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?

Sofia Carson

Ruth Negga

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

Best Dressed – Critics Choice Awards

Another day, another awards ceremony. This time it was the Critics Choice Awards. Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard and Jessica Chastain were just some of the Hollywood superstars who shoved on their finest dress and got those elbows flexed to fight it out in the acting (and fashion) stakes.

As I’ve already mentioned, I get very excited about the awards season, as this is where we really get to see if all those wonderful dresses we admired so much on the catwalk actually convert into red carpet dressing. (The rule is that some do perfectly, whilst many others really need to go back to the drawing board.) Here are some of the dresses and looks that impressed.

Good looks

Amanda Seyfried and Octavia Spencer opted for one of this seasons hottest colours, a whole load of chiffon, and both looked amazing in seriously gorgeous looks.  Amanda’s dress was from Marios Schwab and I love the interesting skirt pleating that just raised this dress up a whole level for me. Octavia, as ever, was in Tadashi Shoji and once again showed exactly how to dress a curvy figure in a totally elegant way.

Marion Cotillard is often hit and miss in my eyes, she takes risks that don’t always pay off. But this dream of a dress from Zuhair Murad was a total winner. Very 1950s in silhouette, very feminine with the floral applique detail, and acres of black tulle, this is one of the prettiest dresses you will see on the red carpet this season.

Helen Hunt went for a beautiful coral lace and column gown by Philip Armstrong that was a really fabulous choice. With her blonde hair and pale skin, and teamed with gold accessories, I think this was a really elegant look for Helen.

Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway, those girls I have loved since The Devil Wears Prada both chose to wear white. Both looked good, if not great. Anne went for a 1970s style bugle Beaded dress from Oscar De La Renta. This was the sort of thing that Bob Mackie made for Cher in the 1970s and is amazing, but the lack of accessories left Anne looking sort of unfinished.

Emily Blunt also went for a light option, (cream really, rather than white), a great 1960s style beaded collar dress from Miu Miu. I again loved the look, although as I said with Brittany Snow earlier in the week, I would prefer this to reach the floor, rather than be ankle skimming length. But is Emily’s blonde hair I have a problem with. As a brunette she is simply amazing, but blonde leaves her looking washed out and bland. I hope it is just a wash in colour and that she returns to her beautiful brunette roots – no pun intended.

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SAG Awards – All the trends

Last night saw the next event on the glittery awards cavalcade. The Screen Actors Guild awards are less formal than the Globes or the Oscars so many stars opt for a slightly less showy look. This year there were some truly stunning looks on show, and some key trends, including 70s glamour, black is back and ponytails. There were also splashes of block colour, with red, blue and green all looking great on the Red Carpet.

Trends 70s chic

Angela Jolie wore one of the key trends on the night – 70s disco. She wore a stunning fluid black gown from Jenny Packham. The dress, with low back and draped front, was super sexy,and Angelina kept the 70s theme going in hooped vintage earrings. I was super excited by this choice as I had earlier tweeted Cosmopolitan that Angelina would wear Jenny Packham – and was proved to be correct!

Tilda Swinton also keyed into the 1970s trend, wearing a pleated white dress that looked like it could’ve come from Halston circa 1977. This was custom-made Lanvin and I think it was a spectacular choice for Tilda. I also loved her hairstyle, so much chicer than the Jedward she sported at the Golden Globes.

Probably the look that I loved most was this Elie Saab jumpsuit, as worn by Rose Byrne. This was an exciting choice, the beautifully beaded suit had a ‘Carlito’s Way’ feel to it, whilst her neat bobbed hairstyle reminded me of 20s icon Louise Brooks. I couldn’t fault any of it, and  loved the fact that this outfit had sat in the wardrobe for a few years, just waiting to wow us!

Another lady opting for that draped seventies look was Melissa McCarthy. I think she looked beautiful in this midnight blue dress, this was such an improvement on her Golden Globes Dress and the ruching was ultra flattering. The designer was Badgley Mischka.

Trends – Back to Black

If The Golden Globes was all about nudes, then the SAG awards saw stars  and starlets going back to black. As well as the aforementioned Angelina, many other ladies chose the dark shade. Stacey Keibler looked just exquisite in a gorgeous lace column dress by Marchesa, one of the hottest design teams on the night. The dress has a spanish feel to it, and she accessorised perfectly with George Clooney.

Glee girl Jayma Mays chose a gorgeous black sequined gown my Reem Acra. I love this dress, a simple shape that allows all the blingy sequins to do the talking.

Emma Stone was, as ever, perfect. Her sense of style never fails to impress, and in custom-made Alexander McQueen, this was true yet again. I  loved the length of this gown, not  floor sweeping so it  had a youthful feel. The embellished bodice was beautiful, and as for the shoes…

Ashlee Simpson was another star who chose Jenny Packham. This is the best  I have ever seen here look – she looks divine! I love the fact that this dress has a gothic glam look to it, a little bit spiders web. Her hair also looked super stylish in a shorter style.

Trend – brights

Emily Blunt chose an emerald-green gown from Oscar De La Renta that just screamed ‘movie star’. With her  raven locks, this was the perfect colour for the Young Victoria star.

Michelle Williams went for classic red Valentino, a dress right on the lace trend. It was an elegant look for the gamine star, and her make-up was just flawless.

I hated Jessica Chastain’s look at The Golden Globes, it was ageing and made her looked washed out. But I think she got it spot-on at the Sag’s in figure hugging Calvin Klein in a stunning, vibrant blue. This was minimalist style at its best, and the blue was the perfect contrast for her porcelain skin and red hair.

Sofia Vergera came over all Marilyn Monroe/Material girl Madonna in another perfect fashion moment. The pink was of the hot variety, and I loved that she wore with  purple jewels for a touch of the colour clash.

Viola Davis wore an ethereal strapless gown from Marchesa that just floated onto the red carpet, it was so beautiful. Viola later showed that dress off perfectly as she collected the award for best actress for ‘The Help’.

When bad looks happen to good people

Amber Heard is beautiful, but in this bandage style dress by Zac Posen, with that severe hair, she looks like the Bride of Frankenstein.

Kristen Wiig was another who had an off night. Without the choker, this Balenciaga dress would’ve been an elegant choice. So why did Kristen decide to add the ‘Sid Snot’ punk neckwear? High Neck dresses always clash with chokers – hasn’t she learnt nothing from Nicole Kidman?

The Antonio Berardi dress, as worn by Jame Krakowski, just needed that bustier detail to be a little bit higher to avoid giving Jane’s breasts that ‘boob job’ look, which takes the dress from classy to tacky in an instant.

Really wish Lea Michele would stop wearing Elizabeth Hurley’s frocks…

Adore Amber Riley usually, but this looks like an extra from the handjive scene in Grease. So fussy, that bow is just too much.

What  did you think of the SAG awards? Who was your best dressed? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.