Sunday 19 February 2017

Oscars glamour: highs and lows

Safe choices and not enough Tinseltown magic means 2016 won't be remembered as a vintage year on the red carpet, writes our fashion editor

Published 02/03/2016 | 02:30

Alicia Vikander, winner of the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award for 'The Danish Girl'.
Alicia Vikander, winner of the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award for 'The Danish Girl'.
Lady Gaga Oscars 2016
Julianne Moore
Brie Larson
Kate Winslet
Cate Blanchett
Heidi Klum

The Oscars red carpet is traditionally a major fashion moment in Tinseltown - a showcase of super-glam gowns that usually oscillate between goddess, mermaid and fairytale. They can make you gasp for all the right reasons - and all the wrong ones, too.

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Next day water-cooler chat usually sparks lots of lively discussion but somehow, this year, the Oscar fashion was something of a damp squib, centering on a lot of overly sugary colours and cuts and silhouettes that we have seen too many times.

What happened to the stylists? Heaven knows, we've seen a raft of fabulous dresses at the Oscars over the decades, but there was nothing on Sunday night that triggered any great frisson because of its newness and innovation. It was disappointing because there have been so many highs over the decades. Nonetheless, we've rounded up the standout fashion moments from the evening's ceremony - fashion's winners and losers.

Alicia Vikander

Poor Alicia Vikander - she was mauled by the style police for what's been called a Disney moment. Perhaps she and her stylist peaked too soon in the awards season? But I loved the hemline and I forecast that this dress will be the one that dressmakers will be presented with by brides, bridesmaids and debs.

Lady Gaga


Fair play to Lady Gaga - she can always be relied on to come up with something very different. Her Brandon Maxwell-designed strapless white jumpsuit gown certainly came with a twist. It draped, it was architectural, it had a train and she wore it with sass.

Julianne Moore


Julianne Moore is the one who disappointed me most. This Chanel gown just looks a little 'meh'. The neckline looked like something you find in run-of-the- mill eveningwear shops since the late noughties. In fairness, Chanel did produce a wow white strapless dress for Jules last year, but this year was way too average.

Brie Larson


Brie Larson wore Gucci and the colour was striking - so too was the pearl belt, but the fluted waves of chiffon were just a little too classic and uninspiring. This dress falls short of something wonderful.

Kate Winslet


Oh dear, what happened to Kate? We've complained that she's been wearing basically the same shape dress for the last while and then she goes out and does it again, but this time in a Ralph Lauren dress with an unflattering cut that gave her no waist, made her look hippy and as one wag noted, "she looks like an oil slick".

Cate Blanchett


Cate Blanchett went back to the well of Armani Prive for this Oscar creation. Its cut was magnificent and I liked the silhouette with the mini train. But while I normally adore surface detail, there was just something too much about all those soft teal, feathery flowers. I feel they overgilded that lily.

Heidi Klum


OMG! How can something like this happen to a red-carpet veteran like supermodel Heidi Klum? Could she not say no? This Marchesa nightmare billowed and stuck out where it shouldn't have. The irony is that Heidi looked fabuous when she wore a strapless black dress with her 29-year-old boyfriend to the Vanity Fair after-party.

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