Awards season has reached its fever pitch and the most anticipated red carpet event of the year is finally here. Since the first red carpet was rolled out in the early days of 2016, we’ve seen our favourite style stars start their campaigns to win best dressed in their finest couture, with unexpected styling (and a few rare missteps!), but after strong performances across the board, we have our best dressed from the 2016 Oscars!
10. RACHEL McADAMS IN AUGUST GETTY
Starting off our list is Best Supporting Actress nominee, Rachel McAdams. While she didn’t take out the statue, she did make an impression in the style stakes. We loved her simple, yet elegant August Getty gown for it’s classic lines and dramatic train. Minimal accessories and one of the best beauty looks on the carpet cemented her place on our list.
9. CHRISSY TEIGEN IN MARCHESA
Even while pregnant, Chrissy Teigen blew her competition out of the water in a stunning illusion marsala gown by Marchesa.While we’ve seen similar silhouettes on red carpets in the last year, we loved her interpretation of the illusion dress – not trying to sell nudity, but enhancing the beauty of the embellishment of the gown.
8. CHARLIZE THERON IN DIOR COUTURE
While they say you should never wear red on the red carpet, Charlize was there to prove the rule wrong. Her dress stunned in its simplistic elegance, showing that couture doesn’t need to be overworked to be beautiful. We loved the old Hollywood glam hair and make up, and the statement necklace, taking the look from simple to outstanding.
7. ROONEY MARA IN GIVENCHY
We’ve seen variations of this look before from Rooney Mara, but when it looks this good, who are we to complain? Serving gothic bride, the intricate lacework of her Givenchy gown was a showstopper, and the cut out and split took the look from conservative to sexy quick!
6. JANE WU IN GALIA LAHAV
Chinese actress and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star, Jane Wu made quite the impression on her first outing on the Oscars red carpet. Opting for a Galia Lahav gown with a dramatic train, the newcomer showed that she’s more than capable of holding her own with the fashion elite. We loved her glam smokey eye and the extravagant sheer train.
5. OLIVIA WILDE IN VALENTINO
Grecian goddess alert! Olivia Wilde did not disappoint in her stunning Valentino gown, showing equal parts sex appeal and fashion forward glam. Elevating the look with the statement choker, she kept the rest of the look subtle to let the stand out pieces shine.
4. LOUISE ROE IN CHRISTIAN SIRIANO
TV presenter and fashion blogger, Louise Roe edged her way into our top 4 in an amazing coral Christian Siriano gown. We loved the masterful origami-esque pleating by Project Runway‘s most successful alum, and the strong lip and simple hair let the gown shine.
3. OLIVIA MUNN IN STELLA MCCARTNEY
Clean, minimal, simply beautiful – Olivia Munn in Stella McCartney was one of our favourite looks of this carpet. The asymmetric silhouette, the colour, and fresh faced make up all worked together to make an iconic look for the young actress, easily cementing her as a part of the new guard of fashion icons.
2. MARGOT ROBBIE IN TOM FORD
Call us biased, but we think Australia was the clear winner at this year’s awards. From the historic six wins for Mad Max: Fury Road, to the amount of nods our countrymen and women received, to this red carpet knockout. Reminiscent of an Oscar itself, Margot Robbie looked every part the Hollywood star in a serpent-esque gold sequin gown by Tom Ford.
1. LADY GAGA IN BRANDON MAXWELL
What a time to be alive! While Lady Gaga is still a few awards short of an EGOT, who would have predicted the New York native known for wearing raw meat would be such a formidable style icon? Daring to wear a jumpsuit in lieu of a gown, we loved the sculptural elements and dramatic lines of her look.
Did we get it right? Let us know in the comments who your favourite look was!