Now that the curtain’s come down on awards season, we take a look at the red carpets’ leading ladies...
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Now that the Oscars’ prestigious red carpet has been rolled away, it’s time to reflect on the sartorial starring roles.
Step forward Lupita Nyong’o, who was little known before she wowed at the Golden Globes in a dramatic red, caped dress and was crowned style superhero overnight.
Other more established actresses, like Julia Roberts and Emma Watson, courted controversy with avant-garde looks that divided fashion critics into love or hate camps.
Choose your favourite frock trend and channel your inner A-lister.
Stylists ripped up the memo about avoiding red and clashing with the carpet this year. There were matchy-matchy moments aplenty, as scarlet proved to be ‘the’ statement colour.
Lupita Nyong’o was one of the first to arrive at the Golden Globe Awards but she made quite the entrance in an off-the-shoulder Ralph Lauren caped dress. The bold red and strong silhouette prompted every design house to instantly fall at her feet.
Jennifer Lawrence made a different impression, tripping twice on the Oscars red carpet in her Christian Dior Couture gown. After composing herself, she looked statuesque in her simple, strapless red dress, punctuated with peplum detailing at the waist.
Singer Taylor Swift opted for retro red at the Golden Globes in a Carolina Herrera gown. The classic dress featured a black bodice and tumbling cherry-coloured ballgown skirt.
Channelling the famous Oscar statuette, a number of actresses opted for shiny metallics. These weren’t brash gold or silver but pale, shimmering hues that dazzled under the paparazzi flashbulbs.
Cate Blanchett accepted her Best Actress award at the Oscars (and many fashion editors’ Best Dressed) in embellished Armani Prive. The soft gold gown was scattered with so many appliqued sequins, Blanchett admitted it felt “heavy” as she floated down the red carpet.
Kate Hudson also topped Oscars best dressed lists in an Atelier Versace statement maker. The beaded gown featured a deep plunge, shoulder pads, cape and a train in a pale silver hue.
Why wear jewellery when it can be built into your dress? Naomi Watts shone in multi-metallics at the Golden Globes. Her shimmering silver Tom Ford dress featured a gold chain halterneck for built-in bling.
BLACK ‘N’ BLUE
The no-frills option on the red carpets championed sleek sophistication. Simple silhouettes came in opulent midnight tones, ranging from sapphire blue to blackest black.
Amy Adams balanced the contemporary cut of her Antonio Berardi dress with a retro bob at the SAG Awards. Her figure-hugging blue dress played on a statement decolletage, featuring a shoulder cut-out and architectural neckline.
Sandra Bullock’s navy Alexander McQueen Oscars dress was all about restrained elegance. Even the jewellery was stripped back to accentuate the strapless sweetheart neckline and draping.
Proving black will always be in vogue, Charlize Theron wowed at the Oscars in a Dior Couture gown. The sheer straps created a ‘floating’ dress effect, emphasised by the dramatic, sheer train.
Some outfits required a double take to suss out the construction. Hybrid ensembles pushed the red carpet boundaries of the fail-safe long-gown-and-heels equation.
Julia Roberts led the way wearing a white shirt and black dress Dolce & Gabbana combo at the Golden Globes. The unconventional streak continued at the SAG Awards with the actress sporting a pink wide-leg Valentino jumpsuit.
Also proving her style bravery, Emma Watson divided opinion in a game changing Christian Dior Couture double act. Her open-back red dress, complete with thigh-high split revealed black cropped trousers that proved to be the Marmite look of the Golden Globes.
How to stand out in a sea of gowns? Make like Angelina Jolie at the Baftas and wear a mannish tux and bow tie. Her Saint Laurent black blazer and pants not only matched each other, but her partner Brad Pitt, for the ultimate in red carpet co-ordination.