Oscars 2013 – My top 10 Dresses

So it’s all over, the 2013 Oscars was one of the most anticipated ceremonies in recent years, with some real vintage films and performances to savour. In terms of the dresses, I don’t personally think it was a vintage year, most stars looked great, but safe in their choices, and there were so many strapless dresses that I was overjoyed when the long-sleeved vision of Jennifer Hudson walked onto the red carpet. But there were still some beautiful looks to enjoy, and so I have chosen my favourite 10, that I will announce, X Factor style, in no particular order.

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Naomi Watts looked sublime in a silver/gunmetal sequined gown from Armani Prive. The daring cut out detailing on the shoulder fitted perfect, and this gown, which on the wrong person could’ve looked a bit showgirl, just looked ultra glamorous on the beautiful Naomi.

Amy Adams in Oscar De La Renta

Remember that scene in Sex in the City – An American Girl in Paris, when Petrovsky comes back from the gallery late, and finds a sleeping Carrie in the folds of the most exquisite grey ballgown? Well, that is what Amy Adams reminded me of in her fairytale Oscar De La Renta dress. In fact, I remarked to über blogger The Very Simon G that this was the sort of dress that SJP herself would’ve worn to the Oscars herself, and he agreed. The perfect Oscar dress.

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

I must admit to having a huge style crush on Kerry Washington, and she didn’t disappoint in Miu Miu. This splash of coral and the floral bodice stood out in the sea of nude dresses, and I loved the slightly 1960s feel of this dress. It was very Jackie Kennedy style, sort of like those dresses she wore when she visited Paris in those early days of Camelot.

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Jennifer Hudson bucked every trend on the night in this royal blue dress from Cavalli. Her long-sleeved, heavier long was fabulous, it fitted like a glove and glistened with silver on the red carpet. One of the best on the night, and definitely one of Jennifer’s best ever.

Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott

Another hit from Nicole. This beautiful dress from L’Wren Scott had an art deco feel, with the shimmering black and gold swirled design. But it oozed sensuousness on the red carpet from a curvier Nicole. Hair was slightly scruffy, but you couldn’t argue with that dress.

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab

The ever elegant Sandra Bullock went for a red carpet specialist in Elie Saab and was destined never to fail. She looked immaculate in a vintage style lace and bead evening gown that wouldn’t look out-of-place in ‘Dancing on the Edge’.  The bag was all wrong, but the dress was so right.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture

Jennifer Lawrence looked like the winner she proved to be in this white princess gown from Dior Couture. Yes the dress was slightly bridal in style, but her elegant hair and make-up, and youthful addition of the knotted necklace tied down her back just added something that screamed ‘movie star’.

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

I’ve hummed and arghed about including this dress, even though I love it. The beading detail is exquisite, almost cobwebbed and the copper colour is beautiful. Jessica’s hair and make up just said Rita Hayworth reincarnated, so why was I stumbling? I guess the dress colour, though beautiful, is just so near to Jessica’s skintone, and I really wanted her to wear colour. But this is still a beautiful, old Hollywood goddess look, so a place on the list is only right.

Adele in Jenny Packham

Adele went back to black in beaded Jenny Packham and looked amazing. The dress was glamorous and exquisite in the bead detailing and was such a great success after the horror of the Grammys bedspread. Her 1960s beehive styled hair and perfect make-up made her number one in the beauty stakes too.

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille Couture

And finally to perhaps the most fashion-forward gown of the night. From the ruffled hemline to the belted waistband, and those stunning floral applique details around the bodice, this was a real showstopping gown from Zoe Saldana. She carried this off as well as a catwalk model and was a vision amongst a sea of mediocrity.

So, that’s my ten. Have I missed your fave? Let me know whose look you loved (or hated!).

The Gucci Dress everyone wants to wear.

This season there has been one dress that everyone has wanted to wear. From the fabulous Florence Welch, to Zoe Saldana, and by way of Evan Rachel Wood and Camilla Belle, this dress has graced a host of show-business parties, sometimes at exactly the same time. I am of course talking about the Gucci, Boardwalk Empire inspired flapper dress, with its striking Art Deco style gold and black colouring, and with its shimmering fringing that just evokes images of girls with Marcel Waved hair, Mary Jane shoes and bathtub and bottle parties. This is the sort of dress that made the 1920s roar, and I absolutely love it.

The High Street has been quick to jump onto the speakeasy bandwagon, filling their rails with a whole host of shimmering dresses just made for dancing the Charleston.

This style isn’t for everyone, it suits the straight up and down type – the boyish figure, rather than those with curves in abundance (which unfortunately counts me out). But that can’t stop me appreciating the sheer glamour of the this dip into the fashion archives, this nostalgic style throwback to the beginnings of Chanel. I am so excited by the thought of who else will rock this look.

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Cannes continues – More Frock Stars and Frock Horrors.

Day 5 and 6 of the Cannes film festival have given us some more looks to sallivate over, and a few others that have left me shaking my head and asking ‘Why’. Good clothes have happened to good people, but bad clothes have also happened to good people. Here are some of my best and worst looks of the last few days.

Good – Elizabeth Olsen in The Row.

It is official, Elizabeth Olsen is the best advertisement ‘The Row’ will ever get. The little sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley wore her sister’s designs, a daytime look in white and a stunning black 1920s flapper look whilst promoting her film ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’.

Bad – Julie Judd – who found a clever place to put her satin stole when the clock room was full! Trust me, there’s a great green gown under there!

Good – Fan Bing Bing. I think she looked glorious in this two-tone lilac Atelier Versace. This is an ultra romantic gown that she compliments with impeccable grooming.

Bad – Naomi Campbell in Pucci. Yes, she looks amazing, but surely this is a tunic, not a dress. Naomi seems to have forgotten half of her dress. And that lacing at the neck always reminds me of heavy rock videos.

Good – Zoe Saldana in Armani Prive. This red striped Armani dress looks great, but what really makes this outfit effortless and appealing is the lack of fussy hair and accessories. A simple gold cuff is all the adornment needed.

Bad – Mia Wasikowska in Valentino. OK, it;s quite simple. This girl either needs to get some colour in her wardrobe, or she needs to get a spray tan. In this blush Valentino dress,  she is in danger of fading into the carpet. And the Princess Anne hair doesn’t  help matters.

Good – Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace. In this chocolate-brown Versace dress she is  just sheer movie star. This is Hollywood glamour at its best.

Bad – Dasha Zhukova in Valentino. This resembles a scarlet Valentino sheer dressing gown.

Good – Zhang Zilin in Elie Saab. This is one of the beautiful Elie Saab S/S dresses that I absolutely loved, so I am so glad to see them on the dazzling on the red carpet.Note to Dasha, this is how to wear red on a red carpet.

Bad – Li Bing Bing in Elie Saab. Another Elie Saab dress, but this looks too long, too big across the  bust, and, with that leg thrust out, it’s far too Elizabeth Hurley!

Good – ageless French Style courtesy of Isabelle Huppert and Aissa Maiga. Isabelle Huppert looked beautiful in this simple satin column dress. Her hair would be better in a neater updo, but she still seems to grow more beautiful with age. Young French Actress Aissa Maiga shone in a Grecian style blue strapless column dress.

And the most fabulous outfit of the last few days…Gwen Stefani in Stella McCartney. We’ve seen this jumpsuit before,  Iman wore a gold version at the Met Ball, but I think Gwen looked unbelievable in the black version. It’s not for the faint hearted, but Gwen looks like she’s just left Studio 54. Amazing!