Welcome to a slightly later edition of this week's bb breakdown - but we had to wait for the awesome aesthetics that the Oscars provide to give you the best of what is on the red carpet radar this week! While I would like to show you simply the styles that did not float my boat, there was a definite trend at the Academy Awards which canny fashionistas had already caught onto hook, line and sinker. Nautical but nice - or another case of overfrying due to the number of stars wearing this siren number? Let's take a look...
Mermaid Tresses, or Dresses?
There was clearly an over-riding look at this year's Oscars - the mermaid frock. Fitted firmly to the waist, then sweeping out in a fairly substantial train, this sea nymph trend had very much an A-List following - with Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and first-time nominee Rooney Mara (more on the beauteous Ms Rooney later) all looking very much the sea siren in a dramatic display. Am I a fan? Not particularly; and not really for the Academy Awards. It looked more like a SAG or Golden Globes dress to me in the main; with the exception of Rooney, who I thought rocked the red royally in white lace Givenchy. Will she get a nod in the bb best dressed stakes? Make sure you keep reading for the reveal...
Sirens of the Screen (courtesy of Getty Images)
Fishy or Fabulous? (Courtesy of Getty Images)
Generally, the dresses running the rouge this year were not as fantastic as one might expect from the Oscars - it really is the only occasion when a serious statement dress is both allowable and able to shine. Many went for a pared back look - although the peplum did feature - a showstopping trend for this bella beauty - reflecting the rise of the 50s bombshell in this year's LFW and NYFW looks. Hair was casual, rather than casually artful - which was a disappointment, as styles did not reflect the shine of the jewels on display. Makeup was magical however - with a bold lip featuring heavily and a concentration on perfect skin and pouts. Those who went for a dramatic look, such as Angelina Jolie, really got ready to rumble with a smoky and seductive eye - perfect for bringing the spotlight onto oneself!
Who Rocked the Frock?
For me, there were three clear leaders in the Oscars Style Stakes - each took a very different look and made it their own. Hail to the existing and new chiefs of presidential quality couture - Gwyneth, Michelle and Rooney...
Gwyneth Paltrow for me was the pick of the night. She owned the carpet, the chairs and all the furnishings with this Tom Ford dress and cape - simply stunning. Guilty of some serious fashion faux pas in the past (the Oscar acceptance pink Ralph Lauren jumps readily to mind), Paltrow's polished performance deserved a 'Best Actress in A Fabulous Frock' Oscar at the least. Her hair and makeup were artfully underdone, rather than unfinished - leaving her glowing like a goddess.
After what I thought was a dull and drab effort at the Golden Globes, where she wore Matthew Williamson, Ms Williams was back to her bombshell best in scarlet Louis Vuitton with a gorgeous red lip to match. Nominated for 'My Week with Marilyn', Norma Jean would have been proud of her protégée!
Last but by no means least, the new girl on the awards block has continued her outstanding season with Givenchy - her alabaster skin and 1920s hair made the perfect contrast for this floor-sweeping frock. As mentioned, I am not normally a fan of this look, but she brought it home - and it was simply an amazing dress.
So - a brief breakdown of my Oscar night favourites and the fashion of the moment - what were your favourite looks and why? And what favourite makeup magic do you employ on your own black tie outings?