Tuesday 16 January 2018

Oscars fashion: The verdict

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive.
Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive.
Anne Hathaway in a Grecian style dress.
Kerry Washington in Prada. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Jane Seymour is a Grecian goddess in green. HDI TAAMALLAH/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Amanda Seyfried wears her second dress of the night at the Vanity Fair afterparty. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton.
Jennifer Lawrence does a quick change into this clinging metallic gown.
Miranda Kerr covers up (well, for her) in this silk dress. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Olivia Munn in Marchesa.
Actress Reese Witherspoon in vintage Valentino.
Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence in Dior.
Lincoln star Sally Field in vintage Valentino.
Jane Fonda in Versace.
Anne Hathaway in Prada.
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Oscar night means two things to me: a very, very late-night to see all of the action live and analysing red carpet fashion.

Awards season has been building up to this moment, and the morning after the Academy Awards holds a special little place in my heart. Yes, I know...it's a bit sad. But for a celebrity stalker, you get to see Hollywood up the ante more for just one night.

This awards season, it’s a toss-up between Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain as my two favourite rising red carpet stars. Both have been impeccably turned out for each event, but Anne’s homage to Audrey Hepburn in her blush pink Prada dress just made me love her more. She changed into an equally fabulous metallic gown for the Vanity Fair afterparty, proving that her stellar style on the red carpet wasn't a once-off.

And while Jessica may have missed out on the Best Actress award to Jennifer Lawrence (Dior’s recent golden girl); in my books, she was the queen of Oscars couture and easily the best dressed on the night. Dressed in an Armani Prive gown, she was the picture of old school Hollywood perfection. The fact that she doesn't look like every other actress out there is intriguing for all of the right reasons.

Then, there’s my controversial choice, but one I stick by: Amy Adams. The only negative point for me is that it was very reminiscent of Penelope Cruz's turnout in 2007. Amy was a vision in her powder blue gown by Oscar de la Renta of course. Honestly, if I was attending the Oscars, this is what I would wear. It's the one night of the year where you can actually say: 'Go big or go home' and mean it. The bustier cut is quite safe, but with such a beautiful fit, I’d be playing it 'safe' too.

Django Unchained’s Kerry Washington rocked a coral Prada number and found the right balance of youth and sophistication. But it’s the gold detail that wins it for me. Reese Witherspoon’s cobalt blue number is a step away from her usual style (she revealed that her daughter Tennessee chose the Marc Jacobs gown for her), however her flawless hair and makeup adds the x factor. She’s very Veronica Lake with her sideswept curls, completing her vintage look.

Then comes the big winner of the night: Jennifer Lawrence. The 22-year-old actress has relied on Dior throughout the current awards season, but she outdid even herself at the Oscars. While her dress looks as if it may weight just five pounds too heavy (and my hunch is right if that stage fall is anything to go by), I’d imagine this is something Grace Kelly would have worn if she were in Lawrence’s shoes today. I would have preferred to see her hair down and fuller for a change, but it’s easy to see why she wanted to let her dress do the talking. Because, what a pretty, pretty dress it is.

Sally Field, Jane Fonda and Jane Seymour all proved that age really is nothing but a number. In fact, Jane Fonda has inspired me to pick up her exercise dvd from the 80s and start tearing into my spandex if it means I'll look that now, let alone when I'm 75. Sally stunned in a red Valentino gown, while exercise guru Fonda turned heads in her neon dress which showed off her incredible figure. Former Bond girl Jane Seymour was ethereal in her emerald dress at the Elton John viewing party.

Charlize Theron is one actress whom I consistently wait with baited breath to see what options she’ll go for on Oscar night. Her white Dior dress fit like a glove and I love the not-quite-peplum detail on the waist. Of course, Kate Middleton’s designers of choice were also out in force, including Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton, who is responsible for Amanda Seyfried’s fairytale gown and Jenny Packham, who dressed Adele in black. Even maternity wear couldn't stop Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Kim Kardashian who both sexed up their looks in fitted gowns.

Now, it's not all gushing and fawning, my second controversial comment is to follow. I'm breaking the unofficial moratorium on negative comments about Jennifer Aniston, by simply asking: 'How did she manage to mess that up?'. That should have been a spectacular gown, but she looks washed out and overwhelmed by its size. As for Zoe Saldana, who is expected to wear something out of the ordinary after last year's purple feather dress, her Alexis Mabille Couture is another example of what should have worked, but didn't. It's far too busy for such a structured dress and her shoes are too fussy for the simplicity of the gown. Les Miserables' Samantha Barks went for a very, very simply black dress, which again could have been styled to perfection. But her too-casual hair and makeup takes away from her overall look.

In the end, I would have preferred to see more risk-takers at the Oscars this year. I never thought I'd be yearning for the days of Bjork's swan, but that's what we have come to.

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