This has taken me a little longer than most to get round to doing, partly because of a busy week, partly because I wanted it to be a little more than “I like this” and “I don’t like that”. Here’s my round up of the red carpet fashions, which in my opinion was far more interesting than the actual Academy Awards. My two opinions on the show? Yes, I’m also disappointed that Leo was once again overlooked, but I’d prefer him to win based on his performance instead of just to rectify the injustice. And The Selfie That Broke Twitter was the best thing to come out of the Oscars. Ever. The End.
The Best-Dressed Baby Bumps
I know Elsa got a lot of flack for her choice (she’s the Mrs Chris Hemsworth, FYI), which I think was completely uncalled for. The colour is beautiful and instead of trying to conceal her bump (ala Kerry Washington), she’s actually highlighted it. And honestly, if you’re dumb enough to criticise the woman married to Thor, you deserve to be smashed with Mjölnir. The winner for best-dressed baby bump for me, however, is Olivia Wilde.
All That Glitters
Gold, sparkly sequin-y things seemed to be quite popular. I reckon it’s because of the metallics trends we’ve been seeing in beauty and fashion. I do love the sleek, elegant look of the dresses worn by Angie, Jessica and Jennifer – these are all a win for me.
Pretty and Pale
Another trend I picked up on was the abundance of pretty, pale and pink dresses. These are just a few of the selection and my favourite is Guliana Rancic. She looks like a fairy princess in this tulle creation. I can see wedding gown designers using these for inspiration next season.
I have a great deal of respect for these women. If I could come back in another life, I’d pick Anne Hathaway hands down – she always plays the best roles: a princess, catwoman, Jane Austen, Fantine, an assistant at Vogue. But this dress is basically the darker sister to what she wore last year (the pink halter) and I thought it was a bad choice then. They look fine, but I think they played it a little too safe this year.
Showing up the Pretty Young Things, this year’s more seasoned actresses really brought out all the stops and showed that just because you’re the other side of 40, doesn’t mean you have to dress down. I don’t love the dangly tassles on Goldie’s dress, but the rest of it is pure class.
I love these. Everything about them is why I love the Oscars and the Oscars fashion. It’s the Awards ceremony where you don’t go too bold or too extreme, but rather focus on simple, classic cuts with one outstanding feature. An Oscar dress has to be memorable and, for me, these are the ones I’ll be daydreaming about for years to come.
On The Fence
I’m not quite sure what to do with these. I have the biggest girl crush on JLaw at the moment (who doesn’t?!) so I’m rather disappointed. I adored her choice last year – now made famous as the dress she tripped in – and her Dior obsession fits in quite nicely with my own aesthetic. Emma always manages to look effortlessly elegant and so well-put-together. I like the dress; I don’t love it. Some people have raved about Julie Dephy’s choice – I can’t place my finger on it, but there’s something that doesn’t quite work for me.
My Favourite Things
These ladies really blew me away with their choices. Amy Adams looked like the dress was an extension of her body and the colour perfectly suited her. Cate Blanchett is the only woman on earth with the skin tone to pull off this look. The dresses don’t just complement them, they emphasise the most beautiful aspects of these women. However, the winner for me this season, and not just because she nabbed the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, was Lupita Nyong’o. She’s kind of the darling of Hollywood at the moment and on everyone’s best dressed list this year. Previously, her work included a short film. She’s been an unknown for many years, until her role in 12 Years A Slave, but I have a feeling we can expect to see a lot more from her. My favourite quote from the evening came from her during her acceptance speech. I found it again on Pinterest on the most gorgeous picture of her where her dress is billowing around her – it reminds me of myself as a child playing dress up, pretending I was a princess. After all, that’s what the Oscars is all about: living your dream.
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