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It was the night of nights for some of Hollywood’s best and brightest – a night of achievement, performance, hilarity, pre-written speeches and fake tears.
Yes ladies and gentleman, it was then 86th Annual Academy Awards, aka The Oscars.
It’s my deeply-held belief that unless you’re a theatre/acting buff, or a middle-aged woman, the technicalities of the show are really not that important. The Oscars to me are what showers are to Johnny Depp – completely and utterly irrelevant.
Whenever I am approached about the Oscars (as every gay man in existence usually is nearly every year) the answer usually consists of “Oh that guy from that movie won that award” or “That movie with that girl from that other movie did so well”, said with an uneasy tone followed by an un-enthused sigh.
I actually find the whole award show scene a little bit of a farce and the winners as predictable as Ellen DeGeneres’ pantsuit.
While I don’t pay attention to the hosts, the nominations or the sponsors, what I do savour in every glorious detail is the red carpet. As someone who has followed the fashion industry from a young age (I even asked my mother for better looking nappies – true story), I get all of my Oscars gossip from fashion blogs, designer’s Instagram accounts and a few emails from industry insiders alerting me to how good Cate Blanchett looks. The clothes behind the people are the reason the night is so elegant and what makes the awards a must watch.
I mean, let’s face it, you don’t usually find a quote from a speech floating around on the net, and no one ever mentions how witty someone’s speech is. As both a stylist and a #prboy I have played many roles in a glam squad and have seen the entire end-to-end process of getting ready for a red carpet from different angles.
Let me be the first to tell you, it’s a lot trickier than simply playing dress ups with a life-sized doll that has won the genetic lotto.
The Oscars, like all award shows, are recognition of the people who are the best in their field – an opportunity for actors to gain credibility and up their dollar value in their contracts, not to mention take home an iconic gold statue they have been dreaming about since they were children serving Blizzard treats at Dairy Queen.
But I usually like to recognise the talents of the people I have admired for many years, people who have put in countless hours, have flown overseas for research and had breakdowns over which finger a ring should go on. The people who have worked very hard, the true heroes who have spent countless hours and dollars making these celebrities look good. The Stylists.
While there were some blunders, here is my take on the best dressed for the 86th Annual Academy Awards and the wonderful people behind their gowns!
Charlize Theron – Styled by Leslie Fremar (Dior)
Theron’s long-term stylist Leslie Fremar did it right with this black Dior gown that fits her to perfection. She styled it simply with slick hair, natural make-up and a statement necklace. She looks like a true star.
Jennifer Lawrence – Styled by Rachel Zoe (Dior)
Rachel Zoe is one of the world’s most recognisable stylists and designers, famous for her work with Anne Hathaway, Nicole Richie and Demi Moore. Zoe may not have been able to save J.Law from her second “face-plant” in two years, but she has most definitely shown that Jennifer Lawrence is fast becoming a style icon.
Lupita Nyong’o – Styled by Micaela Erlanger (Prada)
Erlanger’s modern view has helped Hollywood’s latest It Girl Lupita Nyong’o be recognised not only for her talent, but how well she wears designers. From Red Ralph Lauren to this pale Prada, Erlanger has once again confirmed Nyong’o’s spot on our best-dressed list.
Anne Hathaway – Styled by Penny Lovell (Gucci)
Hathaway has been having a few snores recently but her new stylist Penny Lovell has taken her away from old school glamour and given her a sharper and more edgy look. This dress is one of the best pieces I have seen her in in a long time. Although A-line and halter neck seems to be her safe spot – I have to hand it to Lovell. She looks spectacular.
Cate Blanchett – Styled by Elizabeth Stewart (Giorgio Armani)
Elizabeth Stewart has recognised time and time again that Blanchett’s almost regal status is directly linked to her sophisticated and timeless style. Blanchett, seen here in a neutral embellished Dior gown, looks like a Modern Day Audrey Hepburn.
And the winner of best styled/dressed is…
(Ed’s note…she kinda deserved the Best Actress Award too…let’s face it…)
While Blanchett takes home the TBS Best Dressed crown in terms of Oscars Fashion, special mention also goes to Jared Leto, a man who should be recognised for those glorious locks.
Can you win an Oscar for best hair in a motion picture?