Before social media existed what I most looked forward to the morning after the Oscars was a peek at all the frocks.
Since the Oscars takes place in the middle of the night UK time, there was no chance, unless you stayed up all night on a Sunday (not likely), to see what the stars were wearing until you turned on the TV the next morning.
I loved the hoo-ha on breakfast TV, the oohing and ahhing of seeing the stars, trying to avoid being interviewed by some little known UK broadcast outlet on their way to the Oscar after parties. It still makes me laugh that the fashion of the night outweighs the ‘art of film’ in terms of column inches every time.
But nowadays and particularly if, like me, you’re an insomniac, you can log onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at whatever time you get up and see the stars on the red carpet live.
Every online fashion magazine on the planet has the lowdown on who’s wearing what, who’s been styled by who, who are the winners and losers of the night before the typesetters even have chance to slot in the pictures on the national dailies.
So, having woken up, as usual at 3.30am I’m already an expert on who wore what and can tell you exactly what my favourite looks are.
So, here goes:
My top 6 favourites Oscar frocks (female):
From left to right clockwise:
Janelle Monae in Elie Saab
Hailey Steinfield in Ralph and Russo
Tarajii P Henson in Alberta Ferreti
Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
Octavia Spencer In Marchesa
Kirsten Dunst in Dior
Favourite look of the night (male – can’t leave the men out even though a dinner suit is much the same.
Riz Ahmed in Ermenegildo Zegna
I love a ball gown; I own many, I live in hope that one day I’ll be invited to somewhere special enough to be able to wear one of mine – I doubt it will be the Oscars though.
Ps. If i was an award winning actress and I was donning a ball gown for the red carpet this season, this is what I’d wear. In fact if I had £8,500 to spare (half price in the sale), I’d buy it anyway just to hang in my bedroom). It’s Alexander McQueen and isn’t it just to die for!