For the first time in years, the Oscars red carpet was worth getting excited for
Published 29/02/2016 | 02:45
When was the last time you remember seeing more than one iconic Oscar dress on a red carpet?
In 2015, Lupita Nyong'o's powder blue Prada gown undoubtedly stole the show, but other than, there wasn't much to get excited about. In 2014, Cate Blanchett's nude Armani dress was the clear winner, 2013 saw Jennifer Lawrence and her Dior make Oscar history (not solely because the train led to her tripping up the stairs as she received the Best Actress award).
After too many years of blah red carpet fashion, Sunday night's ceremony redeemed the boring gowns of recent years and actually gave us some competition for best dressed lists.
The Oscars are of course the most important night of the year in film, where a group of immensely talented people who contribute to the success of film are honoured for their contributions - but for style stalkers like me, it's the perfect excuse to stay up late, glued to the red carpet action.
And this year, it was worth the bags under my eyes.
As the images came pouring in, it became more and more difficult to pick my best dressed. Am I biased for thinking Saoirse Ronan was the undisputed star of the night? Maybe, but it doesn't make it any less true.
Her sequin Calvin Klein gown elevated her to new fashion heights and showed the world she's not only all grown up, but a clear fashion force to be reckoned with. She was one of the early arrivals, which means she was met with stiff competition as the red carpet coverage continued. There's no one more able to handle a bit of competition than our Saoirse.
It's nights like these that social media really shines, where everyone gets to play Fashion Police with thousands of like-minded strangers. And they were, as expected, ruthless - but more importantly, genuinely interested.
There was a notable shift in the comments appearing in my newsfeed. People were interacting again and we excitedly waited to see the next couture design strut down the red carpet.
There were the usual suspects like Sofia Vergara, who wears a different version of the same bustier, cinched waist dress to every awards ceremony; then there were the superstars who have been playing it safe on the red carpet for too long (I'm not naming names Charlize Theron) and then we finally saw some familiar faces we haven't seen on the Oscars red carpet in years, who made it so worth the wait.
Rachel McAdams sizzling in a plunging emerald green Gucci number; Alicia Vikander dazzling in a custom made yellow Louis Vuitton dress; Daisy Ridley made her Academy Awards debut in metallic Chanel and Kerry Washington's 'shouldn't work, but it does' monochrome Versace look was what Oscars fashion is all about - fun.
Even Lady Gaga, who has dressed decidedly more normal these days, broke all the red carpet rules in a white jumpsuit and looked simply sensational in the process.
Now, let's hope they raise the bar again next year.