Awards season 2019 in fashion

by: Emma Wilder 27 Feb 2019

If there’s one thing awards season is renowned for the world over, it’s the annual selection of red carpet glamour. Each year, some of the world’s biggest names in culture showcase some of the world’s biggest names in fashion, and, for us here at Pure London, choosing just a few favourite looks is more than a little bit challenging – but we’ve given it a go anyway…

Classic Hollywood

Classic Hollywood Image

There’s no point fixing something that’s not broken, after all. The flowing skirts, classic jewels and sleek hairstyles that sum up true Hollywood glamour got some serious airtime on the red carpets this year. Some of our favourites include:

Oscar nominee Regina King donned a high-slit white gown by Oscar de la Renta at the Academy Awards, a look that is a Hollywood red carpet staple, for good reason. Unsurprisingly, this look scored high in the social media polls as well.

Whilst we’re on the subject of true Hollywood glamour, it would be criminal not to mention Lady Gaga’s Oscars look. The Best Actress nominee paired a classic Alexander McQueen gown with the equally iconic Tiffany diamond, becoming the third ever person to wear the jewel.

Supermodel Ashley Graham proved you can never go wrong with a simple black gown. Her custom Zac Posen gown topped off with a sleek ballerina bun made for an effortlessly chic look that captured the magic of old Hollywood.

Back in the UK, the Duchess of Cambridge graced the BAFTAs, flying the flag for British fashion in a beautiful Alexander McQueen gown. Bringing understated elegance to the red carpet, the Duchess teamed her gown with a timeless hairstyle and minimal jewellery.

Visions in Silver

Visions in Silver

Judging by this year’s red carpet looks, silver is back and it’s here to stay. Bringing new meaning to the phrase “silver screen”, we were spoilt for choice when it came to shimmery metallic gowns:

Brie Larson graced the Oscars red carpet in a chainmail gown by Celine. New creative director, Hedi Slimane’s designs featured heavily on red carpets this awards season, and metallic gowns featured heavily in the collection. If this is a sign of collections to come for new look Celine, colour us excited!

It’s safe to say, Jennifer Lopez is among the queens of the red carpet, and her looks never disappoint. This year proved no exception and we’re in love with her shinier than shiny Tom Ford gown.

Woman of the moment Lady Gaga, pulled out all the stops this awards season and her Grammy’s look was another of her shining moments. Wearing another of Celine’s silver masterpieces paired with more Tiffany diamonds, Lady Gaga looked every bit the star.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely did what she does best at Vanity Fair’s Oscars after-party. Wearing a stunning asymmetrical silver gown by Atelier Versace, the supermodel took classic red carpet style and gave it a modern twist.

Modern Icons

Modern Icons

As much as we love the old classics, there’s always room for a modern twist on traditional styles. Luckily for us, awards season gives us this in the bucket loads:

Teen icon and award-winning actress Amandla Stenberg stunned in a ‘20’s inspired gown at this years Oscars. The roaring ‘20’s inspired Miu Miu gown was perfectly complemented, and brought up to date, by the star’s hair – classic ‘20’s fingerwaves, teamed with modern cornrows.

Emily Blunt is a firm fashion favourite on the red carpet and here in the Pure London office, so it’s only natural that she should make it onto our shortlist. We loved the Alexander McQueen gown she wore for the Golden Globes – silver tones plus all over lace make for a super chic gown that’s both on trend and a look for the ages.

If there’s any place for making a fashion statement, the Oscars is it and that’s exactly what red carpet host Billy Porter did at this year’s Academy Awards. The actor and Broadway icon made his way down the red carpet in a twist on two red carpet staples – the classic tux and the Hollywood gown. Combining the two looks in his Christian Siriano tuxedo gown, the actor gave new meaning to gender-neutral dressing and we love it!

Another mainstay of the red carpet, Charlize Theron debuted a dramatic makeover at this year’s Oscars. Donning an icy-blue tailored dress by Dior Couture accompanied by a brand new brunette bob, the star brought us an updated version of the red carpet look we know and love.

Red Carpet Colour

Red Carpet Colour

It wouldn’t be a red carpet without a pop of colour and we were treated to a burst of brightness this awards season.

Jennifer Hudson stunned us in a red asymmetrical gown by Elie Saab Couture at this year’s Oscars and the ruffle details just add to this gown’s drama.

There was a definite influx of pink gowns this year, but Jason Mamoa’s pink Fendi suit definitely stood out from the crowd. Bringing a colourful twist to the classic tux, Mamoa even finished his look with a matching pink scrunchie.

Gemma Chan brought jewel tones right back to the red carpet at this year’s Golden Globes. Her sapphire blue gown, by Valentino brought just the right amount of glamour to the red carpet, whilst the playsuit shorts detail gave the look a fun update.

Gemma was joined by her fellow Crazy Rich Asians star, Constance Wu when it came to colour pops this year. This year’s Oscars presenter took to the stage in a sunshine-y yellow gown by Versace that reminds us of Belle in Beauty and the Beast in more ways than one.

To cut what could be an incredibly long story short, awards season 2019 didn’t disappoint in the fashion stakes and we already can’t wait for next season to roll around!

Don’t forget, Pure London’s SS20 edition will be taking place on 21st-23rd July 2019. Until then, we’ll be keeping you up to date on all the latest fashion news, red carpet looks and incoming trends right here on the Pure London blog

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