The Oscars Frock Verdict – with style guru Gay Richardson

High Neck lines and no necklaces seemed to be the fashion trend for this year; after putting your best frock forward to shine at the annual Oscar fashion fest.

It just occurred to me that most of the time the actresses, actor, director etc do their (relatively) normal jobs every day in regular clothes and so the whole ’big dress up’ thing might actually be quite out of their comfort zone, as we have probably felt on those occasions that we have had to wear something, that way exceeds our normal dress code. And so I felt a jolt of empathy for them!

They are scrutinised and critised and berated and sometimes elevated, all depending on what they are wearing, the colour, the cut, the drape, the designer, the shoes, the hair … it just goes on and on AND then they have to cope with the anticipation of whether they will receive an award too! (I’ve been there and it’s a strange range of emotions that engulf you).

So I picked out just a few outfits that did justice to the body and wearer so that they look and feel confident (well from the photo it gives that impression) with what I see from a personal stylist angle.

sandra bullock
First up Sandra Bullock rocks this Alexandra McQueen deep colbalt blue dress with the most specatular drape, that enables the dress to hug the contours of her body, and with the long line pleat and fish tail train she looks elegantly unpretenious.
I love the simple hair style to one side to break up the shoulder line.  Perfection.

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett won best actress and was in a spectacular, Armarni Prive floor length gown. Following the nude, embellished trend she looks sexily elegant.  Notice the neckline of the dress negates the need for a necklace!

Glenn CloseGlenn Close was wearing Zac, this incredibly simple, yet endlessly classic, flattering frock! The cut and style (textured panels that are an elongated fit and flare) work perfectly to compliment her curves and age. It could be a sleevless dress, me thinks, with a very fitted bolero jacket/sleeve apendage, that covers the arms - too much skin on show can be unflattering, depending on the tone of your upper armage!  Michelle Obama rocks her arms but then she works out at the gym to keep them toned and attractive.

The higher neckline also covers the decollage and is seen in several of the dresses at the Oscars this year. It seems that the ‘statement necklace’ trend hasn’t yet crossed the acting fraternity! Still no necklace.
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway in Gucci, with a bright, sparkle embellished top truly compliments her ‘bright’ factor and the monochrome effect is a top trend. The halter neck neckline compliments her elegant neck and again no necklace needed!!
Jennifer Laurence

Jennnifer Laurence in Dior Couture, follows the bright trend with this peplum dress. I love the bold red colour and simple, sleek cut. She did wear a necklace that looks like it's hanging down the back - a great way to showcase a beautiful back.

Pharrell Williams

The boys stayed rather conservative in black and white dinner suits (though that combo does enhance the handsome faces), except for Pharrell Williams in his shorts suit by Lanvin.  Wonderful shoes and such lovely legs!!

So if ever you need to step outside your comfort zone and wear something you’d usually not dream of wearing, remember there’s always a trick, a technique and a helping hand – you only have to ask.

Gay Richardson, Style Me Confident - your personal stylist – from rocky road to red carpet!
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