You, The Fashion Jury: OSCARS special!

09 March 2010

Good morning happy campers. Incase you hadn't noticed, there was a little shindig called the Oscars last night. Yep, while you were sleeping, Team Grazia were awake until silly o'clock, busily blogging to bring you a moment-by-moment account of the dresses and the drama. So after several cups of (veeery strong) coffee this morning, we've examined the evidence and totted up the top trends just for you. Well, it'd be rude not to. Peruse them at your leisure but be sure to let us know your fave below. And remember the most fashion savvy comments will get printed in the next issue of Grazia! So without further ado, here's last night's Best Dressed...


Bingo! Once again, we were on the money (just). Back in January, we predicted Diane Kruger would wear this Chanel couture gown to the Golden Globes and although she made us wait, wasn’t it worth it? Love the ruffles, love the chic monochrome, love the varying layers. As she said herself, “What’s not to like? It’s Chanel!” La Krug, we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

There were many an Oscar-worthy gown in Elie Saab’s SS10 collection thanks to the thigh-high splits revealing chantilly lace, swishy skirts and general floatiness. And while we’d hoped Penelope Cruz would give one of the pastel creations a go, we were pleasantly surprised to see Anna Kendrick chosing this delicate piece. “It’s young and pretty,” she said of the dress. “I couldn’t imagine wearing anything else.” The floral detailing, flattering draping and off-the-shoulder style is ever so romantic and yet the tone leaves her a little washed out. Crack out the bronzer next time, eh Kendrick?

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Rachel McAdams also went the romantic route with an Elie Saab SS10 couture number. Her printed draped dress feels so spring-like but the dusty shades of blue and grey keep it low key. How refreshing.

Trust stylist Rachel Zoe to pull out a corker for Ms Moore. Demi went nude in tiered ruffles courtesy of Atelier Versace's SS08 blush tone gown. The rose detail on the hip is a nice touch, don't you think? The jury's still out on that squiffy hair though...

Cameron Diaz looked like a modern day princess in this glittering gown of sparkling embellishments from Oscar de la Renta's AW10 collection. We haven’t seen this much glamour from Cam in quite a while and she's reminding us of Taylor Swift's signature style. Stylist Rachel Zoe strikes again. And we like. More please!

Phew! Thank goodness Penelope Cruz didn't wear black. Instead, she chose a luxurious bordeaux couture gown by Donna Karan accentuated by Chopard jewels. The pleated detailing on the strapless bodice gives the look an edge and the wrap around draping creates a seductive shape. It's Spanish sophistication at its best!


Didn’t we tell you purple was THE colour this awards season? Well lo and behold, a bevy of beauties opted for the rich colour and blew us all away because of it. But none more so than Zoe Saldana. Although this fantastical Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci couture gown was top of our wish list for Carey Mulligan, Zoe pulls it off with aplomb. The vivid tone is so sumptuous against her skin, the undulating hem in ruched organza is beyond beautiful and topped off with a crystal bodice and matching purple ring, no extra bling is required. Thank you, thank you Zoe. You just made all our dreams come true.

As the face of the brand, of course Charlize Theron wore Christian Dior. She simpered in this SS10 couture gown and the two tones of lavender certainly bring something different to the usual classics. Those cheeky rosettes on the bust that lead to an extravagant train are really rather wonderful too.

WOW! Vera Farmiga arrived in an explosion of cascading ruffles courtesy of Marchesa, the same designer she wore to the BAFTAs. She looked simply divine in fuschia and the art deco vibe and fabulous shape really makes her stand out among the A-list pack. “It reminds me of a flower in bloom," she said. How fitting.


After wearing Yves Saint Laurent to last year’s ceremony, Kate Winslet went back to the brand with this metallic gown. This is one lady who never fails to look elegant but on this occasion, Kate truly glowed. The sleek silhouette is super flattering, particularly with the structured bodice to accentuate her waist. Beyonce, eat your heart out! Big thumbs up for that enormous diamond Tiffany necklace, worth a whooping $2.5 million!

Looking like an Oscar award herself, Sandra Bullock also opted for a metallic finish with this Marchesa AW10 floor-sweeper and looked strikingly statuesque. It’s such a pleasure to see Sandy in a form-fitting, feminine number and the shimmering embroidered detail on the bodice brings a dose of subtle sexiness. Could we love her more? So why did she choose the dress, we hear you ask. “It was my step daughter’s favourite,” Sandra revealed. “She loved it so that made me sway.” Blimey, who needs a stylist when you have a daughter? Katie Holmes knows what we're talking about...

Nicole Richie made a show-stopping entrance thanks to her fierce Reem Acra gown. Heavily embellished with metallic sequins, it's super dramatic and those large sleeves make quite the statement. Although from the front, she appears to be pretty covered-up, the very low back brings the necessary sex-factor.


And the love-in continues! After working numerous Prada numbers, prompting Grazia Daily to crown her Miuccia’s new muse, Carey Mulligan has stayed faithful to the brand for the grandest red carpet outing of them all. And how lovely to see her in such a voluminous delight! We love that the dress is decorated with miniature scissors, spoons and forks for that quirky twist which is fast becoming Carey’s signature style. The uneven hemline is also unusual, especially alongside the rest of the floor-sweepers, and reminds us of her Bafta choice which also showcased a pair of strappy heels. Some sparkling Fred Leighton earrings bring a glamourous finishing touch. And yet, somehow we’re feeling a tad disappointed. We wanted pizzazz Carey, remember? Pizz-AZZ! Oh damn those high hopes…

Moving on, another young starlet going for an unexpectedly sophisticated look was cool kid Kristen Stewart. It makes us very happy to see she’s finally ditched her Converse and slouchy jumpers for the elegant look that we’ve long been waiting for. The midnight blue, organza gown by Monique Lhuillier is spot on - the sculpted bodice and draped trumpet skirt are just the ticket to create a voluptuous shape. She knows not to take it too far though so keeps the bling and beauty look to a minimum. Praise be that the KStew managed to scrape her permanently grubby hair into a chic chignon, too. Who'd have thunk it! Ah, lady-like at last.

Also going all grown-up was Miley Cyrus in a fairytale Jenny Packham gown. “It was white," Miley said. "We changed the colour to more of a champagne.” Smart girl - we wouldn't want her getting too bridal on us. The seductive ivory bustier with a swooping back is a classic beauty and the high waist tied with a silk ribbon really accentuates the full, flowing skirt. Tres Bon!


Maggie Gyllenhaal lived up to her eclectic reputation in this youthful Dries Van Noten column dress of tropical prints, adapted from the AW10 collection. So why did she pick this designer for the big night? “Because they’re sexy and unusual. He designed my wedding dress. I’m a real fan of him.” Awh bless.

Gabourey Sidibe wore a beautiful blue gown by red carpet fave, Marchesa accented by silver embellishments and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. As she said herself, “If fashion was porn, this dress would be the money shot!” Well, that's one way of putting it...

Gabourey's co-star Mo’Nique brought a pop of colour in this electric blue Tadashi Shoji gown topped off with fresh flowers in her hair. Mo explained her inspiration was actress Hattie McDaniels who attended the awards back in 1939 kitted out in a similar blue gown. What a homage.

Blue was clearly a popular choice for the stars of Precious - Mariah Carey flaunted one toned thigh in a midnight blue gown by Valentino. The sparkling floral brooch accents her waist and is complemented by a sequined clutch and blinging jewels. We wouldn't expect anything less. Good move to go for a pair of subtle nude Christian Louboutins.


After attending the Armani Prive couture show last month, it was Anne Hathaway we expected to see working the collection’s space age vibe. We even hoped that Maggie Gyllenhaal would embrace futuristic fashion with this very dress. But instead it was Hollywood darling Amanda Seyfried who donned the collection’s luminescent fabrics, and didn’t she pull it off perfectly? It’s the sculpted fullness of the skirt, which dramatically flares out from the Swarovski encrusted bustier, that really has us drooling. Yep, this newcomer has officially landed on planet fashion. And what a way to arrive!

But it wasn’t just Amanda who turned to the charms of Armani Prive. Step forward Jennifer Lopez in this asymmetric wonder that transforms her into an other worldly goddess. J to the Lo, it's a hit. Misson accomplished. And yet, we can't help being reminded of layers of polyethylene foam wrap...  

Although yellow can be tough to pull off, Sarah Jessica Parker looked simply ravishing in this pastel tone. Doesn't the column dress make her look sleek and the interesting neckline is a fantastic addition? Plus, look at the temporary tattoo she's sporting! Sooo on trend. The actress said that the choice to wear this silk number from Chanel's SS10 couture collection was an “easy decision”. Well, of course. Apparenty she saw it on the runway five weeks ago and wanted it straight away. And what SJP wants…

Despite being surrounded by pretty young things, Helen Mirren shined and shimmied down the red carpet in a sparkling grey gown by Badgley Mischka that glistened against that blinging Chopard diamond necklace. Top marks for those sheer sleeves which retain an air of modesty befitting her age, too. Looks like some things just never go out of fashion...

by Jessica Vince



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