Thursday night Scott and I headed out to the movies, for the first time in what felt like forever, to see Shutter Island. The film itself was good, not phenomenal, just good. Aesthetically it was beautiful, stunning shots with beautiful tonal qualities. The storyline was very interesting but for me still managed to sit flat, and by the time it was over I felt it had lost a lot of momentum and the 'twist' was predictable and lack-lustre.
But like I said, beautifully shot and very well acted. A lot of talent went into making it, the story itself was where my issues with it lay.
While we're on the subject of movies, last night was the Oscars and aside from Kathryn Bigelow being the first female Director to win the Oscar Directing (in 82 years?!) and a fantastic and well deserved (and about blimmin time) tribute for the great late John Hughes there was the fashion….
Sandra Bullock not only won the Oscar for lead actress but she also was a winner on the red carpet. She was absolute perfection in Marchesa, her make-up was flawless, I'm desperately trying to track down the exact shade lipstick she was wearing as it was amazing. He hair was undone but polished, and was to the perfect do for a rainy day in LA. She looked, young, (can you believe she's 45?!) fresh and elegant, a complete winner.
Cameron Diaz also shone in metallics, wearing Oscar De La Renta. I'm not her biggest fan, I don't usually think of her as being a best dressed on the red carpet, but last night she shone. She looked pretty her hair loose and curly, the gown, pale and beaded really gorgeous. Immaculate, classy and so unexpected.
Some not so wonderful red carpet moments included Jennifer Lopez in Armani Prive, I'm sure some will love it it, but honestly when I first saw that long shot I almost spat out my water. It was bulky in all the wrong places and whilst I had no problem with the fabric, like others did, this dress in shape & fit was just a mess on her. Amanda Siegfried also wore Armani Prive and looked lovely in it. The dress was a similar if not the same fabric as J-Lo's but the dress was prettier in it's simplicity. The pictures honestly don't do her justice, she was radiant and flawless.
Zoe Saldana wore a dress that you'll either love or hate. I did not like this dress. The ombre, the pastels, the ruching, the ruffles, the metallics, the beading, the diamante…. too much for one dress. It was a massive cascade of everything that was big on the red carpet this season but all in one dress….which did not work. Charlize Theron, in Christian Dior also wore pastels but had some really oddly placed rosettes covering her boobs which resulted in her looking like she had someone in mittens grabbing her from behind. Rachel McAdams on the other hand, in Elie Saab, pulled off pastels exceptionally well. In draped chiffon with an amazing woven bodice in a watercolour print, she floated around beautifully. She looked gorgeous. Elizabeth Banks was also worthy of a mention, in Armani, she looked exquisite in a ruched and pleated grey gown, my one critiscism is an odd one..her hair was an odd shade of of blonde which clashed with the dress and the little headband cheapened the outfit. She would have been better to go with loose waves.
All in all it was an impressive carpet, there were no major missteps, a few definitely played it safe but did so with applomb. Metallics and pretty prints ruled supreme, and the only real issues I had were with hair, SJP's crown of buns 'do' springs to mind, that and the terrible sttatic shared by both her and J-Lo, and oddly placed unflaterring volume – that would you J-Lo. I was also extremely excited to see Meryl Streep in Project Runway runner-up, Chris Marchs' creation! Marchesa did the best all round job of creating some amazingly dressed stars this Oscar night from Sandra Bullock to Gabourey Sidibe, leaving me still dreaming of wearing Marchesa one day, some day.
(Pictures via Getty Images – to see them larger just click on them!)
(My outifit pictured up top: Dress: Vintage, Tights: Primark, Shoes: Payless)