previously belonged to a drag queen.

The stick to what you know award

Some actresses just stick to what they know when it comes to style. The ever elegant Michelle Williams wore red for the SAG awards, strapless for the Baftas, and then combined the two for her Oscar dress. The Louis Vuitton gown with the peplum, ruffles and frills was just beautiful.

Rooney Mara also stuck to her usual fashion formula. Yes, this was white, rather than her trademark black, but the simple silhouette, the designer (Givenchy of course) and the lack of jewels and adornment meant that this was classic Rooney.

The JLo award for services to skin…

This obviously goes to Jennifer Lopez, who showed off that amazing body in a silver/white plunging dress by Zuhair Murad. This was probably more suited to the Grammys than the Oscars, but there is no question that she looked fabulous.

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