As celebs walked the red carpet at the 91st Academy Awards, those coveted golden statues weren’t the only accolades up for grabs! From the stylishly jaw-dropping to the ludicrously eye-rolling, Oscar fashion was out in full force. Here are our top contenders for best in show!
Get the look: From the high-end to the high street, Ashlee Starratt helps you to get the look.
A lot of critics pooh-poohed Gaga for keeping it a bit too demure at this year’s awards ceremony. Yeah, yeah – haters gonna hate and to them we say ‘Hush!’ We loved Gaga’s understated glamour – if you call sporting the biggest diamond in the world understated! The Tiffany Diamond was last worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1961 and is worth an estimated USD$30-$50 million (it must have had its own security detail)! And, in typical Gaga form, the rest of her ensemble was quintessential Audrey, in a midnight black ballgown complete with opera sleeves, from the atelier of Alexander MacQueen. Dare to be as suave as Mother Monster in this Iliane double-breasted checked blazer from Isabel Marant Étoile (RO190.4) with sky-high structured shoulders that are the epitome of form.
Cinch the look: In a pair of blush tuxedo-stripe trousers (Zara, RO 15.9) and a pair of Tinebriviel crystal pendant earrings from Aldo Accessories (RO7.6).
Proving she’s outstanding for any age, we bow down to Helen Mirren who outshone all the pretty-in-pink contenders at this year’s Oscars. We’ll view Dame Helen through rose-coloured glasses any day as she proves time and again that talent and grace will always trump age.Take a page out her style book with this fuchsia satin pleated skater skirt Miss Selfridge (RO19.8).
Cinch the look: With a pair of royal blue ankle-strap, block-heel sandals from Nine West (RO30.3) and a circular black croc ring bag from River Island (RO14.2) that add some edge to your silky flow.
There wasn’t a single fashion faux-pas among the ladies of ‘Black Panther’ but, if we had to choose our standout fave, actress Dinai Gurira is it. Sporting a crushed gold, strap-less floor-length gown from Brock Collection and a gorgeous set of cornrows, we’re collectively screaming ‘Wakanda Forever!’ over this timeless look. Don’t be afraid to add some heavy metal to your own wardrobe with a gold sequin baby-doll dress from Endless Rose (RO53.85).
Cinch the look: With a white-hot pair of sky-high Traelian cage stilettos from Aldo Shoes (RO42.2) and a few dustings of OPI’s Chrome Effects Opal Mirror Shine Powder in Mixed Metals (RO6.5) on your digits – because, when you’re wearing this much metallic you won’t need any accessories.
Stepping out in a purple jewel tone crepe satin gown with black velvet detailing by Rodarte, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’s Lucy Boynton may have nearly stolen the spotlight from her Oscar-winning co-star (and real-life beau!) Rami Malek. With her porcelain complexion and skin-grazing bob, her vintage vibes and may-fair hippie aesthetic reminds us a little of mid-aughts Sienna Miller. Add a pop of purple to your look in a tie-neck blouse from Phase Eight (RO29.9) in a slinky violet hue.
Cinch the look: By slipping into a pair of black velvet trousers (Boden, RO45.7) and a set of leopard-print mules (Chinese Laundry, RO30.7) that will have you walking on the wild side with ease.
Another stunning example of ageless, timeless beauty, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ actress Michelle Yeoh floated along the Oscars red carpet in an off-the-shoulder sequinned Elie Saab couture gown that was epic as she is. With its shimmering embellishments and chinoiserie detailing, we couldn’t take our eyes off its ethereal quality. Need inspiration for your next night out on the town? Slink about in a pair of shimmering silver trousers (Cynthia Rowley, RO151.8) and try to bat in the same league.
Cinch the look: In a light-as-air, embroidered metallic mesh top with delicate detailing (Anna Sui, RO165.7), and a blue envelope clutch bag (River Island, RO9.1) that anchors the ensemble.