It was such a relief to see the ladies going all-out for the Oscars red carpet last night. It seems we can finally breathe that ‘thank heavens they’re done with their "less is more" statements’ sigh of relief and enjoy the Oscars for what they really are: a gawk-fest at who got it right (Nicole Richie in Reem Acra), who got it oh, so wrong (Maria Carey, we’ll send Valentino your apologies for the train wreck you turned his dress into) and who we’re still arguing about (Charlize Theron, what were the swirls about, exactly?).
Maggie Gyllenhaal reminded us why we love her in her printed blue Dries Van Noten gown. Not for her was all the layers and stiff trains, oh no. Remaining true to her devil-may-care approach to fashion, she managed to partner with a designer who knows how to wow a crowd without a chance of getting lost in a river of chiffon. It was her to a tea and this makes her a winner in the style stakes, in our books.
We’re also penning our ‘well done’ note to Elie Saab for the dress harmony he created with dainty starlet Rachel McAdams. Floaty and girly enough to remind us that she’s one of the sweetest gals in Hollywood, yet striking enough to grab our attention, this is one celebrity/designer pairing we’re keen to see more of.
We can’t unfortunately say the same for the Kristen Stewart and Monique Lhuillier collaboration. Donning a dress that was much older than her 19 years, Kristen looked uncomfortable, unconfident and nothing like the cutting edge fashionista she’s being developing into. That one’s a strike in our books.
We’re still scratching our heads over Kate Winslet’s choice of Yves Saint Laurent. Beautiful, yes. Elegant, yes. Eye-catching and inspiring? Not so much. Granted, Ms Winslet has the poise that can carry anything off, but it would have been kinda nice to see her in something more of a statement gown.
And just like that, they’d done their red carpet dash and we were left gathering our thoughts. So thank you, dear A-list, for our favourite dress indulgence of the year. You didn’t disappoint in the discussion stakes!
Kerrie Simon is the editor of Grazia Middle East, on sale every Wednesday.