Yesterday saw the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the world famous Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, and while I didn’t have the stamina to stay awake and watch the live coverage, I did check the all important coverage first thing this morning. No, not who won what, who wore what! Here’s the run down of the best red carpet looks; who surprised us (good and bad) and who stole the show!
Old School Hollywood Glamour
Sleek, 50s starlet hair (tick), delicate make-up with bold lips (tick), elegant poses (tick), sultry and sophisticated looks in pewter, silver and antique golds (tick). Cameron, Kate and Sandra look like the Hollywood Royalty they are! This is what the Oscars are all about – there’s no school like the old school!
Elie Saab vs. Chanel
4 beautiful actresses, 4 stunning dresses, 2 designers. Rachel McAdams and Anna Kendrick looked the epitome of grace and elegance in their delicate Elie Saab gowns. Rachel stole the show for me in this gown, it looked amazing at every angle and as she moved along the red carpet. The muted Monet-esque print and colours gave a subtle impact, yet packed plenty of punch! Anna also looked angelic and yet not too cutesy. I love this dress, and the colour is perfect on her, my only criticism is that I think it’s slightly too old for her.
Diane Kruger is the perfect mix of old school glamour and forward fashion, so this Chanel gown is perfect (on paper). I adore the nude and black together and the sexy neckline, but there’s no getting away from the fact the ruffles on the hips are not that flattering (I picked the image that showed the gown at the most flattering angle). Style legend Sarah Jessica Parker looked modern and fresh faced in her Chanel Couture gown, I love this dress on her (I also have a serous style crush on anything made of metres of lemon yellow silk) and it’s clearly a couture master piece – how is that bad boy staying up?!
But there can be only one design house winner, and that winner is Elie Saab. His gowns have the wow factor and are so flattering, and the confidence Rachel and Anna are radiating shows they know they’re on to winners!
Walk Walk, Fashion Baby
Injecting some much needed fashion forward looks (and colour) were these 3 beauties. Zoe could have her own category in this Givenchy look straight off the catwalk! She looked a-maz-ing and completely natural in this stunning dress – no Oscar, but who the hell cares when you look like this! Maggie Gyllenhaal looked simply stunning in this colour-splashed column Dries van Noten gown, the print is attention grabbing while the shape is understated – the perfect combo! Vera Farmiga had the same issue as Diane Kruger; this dress looked phenomenal at some angles, and slightly unflattering in others. The raspberry shade and detailing, on the other hand, is yummy!
I’m completely in love with Carey Mulligan’s Prada dress, actually, with her whole look. It’s fresh, modern and a little bit eccentric! Kristen Stewart looked a lot more feminine than we’re used to in her midnight blue Monique Lhuillier gown. Dramatic, figure hugging and quite sexy (yep, I’m still talking about Kristen!) knew she could pull it out of the bag! Proving her fashionista title, Nicole Richie looked beautiful in this ’60s housewife meets Morticia Adams’ gown by Reem Acra (know that desrciption sounds as appealing as wearing a nylon bumbag, but it completely works!).
Who was your favourite of the night? Mine has to be Rachel McAdams!