FASHION NOTESIN THE DIARYWOMEN'S
The Hollywood event of the year happened in the heart of Los Angeles last night, and while we were tucked up in bed here in London, Fashion Journalist and TV Presenter, Antonia O’Brien, was filming the event for Sky Living and Sky Movies, so we’ve asked for her sartorial run-down – hot off the red carpet.
BEST DRESSED GIRLS
Wow, what a sensational night! Hollywood royalty walked the red-carpet in their finest couture, from metallic tones to fairytale shapes and bow-tie styling; last night the 86th Academy Awards was a who’s who and who is wearing what of fashion and film.
Kate Hudson oozed classic Hollywood glamour in Atelier Versace, I just love the combination of a deep-plunging neckline, caped detail and embellishment which she elegantly accessorised with simple diamonds and an art deco clutch; this is pure red-carpet magic.
The night’s big winner Cate Blanchett divided critics with embellished Armani Prive, but for me she can do no wrong. Yes, the soft palette is tonal against her skin but because she’s Blanchett she makes it sing, why not go for full-on romance at the Oscars?
BEST DRESSED GUYS
This year the boys really pushed out their styling with sharp tailoring and grooming. Jared Leto wore his glorious hair down (as opposed to his ‘man bun’) with a white tuxedo and red bow tie, Best Actor Matthew McConaughey looked sharp in a white tux over a black waistcoat and of course how can we leave out Pharrell? We all knew he was going to surprise us but who would have thought he would wear shorts; only Pharrell. Chiwetel Ejiofor (or as I like to call him, Chewy) showed off a clean shaven look whilst Michael Fassbender wore his unkempt, albeit sexy beard.
Girl-of-the-moment Lupita Nyong’o wowed in a custom-made Prada gown that she designed alongside her stylist and Miuccia Prada, said to be inspired by champagne bubbles. Its plunging neck and full skirt of knife pleats are perfectly juxtaposed against her cutting-edge new hair and simple accessories; can this girl do no wrong?
Lupita Nyong’o was emotional, humble, grateful and beautiful in her acceptance speech; yes, of course she cried with the closing line, ‘no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.’ And then, a superstar was born.
Charlize Theron loves a bit of Dior and more often than not reigns the best-dressed lists, however, why has this gown got nude/plastic straps? The awkward bust-line looks like the stick-on bra that I wanted to but couldn’t wear, but the rest of the sheer and tiered gown is stunning.
One star who really surprised me was blonde bombshell Margot Robbie, who turned gothic in a Saint Laurent gown that had gorgeous bow detail on the back, brunette hair and dark lipstick. Very brave for the new-girl-in-town and for that reason, I love her more.
Usually Anna Kendrick gives pretty good red-carpet but last night she failed in J Mendal, it was neither exciting nor pretty and has unfortunately hit the worst-dressed lists today.
WHO WAS THE WILDCARD?
I absolutely adore Amy Adams and was really excited for last night’s red-carpet reveal but I felt the Gucci couture gown was a carbon copy of the Antonio Berardi number from the SAG Awards; yes she looked pretty but I thought she would be more adventurous and wow.
ANY RED CARPET TRENDS?
Metallics have reigned throughout the 2014 awards season, starting at the Golden Globes and moving through to the Oscars. From a touch of embellishment on Margot Robbie’s white Gucci gown at the Golden Globes to all-over beading of Angelina Jolie’s Elie Saab couture and the soft gold palette of Cate Blanchett’s floral embellished Armani Prive; there have been some amazing and diverse choices.
Antonia O’Brien is a Fashion Journalist, Presenter and Co-Founder of Bees & Taylor