Movie star glam­our

Colours, em­bel­lish­ments, tex­tures and de­tails were seen on dis­play at the Os­cars’ red car­pet.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By DZIREENA MA­HADZIR star2@ thes­tar. com. my

NOW that the Os­cars have wrapped up, end­ing the streak of award shows, we’re go­ing to take a look at the gowns.

Last week in Star2, we ran an Os­car is­sue and the fash­ion desk did a trends fore­cast on what we thought would be seen on the red car­pet ( Who, What, Wear? Feb 25). This has been an on- go­ing thing as we were keep­ing track of the fash­ion seen at the awards and did a roundup of each one.

Here’s a break­down of the trends we pre­dicted that made the cut as well as our favourite looks:

Rain­bow brite and the all- white brigade

# Os­carSoWhite – Yes, white was def­i­nitely one of the colours that stood out. Lady Gaga nailed it in Bran­don Maxwell along with pants as evening wear ( an­other trend we fore­casted). Olivia Wilde took the plunge in Valentino Haute Cou­ture and Priyanka Cho­pra was gor­geous in lace from Zuhair Mu­rad. The jury is out on Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Cou­ture with strate­gic cutouts; the Twit­ter au­di­ence didn’t seem too im­pressed with men­tions of table­cloths be­ing thrown around. The fash­ion set how­ever found it fab­u­lous with Vogue, W and Van­ity Fair putting her on their best dressed list.

The bold and beau­ti­ful

Saoirse Ro­nan stood out in an emer­ald green Calvin Klein. While the dress was on the min­i­mal­ist side, the sparkle and shine made it a daz­zling num­ber. Rachel McA­dams also wore green in a hal­ter- neck Au­gust Getty Ate­lier dress. Ali­cia Vikan­der was all sun­shiny smiles in pale yel­low from Louis Vuit­ton while Charlize Theron stunned in bright red Dior Haute Cou­ture. Olivia Munn showed that or­ange should be the new black on the red car­pet in Stella McCart­ney. Fi­nally, deep blue was a stand­out as seen on the stun­ning Sofia Ver­gara who wore March­esa and the di­vine Brie Lar­son in Gucci.

An eye for de­tail

Ap­plique and tex­tures – Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive ( weren’t the scat­tered flow­ers amaz­ing?), Chrissie Teigen in March­esa and Daisy Ri­d­ley in Chanel Haute Cou­ture.

Ruf­fles, tiers, pleats and folds – Brie Lar­son, Olivia Wilde, Lady Gaga ( just a touch), Jen­nifer Lawrence in Dior, Sofia Ver­gara, Jen­nifer Garner in Ver­sace. Se­quins, shim­mer, shine and sparkle – Saoirse Ro­nan, Naomi Watts in Armani, Mar­got Rob­bie in Tom Ford, and Kate Winslet in Ralph Lau­ren look­ing like liq­uid silk.

Lace and cutouts – Priyanka Cho­pra, Rooney Mara and Ju­lianne Moore in Chanel Haute Cou­ture.

Trains – Charlize Theron, Rachel McA­dams, Jen­nifer Lawrence, Rooney Mara, Priyanka Cho­pra, Cate Blanchett, Lady Gaga, Jen­nifer Garner and many more.

God­dess di­vine

Our per­sonal favourites – We put Blanchett on the cover; ob­vi­ously she’s our favourite. Let me re­phrase that, it’s the Fash­ion and Beauty editor’s favourite, so she’s on the cover. I chose her be­cause while I am a fan of min­i­mal­ism, the Os­cars is where you pull out all the stops and a gown that takes your breath away is al­ways a win­ner. She also looked like what she was – a movie star.

While Wil­liam K. C. Kee agreed with me say­ing Blanchett stole the show in her flo­ral fan­tasy frock, the rest chose dif­fer­ently. Na­dine Fer­nadez picked Rooney Mara for its slinky, em­bel­lished look while Bervin Cheong chose Lady Gaga: “A white jumpsuit? It shows that you can be dif­fer­ent, yet still shine.”

That Dis­ney princess

Ap­par­ently, Ali­cia Vikan­der the “It” girl of the awards sea­sons and cur­rent style set­ter, was giv­ing Dis­ney Princess vibes to prac­ti­cally ev­ery­one. Dressed in a pale yel­low bub­ble skirt gown from Louis Vuit­ton and with her half up do, did she re­mind you of any­one like say, Belle from Beauty And The Beast? Vikan­der con­firmed it her­self in a re­port in the UK Daily Tele­graph say­ing: “The 12- year- old in me wants to be Belle in Beauty And The Beast.”

Crack that whip

Kerry Wash­ing­ton gets a spe­cial men­tion for push­ing the en­ve­lope in a Ver­sace black and white en­sem­ble; the key fea­ture be­ing leather, some­thing we barely see at award events bar­ring the Gram­mys. She brought Donatella’s dom­i­na­trix vibe to the fore­front with that whole black leather bustier and white skirt with thigh high slit. The red car­pet should al­ways have one ( or more) peo­ple break­ing the mold of fairy­tale gowns and the princess air.

Two things we didn’t men­tion: the pen­chant for plung­ing neck­lines ( but mainly be­cause that’s a given at any event) and the pres­ence of haute cou­ture. Say what you like about the the dy­ing breed of cou­ture buy­ers, ar­ti­sans and the es­ca­lat­ing costs ev­ery year, cou­ture is on an­other level al­to­gether. And what bet­ter place to be seen wear­ing it than at the Os­cars?

Cate Blanchett sweeps the red car­pet in Armani Prive.

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