The 2013 Oscars

The Oscars is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of any year, and for me, I await it with the question of who will wear what? burning on my lips.  Some of the best and most bizarre fashion moments of all time have happened on the red carpet in LA, flashback to Angelina Jolie’s leg last year, Anne Hathaway’s 2009 Giorgio Armani Prive dress and of course, Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy dress in 1954, and you can see that the Oscars are the pinnacle of any actresses style calendar.

Refreshing numerous pages on Safari, watching E!’s coverage of the red carpet and using Twitter as a constant source of Oscar updates was my set up last night as I watched the red carpet live, I basically had to keep my eyes open with matchsticks.  But nonetheless, I watched as the cream of Hollywood talent sashayed their way down the hallowed carpet, while various media correspondents shouted WHO ARE YOU WEARING?! to those that passed them.

One of the first stars to make their way down the red carpet, was my new favourite Brit boy, Eddie Redmayne, who is representing the amazing Les Miserables (Victor Hugo’s book which inspired the musical and film was partly written in Guernsey, claim to fame) and wearing a sleek Alexander McQueen suit.  No one can deny that the boy looked good, he is a regular on best dressed lists as he keeps it classic and perfectly tailored, and tonight he has certainly made it onto mine.  Competing for best dressed male was Bradley Cooper who was up for Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook.  Cooper gets extra red carpet points for bringing his mother as his date.  Husband material!  

Jessica Chastain, a Best Actress nominee for her part in Zero Dark Thirty, wore a geometrically patterned and Swaroski crystal overlay Armani Prive gown and looked absolutely stunning while doing so.  Her look was retro and Jessica Rabbit sexy, with vintage Harry Winston jewels (jealous), her red locks in a retro curl and lashings of red lippy.  It’s a formula that really works for her.

The youngest ever Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis and her fellow nominee Naomi Watts both wore Armani, making it a highly successful night for the label.  Watt’s gown was sparkly, unique and modern making it stand out from the crowd while the adorable Quvenzhane wore a cute blue Junior gown with a teddy bag, which she named Sandy.  Girl knows how to accessorise.

Best Actress Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence, for her part in Silver Linings Playbook is definitely one of Hollywood’s ‘It Girls’ of the moment and her win will only cement this status.  Lawrence’s campaign for Miss Dior handbags has recently been unveiled so of course, it was predicted that she would wear one of the fashion houses Haute Couture gowns for the biggest awards ceremony of the year.   Although I wasn’t entirely taken with the Dior dress she wore at the BAFTA’s, I was more of a fan of her Oscar dress.  The fishtail gown fitted her perfectly and looked effortlessly glamourous on her, while if you looked carefully, the gown had a stitched on rose pattern.  She updated the look with a backwards necklace, drawing attention to the large train at the back of the dress.  My only critique is that the light blush pink gown would not look out of place at a wedding, but who cares if you look like a bride, its the Oscars for petes sake!

Reese Witherspoon was Old Hollywood gorgeous in cobalt blue Louis Vuitton while nominated Brit superstar, while Oscar winner Adele wore embellished Jenny Packham (which reportedly weighs 15kg – red carpet workout) in her signature black and looked stunning while picking up her Academy Award for Original Song from Skyfall – lets just remind ourselves that both Reese and Adele have recently had children!  Jennifer Hudson, who performed at the ceremony, wore a gun metal blue Roberto Cavalli gown.  She gave us a bit of an Angelina moment, with some major leg through the high leg slit!  When you’ve lost that much weight and you look that good, you might as well!  I loved the dress but the shoes weren’t the right colour for me!  Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams wore an Academy Award worthy lavender Oscar De La Renta gown which gave off fairytale vibes.  She’s certainly a Princess tonight.  

Best Supporting Actress nominee Helen Hunt gave me the biggest surprise of the night, wearing highstreet chain H&M (with $750,000 of jewels).  With Topshop Unique being a regular at LFW, River Island collaborating with everyone’s favourite fashion maverick Rihanna and now H&M dressing Oscar nominee’s, luxury fashion is becoming high street accessible.  This is a trend I am fully behind.

Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner, Anne Hathaway, was of course, one of the best dressed of the night, when isn’t she?!  She made a snap decision 3 hours before the red carpet and ditched a Valentino gown for a blush pink Prada gown which gave her a definite Audrey Hepburn moment.  Charlize Theron also rocked the crop haircut, a la Hathaway, and matched Jennifer Lawrence in Dior.  This timeless white gown gave the statuesque Theron fabulous curves with a peplum and a long train.  She made sophisticated sexy!  

Zoe Saladana opted for monochrome in an interesting Alexis Mabille Couture dress, I loved loved loved the top part of the dress, but was not so keen on it below the belt (no, literally, below her belt)  the graduated monochrome asymmetrical train doesn’t quite sit right with me and didn’t light up the carpet!

Nominee Sally Field (who I sat next to in The Ivy two weeks ago, namedropper) wore an amazing red Valentino gown which looked incred on her, while Kerry Washington also opted for red in strapless and heavily embellished MiuMiu, which kind of reminded me of a prom dress!  It was pretty all the same!  One of my favourite actresses of all time (and my dad’s personal favourite), Jennifer Aniston underwhelmed on the red carpet, wearing a red Valentino gown which unfortunately swamped her.  But, lets admit it, she could wear a binbag and still be a 10 out of 10, maybe I’m just being jealous!  

I’ve got to hand it to Fashion Police and E! Red Carpet correspondent, Kelly Osbourne.  She looked amazing in Tony Ward Couture and it was one of my favourite looks on the night!  The train is so beautiful on her, while the top keeps the dress modern and interesting.  Even the presenters have to look good.  

Jane Fonda wore an amazing Versace yellow dress, which she picked the colour for and Versace custom made, she is definitely no shrinking violet!  The waist slimming embellishment gave the gown a retro vibe which suited Fonda down to the ground, I hope I look like her when I’m older!  

Previous Oscar winner, Sandra Bullock looked incredible in an Elie Saab dress which gave us a sneaky peak at her pins through the heavy embellishment.  My favourite part of the ensemble was a $380,000 Harry Winston diamond clustered brooch that she wore as a hair clip, an unexpected but perfect moment.  Nicole Kidman wore a body hugging L’Wren gown for her appearance, and I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Nicole but I’m infatuated with this sparkly black and gold beauty of a dress.  The girl did good.  Salma Hayek wore velvet Alexander McQueen on the red carpet.  The gown had an amazing embellished high neck but she confused the look with a tiara in her hair.  We know you’re fashion royalty (her husband owns PPR) don’t keep reminding us!  Kirsten Stewart arrived late to the red carpet wearing Reem Acra and accessorizing with crutches (an unexplained injury so far).  The dress itself was amazing but looked ill-fitting while her hair and makeup wasn’t Oscars enough for me!  Step it up Stewart!

Of course, George Clooney looked silver fox hot at the Oscars, however, was totally outshone by his blonde bombshell girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, who wore a sleek and silver (like her man) Naeem Khan dress.  She wears the metaphorical pants in this relationship. Another of Hollywood’s golden couples, Ben Affleck (whose film Argo won Best Picture AND Adapted Screenplay) and Jennifer Garner looked as happy and stylish as ever.  Ben hadn’t ditched his beard for the occasion but I’ve become quite fond of it while Jennifer wore a beautiful plum Gucci dress with a tulle ruffled back.   She finished off the look with an amazing Neil Lane necklace – I would not mind that being in my jewellery box next time I looked.  

Fan Bingbing and Olivia Munn wore Marchesa AW13 dresses, with the always stylish, Fan opting for an amazing satin fuschia gown with interesting folds and subtle gold embroidery on the corset and Munn wearing a red strapless gown with decadent embroidery, they both looked stunning.  Marchesa’s AW13 show was one of my favourites of NYFW, you can read my roundup of NYFW and my review of Marchesa’s incredible show here.

My runners up for best dressed of the night have to go to Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams and Charlize Theron while although Jessica Chastain didn’t win an Oscar she has won best dressed.  Congrats!

JKA x

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