The Hollywood elite brought their wardrobe A-game to the Oscars red carpet last night, making picking our favourites one seriously tough call. It was no surprise that Lupita Nyong’o was the main contender in the style stakes after wowing with a series of knockout looks in the red carpet run up to the big night. The 12 Years A Slave actress led the charge in a pale blue Prada confection, which she said she chose because the colour reminded her of the Nairobi sky. Letting the plunging, pleated floor sweeper do the talking, the Best Actress in a Supporting Role winner accessorised with a simple gold headband – and gave Michelle Obama a run for her money in the amazingly–toned-arm stakes.
Our second favourite from came from the night’s other big winner, Cate Blanchett. Taking home the Best Actress gong for Blue Jasmine, the usually directional Cate went decidedly girlie for this year’s ceremony. Ever on the money though, her custom-made, Swarovski crystal-adorned Armani Privé dress tapped right into spring’s 3D, appliqué floral trend.
Bringing the colour in a sea of pale and pastel gowns was Jennifer Lawrence. Predictably, the American Hustle star’s blood-orange peplum frock came courtesy of Dior, but when it packs this much Oscar wow factor, we say long may the French fashion house’s love-in with the actress continue. Even a red-carpet tumble – yep, Jen stacked it at the Oscars for the second year in a row – couldn’t stop her oozing elegance.
Dark horse Kate Hudson rounded up our top four hot frocks. Absent from the red carpet of late, she knocked it out of the ballpark on Oscar night in a dramatic Atelier Versace creation. The caped shoulder, plunging neckline and sweeping train teamed with Kate’s golden locks made for a combo that was pure old Hollywood glamour. Always guaranteed to get the thumbs up on Oscar night.
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By Gemma Gow