There were a lot of showstopping gowns on last night’s Oscars 2016 red carpet, I’ve already shared my favourites, but here I have rounded up some of the other standout looks as well as the key Oscars trends – from jewel tones to lace, with a few trends from other award shows coming through including pastels and white looks. Even though some trends returned, one trend that I had expected, a statement, over-the-top ballgown was not to be seen, well, unless you count Alicia Vikander in her Belle from Beauty and the Beast yellow gown.
Oscars red carpet trends – Pastels
Pastel hues made an appearance at the SAG Awards back in January, but they were more muted and simple in design, for the Oscars it was all about bold pastel colours with embellishments. The look, which split opinion had to be Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton, yes, this yellow bubble-hem gown is LV, I know a totally different direction for the fashion house, more girlie and less edgy than her other LV looks this award season. I’m in the ‘not sure’ camp, I love the colour, her hair and make-up, the silver heels and the statement earrings, I even love the bodice and embellishments, I just can’t get on board with the hem.
My favourite of the pastel gowns, other than Cate Blanchett who looked stunning in seafoam green, had to be Emily Blunt who was glowing in a blush pink Prada empire waist gown, enriched with crystal and damier embroidery. I loved the nod to the 90s with the spaghetti straps, the colour looked incredible on her, and it had the right amount of embellishments on it to make it Oscar worthy. Such a great maternity look for a major award show.
Oscars red carpet trends – Jewel Tones
Probably the most popular trend had to be jewel tones, it seemed that vibrant blue and purple hues were designer favourites, with Oscar winner Brie Larson taking centre stage in this custom Gucci lapis blue silk organza gown with a plissé and cascading ruffle skirt. I have, to be honest, it was a favourite of mine on the night, for me, it just didn’t have enough of a wow factor for an actress that was odds-on favourite to pick up the Oscars gong, and that crystal and pearl embroidered belt with jewelled flowers didn’t do anything for me.
The best of the purple gang, which included Tina Fey looking all sophisticated, had to be Reese Witherspoon in Oscar de la Renta, however, even this gown was a little underwhelming, I always expect more from Reese and I know she was just attending, not nomination or presenting but this dress seems a little lazy, thank god for the sparkles and beautiful make-up.
The jewelled beauty that shined though had to be Margot Robbie who rocked this gorgeous leather appliqué cross front drape fitted Tom Ford gown in antique gold. There always has to be one gold statue at the Oscars and I’m so pleased it was Margot as she looked so sexy in this number.
Oscars red carpet trends – Lace
Lace was a big catwalk trend so not surprising that it appeared on the Oscars red carpet and Rooney Mara looked stunning in this custom Givenchy couture gown, lace can something seems old fashioned but the cut of the dress and the detailing makes it look modern and fresh – this has to be one of her best looks this award season. Another great lacey look had to be Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, it’s edgy and sexy, which we don’t normally see on her and I love the corset boning detail.
My favourite though had to be the stunning Priyanka Chopra who wowed me in this white strapless Zuhair Murad Couture gown from the spring/summer 2016 collection. I know most on Twitter were saying it was too bridal, this is one sexy wedding gown, and to be honest, I totally felt it deserve a red carpet I loved the heart shaped bodice embroidered with shimmering leaves and 3D blossoms, and I felt the sheer skirt just showed off her incredible figure.
I know, I should have really put Priyanka Chopra’s look in the white trend, I just felt she shined more than these looks, but as always white was featured on the Oscars red carpet. We had the Grecian beauty from Olivia Wilde in an ivory pleated Valentino gown, which might look familiar as Valentino has been doing well this award season, helped of course by the popularity of the deep plunging neckline. Olivia wears this gown well but I can’t cope with the choker. Then we had Lady Gaga, the most underwhelming celebrity on the red carpet, I was expecting greatness from her, but instead all we got was this trouser dress. I like that she supported her long-time friend and stylist Brandon Maxwell and the bodice is beautiful but I just didn’t love the rest of it. Kerry Washington, however, killed it in this warrior princess Atelier Versace gown with a leather bodice and white skirt.
Oscars red carpet trends – Dark Tones
Dark tones can sometimes be a little boring and safe, for this Oscars it seemed it was all about enhancing the dark colours of black and midnight blue, from a super-shiny fabric worn by Kate Winslet by Ralph Lauren to embellishments used by Chanel for Julianne Moore’s gown and textured draping to Sofia Vergara’s custom Marchesa gown. Other celebrities hitting the Oscars red carpet in black included Jennifer Garner in Atelier Versace, Dorith Mous was edgy in a Dennis Diem gown, and Jennifer Lawrence, who was fashionable late went for a racy black lace Dior Haute Couture number with a dramatic tiered skirt.