84th Oscars: Trends – Whites, Nude Tones and Red Hues

Whereas the Golden Globes were a little bit bridal with its white and nude trends, last night’s 84th Academy Awards went with the white theme again but this time the designs were more bold in design from my best dressed, Gwyneth Paltrow in a gorgeous sleek all-white Tom Ford gown with a matching floor-length cape, to intricate textured and iridescent gowns including Milla Jovovich’s Elie Saab one-shoulder, and Rooney Mara in Givenchy Couture.

As well as whites, there were a lot of shimmering nude tones as well, from Cameron Diaz’s demure Gucci gown with its metallic beaded chiffon train, to Jennifer Lopez’s crystal beaded Zuhair Murad dress, and even Kristen Wiig went all romantic in her gorgeous J Mendel gown with a pleated layered skirt

I didn’t think there was much colour on the red carpet, granted Meryl Streep and George Clooney’s girlfriend went with gold, but it was the red hues that really stood out for me. My favourite of the bunch has to be Michelle Williams’ ‘burnt orange’ Louis Vuitton, the retro feel of this 50’s inspired gown was just perfectly matched with her flawless hair and make-up and I just loved the peplum detailing.

Joining Michelle matching the red carpet were Natalie Portman looking fabulous in vintage Christian Dior, which kind of made up for all the controversy of not wearing Dior last year; and even with Emma Stone’s deja vu moment of Nicole Kidman’s classic Oscar look from 2007, I still loved her scarlet couture gown by Giambattista Valli.

This was one of the most demure red carpets at the Oscars I have seen in a long while, there were no outright awful outfits – that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some I didn’t like, but there weren’t as many standout gowns as I would have liked.

I kind of don’t think other than Gwynnies cape crusader look there were any others that I would remember in a couple of years, unlike when Michelle Williams wore Vera Wang in 2006, or when Julia Roberts went with Valentino in 2001, or how about that gorgeous Elie Saab number that Halle Berry shined in for her Oscar-winning moment in 2002, and one of my favourite looks has to be Cameron Diaz’s bejewelled princess Oscar de la Renta look in 2010, a designer that I totally missed last night on the red carpet.

What did you think of last night’s Oscar red carpet? Let me know who your favourite was.

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