I love the Oscars. I love the old school Hollywood glamour of the red carpet, and the Academy Awards as an establishment – it’s really an institution, isn’t it? Can you imagine going? Actually being there, right in the thick of the throng on the red carpet? I’d happily attend as one of those poor souls who carry the umbrellas for the movie stars, just to feel the energy and witness such a famous and historic event. I’m a huge fan of film (did you know I did film studies at uni? Well, like, two modules….) and I think film is a bit like fashion, in that a director or producer or actor or writer can express themselves through film. Perhaps it’s why I like fashion and film and, in turn, why I so adore the Oscars red carpet.
Anyway, my favourite Oscars gown this year goes to the beautiful Emma Stone in Elie Saab; she rarely gets it wrong (in fact, I don’t think she ever has) on the red carpet and, although Elie Saab can be a bit of a no-brainer during awards season, the colour of this dress is unexpected, and the silhouette transports me to another era.
Second, Rosamund Pike in Givenchy. I love the elegance of her hair and how she matched her barely-there sandals to her red dress. The natural hair and make up (and pedicure) means this dress does all the talking and, even though there’s a lot going on (texture, a slit, slight frill, scalloped edging), Pike nails understated glamour. Thumbs up for the Gone Girl star.
Third, Reese Witherspoon, who has certainly had a ‘moment’ this awards season thanks to her role in Wild but, evidently, she was saving the best for last with this monochrome number by Tom Ford. Ford is a genius and Witherspoon wears this dress so well – particularly because she appears to have been buffed, literally, to perfection, and with just the right amount of golden glow. In addition, her hair is amazing – top marks, and quite possibly the best hair of the evening.
Fourth, Margot Robbie. The 24 year old Australian actress is a bit of a style chameleon – she regularly changes her hair colour and her overall look, but generally the fact remains: she’s a mega babe. This Saint Laurent dress is sexy but classy and I particularly love her deep side parting and matte orange-red lip. ‘Hollywood starlet’ at it’s best.
These four leading ladies were my best dressed this year (I don’t do worst dressed because it’s just mean), but I couldn’t resist a few more – mostly because these women as actresses and as human beings (as much as one can know an A-lister, of course), are just marvellous. One is Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior (a slightly odd design, but more than slightly divine) and the other is Cate Blanchett in Maison Margiela. Both strong, confident choices; one is edgy and fashion forward (Cotillard in Dior), while the other is bold but understated (Blanchett in Margiela). Me likey.
Lastly, Julianne Moore, who more than deserved her Oscar having missed out four times before. She won Best Actress for her role in Still Alice, in which she plays a professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Moore looked Oscar-winner worthy in custom Chanel.
Which were your favourite red carpet looks?