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Oscars Special: hit or miss for eveningwear

The Brits may have swept the board at the Oscars last night with Slumdog Millionaire and Kate Winslet picking up coveted trophies, but were they a hit in the style stakes?

There were plenty of commercial looks on the red carpet last night that will please the eveningwear labels. The continuing asymmetric/one-shoulder trend is likely to be a key theme of forthcoming collections while striking colours will help buyers to add interest to the rails of safe but highly commercial black.

Here’s the Drapers run down:

Kate Winslet, who won an Oscar for her performance in The Reader, chose a black and grey satin one-shoulder Yves Saint Laurent dress with lace detailing. Her choice was less va-va-voom than the smoking Herve Leger number she wore for the film’s New York premier and so rather disappointing. Kate you can do better.

Freida Pinto, the hot up and coming female star of Slumdog Millionaire, which picked up no less than eight Oscars including Best Film, opted for a royal blue gown. She was another star to follow the current hot trend for asymmetric necklines, with a one sleeve dress which had a nod to the films Indian roots and which was designed by John Galliano. Perhaps not an obvious choice for the 24-year-old, but it worked brilliantly all the same.

Supermodel Heidi Klum stood out in a scarlet origami-style gown by Roland Mouret. We’re split over this look. Flashing flesh is normally a no-no on the red carpet and this isn’t a look that will translate easily. But she has to score points for being one of the bravest dressed in what was an otherwise sombre line up.

Beyoncé: never let your mother pick your outfit.

One thing we are sure of is that pop star Beyoncé made one of the worst choices of the night, wearing a black and gold number from the label she co-designs with her mother, House of Dereon. Surely the best advert for never letting your mother pick your outfit.

Meanwhile the stunningly beautiful Angelina Jolie stayed true to her classic style in a simple but elegant black Elie Saab gown with sweetheart neckline, set off with large emerald earrings. Yes it was boring but it’s hard to criticise someone who looks this good.

Ann Hathaway: Pale and not very interesting sums it up nicely.

Penelope Cruz, who picked up Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, went a bit bridal in an off-white lace and tulle full-skirted dress. Pretty but no great shakes. As was Ann Hathaway who opted for a strapless sparkly silver and cream Armani Prive dress. Pale and not very interesting sums it up nicely.

Sarah Jessica Parker: This choice enhanced a lot more than just her fashion credentials.

Finally Sarah Jessica Parker opted for pale mint coloured Dior Haute Couture, which enhanced a lot more than just her fashion credentials…Wow.

To hear more views on the dresses of the night from Drapers reporters and leading industry experts, and to add your own comments, click here

Do you agree? Who do you think scored highest in the style stakes last night? Did the stars work the right eveningwear looks for your store?

Vote for your best and worst dresses of the evening in our poll on the right or post your comments below.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Who and what were the men wearing?

    They have to wear black but what styles and who were the labels ?

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  • Drapers' Jessica Price Brown: Douggie - men's round up coming up on later today. Check back tonight or failing that it will be on our newsletter tomorrow morning.

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  • Emily Stott

    It was rumoured that this would be a scaled down version of the Oscars in keeping with a subdued economic climate. But Hollywood doesn’t know how to do understated and thank goodness. The evening sizzled with old-school glamour. From the softly waved 1940s hair to the nipped-in waists and exaggerated skirts, most of the leading ladies opted for seriously feminine silhouettes which celebrated curves, rather than jutting collar bones, and for the first time in years, the off-white dresses outnumbered the black. The strapless gowns with fishtail skirts worn by nominees Anne Hathaway in shimmering Armani Prive and Taraji P.Henson in Roberto Cavalli stood out from the crowd and whether intentional or not, (how could it not be, sitting as she was a few rows back from the Jolie-Pitts) a Valentino-clad Jennifer Aniston totally outshone her rival. Jolie’s appearance in an unusually plain black Elie Saab, was elegant but harked back to her gothic look of old lending a slightly haunted air not helped by both she and Brad going home empty handed.
    The gowns this year were pure unadulterated fairytale; Sarah Jessica Parker chose an exquisite Dior haute couture which was, she announced in true fashionista parlance, a “barely mint” shade - fabulous.
    Winslet’s grey and black Yves Saint Laurent frock was flattering but perhaps not her strongest look to date. She was one of many including Freida Pinto (not quite as mouth watering as at the BAFTAs) and Marisa Tomei who championed the one shoulder asymmetric look, a detail which has long been favoured by Winslet - rather more successfully - on previous Oscar occasions.

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