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The Oscars red carpet is possibly the most coveted and photographed red carpet event of the year. Designers squabble over who they’ll dress, celebrities go on near starvation diets and glamour is the only order of the day. You almost forget that no, this isn’t London Fashion Week, full of sensational gowns, but actually an awards ceremony for the movies, and there’s no doubt about the cinematography displayed by some stars as they dazzle down the red carpet.
The Oscars this year certainly didn’t disappoint the awaiting cameras with vintage gowns, enough sparkle to beat Christmas and even recycled dresses on display.
Red, like at the Brits, was a prevalent colour at the Oscars with many starlets displaying an array of fiery hues. Emma Stone looked stunning in a hot pink floor length dress with bow neck detailing, while Natalie Portman channelled Grace Kelly glamour in a vintage Christian Dior. Also embodying the Oscar’s hottest colour was Colin Firth’s wife, Livia, in a recycled polyester gown by Valentino, as were Dianne Kruger and Michelle Williams.
Sequins and beads also made a prominent appearance at the Oscars with the likes of Octavia Spencer from the book based hit ‘The Help’, sporting a beaded masterpiece. Jennifer Lopez also opted for sequins for the after party in a trade mark plunging necklined Zuhair Murad dress. Meryl Streep, who won best actress for her role as Margaret Thatcher in ‘Iron Lady,’ wore a bespoke gold glittered Lanvin gown.
Gwenyth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and Victoria Beckham all chose white for the Oscars and looked effortlessly cool. Gwenyth Paltrow though takes the Oscar for the best hairstyle with a no fuss low ponytail which didn’t detract from her gorgeous Tom Ford caped gown.
Unfortunately though, not everyone looked Oscar worthy on the red carpet. Penelope Cruz looked outdated and washed out in a lavender gown by Armani Prive with over fussy 1940’s curls. Melissa Mcarthy, who was up for best supporting actress for her comical role in chic-flick ‘Bridesmaids,’ looked horrendous in a frilly Marina Rinaldi dress which made her look bigger than she was, and Sandra Bullock looked frumpy in a monochrome Marchessa.
Angelina Jolie looked as timeless as always, though not the same could be said for her pose. The guys worked Armani suits and Miss Piggy looked great in a bespoke Zac Posen gown. ‘The Artist’ as predicted came out best Oscars wise, and who can blame them? After all, have you seen the wardrobe for it?