After a month of award ceremonies, after-show parties and the odd obligatory, tear scattered acceptance speech, Hollywood played host, to the mother of all awards ceremonies, The Oscars.
Big winners on the night included, Adele (best original song – Skyfall), Jennifer Lawrence (best actress – Silver Linings Playbook), Anne Hathaway (best supporting actress – Les Miserables), Christopher Waltz (best supporting actor – Django Unchained), Daniel Day-Lewis (best actor – Lincoln) and Argo taking home the award for best picture.
Lets take a look at the serious contenders who put their best frock forward in the stakes for perhaps the next best accolade awarded at the academy awards, the fashion stakes.
As always, there were some truly exquisite gowns on show and of course a smattering of shamefully clueless celebs who got it well and truly, wrong, wrong, wrong.
1. Charlize Theron.
Sophisticated and sleek, Charlize Theron exudes ethereal beauty and elegance in this simplistic Dior Haute Couture gown, complete with Harry Winston jewels and Roger Vivier shoes.
With a slick new elfin crop and understated decolletage, Charlize still cuts a very modern silhouette. Our favourite of night!
2. Reese Witherspoon. This colbalt beauty by Louis Vuitton injected the red carpet with some much needed colour. Reese kept her look current, choosing the colour of the moment, but managed to retain some of that old school Hollywood glamour with her pin curled waves, perfectly set and side parted in a firm nod towards the screen sirens of decades gone by.
3. Jessica Chastain. Jessica wore Armani Prive, Louboutin shoes and Harry Winston jewels.
Jessica’s complexion looked almost iridescent against the blush hues of the delicately embellished, fishtail, strapless gown.
5. Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer stunned onlookers in Haute Couture Dior, Chopard jewels and Brian Atwood shoes, and although this show stopping number managed to fell the actress as she collected the award for best actress, we think she looks amazing, on the red carpet, on stage or, on the floor!
Among the faux pas’ of the night were…
Kelly Rowland in an ill proportioned, monochromatic dress that appeared dated and disappointed us thoroughly.
Helena Bonham Carter. A regular on Worst Dressed Lists the world over, Helena stays true to form in a corseted, wench inspired, monochromatic monstrosity that seemed more a kin to a hapless victim of Jack the Ripper than an academy awards attendee.
We admire her courage and conviction, not her costume, sorry Helena!
Helen Hunt. Helen’s bulky, creased and intensely boring ensemble failed to muster even a whimper from the fashion press this year.
If it wasn’t for that crumpled and heavily creased fabric we doubt even we would have noticed her.
A stylist without a steamer? Never!
Faye Dunaway. This legendary actress, inspired designers from J Crew to Gucci with Bonnie’s classic and iconic look in Bonnie and Clyde, she is a figure of notoriety and beauty from a bygone era, and yet she sees fit to turn up to the Oscars in a pair of marigolds!