As a Fashion Girl (and yes, though I no longer work in the industry I still consider myself one), I freakin’ love the Oscars. When I was growing up I watched the Academy Awards every year with my mum and sister, and felt all the glamour and excitement of a world so unlike my own. In university, my best friend and I would watch the red carpet special with particularly keen eyes, storing up praise and critiques so we could hash them out the next day with our friends at school.
Since I’ve lived in London, however, I haven’t watched a single Oscars show. I’d have to stay up until the wee hours to do so, and on a Sunday night sleep is more important to me than fashion (or just about anything). You’d better believe that I go through the photos with unbridled glee the next day, however.
So, since London is cold and grey and my job particularly unglamorous at the moment, let’s take a peek at five of my favourite looks from a far more appealing time and place, shall we?
Samantha Barks in Valentino
In my book, this ultra-minimalist look is utter perfection. I don’t know what I love more– the plunging neckline and pockets (!!), the simple-but-stunning necklace, or Samantha’s natural makeup and hair.
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture
I must say, I didn’t really like this dress at first (I’m not really into ball gowns: see above). I thought the colour dull, the neckline unflattering and the skirt overly frou-frou. But any girl who can fall on the stairs (a signature move of mine, fyi) while going to collect her first Oscar trophy and look this graceful doing so deserves a place on my list.
Sally Field in Valentino
This Valentino dress is everything an Oscars dress should be: fashion-forward yet classic, a beautiful colour (am I the only one bored to death of white?), and as glamorous as can be. Sally looks beautiful and vibrant, as usual.
Kerry Washington in Miu Mia
I don’t generally go in for sparkle, but when Miu Miu (one of my all-time favourite lines) does it, I’m all aboard. It works here because it’s concentrated in one area, and Kerry keeps it chic and modern by eschewing jewelry and wearing her hair down. And can we talk about the gorgeous colour of that skirt?!
Adele in Jenny Packham
Flying in the face of what I just said about sparkle, this is the other way to do it: all out and unapologetic. I love Adele’s look most of the time; with her love of a glam black frock, slightly retro hair-and-makeup and her adorable accent, how can you not?
Bloke Bonus: Daniel Day Lewis in Domenico Vacca
Before the awards I took it for granted that Eddie Redmayne (who has been killing it on the awards show circuit, sartorially speaking) would be my top-turned-out man at the Oscars. But Eddie turned up in basic black and Daniel Day Lewis rocked this ink-blue suit. Love it.
I’d love to hear about your fave looks from the 2013 Oscars! Who do you think won and lost in the fashion stakes?