By now, I’m sure that you’ve heard who won and who wore what at this year’s Academy Awards at least a multitude of times.
Plus, I’m sure you’ve also seen too many gif’s of Jennifer Lawrence tripping in Dior Couture and Adele’s fabulously bonkers speech.
However, I haven’t let that deter me from bringing you my favourite gúna’s and cailín’s from last night’s ceremony.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that’s a good thing!
I followed the red carpet action through Twitter mostly, with Dave Moore of 98FM providing my timeline with a litany of photographs from the big event.
I’m not sure if my expectations were too high but I just wasn’t as wow’d as I thought I might be, by the fashionable choices of the leading ladies this year.
Fortunately, there were still a few who blew me away – figuratively speaking, of course.
Charlize Theron’s choice was widely debated online and on television last night.
Many deemed the Dior Couture dress too simplistic or just plain and drab.
I could not agree less. I loved this dress and whilst a white peplum, embroidered gown is difficult to pull off, Charlize’s simple styling and androgynous hair cut, maintains this look on the right side of edgy.
Harry Winston diamonds were the only accessories to the look and whilst I do love it, a bold lip colour, or a bright statement necklace or perhaps even a turquoise clutch would not have gone amiss.
The red carpet was awash with blush, nude and monochromatic tones last night.
Few embraced the brighter colours of the palette.
Jane Fonda hosted a masterclass in styling with her choice of a bright yellow Versace Atelier gown.
Allowing the dress to do all of the talking, Jane accessorised with Jimmy Choo nude pumps and Chopard jewels.
The fitting of the dress is exceptional and Fonda’s natural radiance is incomparable.
Zoe Saldana, along with Kerry Washington and Diane Kruger, is one of my favourite women on the red carpet.
Zoe’s choices are rarely predictable and never merely convenient.
It always appears that there has been great thought put into the choice of garment, to ensure that Saldana’s fashion-forward image remains intact. (I mean, few were a Balmain mini-dress better than Zoe)
The Oscars proved to be no exception as Zoe wore a beautiful intricate couture creation by Alexis Mabille.
Amongst the many monochrome dresses, this one most certainly stood out with the belted waist, embellished bustier and the trio of shades which faded into the train.
With Roger Vivier ‘Smocking’ sandals and drop earrings – simple styling proved to be extremely effective.
As one of the earlier arrivals on the carpet, Zoe proved to be a tough act to follow.
Attempting to decide between my top two at last night’s awards was incredibly difficult. For argument’s sake…let’s just say that the next two ladies are tied.
Before the red carpet began, there was much discussion online in relation to those people were most excited to see on the red carpet.
Of course, Anne Hathaway was mentioned with many also interested to see Jennifer Lawrence and Amanda Seyfried.
Not once did Naomi Watts come to mind, for me, as one to watch. I was more than a tad wrong!
Australian actresses and subsequent best friends Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman both chose metallic shades for the awards.
Nominated for her role in ‘The Impossible’, Naomi looked absolutely sensational in a sequin column gown by Armani Privé.
Whilst the statuesque gúna emits confidence and highlights Watts’ trim frame, my favourite part of the dress is the cut-out detail on the bodice.
The cap sleeve and cross over strap almost shouldn’t work, but in this instance, it most certainly does.
As with most of the other invitees, Naomi didn’t decorate with too much jewellery but she was also one of the few, who’s hairstyle compliment the gown.
Unfortunately Naomi didn’t leave with an award but she most certainly looked like a winner.
My final choice is possibly my favourite and one of the most controversial looks on the red carpet last night.
I’m interested to see what your thoughts are on the ridiculously beautiful Salma Hayek.
While many of her colleagues on the carpet sought to bare their backs, necks and even their cleavage. Salma (a little unusually) chose an exquistive high collared gown from Alexander McQueen.
The intricately beaded neckline blends seamlessly into a sweetheart-topped gown of midnight blue velvet.
If I could have worn any gown to the Oscar’s, it would most certainly have been this one.
This sophisticated dress was a very pleasant change for Salma who tends to borrow from the closets of Gucci. (Just one of the advantages of being Mrs Pinault)
Salma accessorised with a gold clutch and heels, both by Alexander McQueen.
The high bun would not have been my first choice but I think Salma pulls it off.
The Oscars are being shown on RTÉ this evening but who impressed you on the red carpet last night and eh…who didn’t?