The Oscars, the award show where designers are tripping over themselves to get their garments on the hottest actors in the West. There is even an award for the Best Red Carpet Designer- so yeah, it’s apparently a pretty big deal. There was a definite movement towards the graceful and beautiful as opposed to edgy. The ballgowns are typically flowing with either botanical or sequinned features, and everyone simply looked beautiful. Here are my favourite trends found at on the red carpet, and who wore it best!
The sheer trend is a risky one as not everyone is comfortable with so much skin on show. As such, the key accessory for this look is confidence. The three looks below either paired the sheer dresses with a key feature, whether that is a geometric pattern like Nancy Corwin, or lace detailing like J Law and Priyanka Chopra.
J Law is the gothic faustian opposite to the angelic Priyanka Chopra. Their looks are opposite in almost every way within the same trend, which is one of the things that I love about the sheer trend.
The romantic trend was particularly highlighted in the London Fashion Week AW16, with Alexander McQueens breathtaking collection or Gucci’s etherial show. The romantic trend is a firm favourite for award shows, especially those celebrating those involved in television and movies.
Both Cate Blanchett and Isla Fisher paired botanicals with the romantic style, and kept their hair and makeup understated. Cate Blanchett has quickly become my personal Titania with effortless nod to nature for both the Oscars and the Baftas. Isla Fisher on the other hand is the modern day interpretation of Juliette, with the simplistic, understated beauty with the hints of gold with her warm auburn hair and bright red lip.
Brie Larson, with her statement belt and slicked back hair, blew me away with play with colour with new romanticism. The mesh overlay and ruffles add to the appearance of weightlessness, and the warm make up adds to the etherial quality of the look.
The pop of colour is on one hand, the safest way to make a statement. Mindy Kaling, by adding the royal blue cape/train to her black dress gives her a fail-safe beauty of the floor length black dress, and the drama of the colour.
Olivia Munn on the other hand went for a far more daring look with a bright orange floor length gown, with the asymmetrical cropped top detail. This shade compliments her skin colour perfectly, and the matching lipstick, blusher, and pulled back hair puts all the attention on the stunning colour.
Saoirse Ronan went a step further and added a textural element to her emerald green floor length gown. The sequins change direction as your eye travels down the dress, turning into a fingerprint pattern – which I love. The statement earrings and bare makeup with the mussed up hair is the perfect styling with the busy dress. Saoirse Ronan is quickly turning into someone who I deliberately look for on the red carpet. She pulls off busy prints and fun textures with easy charm and laid back styling (see here for Saoirse’s Bafta look!).