Power Dressing At The Oscars By Melanie Sarah Brewer

When the stars get dressed for specific roles, their clothes and style are of paramount importance in projecting the personality and feeling of each character.  Indeed, when the stars arrived at The 86th Academy Awards, it was their most important projection moment of the year! The guest list of the Hollywood calendar is unrivalled by any other event and 2014’s opulent night oozed luxury and confidence once again.

Cate Blanchett

The red carpet contrasted against a spectrum of nude fabrics – Cate Blanchet wore an embroidered toile Armani Privé gown and jewellery by Chopard while Jessica Biel wore a Chanel column dress with Tiffany & Co jewellery.  Julie Delpy wore Jenny Packham and jewellery by Chopard and Naomi Watts was in Calvin Klein Collection and Bulgari jewellery.

Jessica Biel

There were shades of blue right up to navy, and red to wow too.  There were metallics, delicate pretty-pretty colours and of course, the ever-present, evening black.  There were peplums, fishtails, sculptured lines and capes for shoulder cover – caped star Kate Hudson was dynamic in a white Atelier Versace.

Lupita Nyong'o

Best Supporting Actress, Lupita Nyong’o, wore a pale blue plunging Prada gown with a Fred Leighton headband and jewellery – perhaps the soft blue will now be known as “Nairobi blue,” as Miss Nyong’o said the colour reminded her of her hometown.  Sandra Bullock also chose blue albeit a different shade, as she beamed astro-confidence in a midnight Alexander McQueen gown.

Sandra Bullock

Charlize Theron also exuded confidence, wearing a very chic, black Dior dress with plunging neckline and fishtail  – accessorised with $15 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds. 

Charlize Theron

Amy Adams wore a navy (quietly matte), sculpted Gucci Première gown and jewellery by Tiffany & Co.

Amy Adams

Jennifer Lawrence wowed in sleek, red Dior Couture.  Certainly, this was the night of the sculpted, strapless dress.  Adding that chic wave and that playful tuck of a lock over the ear is sure to keep hairstylists busy this spring as some translate the 86th Academy Awards in to their clients’ dos for spring. Bradley Cooper, Lawrence’s co-star in American Hustle (and ‘camera man’ for the most re-tweeted group-selfie to date!) turned up in a peak lapel Tom Ford tuxedo – immaculate.  Oh yes, it’s all about fit and proportion!

Jennifer Lawrence

Brad Pitt, likewise, in a Tom Ford tux with Angelina Jolie in a long-sleeved glittering Elie Saab gown.  For the men – when does the Oscar-look truly work?  It’s the attention to detail which appears to make everything effortless – and the star can focus on enjoying themselves. Specifically, it’s the jacket – gently, and expertly, hugging the torso with sleeves allowing just enough of his shirt and watch to show, and the trousers breaking at just the right point atop his shoes.  Navy for the men always photographs so well and is kinder to the complexion during that all-important speech. 

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

As with the sea of whites, nudes and ivories, the men’s white dinner jackets lightened things further – Jared Leto, in a Saint Laurent tuxedo, red bow tie by Monsieur Jean Yves, cufflinks and studs by Neil Lane.  Matthew McConaughey, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Dallas Buyers Club, wore white Dolce & Gabbana and a contrasting black vest.  Ryan Seacrest,  in his Burberry white tuxedo, kept his look simple – white shirt, black tie and slim trousers, and very successful it was too. Michael Fassbender’s beard showed us groomed-ruggedness and his shawl collared Tom Ford tux brought us Old Hollywood glamour with a hint of now.  Chiwetel Ejiofor smiled in his modern evening wear and Christian Louboutin shoes – I noticed narrow peak lapels and more exaggerated points to his bowtie. 

Anne Hathaway

Is there Oscar-perfection?  It shows up when the star has excellent (yet relaxed) posture, with little trace of tension in the jawline, elegant and steady (!) feet and that starry-essence beaming through the eyes.  It’s the success of style and how the Academy guest feels wearing it – no single element dominating, except of course that Tinseltown energy which touches anyone who is curious about how luxury can wow and excite.

Melanie Sarah

Melanie Sarah Image Styling, based in West Berkshire, is a bespoke service for men and women built on sound, expert knowledge and strong collaborations. Many of Melanie’s clients are British and are based in the UK, whilst some book a style review as part of their visit from overseas. From London to Bath, Melanie’s projects help her clients to fine tune their personal style.
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