Monday 25 February 2013


There were several strong fashion moments on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Award's ceremony last night, but in contrast to years past, many of the stars played it safe.

Amongst the event's most memorable looks, Best Actress winner, Jennifer Lawrence, looked amazing in her Raf Simons for Dior Couture gown, as did Oscar nominated Amy Adams in full-blown Oscar de la Renta. Anne Hathaway shone in her pared-down Prada sheath dress as she collected her Best Supporting Actress award and Charlize Theron's Dior Couture siren dress, proved that white is always a strong option.

Jessica Chastain looked every bit the screen goddess in her nude crystal encrusted Armani Prive gown, while Kerry Washington provided a welcome pop of colour as she dazzled in a strapless coral Miu Miu column dress, featuring an embellished bodice and demure bow at the waist. The Chinese actress, Fan Bingbing also opted for colour, donning a brilliant cerise satin Marchesa gown to the awards.

Samantha Barks, is a name to watch following her role in Les Miserables, and she looked polished and elegant in a beautifully cut, stark black, Valentino number. Naomi Watts also chose laser sharp cutting, pouring herself into a dramatic gunmetal Armani Prive dress.

Oscar winners: Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence
Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway and Best Supporting Actor Christoph Walz
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Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) in Dior Couture
 and Chopard diamonds
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Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) wearing Prada and Tiffany & Co
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Amy Adams (The Master) wearing Oscar de la Renta
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Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman) in 
Dior Couture by Raf Simons
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Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) in Armani Prive and Harry Winston 
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Kerry Washington (Django Unchained) in Miu Miu and Fred Leighton
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Fan Bingbing (Double Xposure) in Marchesa
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(with Nick Wooster, Creative Director of JCP, in the background 
sporting a very on-trend Oscar look)
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Naomi Watts (The Impossible) in Armani Prive
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There was a definite lack of vintage gowns at this year's ceremony, but Skyfall actress, Naomie Harris, wore a golden gown by Ghanaian-born Michael Badger, a fashion student who won the Red Carpet Green Dress competition to design an eco-dress for the occasion. Mentored by Vivienne Westwood, Badger created his winning design using organic crepe de chine, with vintage glass beading and gold foil chocolate wrappers adorning the bodice, so there was a small vintage element to the design.

Naomie Harris (Skyfall) in Michael Badger
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With many of the leading men heading to Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani for their Oscar suits, Eddie Redmayne stood out in his tailored Alexander McQueen tuxedo, complete with luxe velvet evening slippers. Daniel Day-Lewis also looked dapper in his slimline midnight blue tuxedo by Italian designer, Domenico Vacca, as he hit the stage to accept the Best Actor award for his role in Lincoln. Day-Lewis is the first actor in history to win three Oscars in the leading acting category, just behind Katharine Hepburn, who received four Best Actress awards during her lifetime. Apparently Day-Lewis spent two years learning how to make bespoke shoes and, it is rumoured, that he hand-made the navy loafers he wore to the Oscars on Sunday evening.

Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) in Alexander McQueen
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Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) in Domenico Vacca and 
Rebecca Miller in Dolce & Gabbana
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For me, the two stand-out designs at this year's Oscars are Anne Hathaway's shimmering pink Prada column and Charlize Theron's white Dior Couture hourglass gown with embroidered peplum. They are the two frocks that epitomise this Oscar season, plus Jennifer Lawrence's Dior ballgown, but for sheer beauty and elegance my vote goes to the first two.

You can read more about the Oscar's defining fashion moments in a feature I wrote for The National newspaper in 2010, below.

To read the feature in full please click here

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