Oscars fashion – where have the risk takers gone?

6 Mar
Bjork – Oscars 2001

I usually love the Oscars red carpet coverage. All those beautiful people in beautiful gowns with beautiful hair and make-up. It’s the ultimate fashion fantasy. And – just to cap it all off there are some absolute shockers. The truly hideous outfits that you look at and wonder ‘What were they thinking?” Think Bjork in her Swan costume and Celine Dion in the back-to-front tuxedo jacket. It’s what makes the Oscars fun. Let’s face it – we’re talking about clothes – not life and death. And we should be able to laugh a little about it all. But this year’s coverage left me a little cold. All the stars looked too perfect and polished. Even Celine Dion nailed it this year. I blame stylists.
 They’ve taken over Hollywood. These days, no actress worth their salt choses their own outfit. They hire a stylist to present them with a couple of great options. The actress makes their decision and then the stylist sorts out hair, make-up, jewellery, shoes, handbag and underwear. And given the quality of some actor’s acceptance speeches, maybe they also write them too. It’s kind of impossible for a star to go wrong. As a result, the red carpet has become boring. Everyone looks a bit the same – glamorous, classic, and as the fashion commentators like to say ‘old Hollywood’. If you want proof, check out Grace Kelly’s frock from the 1955 Oscars. (All photos at the end of this blog). It wouldn’t look out of place on the 2011 red carpet. Either would Audrey Hepburn’s frock from 1954, wearing a ballerina style which has stormed back into fashion this year (see Hailee Steinfeld’s frock). The words ‘modern’ and ‘edgy’ do not enter a stylist’s lexicon when they are dressing a client for the Oscars. Take Sandra Bullock for instance. She looked gorgeous in her red, strapless Vera Wang column gown with a classy up-do and minimal jewellery. But, I felt like I’d seen it before. In fact, I HAD seen it before. Anne Hathaway was wearing nearly the same dress, at the same Oscars. To me, the actresses that really stood out at the Oscars were Cate Blanchett (who would have been perfection if I could just rip off those awful puke-colour yellow beads) and Gwyneth Paltrow in metallic Calvin Klein. To me, they actually looked modern and fashion forward. But they were in the minority. And they actually made it on to some of worst-dressed lists. So that’s what you get these days for taking a risk. As for the real howlers, well you have to look beyond the stars to the stars spouses for the real disasters. I love Deborra-Lee Furness as a person. She seems a really cool lady. But my goodness, what’s with the white fluffy business. And Mark Ruffalo’s wife, Sunrise. As one fashion commentator described it – it’s a Victor/Victoria dress – kind of two dresses in one, and neither of them very nice. Now, I’m not saying that I want the actresses to dress badly. Not at all. But I would like to see something that resembles a dress from this century.  

Celine Dion – 1999 Oscars

Celine – 2011 Oscars

Grace Kelly – 1955 Oscar dress

Audrey Hepburn – 1954 Oscars

Hailee Steinfeld – 2011 Oscars

Sandra Bullock – 2011 Oscars

Anne Hathaway – 2011 Oscars

Cate Blanchett – 2011 Oscars

Gwyneth Paltrow – 2011 Oscars

Deborra-Lee Furness – 2011 Oscars

Mark Ruffalo’s wife – 2011 Oscars




One Response to “Oscars fashion – where have the risk takers gone?”

  1. Anonymous March 7, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    thats why i prefer the logies…..

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