Oscars red carpet fashion: Glorious gowns and shockers
From flawless, flowing lace to puffed up designer disasters, Frances Burscough casts a critical eye over the red carpet style from Sunday's Oscars. With the world of fashion falling at their feet and designers bending over backwards to dress them in their finest finery, you would expect every single Oscar nominee to look incredible, wouldn't you? But at the 88th Academy Awards it was almost like there was a fancy dress parade of what not to wear.
As well as picking up the Oscar for Best Actress, Brie Larson looked gorgeous in a diaphanous chiffon gown in vivid cobalt blue by Gucci. This sophisticated look featured waterfall layers that cascaded from an ornate pearl-encrusted belt. Very unusual, very stylish and very eye-catching. I also loved her simply chic hair style and pearl drop earrings.
Jennifer Lawrence looked flawless in a lace dress by Dior Haute Couture. I loved the fit of the tulle bodice and the tiers of feathery lace that swept down into a train. Aside from her blonde bob and striking makeup, nothing else was needed to complete the look.
They say you shouldn't go to the Oscars dressed as an Oscar, but Margot Robbie certainly rocked the look when she dazzled everyone on the red carpet in this gold faux snakeskin sheath dress by Tom Forde. What a goddess.
I'm so jealous of Charlotte Riley for two reasons: she's married to my heart-throb Tom Hardy, and this dress. I love it and she looks absolutely immaculate wearing all black to match her raven locks. Just gorgeous.
Naomi Watts in this magnificent creation by Armani Prive was undoubtedly one of the evening's winners. I absolutely love the 'ombre' purple colour scheme contrasting against her pearly blonde hair and scarlet lips. Wow.
Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan looked grown-up and glamorous in an emerald green number by Calvin Klein. The mermaid style was complemented by loose wavy hair, smokey eyeshadow and exquisite emerald drop earrings.
Tina Fey broke with the trends of the evening with a really gloriously glamorous chiffon gown in ultra-violet purple. Versace through and through and what a gorgeous combination with that priceless diamond and amethyst choker.
Sophie Turner AKA Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones looked sensational in a putty green silk satin sheath dress that matched her sparkling green eyes perfectly and complemented her long auburn hair.
Veteran actress and award nominee Charlotte Rampling avoided the red carpet but was seen slipping in a side door, looking her usual elegant and mature self in a stunning long sleeved silver chain-mail gown.
Cate usually looks good in anything. However, as much as I loved the colour and design of this Armani silk number, I felt that the floribunda of silk flowers had gone a bit over the top. To me it looked more like a costume for a stage production of South Pacific.
I really wasn't impressed by this Givenchy lace dress. I'm all for the pale and interesting, but this looks like a second hand wedding dress from the that's been hanging around in Oxfam for a few decades.
Heidi's lilac chiffon dress looked like a throwback from a Silvikrin hairspray advert circa 1975. Very dated, very ageing and very drippy. and not in anyway attractive. Sorry, Heidi but it's a no.
Daisy Ridley in Chanel favoured futuristic metallic fabrics; but the tin foil look is really not a winner.
More misses included Sofia Vergara in a midnight blue Marchesa concoction that could barely contain her ample bosom.
Her pale yellow puff-ball gown by Louis Vuitton was a weird confection which didn't do her any favours at all. What on earth possessed her I wonder?
Kate Winslet looked terrible in a hideous black lame dress that resembled a giant black bin liner. It didn't hang well and wasn't flattering in any way.
Meanwhile, Reece Witherspoon, who usually looks cute and well attired, donned a purple frock in what looked like bacofoil origami.
I love the colour and style of Rachel McAdams’ deep sea green dress but unfortunately the delicate silk satin looked very creased by the time she'd arrived at the red carpet. However, it did suit her complexion and is certainly a new trend in style and colour to watch out for this season.