Best Dressed at the Oscars 2017, and Why I Will Not Do a ‘Worst Dressed’ List

Let’s face it, the morning after the Oscars I’m more interested in who wore what than who won what. I love gazing at all the frocks and red carpet looks, but I absolutely despise the negative judgement that seems to spit its way out of the media. In fact, if you Google ‘Oscar dress’ right now the first two hits are titled ‘worst dressed on the red carpet’ and it makes me really quite angry. It’s completely natural to have preferences and there are gowns and looks that I like less than others, but just because the person wearing it is a celebrity or a multimillionaire does not mean that they don’t have feelings. They put that dress on because they loved it and probably arrived at the shows feeling fabulous, and how boring would it be if we all had the same tastes? Similarly, someone else’s life work may have gone into designing that gown. So go ahead and oooh and aaah over all your favourite pieces, but don’t be that person who gets off on putting someone else down. Now that I’ve finished ranting, take a look at my top picks from the night!

 

Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta

 

This is my absolute favourite look of the entire night. I am a bit obsessed with a good ruffle at the moment and Brie Larson looks quite the Hollywood star in OdlR velvet! I love the deep plunging neckline which is sexy but also tasteful and think that the dainty cross strap shoes provide a perfect contrast to the bold skirt. Paired with bright red lipstick, Larson proves that black is anything but boring!

Viola Davis in Armani

 

 

I don’t think Viola ever really gets it wrong but last night she looked particularly fabulous in a bold, classy and eye-catching red gown by Armani. I love the puddle train and the almost Grecian style neckline paired with an 80’s style yellow gold bangle and I think keeping the make up simple with a dark eye and nude lip was a great decision!

Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture

 

 I think you’ll struggle to find a best dressed list that doesn’t feature Miss Stone in last night’s flapper style gold number.  The gilded gown, an embroidered, fringed creation fitted her beautifully, in fact she seems to be channeling the vibes of the Oscar statue itself. An oversized Tiffany earring, retro glamour waves and a strong make up look finish the outfit off with a bang. 

Naomi Harris in Calvin Klein By Appointment

 

Harris proves that you don’t have to go for a massive ball gown to have your princess moment; she looks flawless in this white sequinned cut out number by Raf Simons for Calvin Klein. I adore the asymmetric strapped sunshine yellow heeled sandals and the crisp line on the train.

Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo 

 

Straight from the Paris runway, Steinfeld looks fantastic in this flowing gown by Ralph & Russo. I adore the vintage style high ruffled neck, a look it can be incredibly difficult to pull off, contrasted with the sleek hair and dark eye make up. Laden with flowers, the gown is perfect for Spring. I only wish they had thought to line it…

Taraji P. Henson in Custom Alberta Ferretti 

 

Last but not least I’m taking it back to what was probably my second favourite look of the night: Henson’s midnight blue velvet gown that just oozes old school Hollywood glamour. The bardot neckline and subtle but sexy thigh-high split is a sophisticated take on red carpet style and in an arresting Nirav Modi necklace she proves that diamonds really are a girls best friend. 

Ryan Gosling in Gucci

 

…And in the interest of gender equality (not that you need an excuse to gaze at Ryan Gosling). His ruffled Gucci shirt combined with a sleek black tuxedo divided opinion but personally I think he looks fabulous. The ruffles are subtle enough that he doesn’t look like he just stepped off a Downton Abbey horse and it’s really nice to see a man make something a little more of their red carpet look; the women usually have all the fun!

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