Oscars: Ladies in Red... and Green!
In a turn of events that has cruelly robbed us of the opportunity to poke fun at the rich and famous, everyone at the Oscars last night looked absolutely stunning. From Penelope Cruz in princess-worthy blue Armani to Kelly Osbourne in black and emerald Zac Posen that she helped to design and Aldo shoes (see – we told you stars love the high street!)
Our highlights this year though were the ladies in red (an obvious but timeless choice) and – slightly more surprising - ladies in green! Although Spring/Summer 2012 is tipped to be the season of gentle pastel hues and the fact that many stars looked stunning in white (including Gwyneth Paltrow, Rooney Mara and Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer), the real knockouts at this year’s Oscars dared to be that little bit bolder. It is the Oscars after all!
Natalie Portman was a treat for the eyes as always in a vintage 1954 Christian Dior red polka dot gown. She looked stress-free in the knowledge that she already has her Best Actress Oscar in the bag for Black Swan last year. Michelle Williams also looked breathtaking in red, this time in coral Armani with a peplum skirt obviously well aware that peplum skirts were a top trend on the Spring/Summer catwalks. Unfortunately she didn’t win the Best Actress award despite her nomination for My Week with Marilyn, but she is definitely a winner in the style stakes as she teamed the gorgeous gown with a pink sparkly clutch and a cute diamond bow brooch to the waist making the ensemble just the right amount of kooky for the red carpet.
Our green style winners were newcomer and The Artist star Berenice Bejo who wore a mint green heavily embellished Elie Saab creation – staying true to the Twenties theme as the star of the silent movie era inspired film. Viola Davis was also a delight to behold in slinky, sea-green Vera Wang but unfortunately also lost out on the Best Actress gong despite being nominated for her role in The Help. Both of these beauties set off their green gowns with bright red hair – Davies choosing to forego a wig and go ‘natural’ and looking truly stunning for it.
Our final green beauty actually wore gold! Meryl Streep’s dress was custom made by Lanvin from 'eco certified fabric' for the Green Carpet Challenge, an initiative run by Colin Firth’s wife, Livia to try to get A-Listers to wear ethically conscious creations on the red carpet. Streep looked elegant and fabulous in her gown and was a worthy winner of the coveted Best Actress award for her role as Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’ – making this the third Oscar win of her long and successful career.
If you feel the need for a little sparkle in your life this Spring after seeing all the beautiful Oscars outfits, take a look at our occasions-wear section at our Online Shop. All our going-out shoes can be found here including the beautiful gold glitter platform courts pictured above – a steal at only £14.99!
‘Til next year!