The 88th Academy Awards – Fashion Elixir’s Best Dressed 2016

Golden OscarThe Academy Awards, held this year on the 29th of February, is cinema’s night of nights.

Many months of painstaking preparation go towards the perfect look, and every year it doesn’t disappoint!

So who wore it best and took out the award for best dressed on the 88th year of the Oscars?

First up, I adored our Aussies Margot Robbie, Naomi Watts and Cate Blanchett.

Margot RobbieMargot was her very own statuette, looking amazing in a gold Tom Ford creation.

And it was just the right amount of glitz.

Simple hair and make up complimented what could have been quite over the top.

Robbie is such a beauty that this dress doesn’t compete with her, she holds her own and wears it well.

Naomi Watts shone in Armani Prive`.

The strapless sequinned gown was simply sublime on her delicate frame and the colour, spectacular!

88th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsOld school Hollywood glamour all round.

Oscar 1At first I wasn’t sure about Cate Blanchett‘s sea foam green gown, again by Armani Prive`.

The more I looked at it I could see that the attention to detail was heavenly.

On any other celebrity it could have been a train wreck, but Cate’s confidence shines through.

Teamed with Tiffany jewels, she knocked it out on the red carpet once again.

88th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsBrie Larson, winner of Best Actress for “Room” was a vision in a beautiful blue Gucci creation.

Delicate sun ray pleats on chiffon were perfectly anchored by a magnificent jewelled belt.

All in all it was effortless elegance.

Oscars 10Another actress turning heads in a rich jewelled tone was “Brooklyn” star Saoirse Ronan.

Her forest green sequinned Calvin Klein Collection gown was delectable against her alabaster skin.

And don’t get me started on those earrings!!!

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron and Dior are a match made in heaven.

Add US$4 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds and it takes it to a different stratosphere.

That neckpiece was the perfect length for the dramatic neckline.

Red or dead, what a knock out!

Oscars 9Another actress who embraced the bright side was Olivia Munn.

Her orange Stella McCartney sheath fit like a glove and the colour, radiant with her dark beauty.

The cut on the dress was brilliant and that’s what made all the difference.

Simplicity at it’s finest.

Julianne MooreBack to black, Julianne Moore loves Chanel and it j’adores her.

Basic black was on point, and the shape oh so flattering.

I loved the cut away detail through the shoulder straps and there was just enough sparkle to raise it to the next level. Karl Lagerfeld wins again.

Oscar 4Last but certainly not least, one of my favourite gals, Jennifer Lawrence.

Black lace, lined in nude is always a winner for me.

This Dior Haute Couture creation ticked all the boxes.

Teamed with stunning Chopard jewels, this look was a stand out for me.

The fit was immaculate.

This year too it seemed hair and make up was pared right back for a casual elegance.

It was all about the nude lip and a neutral palette for eyes.

Hair was super relaxed too.

So it seems this years Oscars had a certain youthfulness to them, not so much try hard Hollywood.

Gone were the huge ballgowns, replaced by a softer silhouette.

I was thrilled by most of the Red Carpet looks.

There were a few misses, but I prefer to focus on the winners.

So over for another year, I imagine stylists are wiping the sartorial slate clean and gearing up for the next big night, The Met Gala!

I for one cannot wait for that night of nights.


Jo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016

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