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Oscar dresses turn up the glamour

Muted shades, strapless gowns and Grecian styles were hailed as the winning looks on this year’s Oscars red carpet.

The 86th Academy Awards offered touches of lace, as seen on Julia Roberts’ Riccardo Tisci dress, 1920s style tiers such as those on Jennifer Garner’s Oscar de la Renta dress, and an array of bright shades, from Jennifer Lawrence in scarlet Christian Dior to Liza Minnelli in cobalt blue vintage Halston.

Alex Bernshaw, director of evening and occasion wear label Bernshaw, said: “For us it’s the catwalk show of the year and there were some incredible outfits.” Strapless and Grecian styles were particularly strong, Bernshaw said, naming Angelina Jolie’s gold-sequin embellished Elie Saab gown as his favourite of the night.

“Glam is back,” he said. “It did take a dive a few years ago but people were pulling out all the stops this year.”

While bright colours were prevalent, George Hadji, founder of occasionwear brand Anoushka G, said blush, nude and antique silver were his favourite tones. “I always think these colours really stand out on the red carpet,” he said.

“If you wear a colour then you could potentially clash with things.”

However, Hadji added that he found this year’s Oscar dresses slightly disappointing.

“There were a lot of dresses that weren’t put on the right people. The fitting wasn’t right and some dresses overpowered people and were too big on them.”

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