Monday February 28 2011.


Morning ladies, I did manage to stay up and watch the Oscars with the aid of pots of coffee and chocolate biccies – so if this post is a little crazed you know why!

As I predicted in previous posts the nude gowns really brought the magic to the red (and black) carpet at the Oscars.  An angelic Halle Berry looked like she was emerging from a cloud of Marchesa chiffon, Michelle Williams shimmered in Chanel, Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy Couture dress featured incredible beaded patterns and Gwyneth Paltrow looked like a golden statuette in Calvin Klein (although I would have lost the belt and done something more the hairstyle).  All of these women looked divine but most importantly they owned it, not letting the dresses wear them – a key lesson when searching for your wedding dress.  

Aside from nudes there were also some very beautiful ladies in Red at the Oscars.  Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang, Anne Hathaway in Valentino who was actually accompanied by Mr Valentino himself on the Red Carpet.  Both Sandra and Anne kept make up simple which is key when wearing such an attention grabbing gown.  Also in red was Penelope Cruz wearing L’Wren Scott, can you believe this women has only just had a baby!

Natalie Portman dressed her growing baby bump in purple Rodarte.  If you are a pregnant bride this dress would work beautifully in white.  Look for empire lines (to allow for bump growth before the big day) beading details and flowing trains which will draw the eye up and down – taking focus away from your middle. 

My favourite dress of the Oscar night award goes to Mila Kunis in Elie Saab.  The dress was just perfect it could have been moulded to her body the lacing was so delicately placed.  The lilac was a beautiful shade that no-one else was wearing and if you know me you’ll know that I love a train especially a double style like this.

Finally could Helena Bonham Carter have started a new bridal trend for garters?  Personally I think Helena is owed an Oscar, her body of work is immense and on the red carpet she never feels pressured into styles that aren’t 100% Helena – and brides nor should you.