The annual 'what will she wear' fest that is the Oscars took place in LA last night. Reese Witherspoon may have complained about dress related questions, however the 25 strong team at Alaia who created Lady Gaga's dress were probably pretty happy to get their name checks. Sure, Reese is right, the event is there to appraise the work of the film world. But the fashion world watched (apologetically) to see who wore what and to cringe when J.Lo and Luciana Duvall rocked up bedecked in the same Elie Saab number - awkward. The awards show was all the duller for a lack of Jennifer Lawrence falling over but even her absence may have been made up for by the musical performances of the night. Here's my round up of the best dressed of the night.
1. Emma Stone in Elie Saab Haute Couture
Emma Stone is the ultimate girl crush (well, mine anyway) and this embellished chartreuse number by Elie Saab put her leaps and bounds ahead of the pack. It's always refreshing to see something other than black, white or red. Extra brownie points too for perfect lipstick and matching shoes.
2. Rosamund Pike in custom Givenchy Haute Couture
Rosamund gave a killer performance in Gone Girl (geddit?) and this dress was oh so Amy. I haven't exactly been a fan of her fashion choices this awards season but this dress was spot on. Colour, tick. Cut, tick. Detailing and perfect shoes, tick. Gutted that she didn't take away the award for Best Actress but yay for the Brit girls.
3. Zoe Saldana in Atelier Versace
Zoe Saldana, ever a fabulous dresser, looked every inch the Hollywood siren in this pink champagne (that's a colour, right?) gown. She looked pretty uncomfortable yeah, but the clinch at the waist was worth it. This is how Oscar dresses should be.
4. Eddie Redmayne & Hannah Bagshawe in Alexander McQueen
All hail the cutest damn couple in Hollywood, probably the world. Eddie's acceptance speech for his performance as Professor Stephen Hawking was bashful perfection and we're all oh-so-pleased that he won. His victory was all the sweeter for the pissed off look on Sherlock's face. Representing British fashion, the Best Actor and his wife wore Alexander McQueen and Hannah's dress was to die for. She may not be a Hollywood actress, but Hannah looked every inch the part.
5. Jessica Chastain in custom Givenchy Haute Couture
Ever since we saw her in the red number in The Help we know Jessica Chastain knows how to wear a dress. This custom Givenchy number had all the right curves in all the right places (thank you Meghan), plus embellishment, a perfect navy hue and a thigh high split. Take note, Kim K, this is how you wear Givenchy. Sex bomb, sex bomb.
6. Lupita Nyong'o in custom Calvin Klein Collection
Lupita, resident Darling of the Academy, flawed the field last year as she stormed to victory in a pale blue Prada gown. This year she stepped her game up in a custom Calvin Klein Collection, covered in six thousand (yes six thousand) pearls. Imagine the time that went into that. The cut made it all a tad Little Mermaid but a stunning one all the same. This is one mermaid I sure wouldn't mind looking like.
7. John Legend in Gucci & Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad Haute Couture
John Legend, dapper in Gucci, stole the show alongside Common. Their performance of Glory bought the audience to their feet and tears to the eyes of Oprah, David Oyelowo and Chris Pine (hot damn). If you didn't see their speech, go and look it up. Their eloquence and humility put the other speeches in the shade and made you feel like change really is gonna come. On Legend's arm was his wife, long legged gazelle goddess, Chrissy. Her pale blue embellished and thigh cut Zuhair Murad gown was flawless, the kind of number the Best Actress nominees should have braved.
8. Sienna Miller in Oscar De La Renta
Sienna Miller, boho chic queen, gave Peter Copping his red carpet debut in midnight blue Oscar De La Renta. The detailing on the dress (damn that filigree is good) was bang on, even those velvet bows which would usually trigger my gag reflex. Can we also just take a moment to look at how perfect Sienna's hair and make up is.
9. Jennifer Hudson in Romona Keveza
Hooray for colour! J.Hud's yellow column gown from Romona Keveza was an absolute vision. I'm not always a fan of her red carpet looks but this one was perfect (I've used that word too much). Flattering, bold and memorable; good choice, Jen.