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.
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?
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