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By Bel Jacobs
Another year, another Oscars, another Oscars style review …
Because, in the end, there’s no place better than the red carpet for designers to show off their skills.The most striking thing about fashion on the red carpet this season was a beautiful new classicism.Perhaps the ‘new modesty’ suggested by the Grammys – no nipples, no buttocks, no bare sides – has hit a chord.
Gone are those heady days, largely in the 1980s, when celebrities dressed up as swans and showgirls or designed their own dresses.Actresses relied on traditional red carpet staples to capture a new twist on modern glamour: classic shapes worked over with twenty first century detail.Rich embellishment, ruffles, glitter and sequins covered strapless column dresses and fishtail skirts.
If there was one trend to emerge, it was the beauty of the neutral. The most striking dresses were in dove grey, delicate rose and pure whites.Winner of best actress, the absurdly young Jennifer Lawrence, wore a voluminous Dior Haute Couture gown in palest pink.Charlize Theron also struck gold in Dior, this time in a white column dress with sharp clean lines – and peplum and train.And a luminous Anne Hathaway paired a pale pink Prada gown with enormous diamonds.
Then, there was the celebration of head-to-toe colour: both best supporting actress nominee Sally Field and Jennifer Aniston looked stunning in red.And Helen Hunt played to her strengths in a glamorous navy blue by – surprise! – Global Green by H&M.And you simply can’t do the Oscars without glitter. Best actress nominee Naomi Watts glowed in an sequined liquid glittering gown with dramatic asymmetric neckline.
And no Oscars fashion write-up would be complete without homage to best actress nominee Jessica Chastain, who worked full old Hollywood glamour in strapless golden Armani Prive.If at first glance, this seemed to be a beautiful – if safe – year for Oscars fashion, look again. The devil was in beautiful detail and very, very modern cuts.
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