Oscar Dresses - Place yer bets!

07 March 2010

Betting shop Paddy Power is gearing up for the cinema world’s Grand National – the Oscars. But even Grazia Daily (don’t mind a flutter) were surprised to hear that these days you can not only make guessing the winners of the awards ‘a little bit more interesting’ but also have a wager on which DRESS will win an Oscar – so to speak.  

Oh yes. The following designers are in the running;

-          9/4  is the favourite - Alexander McQueen, this means he's very likely to win – so if you put £10 on you’ll only win £32.50 (rubbish)

-          Lanvin and Oscar de la Renta are both at 8/1 so with that £10 you could stand to win £80 (plus your bet, so £90)

-          with Alberta Ferretti in at 12/1 so . . . a good return of £130!

-          A Victoria Beckham dress would be a riskier punt at 100/1 – although if this actually happened you could pocket a grand from your £10 investment (!)           

Others on the list include Bottega Venetta, Balenciaga, Chanel, Armani, Christian Dior, Stella McCartney and Prada. So far, so predictable. Of course, Grazia Daily reluctantly concedes that no, Lady Gaga won’t be invited to the ceremony, no one is likely to plump for a Viktor and Rolf chainsaw-couture tulle gown, and it's more likely that the moon would change the direction of its orbit than any of the starlets wear anything other than a tasteful floor-sweeping gown in one of the following shades; black, nude or a ‘jewel hue’


Now, with our excited hat on, we have to admit that the Oscars might still surprise us though. Conspicuously absent from the list were any younger, up and coming designers. We think they might have missed a trick here. What about the absurdly elegant Jason Wu, for example? Michelle Obama isn’t his only fan, and he’s been compared to Mr De La Renta plenty of times. Neither was Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci mentioned – and his last couture collection was distilled drama itself.

We’ll also be keeping an eye out for anyone who goes for the celestial magic of the latest Armani Prive collection. Just as Mr Armani was able to modify his pieces to suit the level of outrage required by La Gaga, surely he could adjust any hemline to conform to Oscars protocol.

McQueen’s untimely death might have pushed his dresses to the forefront of everyone’s minds but we would be shocked, nay STUNNED if anyone mustered the temerity to pull on one of his aquatically inspired SS10 dresses – both too short and too avant garde for a night like this. Much more likely that the stylists will be racking the archives for his full-on Hollywood glamour pieces from collections past. (like erm, Jamie Winstone at the BAFTAS last week).

So there you are. There’s no other dress-fest like it, and whoever you place your bets on – it’s a completely cast-iron dead cert that Grazia Daily will be staying up past our bedtime on Sunday to feast our eyes on the red carpet spectacle.

- Naomi Attwood


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