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Oscars: The Red-Carpet Rundown

The shocks, surprises, and the #AskHerMore debate, what caught our interest in this years Oscars hype?

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One of the biggest events of the year; where fashion and celebrity collide into a beautiful assortment of the show-stopping, or the downright awful – what better time to reflect on the successes of The Oscars 2015 when the red carpet has been rolled away, the onslaught of post celebration partying has subsided, and Lupita Nyong’s dress is returned by thieves as a worthless fake.

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It was elegance and sparkles galore for this years Oscars, synchronised with subtle tones of baby pink, creamy hues and shimmering fabrics. So while we all have a classic Oscars moment, defining one dress that will rule in the history of gowns, let’s take a look at the strong contenders for this year’s crown.

Hard to miss in a sweeping Elie Saab gown, Jennifer Lopez’s frock sweeps her infamous curves with embellished sparkles and layers of peachy tulle that compliment her skin tone perfectly. An extra touch of glamour with earrings, rings, and her hair swept into a sophisticated ponytail, J-Lo proves she still knows how to work it subtly like Jenny from the block.

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Oh Rita…
Characterised by a rebellious streak and daring approach to her style, it seems like Rita Ora could wear almost anything and make it cool, but while we’re sure this Marchesa dress doesn’t flatter her figure at all, we can’t help but understand the look she was aiming for.  True to form, Rita is open about her eclectic style, stating; “I always like to experiment and also hope to be unpredictable. It’s fun!” Unpredictable, she is!
While the luxurious fabric and deep, royal blue are a kickstart to an elegant Oscars gown, what on earth went wrong with the fit and bustier?

Rita has revealed in the past that: “I’m all about textures and details. Not just the overall look—it’s how it feels. The little things that add to the look.” Unfortunately the textured detail of the metallic lining on this dress sounds like a sophisticated twist, but the finished effect didn’t pull off – as though a different person was measured for the final fit. Take the dress back to the sewing room and we’ll pretend this one never walked the carpet.

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With her sweetheart, girl-next-door look and angelic features, we couldn’t think it possible to like Reese Witherspoon that little bit more; until she graced the Oscar’s red carpet in this Tom Ford number. A picture of elegance, the classic off-the-shoulder cut on Reece’s lithe figure is emphasised by the flattering black and white detailing of the waistband for a clean effect.

Though while many reporters will have been clambering to find out more about Reece’s dress, the designer and her fashion decision, the star was one of many attendees of the Oscars vocalising their support for the campaign #AskHerMore. Fuelled by a wish for the media to ask broader questions than simply focussed on the dresses being worn, the campaign has come under fire by designers. Tom Ford has criticised the hype, arguing that: “It has now become such a thing where people do spend months and make 5 dresses for them and send them. If you wear one of those dresses and a company has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars, or has paid you. Yeah you say who it is, of course.”

A heated, yet indirect response to the campaign Reece is supporting, the star was quick to show her appreciation for both opinions and vocalised her enthusiasm for her fashion and accessory choices through a series of descriptive photos and posts on her Twitter.

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Scarlett Johansson was sure to make everyone green with envy at her deep emerald Alberta Ferretti gown. Instead of the classic cut of floating gowns and simple elegance that goes as standard for the Oscar’s dress code, Scarlett’s gown is an original choice of colour and panelled bodysuit appearance reminiscent of her Iron Man and Avengers roles.

After Scarlett’s 2004 Oscar’s appearance in a green Alberta Ferretti dress resembled battle with a christmas tree and tinsel, it’s taken a full eleven years to come full circle and parter up with the designer again, but isn’t it worth it? From the sophisticated slick of her short hair, to the creeping choker necklace, Scarlett’s put herself firmly back in the spotlight.

Supermodel in the making, Gigi Hadid wowed in this Versace dress for the Oscar’s Vanity Fair after-party. An eclectic pattern of swirling fabric and flesh, Gigi’s decision to make an appearance in this past the 9pm watershed was a wise move…cue jaw dropping. With minimal additions to make-up and accessories, the dress speaks for itself and loudly reminds us that unless we’re model material, foolish, or Gigi Hadid, we shouldn’t even be tempted.

With the awards season in full swing and the hype for red-carpet fashion powering on, do you believe the campaign for #AskHerMore should be taken seriously, or are do you only take interest for the fashion?

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