Has everyone recovered from staying up all night watching the Oscars? Or stalking your preferred websites for live updates on who wore/won what?
Have we all got our jaws back up where they belong after seeing Lupita in that dress? Such a beaute. She slays it each time on the carpet and the woman is only just starting out. No wonder madam Miuccia scooped her up for the latest Miu Miu campaign. Also, let’s just take a moment to appreciate her slender toned arms…by far the best in Hollywood at the moment.
Red carpet fashion coverage is everywhere on the internet, from news websites to celeb gossip sites and of course, our staple fashion sites. To be honest, I feel like the fashion industry have a love/hate relationship with red carpet fashion. Unlike editors and the fashion crowd such as Daphne Guinness, Michelle Violy Harper and Harley Viera, movie stars are not known to be risk takers when it comes to their sense of style. And who could blame them? After all, their fashion decisions are driven by an army of people and factors – the PR team, their public image and perception, the movie they are promoting, sometimes even their political stance. Movie stars often look at past film stars for inspiration which means the look they sport is likely to be classic shapes, womanly, glamorous and for the younger stars, they opt for pretty rather than provocative. So for an industry that counts massive headgear (lobster or cherry headbands, anyone?) and clashing prints the norm, it isn’t hard to see why celebrity red carpet style are most times deemed as plain and uninteresting. Tom Ford said it himself here !
And yet, because celebrities are more accessible to the general public (let’ be honest, when looking for gorgeous outfit inspiration for a first date, the every day girl is more likely to Google ‘Anna Kendrick Style’ rather than ‘Anna Dello Russo Style‘) Red Carpet fashion serves as a big driver of trends. Maybe not for designer labels, but it does influence the way women dress. And it’s a significant moment for designers as well as these celebs will definitely put their labels a little more into the mainstream spotlight. As for the designer that happens to dress the big winners? All the better, as 50 years from now, that dress will go down in film history.
As for me? I love risk takers but my little girl dream was to be a huge film star and watching red carpet events makes that girl very happy. Which is why I absolutely enjoy red carpet fashion. I also love it when celebrities opt for lesser known designers, or at least, designers that aren’t not usually known for red carpet dressing. Amidst the sea of Marchesas, Jenny Packhams and Christian Diors, it’s always refreshing to see someone sporting some Stella McCartneys and a little bit of Alberta Feretti.
Here are my picks for the 2014 Oscar’s Best Dressed .
Suki Waterhouse in a dreamy Marchesa concoction. The best part of her look is her braided bun. Nowadays, it ain’t a red carpet without someone with a braided do.
I’d be all smiles too if I won both on the red carpet AND in my category. Lupita Nyong’O shines brighter than ever in her custom Prada. Hands down one of the best looks of this generation.
Pretty sure those little floral appliques on the Armani dress grows on Cate. . . .
Anna Kendrick in J.Mendel FW14 . Bless Anna, she’s just adorable in everything she wears.
Not a fan of how the Saint Laurent dress looks from the front but from the back, it is sublime ! Margot Robbie makes my list because of her beauty look. Dark and vampy never looked so sensual.
For the best use of accessories (and facial expressions), look no further than Emma Watson. Sure she stuns in that Vera Wang but it is her jewellery that gets me falling hard. The ear cuff, the star brooches / pins in her hair..it reminds us of how youthful Emma is. And that it is all in the details, not just an amazing gown.
Sheherazade Goldsmith in Elie Saab. Trust Sheherazade to make black look anything but boring.
Sienna Miller for making this Alexander McQueen dress look so effortless.
Okay I usually am not a fan of prints on the red carpet. Any slight styling mistake can turn it into a disaster, and sometimes, gorgeous as the dress may be it does not translate into photos. BUT, Zooey nails it for me in this Oscar de la Renta creation. It’s fun, and flirty and it just becomes her. I mean, Zooey’s not a nominee. It’s nice to see her have fun with her look and not take the whole shebang too seriously. The fit is perfect, the pink purse is the right touch…well done Zooey (and Erika Bearman a.k.a OscarPRGirl. I’m guessing she had some input in this?)
There we have it. Let’s now look forward to next year’s round of Award ceremonies!