Saturday 18 November 2017

Winners and losers in Oscar style battle

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
Lupita Nyong'o
Rosamund Pike
Dakota Johnson
Marion Cotillard
Julianne Moore
Jennifer Aniston
Felicity Jones
Gwyneth Paltrow
Scarlett Johansson
Rowena Walsh

Rowena Walsh

Some shone in the fashion stakes while others got it all wrong last night when the stars came out for film’s biggest bash

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Lupita Nyong'o

She was the breakout star of last year's award seasons and Lupita has proved that she's still a fashion force to be reckoned with. She looked fabulous in a bold Elie Saab abstract number with a full-skirted silhouette and proper geek glasses at the SAG awards. But she certainly doesn't have a signature look as this stunning pearl and ivory beaded Calvin Klein collection gown proves. Some social media users did compare her look to that sported by Kim K in her 2008 Playboy shoot, but they are very, very confused.

Reese Witherspoon

Her white Tom Ford gown with its perfectly placed black trim was flawless, and as such, didn't require much accessorising. But that may have lulled the Wild star into a false sense of security, because really no matter how fabulous a dress is, it does still need a little bit of help to look its very best. A word to the wise, Reese, not even Tom Ford can disguise bad roots. And really, would it have killed you to wear a little bit of red lippie?! You are at the Oscars, y'know. This is not the night to dial down the hair and make-up.

Rosamund Pike

And the award for the yummiest mummy goes to Ms Pike. It's hard to believe that she only gave birth to her second son in December. We shudder to think of the self-denial involved in wearing a dress like this at the best of times, never mind at a time when most women would only be getting to grips with their new love. The Gone Girl star has spoken about the pressures of the red carpet, but she certainly didn't seem stressed in this fabulous Givenchy lace dress, which emphasised her tiny waist and toned legs. Not that we're jealous…

Dakota Johnson

She's the star of 2015's 'sexiest' movie, but Ms Johnson certainly wasn't tempted to wear any shade of grey on this red carpet. Instead, she opted for a bright YSL column gown, an elegant updo and brought mother Melanie Griffith as her date. But Dakota isn't quite as demure as that may suggest. The 25-year-old's dress boasted a thigh-high split, she snapped at her mum when the Working Girl actress said that it would be strange to watch her daughter in the risqué movie, and admitted that she had kept one of the naughty props from the film…

Marion Cotillard

Do it right, and it's fabulous. Do it wrong, and you'll prompt onlookers to start humming "we're going to the chapel and we're going to get married".  Desperate bride-to-be isn't a good look for anyone, y'know. But happily there's always one who succeeds. With typical Gallic nonchalance, Marion demonstrates just how to wear a traditional colour and bring it bang up to date. The Two Days, One Night star wowed in this futuristic Dior with its amazing back detail. C'est formidable!

Julianne Moore

She had to be feeling the pressure. The Still Alice star had been tipped for the Best Actress award since the nominations were announced. And although Julianne had won a string of acting accolades over the season (not to mention fashion kudos), that's no guarantee come Oscar time. There's only one way to deal with that scrutiny and that's to wrap yourself in Chanel couture. The gown required 987 hours of work and involved 27 people, but it was worth it. She is dazzling!

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Jennifer Aniston

They say you should dress for the job you want. After missing out on an Oscar nomination, Jen clearly decided to dress for the accolade she felt she deserved. She certainly resembled a particular statuette.  However, perhaps it wasn't her most stylish sartorial decision to date. After her very revealing appearance at the SAG awards, it was good to see the Cake star covering up her assets - a little at least. But the beaded atelier Versace dress managed the remarkable feat of making the toned one seem almost, dare we say it, frumpy…

Felicity Jones

Seriously? Felicity, whatever were you thinking?! Somebody really needs to tell The Theory of Everything star that sometimes less really is more. We assume that she wanted to make a 'statement' and we do know that she does quite like bold silhouettes, but this voluminous Alexander McQueen gown completely overwhelms her petite frame. Oh well, there's always next time - if she manages to get nominated again, that is.

Gwyneth Paltrow

One glance at her baby pink dress has transported us back to the dying days of the last century when Gwynnie got the Best Actress nod for Shakespeare in Love, and treated us to an unforgettable (and unforgiveable) performance when she cried and cried and cried. You'd think after that, that she'd be traumatised by that particular shade, but Gwyneth seems to have moved on (even if the rest of us are unable to). Once we could bear to look at the dress for a second time, it became very clear that it was just as unflattering as that 1999 look. What a shame.

Scarlett Johansson

We know what we're supposed to say: "Scarlett looks her usual stunning self as she rocks her retro Hollywood look on the red carpet." But really, there's no way to sugarcoat this. The woman, who has been described as the 'sexiest woman in the world', looks like an ad for what not to wear. She might have been able to work her usual magic on her boring Versace dress, if it it wasn't for the shocking oversized Swarovski collar and closely shorn hair.

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