Saturday 25 October 2014

Style jury: The good, the bad and the ugly at the Oscars

Published 03/03/2014 | 14:40

Independent.ie's style jury give their verdict on the red carpet fashion at last night's Oscars.

Angelina Jolie

Bairbre Power: Having just watched Angelina Jolie in Salt a few hours earlier, I was dying to see what the fabulous looking Ms Jolie would give us at the Oscars – and I must confess, I was little disappointed in her choice of greige Elie Saab gown  - this coming from the woman who gave us Tux female drama at the BAFTAs and those memorable emerald drop earrings at the Oscars a few years ago. I suspect she was trying not to detract from Brad’s big night.

Denise Calnan: Angelina shows why she has been dubbed red carpet royalty in this long-sleeved sheer gown. The star swapped her tough look for something more feminine and it suits her.

Fionnan Sheahan: A tad boring for Angie. Conveniently, the top part looks like a jumper which can be worn with a pair of jeans when out for a pint at the weekend.

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Sandra Bullock

Bairbre Power: Totally loved Sandra Bullock’s choice of a Alexander McQueen strapless gown in midnight blue satin. It followed the contours of her svelte figure in a sensational fashion and she was as curvy as the giant Oscar statuette parked behind her.

The pleated front detail flowed divinely into a fishtail hemline. The deal breaker here was the styling and Sandra’s hair style was bang on the money with a parteen and 1950s kiss curl wave. This red carpet veteran knows how to rock it and I loved her $1.8m Lorraine Schwatz platinum and diamond cluster earrings.

Denise Calnan: The flattering cut is fabulous, the royal blue colour is amazing and Sandra nailed her hair in a classic old Hollywood style. This is hands-down my favourite look of the evening.

Fionnan Sheahan: Oozes old-school Hollywood glamour from the 40s with the Veronica Lake hair and the flowing gown with perfectly placed cross-over.

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Cate Blanchett

Bairbre Power: I don’t go with the choir of fashion police who complain that Cate Blanchett nude Armani Privé encrusted tulle gown washed her out.

I thought she looked like old Hollywood glamour in this gown with a flared skirt with crinoline edging and the wonderful raised dégradé sequins and gold Swarovski crystal baguettes.

With those dramatic Chopard opal earrings and her hair gently curled to one side, Cate was a text book example of how to pay attention to all the elements for a knockout red carpet look.

Denise Calnan: Cate channelled the red carpet-popular muted metallic look at last night’s Oscars and this year’s Best Actress looked a million dollars.

Fionnan Sheahan: An awful lot going on here with somebody going into overdrive with the paste and sequins. Looks like it weighs a tonne.

 

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Charlize Theron

Denise Calnan: A twist on a black gown, Charlize looks fantastic in the double-layered full-length dress. Her hair and makeup complete one of my favourite looks of the evening.

Fionnan Sheahan: Stunning. Probably wouldn't work on anybody else bar a 6ft former supermodel.

Fionnuala McCarthy: This Christian Dior haute couture dress  belongs on the catwalk, not red carpet. Those pointy parts could have her eye out if she turns too quickly.  

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Anna Kendrick

Denise Calnan: I love the idea of Anna’s strong red lip picking up the floral design on her gown, but other than that, I think Kendrick failed on the fashion front. The dress is dated and doesn’t have the ‘glam factor’.

Fionnan Sheahan: Appears to be wearing three different dresses stitched together and fails miserably with an Angie-legbomb.

Fionnuala McCarthy: Anna Kendrick  dress has an identity crisis, it has no idea what it is meant to be.  And that floral patterned stomach detail is making me itch.

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Kerry Washington

Fionnuala McCarthy:  What else can someone who is literally about to drop a baby wear on the red carpet than a sheath.   Personally I think she should have worn a onesie and stayed at home on the sofa.  I know I would have.

Denise Calnan: And the best dressed bump goes to... Kerry Washington is due her first child in just a few weeks but wowed in a Jason Wu wrap dress. She gets my style thumbs-up.

Fionnan Sheahan: The silk sheet will come in handy if she goes into labour on the sidewalk. Anyway, she looks fabulous.

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Jennifer Lawrence

Bairbre Power: What’s not to love about Jennifer Lawrence's Dior, scarlet red, pared- back column dress – apart from the fact that it was way too long and she tripped headlong on the red carpet.

Her stylist was probably concentrating too much on delivering that $2 Neil Lane 100 carats necklace, 10-card diamond studs and diamond-and-platinum ring.

The simplicity of the strapless, semi peplum dress didn’t match the gelled back, caramel-stripped  hair which looked way too casual – more shopping hair than sparkling with diamonds at the Oscars.

Denise Calnan: J-Law has yet to get it wrong on the red carpet, but then she has style king Dior on her side. A clean-cut red gown with a peplum cut; she looks a million dollars.

Fionnan Sheahan: The peplum detail is in season, the bold red is striking, but there's just something not quite right. 

 

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Lupita N’yongo

Bairbre Power: Lupita Nyong'o looked breathtaking in her Prada gown in Nairobi blue and I can see this floaty, pleated gown becoming an absolute favourite with brides – but only if they are relatively flat chested.

She has done radical and knockout in her fashion choices recently which made this choice of Oscars outfit all the more beguiling.

In addition to her smart dress choice,  I loved her gold and diamond headband and what about those stunning gold and rose-cut diamond spiked crescent earrings. Fred Leighton completed the jewellery story with a19th century gold and diamond snake bracelet and several vintage rings which looked fab when her fingers walked the mani red carpet for Ryan Seacrest on E! News

Denise Calnan: Lupita’s custom-made Prada gown stole the show. The actress has proved she knows her red carpet glamour in just one awards season.

Fionnan Sheahan: Not quite as show-stopping as her Golden Globes and BAFTA efforts, she still carries off the Grecian goddess look with some aplomb.

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Meryl Streep

Fionnuala McCarthy: Meryl will never disappoint on the red carpet.  Great colours, fantastic fit, she looks a million dollars. 

Denise Calnan: The ever-classy Meryl does it again. A full-length skirt and loose-fitted top means Meryl knows to show off her toned shoulders and arms.

Fionnan Sheahan: The off-the-shoulder tease says she's still got it.

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Pharrell:

Fionnuala McCarthy:  We all thought he would rock up in another Westwood hat,  but instead Mr happy himself wore fancy tuxedo shorts and bow tie.  A look to  be repeated at Debs across Ireland this summer.    

Denise Calnan: Suit shorts are a good idea, but it’s only early March Pharrell. I think he may have regretted this once he hit the red carpet. Still nowhere near as bad as his Grammy night fedora though...

Fionnan Sheahan: Did he come direct from a Boy Scouts jamboree and forget his trousers?

 

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U2

Bairbre Power: The U2 boys certainly didn’t play safe – just look at those lapels and they all rocked it with very individual touches. The newly wed Adam Clayton was the most fashion forwards with his sequined lapelled tux while The Edge worked dress-down beanie with dressed up tux with black jet beading and skinny tie. Bono sparkled with a silver metallic braid down the placket of his dress shirt which caught the glint of his stud diamond ring and Larry Mullen Jr took no risks with the popping light bulbs and reached for his Wayfarers and channeled the Teddy Boy drape jacket with a single button tux with leather revers.

And interestingly, their shoe choices also differed widely. Adam Clayton wore traditional black patent dress shoes with a suede detail while The Edge went for punched leather lace ups, Bono wore leather boots with a regular heel while Larry, well the Howth man didn’t lose sight of his northside credentials and wore good ol’ laced up boots, with a zip at the side.

Denise Calnan: Their efforts have been wasted, the Dublin crew look they’re stuck in the eighties.

Fionnan Sheahan: Adam and The Edge seem to have borrowed the jackets from a magic act in Vegas, Bono is stuck in a moment back in the 1960s, but Larry is, as usual, just plain, unfussy and cool.

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