As we count down to tonight's Oscars, we have compiled some images of some of the best red carpet moments we've had over the last few years.
Naturally Hilary Swank's Guy Laroche dress that she wore to accept the Best Female gong for 'Million Dollar Baby' is in the list, alongside Nicole Kidman in that red Balenciaga halter neck dress that she wore in 2007 and that breathtaking Atelier Versace gown that Penelope Cruz wore back in 2007.
Jenny Packham can do no wrong when it comes to celebrity dressing. For Fall, Packham proved exactly why she's secured such a strong celebrity following from everyone from Sandra Bullock to Eva Longoria.
Turning up the glamour this season, Packham said that she was inspired by a Marlene Dietrich quote. "Men cluster to me, like moths to a flame, and if their wings burn, I know I'm not to blame," her show notes read. This transpired on strong metallic dresses in gold or a soft grey, covered in sequin. Dresses were often floorlength coming in sheer chiffon and tulle but Packham also presented a shorter aysmmetric dress in nude.
Despite having previously expressed their disdain for red carpet fashion this season, both Cathy Horyn, critic for The Times, and André Leon Talley of Vogue seemed to have actually liked some of the dresses on parade at the Oscars on Sunday. Normally a fashion hit, Sarah Jessica Parker came under some mixed criticisms for the Chanel Haute Couture she sported, or rather, as Horyn writes, "Ms. Parker is a beautiful woman, but the hairdo (and the Chanel column with breastplate) wore her on this occasion." Talley however loved the dress but agreed about the hair, which he described as "throwing her off carriage".
Stating that Sandra Bullock had "finally got the message!", Talley loved her Marchesa number, and even the hair and makeup too, however surprisingly his favourite of the night happened to be Jennifer Lopez's Armani Privé, which flaunted a billowing, oversized ruffle at the hip. Whilst we liked the Dries Van Noten number that Maggie Gyllenhall wore, ALT was less than impressed, however Elizabeth Banks, Mo'Nique and Charlize Theron all got the thumbs up. At least now the stars can rest from the scrutiny for a short while, until the next red carpet event, that is.
Sandra Bullock - who apparently is the celebrity women whose closet most women would like to raid - showed off her curves in a floral-accent black satin dress last night at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony kick-started the beginning of awards season. The awards are a fixed staple in any fashion lover's calendar, as we look forward to seeing what or who the screen sirens are wearing and eagerly await the release of the best- and worst-dressed lists. This year's Golden Globes gowns, however, lacked the usual dramatic fanfare. Gone were the big-name designer gowns, and in came a dowdy replacement. The likes of Cameron Diaz, January Jones and Kate Hudson opted for more 'demure', or in our eyes, boring creations, which left a lot to be desired.
Cathy Horyn was severely unimpressed by the lack of standout gowns. In her esteemed opinion, Sandra Bullock's dress was "just badly designed." Halle Berry's fishtailed, low-cut number was described as an "ill-proportioned cleavage dress...a mixture of drag queen and pool hustler." Christina Hendricks didn't escape criticism either. Dressed in Christian Siriano, Horyn had this to say about her ensemble: "You don't put a big girl in a big dress. That's rule number one."