This year the 88th Academy Awards ceremony, or the ‘Oscars’ if you prefer the common parlance, took place and once again brought the world a show of epic proportions. It was bold, it was redemptive and it was very political. That’s not to mention the . Suffice it to say that the mother of all red carpets was crowded with pretty paragons of modern glamour and natural beauty. We saw more glittering statement jewels than could appease a thousand beady-eyed magpies. It was a chance for the stars on Hollywood Boulevard to align and captivate avid audiences worldwide. Controversy aside, the attendees contributed to a spectacular event and a vibrant celebration, not only of modern film-making, but also of refined haute couture and high-end jewellery. We saw elegant, plunging necklines, sequins, capes and cut-outs. There was also an elegant mixture of bespoke jewellery – everything from dangling chandelier earrings to subtle studs. Then, finally, the handsome cherry on the cake, Leonardo DiCaprio got his just deserts and received the Best Actor award for his portrayal of a brutalised fur trapper in Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant. And to think, all he had to do to earn that golden statue was get mauled by a bear and left for dead.
“I thought,” said Jenny Beavan, in an interview with The Guardian, “‘If I can’t beat them, or if I can’t sort of join them, then why not try doing something a little bit fun?”
The gracefully feminine and petite Swedish beauty, Alicia Vikander, recieved the award for Best Supporting Actress after her performance in ‘The Danish Girl’. She also turned heads on the red carpet with this soft, dusty yellow gown from Louis Vuitton, accompanied by bold, patterned Diamond Earrings, subtle makeup and loose, flowing hair with a bun on top.
Always one to draw the cameras, Sophia Vergara turned the carpet into a runway with this confident midnight-blue gown from Marchesa. The sequins, bows and sinuous folds of fabric fell lightly over her knock-out figure, accentuated with graceful detailing, so as to achieve a luxurious and comfortable look.
Charlize Theron went for her typically fearless and racy approach with this red, body-skimming dress. It’s safe to say she had the deepest plunge, which made a perfect frame for her long Diamond Floral Necklace. She also added a sophisticated touch of class with a long train and classic up-do.
Jennifer Lawrence looked like she was reviving Black Swan with this lace, illusion dress, complete with a plunging neckline to show off her double-strand necklace. More than anything we loved the way she wore her hair – neat, blonde and shoulder-length, distilling a youthful and yet also classic look.
Olivia Wilde white Valentino Haute Couture pleated gown plunge vertical strips top paper-bag waist pleated angel wings back choker and earrings.
Last, but by no means least, we just had to give a special mention (although we couldn’t find a picture to accompany the others) to the ballsy Costume Designer Jenny Beavan, who recieved an Oscar for her work in Mad Max. It was hard to miss her stand-out non-chalence and rock ‘n’ roll biker attire, including a leather jacket with Immortan Joe’s flaming wheel on the back. We’re sure she’s now earned a place in Valhalla as a fierce fashion warrior.