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Stylist and fashion blogger Laura Fantacci on her top 5 fashion hits from last night’s Oscars ceremony
The Outfit: Lupita was my favourite actress last night (and throughout awards season), opting for a modern day princess-pleated gown from the master that is Miuccia Prada.
Fashion Ed Style Notes: Lupita wears colour like no one else, and together with Michelle Williams in her famous yellow gown, this dress makes it into my favourite Oscar dresses of all times. I loved absolutely everything about it: the soft pastel blue (said to be inspired by her growing up in Nairobi) on her dark glowing skin; the plunging neckline with nipped in waistline that suits her petite shape perfectly; the subtle sparkly embroidery on the fabric and the way the skirt moved when the actress walked on the red carpet.
The Extras: To complete the look Lupita wore a Fred Leighton hair band worn over her sculptured shaved head that put her one step ahead of everyone else and making her the epitome of cool. I think this dress (complete with Oscar) will certainly make a mark in Academy Award fashion history.
The Outfit: Olivia Wilde looked absolutely stunning in her Valentino Couture gown.
Fashion Ed Style Notes: I've had to attend a black tie event whilst heavily pregnant and have experienced myself the extra challenges of trying to look good in a full length gown. Your body proportions change entirely, you can forget a waistline and cleavage is most certainly a no go (not to mention trying to walk in high heels). What I love about Olivia's dress is that she looked subtly sexy while remaining completely chic. I love the demure high collar juxtaposed with the exposed back line.
The Extras: Olivia accessorised perfectly with chunky bangles, drop earrings and a cool oversized cocktail ring looking modern yet timeless. Make-up and hair were flawless too with a simple eyeliner flick and ever so slightly messy bun. I think this look will go down in history as red carpet pregnancy perfection.
The Outfit: Cate Blanchett is an absolute vision in this flesh tone, delicately embroidered Armani Prive dress.
Fashion Ed Style Notes: Cate reminds me of a nymph or an underwater fantasy sea creature with her pale skin and perfect features. I love the ’40s hairdo and the fluttering fake eyelashes; overall she's a romantic dream.
The Extras: Had I been Cate’s stylist I would have probably added a touch of colour, perhaps a coral lip or a hint of red in the shoe or jewellery, yet you cannot fault this classically beautiful look.
The Outfit: Jennifer embodies a modern screen siren in this tomato red Christian Dior strapless gown.
Fashion Ed Style Notes: I love the peplum detail which adds a touch of modernity to an otherwise very simple dress. I always say that if you wish to make a statement (or an entrance in this case) red is definitely the colour to choose, and she suits it perfectly with her honey blonde hair.
The Extras: Jennifer accessorised with a metallic box clutch and a sparkly long necklace, which worn back to front gently adorns her back. But my favourite final touch to her look is her wildly styled hair. She could have opted for a classic chignon or a slick hairdo, but this slightly undone, ‘impeccably messy’ hair style is oh so much cooler. Top marks for Jennifer Lawrence and her modern approach to red carpet glamour.
The Outfit: Julia Roberts doesn't often get it right for me on the red carpet, usually opting for safe or bland outfit choices. Yet I was really pleased to see her wearing such a beautiful and sophisticated dress last night that retained the wow factor.
Fashion Ed Style Notes: At the Oscars I don't often give top marks to black dresses, preferring to see colour, embroidery, and more flamboyant outfits but I have to admit that there is nothing ‘safe’ about this outfit choice. Julia opted for a Givenchy black lace number with a plunging neckline and peplum detail - it is romantic but with a dramatic feed to it. She's obviously stepped out of her comfort zone but has done it tastefully and age-appropriately, and ultimately looks like the red carpet diva she is.
The Extras: I love her Art Deco drop diamond earrings, soft make-up with a grey manicure and loose side parting hairdo. Overall I would say she looked effortlessly glamorous.
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