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