Everyone knows that the most important part of awards season is the red carpet. Fashion fantasies and fashion faux-pas brush shoulders as cannon-fodder for the tabloids, magazines and, of course, bloggers like me.
These are the looks I think we should all seek to emulate, and the ones it might be best to give a miss.
Someone who got there Oscars look spot on is Amy Adams. There may be debates about her princess-esque ball gown but the simple but elegant up-do she wisely chose to compliment it cannot be faulted. It’s a stunning look that’s surprisingly easy to do at home, and you can dress it up for an event, or leave it messy and loose for everyday ease.
Of course there’s always the risk of going too simple like Jennifer Aniston. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with her look per se it’s just so dull. It’s pretty much the same haircut and style that she’s been doing since her career started and it would have been nice to see her try something different. This year’s red carpet has seen a lot of starlets turning away from the typical up-do but although there’s nothing wrong with some luscious loose waves, if that’s your go-to look it’s nice to see something new being tried.
As I said in a recent post bright lips are a great trend for spring, but they’re not something you see a lot of on the red carpet. Therefore I was really pleased to see Queen Latifah rocking fuschia brights with simple eye make-up, simple hair and an elegant white dress. A look that could otherwise have been too safe is made far more interesting by such an eye-catching colour.
Jennifer Garner, on the other hand, didn’t take a risk and her make-up ended up looking dull. With such a bright dress it would have been nice to see even a hint of colour on her lips, without it her face becomes a beige smear on top of such a distinctive colour.
Although I wish she’d gone for a more daring dress, like the gorgeous Valentino at the Grammys, Adele’s hair and make-up cannot be faulted. Retaining her signature vintage eyeliner and beehive, but changing it up with a half-up half-down do kept her looking like herself whilst remaining current.
Salma Hayek however could have done with taking some lessons from Adele. Ditching her normally polished look left her with a too-large bun and smudged, messy eye make-up. Normally stunning it’s such a shame she didn’t stick without suits her.
Finally, you’ve got to give props to the boys.
In particular Daniel Day-Lewis, who had the courage to rock a beautiful blue suit.
And for beauty, Jason Schwartzman, for his fabulously groomed moustache!
What did you think were the best, and worst, Oscars looks?