Awards Fashion: The Oscars

So we come to the last of my awards fashion posts this year, and it's the big one: the Oscars. This is traditionally when everyone pulls out the big guns fashion-wise, and there were definitely a few stars who'd saved the best til last - whether they'd had a consistently good awards season or a disappointing one. I have to admit that this was probably the

There weren't many exciting new trends to report to be honest - again it was lots of block colours, with a fairly even split between pastels and

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada
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Was it really going to be anyone else? Lupita makes it three out of three with this beautiful baby blue halterneck. The shape works well on her, the floaty fabric is beautiful and the colour looks gorgeous against both her skin tone and the red carpet. I also love her hairband, which adds a touch of fairytale princess to the whole look.

Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive
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I'm not crazy about the beading up the throat, but apart from that I absolutely love Cate's look. There were loads of similar nude dresses on the red carpet but Cate manages to pull it off better than most. The combination of the gorgeous floaty shape, the delicate feel of the decoration (is it just me or do they look almost like petals?) and the slightly retro hair means that it all comes together brilliantly. And memo to Charlize Theron: this is how you do invisible sleeves.

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior
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J-Law in Dior again, but she wears it well. Having disappointed in her Golden Globe choice, she's clearly been keeping her powder dry for the Oscars and it definitely paid off for her. This is very reminiscent of the dress Michelle Williams wore to the Oscars a couple of years ago, but I can forgive it because it works so well on Jennifer - the colour highlights her skin tone and I like that she's kept her jewellery simple. Her hair shouldn't work with it, and yet it kind of does.

Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta
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Who said Great Gatsby chic was dead? Jennifer Garner looks stunning in this beautiful silver waterfall of a dress. The shape of it works really well for her and I like that she's kept it really simple with her jewellery and hair, rather than letting the rest of the look fight with the dress. I think this may well have been my favourite look of the night.

Sandra Bullock in McQueen


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First of all, on a red carpet where natural make-up dominated once again, props to Sandra Bullock for turning her smoky eye all the way up to 11. Coupled with the beautiful midnight blue colour and draping of her dress she looks like she's walked straight out of a dark adult fairy tale. I love that she wasn't afraid to go for something a bit different and in this case she's definitely pulled it off.

Emma Watson in Vera Wang
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I'll be honest, the first time I saw this dress I didn't like it. But the more I look at it, the more it grows on me. The T-shirt shape of the top half adds a young, cool edge, while the velvet skirt gives a nod to the 90s trend that's still hanging around. I also really love the juxtaposition of Emma's 'done' red lip and her slightly messy ponytail - it looks effortless, which is something you don't see a lot on red carpets.

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu
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Similar to Natalie Portman's Rodarte dress a couple of years ago, Kerry Washington's dress does a great job of disguising her baby bump whilst still making her look beautiful and glamorous. The pearly grey colour is just gorgeous and I love the silver detail at the top to add a bit of interest in place of a necklace. It's simple, elegant and classic - a definite winner for me.

Karen O in Camilla Steark
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I love the slightly Gothic feel of the dress - it's a bit Morticia Addams but in a very, very good way - and the way Karen O has paired it with the glossy monochrome clutch, red lip and subtle smoky eyes to lift the look whilst keeping it very simple. There's a very nonchalant attitude to the look where's she wearing the dress rather than letting it wear her, and consequently looks really comfortable and relaxed in it. Just so freakin' cool

Chrissy Tiegen in Monique Lhullier
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The trend for dresses with a slightly raised hem at the front seems to have disappeared a bit, but Chrissy Tiernen has brought it back with this beautiful, beautiful dress. As well as the relaxed vibe added with the pockets (is it just me who wants to know what if anything they've got in there?), the print is just gorgeous, like a flurry of cherry blossoms in a breeze. I love the carefree feel of the dress and think it's a brilliant mix of springlike florals and classic awards black.


June Squibb in Tadashi Shoji
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I'm not normally a fan of looks that are too matchy-matchy, but this dress/jacket/bag combo looks great on June Squibb. The colour is perfect for her skin tone and I like the cut of the jacket highlighting her waist. Plus the touches of gold and black and the pattern of the fabric add interest to the whole thing, turning something that could have been a bit mother-of-the-bride into age-appropriate-yet-still-classy.

Jared Leto in Yves Saint Laurent
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OK, so the pickings for best dressed bloke were particularly slim at the Oscars, which looked even more like a casting call for Men in Black 4 than awards shows usually do, so Jared Leto wins it by being one of very few actors to not opt for the safe black tuxedo. I'll admit that I'm not so keen on the hair, but the bow tie is rather jazzy in a sort of dirty ever-so-slightly-hipster James Bond way and it's nice to see a bit of colour on the red carpet.

Honorable mentions
Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khan
Olivia Wilde in Valentino
Amy Adams in Gucci
Anna Kendrick in J.Mendel
Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein
Bette Midler in Reem Acra
Sarah Paulson in Elie Saab
Julia Roberts in Givenchy
Anne Hathaway in Gucci
Kate Hudson in Versace

Did you have a favourite Oscars dress this year?

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