As far as I could see, there were three main themes at this year’s Oscars dresses (they should have their own dedicated event):
1) Pale and interesting – Jessica Biel, Penelope Cruz, Marisa Tomei, amongst others, all rocked this look. I’ve heard a lot about soft coral salmon type pastels making their way back into our lives but I’ve managed to ignore them so far but this might be about to change. The problem is that those colours look amazing on a couture Dior gown but less so on a Benetton jumper.
Penelope Cruz in vintage Balmain
Jessica Biel in Prada
Marisa Tomei in Atelier Versace - my favourite of the night
2) Strapless – almost every dress was strapless. I love a good strapless and I think this ties into a wider theme of celebs wearing clothes that are less obviously flashy- it is no longer ok to flash your cash, so even though a bodiced dress is probably more expensive than a bejewelled one, it still makes more sense to go for the classic, subtle look. I love a bit of flashiness but I enjoyed the old school glamour of it the subtle this time.
Natalie Portman in Rodarte
Halle Berry in Marchesa
3) Recessionista/Boring – this was best seen on Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt. I guess they go to these things all the time but that’s more the pity for us poor souls who like to look at their clothes afterwards. They weren’t the only perpetrators of boring*; I didn’t even like Kate Winslet’s outfit – controversial, as I’m damn glad she finally won that Oscar, but still not digging the outfit.
Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab & Brad Pitt in Tom Ford
Kate Winslet in YSL by Stefano Pilati
* It is a given that I wish I looked like any of the above, despite whatever I say about one of their outfits.
All photos courtesy of style.com
Posted in designers, Events, Party Dresses
Tagged Angelina Jolie, Atelier Versace, Balmain, Brad Pitt, Elie Saab, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Kate Winslet Oscars, Marchesa, Marisa Tomei, Natalie Portman, Oscars 2009, Penelope Cruz, Prada, Rodarte, Tom Ford, YSL
Bags, all Topshop.
I am currently obsessed with filling certain gaps in my wardrobe, and I am particularly after leather-coloured accessories to plug those gaps. Today I met up with very stylish friends of the blog PJ and Marisa and mooned a bit over Marisa’s brown leather Prada bag. We agreed that in this case although the name label added to the pleasure of the experience, the bag was just perfect in its own right – lovely brown leather, the right size, well-proportioned, sturdy but slouchy. People say they wouldn’t spend all that money on a designer bag but sometimes you can’t find what you want on the high street and you end up using things that don’t really represent you just because you choose from what’s available.
I definitely found this today when trying to find these elusive accessories and maybe some black jersey pieces, the type of which you might find on a New York gallery owner. Nothing appealed to me except a Vanessa Bruno dress I saw in Urban Outfitters, which at £120 in the sale was still quite a bit too much. Nothing really spoke to me (“I will pull together all that random printed stuff in your wardrobe! Buy me!”)
Instead I decided to buy more stuff I can wear at home and bought a long grey-striped t-shirt at Topshop and as the cherry on the sundae, some tomato-red tights, just because they lifted my spirits when I saw them. Clearly in my heart of hearts I have more in common with a toddler than I do a New York gallery owner.
I went to the Shoe Heaven event at Liberty last night; it was run in conjunction with Kurt Geiger & Grazia. And it was fun! The Liberty Shoe Department is usually very imposing; all wood panels and hefty price tags. But lots of people, open displays, pink fizz and free cupcakes all added to the friendly atmosphere. Feast your eyes…
Kurt Geiger heels
Boots by Marsell
Dries Van Noten
Men & Shoes