Roll up, roll up, it’s the greatest fashion show on Earth- Oscar red carpet 2013
The Oscars are undoubtedly one of the most important evenings in the creative world calendar. Not only do we look to see who the Academy has deemed the best cinema of the year (whether we agree with it is an entirely different matter *cough no nomination for Eddie Redmayne best supporting actor cough*) but the fashion world looks for one final time in the awards season to the biggest red carpet circus of them all where the outfits are usually all or nothing. However this year, as I sat up at stupid o clock in the morning watching glitchy live feeds because no one shows the Oscars in the UK (grumble grumble) I felt underwhelmed by what I saw. There were very few outfits that took my breath away or rivalled those of the most iconic outfits (Michelle Williams’ canary yellow dress springs to mind)
However, there were a few shining stars in a disappointingly dull sky and my first pick goes to Amanda Seyfried who had not one but two glorious outfits. Her first, a lilac Alexander McQueen creation that looked fit for a princess. In my opinion, Amanda hasn’t put a foot out of line in the fashion stakes during awards season so I had high expectations, which were luckily totally met. The McQueen suited her beautifully and the ice cream coloured detailing lent some intrigue and interest to a fairly simplistic style. The key hole neck line is extremely flattering but my only problem with the dress is the odd wraparound halter neck, which cuts off in a strange position, leaving Ms Seyfried looking like she has no neck. But combined with the classic up do and fairy-tale pink makeup, Amanda look like a princess.
Her second dress appeared during her stirring performance of One Day More. The striking tomato red Givenchy creation contrasted greatly with the rest of the main cast, all of who wore either black, dark blue or beige. Was Amanda’s dress supposed to be the fashion version of the red flag of the revolution? Who knows whether the producers had intended a more symbolic meaning to Amanda’s fashion choices but what I do know is that she looked stunning. The full tulle skirt was reminiscent of real old Hollywood glamour and the red looked glorious with her blonde hair and fair skin. However, she opted for another overly complicated neckline that made the poor thing look like she was being strangled, something to be avoided when you are belting out huge musical numbers on the Oscar stage. Odd placed necklines aside, Seyfried scores highly for me because of her more original choices, classical yet extremely pretty.
My second favourite of the evening was our very own Adele Adkins. The thing I find most admirable about Adele is that she knows what looks good but she is never boring. Black is normally her colour of choice and tonight was no exception as she walked the red carpet in a floor length Jenny Packham creation. What made her dress interesting was the sparkling detailing which could be seen particularly well under the lighting as she went to pick up her much deserved Oscar. On closer inspection, the jewels were multi coloured instead of merely a uniform black, which brought more interest to her shimmery gown. She twinkled like the night sky and, as is the norm for Adele, looked classier than most of the other women there. I have a great respect for anyone who wears sleeves to events like the Oscars; there are never enough sleeves. Her hair and make up looked impeccable, her signature red lip and eyelashes visible from a mile away.
Honourable mentions also go to Jennifer Hudson, who looked spectacular in a petrol blue Roberto Cavalli dress with a leg split to rival the infamous Angelina Jolie dress of last year. Hudson just oozed cool and looked so contemporary with her blunt fringe and incredible long, straight hair. Jennifer Hudson proved that you don’t always have to go over the top to look incredible at the Oscars. The incredible electric blue heels she sported clashed with the rest of the blue ensemble, making the whole outfit pop with intense colour. I was also slightly shocked to see just how good Jennifer Hudson is looking these days, not because the way she had looked previously was bad but it had been a while since I had seen a photo of her and the difference was amazing. She was one of the sexiest ladies on that carpet with an incredible set of pipes to match, as we saw in her jaw dropping performance.
Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest nominee at just 9 years old looked adorable in dark blue Armani Junior. The most striking thing about this outfit was that it was entirely age appropriate. There had been no attempt to make her look older as is often the case with young Hollywood starlets. She wasn’t forced into tiny high heels or squeezed into a dress that was unsuitable; she just looked like a little girl dressed up for the biggest party of her life. Every budding star should have a signature look and Quvenzhané rocked hers by bringing her puppy purse, this time in grey and named Sammy, after her own beloved Yorkshire Terrier. Never before on the Oscar red carpet have accessories been so much fun and Quvenzhané, with her huge level of confidence and humour was just the right girl to pull it off.
And because it wouldn’t be fair to ignore the boys, a special mention goes to gorgeous man of the moment Eddie Redmayne who brought a touch of Old Etonian charm and class to the proceedings. Redmayne has given us an extremely impressive display of velvet suits over the past few weeks and so when he appeared in a black Alexander McQueen I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed that there was no velvet suit to be seen. But as I looked down I spotted that the sly Mr Redmayne was wearing a stunning pair of McQueen skull emblazoned velvet slippers which definitely added a touch of English eccentricity to an understandably largely American affair. His choice to opt for black bow tie was greatly appreciated by me, primarily because it is the classiest way to go on a red carpet and definitely the most handsome.
The bow tie and slippers may have won him my best dressed man of the evening but Redmayne had stiff competition from his Les Miserables co star, the dashing Mr Aaron Tveit, who played the previously-dubbed-by-me Head Sexy Revolutionary Enjolras in the film. This was Tveit’s first Oscar ceremony, not that you would know from the totally professional way he mastered that red carpet. Like many of the men he had opted for the traditional button up suit with black tie with the added twist of silver, writing like detail which made it more interesting than a merely plain tie. Like his co star, Tveit wore a slip on shoe in the slightly less eccentric material of patented black leather. Looking closer at the shoes I noticed that Aaron was sporting a lovely pair of black and white stripy socks which made my admiration for his fashion choices sky rocket. Any man who gets away with stripy socks on a red carpet is a brave and very cool one indeed. Rounding his look off nicely was a white pocket square which I find to be a woefully abadoned fashion statement in the male community. I will say that the white one he sported on the red carpet was nowhere as eye catching as the bright red one he appeared with during his rousing performance of One Day More (more on that later) but in an almost pocket squareless world, beggars cannot be choosers.