Saturday 19 January 2019

Highs, lows and bows

Plunging décolletage, dramatic ruffles and shiny metallics starred on this year's Oscars red carpet

Margot Robbie ✓
Margot Robbie ✓
Saoirse Ronan ✓
Blanca Blanco ✗
Taraji P. Henson ✗
Whoopi Goldberg ✗
Jennifer Lawrence ✓
Salma Hayek ✗
Gal Gadot ✓
Andra Day ✗
Nicole Kidman ✓
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

As style goes in Tinseltown, the 90th Oscars ceremony was not a knockout year in the fashion stakes. It had none of the wow factor of vintage years when we couldn't compile a list of our favourite dozen dresses because there were so many. However, it was worth staying up to watch because those who got it right at the Dolby Theatre slayed it and those who got it wrong, well, they should just go invest in a mirror... and perhaps a new stylist too.

All Irish eyes were on our gal, Saoirse Ronan, who justifiably went straight to the top of international style lists with her Raf Simons- designed Calvin Klein bow-trimmed gown worn with attitude and a new cropped haircut. I'm mystified by the online posts comparing this dress to the Ralph Lauren gown worn by Gwyneth Paltrow when she collected her 1999 Oscar (remember that cringy speech?). They were both pale pink. Full stop, end of similarity. First impressions can be wrong and I confess I didn't like Margot Robbie's white Chanel gown at first because I thought those crystal straps looked a little too 'western saloon dancer'. But on closer inspection, the embellished straps moved beautifully and when one of them came loose, enterprising Margot sewed it back on.

Nicole Kidman was all about the strong statement bow in her cobalt Armani Privé slit high at the front to enable the Big Little Lies actress sit down. Blue dress, red lips, pale skin, it was divine. Tousle-haired Jennifer Lawrence's Dior chain-mail gown will go instantly on to 'I want' Pinterest lists along with the fluid, modern Gatsby qualities of Gal Gadot's Givenchy dress.

On the bad side, well that was like shooting fish in a barrel, starting with Salma Hayek in Gucci. Fussy sequinned layers with bizarre crystal shoulder piece, she should have taken Coco Chanel's advice to take something off on the way out the door. In fact, she should have taken the whole thing off and changed.

Taraji P. Henson opted to play the leggy flesh card with her Vera Wang tulle gown and Whoopi Goldberg unfortunately wore a Christian Siriano full skirted, floral affair that swallowed her up.

The décolletage trend meant the boobs were out in force and actress Blanca Blanco sported extreme cleavage - probably the most revealing look of the night. Meanwhile, singer Andra Day in her floral Zac Posen looked like a festoon blind from a 1980s interior gone horribly wrong.

Irish Independent

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