Sunday, 27 February 2011

Oscar Style - some of my past favourites

You probably won't believe it but this post has taken me all day to put together. The reason why? I am a total magazine fiend, have been since the tender age of 12 and I used to tear out pictures of anything that caught my fancy, be it clothes, makeup, fitness, holiday destinations, everything. During the week I ventured up to the attic to find some old uni papers and I found two huge boxes of scrapbooks and cuttings from the past 15 years.
Today, I thought I would go through them to find some of the Oscar looks that I remembered from my teenage years, thinking in particular of Winona Ryder in Vintage from the 1990s, Angelina Jolie in a white suit and Cate Blanchett in backless Jean Paul Gaultier. I figured this would take a few minutes. Well, I started this morning and at 8pm I'm still going! Major nostalgia is kicking in.

Carey Mulligan at The Oscars 2010

As I want to post something before the Oscars airs tonight, I have picked just a few stand outs and I will do some future posts on clippings from my collection, if only to remind everyone of what life was like for the fashion and beauty obsessed before blogs, online shopping, even the Internet. Magazines were my only window into a more glamorous world.

To give you an idea of the kind of style I like here are some of the stars that I think on the whole get it right every time. They may not be conventional, but they look stunning (I've probably missed out loads that ill come to me later):
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Michelle Williams
  • Julianne Moore
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Winona Ryder
  • Keira Knightley
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Milla Jovovich
A stunning Michelle Williams pulls off a very hard to wear colour at The Oscars

A colourful Cameron Diaz at the Golden Globes

Cate Blanchett at The Oscars in 2005

Cate Blanchett in Jean Paul Gaultier at The Oscars, love the dress and the makeup! 

Keira Knightley at The Oscars in 2005

Lucy Liu in Versace

Winona Ryder in vintage at The Oscars in the 1990s

Rachel Weisz at The Golden Globes

Scarlett Johansson in Alberta Ferretti at The Oscars

Sienna Miller in Matthew Williamson at The Oscars in 2004

An interesting choice from Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Oscars 2009
Does Cate Blanchett ever get it wrong?
Had to include this picture of Winona Ryder at the Oscars in the 1990s for the hair and makeup.

Quite an eclectic mix but I think you can see that colour is one of the first thing that makes an outfit stick out in my mind, followed by the cut. I am a big fan of backless dresses, because it seems more elegant than a plunging cleavage and it is a look I tend to favour as I have no bust to speak of! It's strange but when I look at a lot of these pictures, I can see how dramatically they influenced my fashion choices, especially for balls at university. I got pretty much a total copy of Keira Knightley's dress but in black, a similar emerald green silk dress as the Scarlett Johansson classic and my favourite dress was reminiscent of Cate Blanchett's embellished JPG which cost me £1 from an outlet store as some of the beading on the straps needed fixing. I still prefer it to some of my more expensive gowns.

My £1 dress (excuse the general dishevelled look, pic was taken at about 3am!)

The £1 dress from the front
This year, the celebrities I am most looking forward to seeing on the red carpet are almost the same as the ones on my initial list above plus Diane Kruger, Marion Cottillard, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson and Natalie Portman (no idea if they are all going to this year's ceremony). I hope Cate Blanchett picks something extraordinary as she is presenting this year. For the actual awards, obviously I hope the Brits do well, Colin Firth has never been more deserving of an Oscar but I would love to see Michelle Williams pick up a gold statue. I liked Social Network but don't think it deserves Best Film or Best Director, so I hope Inception gets Best Film (it won't) as Nolan didn't even get a nomination in the latter category and King's Speech gets Best Director. As for supporting, I'd like Helena Bonham Carter to get a win, along with Geoffrey Rush or Christian Bale. One of my favourite categories if Foreign Film as it gets some lesser known films some much needed recognition.

Not an award ceremony outfit but Cate looks so stunning here in an Armani dress in my favourite colour that I had to include it!

Although I still love the dresses and the makeup, one thing that has definitely changed in the last 15 years is my love of film. For me, award ceremonies and film premieres were always about the style, but now it is all about the films. The cinema would definitely be classed as my second home.

Who do you want to take home an Oscar tonight? Who do you think is always a winner on the red carpet?


  1. I love the yellow one best of all, its so stunning! Having said that, your £1 dress is a bit amazing too. I don't go in for awards ceremonies at all but I do like to look at the pictures the next day!

  2. I just love Cate Blanchett - she's stunning and always has such style and grace. However, I love the £1 dress too! What a find!