It was raining in Hollywood last night and the weather certainly set the tone for a display of rather dull dresses dripping down the red carpet.
2014 will go down as the year everyone played it safe despite the hype surrounding this year’s nominees and the fabulous films that were on offer.
It was a night of the LBD, that’s long black dress as opposed to little. Usually an option rarely worn by the prettiratti posing for pictures pre-ceremony.
Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron and The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie resembled a funeral cortege as they headed into the Dolby Theatre, albeit it a rather chic cortege, but sombre nonetheless when we’re used to seeing vivid colour.
Then there was the “have we seen that before” look spotted on stars Angelina Jolie and Jessica Biel. Brad Pitt’s better half showed up in a shimmering Elie Saab offering that appeared to twin a Jenny Packham gown which swung on the hanger of our city’s very own designer boutique Jane Davidson this time last year.
Mrs Justin Timberlake opted for Chanel but again the frosty pastel frock resembled a Packham gown sported by Kate Middleton a few years back.
There was also a touch of Prom going on – Viola Davis stated she went for her emerald green Escada gown because it fit. It may have fit her body beautifully but it was not the perfect fit for the Oscars. Victoria’s Secrets model Chrissy Teigan dawned a strapless, full-skirted floral ball gown by Monique Lhuillier, a dress only saved on the style stakes by its pockets transforming it from the school dance to couture central.
Kristen Bell wore a Roberto Cavalli corset and fishtail frock concoction that looked cheap on camera, the colour resembling a white shirt after it’s accidentally been popped in beside a dark machine wash. Not really Oscar-night material.
Luckily, some of our leading ladies got the memo that it was the biggest night of the showbiz calendar and injected some much-needed Hollywood glamour into the evening.
Kate Hudson stole the spotlight in Official Versace. She looked like a starlet from the 1930s in an off-white gown sculpted to her body in the most decadent of satins complete with draping cape. The beading work alone was enough to irradiate the pathetic parade of unworthy dresses before her.
This look followed a theme of ornate art deco-inspired dresses that complimented the little gold statues perfectly.
Portia De Rossi appeared to be poured into a cream and nude cut out number by Naeem Khan. And Lady Gaga left her legendary loony look behind for a deco decked column dress by Versace in blush pink, finishing it all off with a soft chiffon scarf to complete the ensemble. She looked every inch the movie star instead of her pop princess pedigree, putting the Oscar veterans to shame.
All in all the nominees scrubbed up well, but they certainly let their screen work do the talking rather than their red carpet looks on the night. Quite rightly so, I just hope next year we get a return to old unabashed Hollywood glamour.