The Oscars are not just about celebrating the best in film, acting, writing and producing; they are quite overtly about fashion at its most glamorous and dramatic. Where else can people see A-list stars shimmy down a red carpet draped in the most glorious stylish and sexy dresses that many of us could have never even conceived of? Every year there are a vast array of impressive cocktail dresses, grand gowns and phenomenal jewellery and the 2012 Oscars did not disappoint.
Rooney Mara, making waves for her role in the ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ franchise, has been on the style radar frequently over the past year. While she usually tends towards more drastic geometric lines, she pulled out all the stops this year. Draped in a beautiful ivory Givenchy creation with a subtle train and plunging neckline, which gave it an extra touch of femininity and glamour, the up-and-coming young star had all eyes on her as she took to the red carpet. Another young actress who impressed was Emma Stone who has also shown she is one to watch for the last year. She stood out from the crowd in a gorgeous Giambattista Valli dress with giant bow in a hot fuschia shade personifying this season’s trend for neon colours and statement looks.
We would expect nothing less from the superstars of film than to wow us with their style and they did this in spades. Michelle Williams dazzled as she channeled a Marilyn Monroe-esque look in a coral peplum gown by Louis Vuitton. Though retro, the actress managed to keep it effectively modern with her pixie style haircut and fresh make-up. And of course, perhaps the most glamorous of all was Angelina Jolie. The style icon took to the stage in a dramatic but elegant black velvet strapless gown with an immeasurably high slit. The actress is the queen of stylish and sexy dresses but this was the perfect combination of vixen and classic Hollywood which put everyone else in the shade.
Channeling the looks of the Oscars is actually not that difficult. A huge amount of stores emulate these red carpet looks almost immediately so it you are looking for cocktail dresses that nod to the Oscars, have a look online for great bargains and copycat pieces.
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