I’m still all about the Oscars today, I loved this year’s red carpet so many amazing looks, from Nicole Kidman in that Armani Prive, I’m telling you I’ve never loved bows more to Emily Blunt’s ethereal Schiaparelli Haute Couture polka dot tulle gown, this year we really had a little of everything – bold hues, bows, sparkles, as well as the activism we’ve seen across this award season. Unlike the Golden Globes and BAFTAs where there was an unwritten black dress code to show solidarity with the Time’s Up initiative to combat systemic sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination across all industries, the Oscars red carpet was in a more upbeat and hopeful mood with a wash of rainbow hues.
Oscars 2018: The 6 Red Carpet Trends
One of the most statement red carpet trends from the Oscars 2018 had to be – bows, they weren’t girlie and delicate, rather structural and striking with a modern femininity about them. Queen of the red carpet Nicole Kidman led the trend in her stunning cobalt blue Armani Privé gown, the structural bow totally makes this dress, it’s the focal point of the look and without it would have just been another column dress.
Another oversized bow was placed on Best Actress nominee, Saoirse Ronan’s girlie pink custom silk faille strapless Calvin Klein by Appointment dress, this voluminous bow was high at the back of her column gown leading down into a train. It was a modern-day princess look that was so refreshing to see and it really did move beautifully. For me, this was a worthy gown for an Oscar-nominated actress like Saoirse, who really has had a great award season.
The final bow that caught my eye was the fuchsia bow belt that accented Emma Stone’s custom Louis Vuitton suit. The bright pink bow was a great addition to this look, it really did break up the burgundy and navy duchesse satin tuxedo. Basically, Louis Vuitton schooled us all on how colour mixing can be done!!!My favourite red carpet trend of the night had to be Crayon Couture, seriously Crayola would have been proud. Viola Davis stole the show with her vibrant custom pink crepe-cady Michael Kors Collection gown, this dress wasn’t just a great shade of pink, but it also featured beads and sequins that shimmered on TV. I also love the styling of this look, the matching pink clutch was a great touch, as were the fun jewellery – those large hoops are everything, and her hair is stunning.
Can’t have a crayon party without the yellow and I have two options for you – are you a sunshine yellow kind of gal like Eiza Gonzalez in her sporty minimal Ralph Lauren Collection gown or more of a saffron yellow like Greta Gerwig in this Rodarte featuring delicate appliqués and beading – both are just so beautiful.
My favourite though has to be Jennifer Garner in this bold blue strapless chiffon Atelier Versace gown, she is slaying this red carpet and the draped detailing of this dress is just perfection. Shimmering gowns isn’t unusual on the red carpet, especially at the Oscars, don’t we all want to see that golden statue look. Jennifer Lawrence was stunning and relaxed in her Dior gold embroidered silk gown, while Sandra Bullock went for a black and gold metallic look with her custom Louis Vuitton gown that had a beautiful ombre effect to it, and Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot teamed her futuristic beaded Givenchy flapper dress with added sparkle from the 2018 Tiffany Blue Book collection including this exquisite drop necklace.
Another great metallic look came from nominee Sally Hawkins wearing an Armani Privé mauve crystal embroidered long sleeve gown features a dramatic dégradé skirt that finishes in layers of black palettes. I just adore the colour and the silhouette, there is something special about long-sleeve gowns on the red carpet.
The most striking of the lot had to be Lupita Nyong’o in her gold chainmail one-shoulder Atelier Versace dress with a thigh-high slit. If the colour and fit wasn’t enough of a statement the encrusted Swarovski crystal accents around the shoulder and neckline certainly did the trick!
To balance all the bold colours, some celebrities went for crisp, clean and possibly a little too bridal for some with white dresses. Two of the most striking white looks came from Laura Dern who wore a Calvin Klein by Appointment silk crepe dress with a draped tie at the shoulder to give added flair to the simple column dress and Oscar-nominated Mary J. Blige added glamour with her silk cady Atelier Versace gown with linear draping detail and an asymmetrical neckline featuring a Swarovski crystal-encrusted bodice.
Belle of the ball, Best Actress nominee Margot Robbie, who has dominated the red carpet this award season, looked stunning in her custom white Chanel gown, I just adored the off-the-shoulder embroidery accents. This will be the first of many Chanel looks for the Australian actress as on Oscar day she was announced as the French fashion house’s latest ambassador and it was a great way to show off their partnership. Also, can I add that this intricate gown took more than 550 hours of work – that’s serious craftsmanship.
The last white look is Jane Fonda who is proving age is just a number in this gorgeous white pearl-dust beaded Balmain gown from the fashion house’s new 44 Francois Premier collection. The whole look is sophisticated and modern and I love her Chopard jewellery, especially the earrings featuring 10.03-carat pear-shaped diamond, an 8.07-carat pear-shaped diamond, and 7.80-carats of diamond beads.
An award ceremony loves a little red and the Oscars was no exception with celebs including Best Supporting Actress winner Allison Janney and Meryl Streep opting for gorgeous red gowns. Allison’s left her best look for the last award show of the season with this striking custom Reem Acra gown, the plunging neckline and those sleeves looked incredible on her. Meryl Streep went for a simple red Christian Dior Couture gown with three-quarter sleeves, while Sofia Carson made a grand entrance in Giambattista Valli Resort 2018 gown, the dress just glided beautifully across the cape thanks to the sheer, ruffle cape. Neutral tones have been a big trend over the past few award seasons and this year was no different, however, to give the blush tones a little depth they were glittered with sparkles, embellishments and embroidery details that was just so lovely to see. Allison Williams in Armani Privé lead the pack with her nude bejewelled Princess gown, the bodice just glittered with rhinestone and crystal embroidery and her full crinoline swing skirt just looked beautiful in motion.
Elisabeth Moss’s gorgeous Dior gown featured aged gold sequin embroidery, while Gina Rodriguez made a statement Zuhair Murad Couture featuring a plunging neckline and an overlaying princess skirt, and Zoey Deutch went for a darker blush tone in this stunning dusty lilac Elie Saab Couture gown.
One of the most embellished blush dresses had to be Abbie Cornish in this apricot pink, hand beaded Elie Saab Couture gown featuring a floral motif and matching cape with shoulder cut-outs and a matching belt. The cape sleeves on this dress are just so beautiful, while the colour and embroidery gives the look a timeless feel.
Which Oscars 2018 red carpet trend was your favourite?
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