After a day of lunching, walking, babysitting, am now happily ensconced in the top floor bar of Soho House in London, fuelled by a continuous run of Americanos. This time last year I was in Soho House New York, front row with my closest NYC girlfriends, getting stuck into the Prosecco and conducting a manic three way tweet with Toby Young & India Knight in London. A lot easier for me to stay on the ball – I was in the right time zone.
This year it’s trickier – I’m in London, it’s midnight, and I’m at Soho House Londo, where unfortunately they have subscribed to Sky 1 not E! The UK’s Angela Griffin is not, shall we say, killing it on the red carpet.
I always thought an ability to string two words together was a pre-requisite for live reporting, but apparently not.
Still, so far we’ve seen multiple Oscar winner Nick Parks with a green wrapping paper bow tie, Mo’Nique in a tasteful cobalt blue Tadashi Shoji, her go to man for the awards season, (& the go to US designer for any woman who doesn’t wear sample sizes). Gabourey Sidibe is also in bright blue, this time Marchesa, with silver embroidery & an enormous grin. Love it.
Blown away by Sigourney Weaver in drop dead, knockout, I-want-to-be-her-when-I’m-sixty, one-embroidered-shoulder tomato red with black satin ribbon belt Lanvin, and Carey Mulligan in ravishing embellished black long Prada & black strappy sandals with newly blonde hair, with her mother who is KILLING it in black. Surely the chic-est mother ever on the red carpet.
Although I’ve just seen Jeremy Renner’s mother in a fab white shirt who looks equally chic. It’s refreshing to see so many family members on the red carpet: Lee Daniels (nom’ed for Best Director for Precious), brought his daughter.
Atelier Versace has managed to snag Demi Moore, who’s wearing blush strapless silk organza paired with satin double-platform Versace sandals, and Elizabeth Banks (presenting) in a grey draped bodice & chiffon grey dress. They also dressed Melanie Griffiths, looking cryogenically frozen in strapless black beaded & sequins.
Zoe Saldana is lovely standing in a jewelled bodice & super ruffled layers of purple Givenchy Haute Couture (shades of Reese in Ricci in 2006), but moving it reminds me of those loo roll holder covers my grandmother had . Chanel has dressed Diane Kruger in black frills but I am fascinated that SJP is in Chanel Haute Couture. WHY isn’t she wearing Halston? After all, she’s designing for Halston Heritage. (Also: SJP’s hair. Hmm…serpentine 60s back of head coils. All a little too theme-y)
Dries Van Noten has Maggie Gyllenhaal in strapless long & belted blue painterly print. She always takes the interesting route, & rarely gets it wrong. (Of course DvN did her wedding dress.)
Sandra Bullock is my new girl crush in champagne Marchesa, with that shiny swoop of perfectly groomed hair and fuchsia lip.
Elie Saab has Rachel McAdams in a grey/blue floral print chiffon strapless dress with draped bodice & flowing skirt and Anna Kendrick in the most beautiful blush chiffon floor length frock. Possible contender for my favourite of the evening.
Scarily precocious Miley Cyrus is wearing a strapless satin bodiced, chiffon skirted Jenny Packham, (& looking like her hair was copied from granny) – as is Angela Griffin who has mentioned her designer way too many times. (It’s not all about you love.)
Penelope Cruz is beautiful & timeless in strapless claret Donna Karan Couture, & I love Kate Winslet in metallic sleek, strapless & sophisticated YSL, with a serious $2.5 million necklace from Tiffany & Co.
Armani Privé is not knocking it out of the park tonight: Jennifer Lopez is unfortunately zipped into a large pale pink prawn cracker (handy if she gets hungry later) , & Amanda Seyfried’s stylist apparently got ‘Oscar frock’ confused with ‘wedding dress’.
Meryl Streep looking fashion forward but age appropriate and very elegant in US Project Runway alumn Chris March’s white plunge front, long sleeved white dress. No hair in sight!
Kirsten Stewart is wearing midnight blue strapless Monique Lhullier. VERY surprising choice for grumpy goth Kirsten. AND she washed her hair. (Well, actually Frederic Fekkai got hold of her.) Hasn’t stopped her looking like a mardy cow/sulky teen in the audience tho. It’s okay: we get it Kirsten. You are a serious actress but lighten up for chrissakes.
Cameron Diaz working champagne tulle with metallic ribbon and gold paillette embroidery from Oscar de la Renta‘s Fall 2010 collection. A perfect choice by her stylist: for once she looks like a grown-up.
Nicole Richie covering up in silvery grey, heavily embellished, high necked & long sleeved Reem Acra. I know it’s late but I’m fixating on Charlize Theron’s floor length satin Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2010. There’s something very odd going on in the breast region. Mind you, easy way to get some press.
Along with Marchesa (who also dressed nominee Vera Farmigia in deep pink strapless ruffles), Calvin Klein Collection are having a very successful night, spanning their potential markets: at one end roping in presenter Julianne Moore (and her husband director Bart Freundlich) in Francisco Costa’s custom antique white beaded strapless gown with crescent pleated detail & at the other dressing Zac Efron in Italo Zucchelli’s clean tux. (They tell me they’re also getting Diane Kruger out of her Chanel and into Calvin for the after parties, along with her partner Joshua Jackson, Rosario Dawson, Cote de Pablo, Zac Efron, Fisher Stevens & Ryan Phillippe.)
Accessories-wise, Sigourney Weaver & Meryl Streep are in Jimmy Choos, & Diane Kruger has an art deco style diamond Jaeger Le Coultre watch. Gabourey Sidibe wearing properly major Lorraine Schwartz bracelet & ring, Demi Moore in serious amounts of Van Cleef & Arpels, & Carey Mulligan in enviable Fred Leighton diamond chandelier earrings. Robert Downey Jr is in custom Oliver Peoples eyeglasses with blue lenses to match his Lanvin bow tie.
On the male front, James Cameron & Antonio Banderas are in Versace tuxedos, but Burberry has it nailed tonight. They’ve dressed the entire (male) cast of Hurt Locker, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson, and Ryan Seacrest. I think we can safely say that dressing Ryan and Gerard gets them first prize this year. Robert Downey Jr in Lanvin & sneakers, & Steve Carrell in Canali.
In the Tom Ford camp: Peter Sarsgaard is in his wedding tux. Bless. And Colin Firth – as if there could be any doubt he’d wear Tom Ford.
Beauty-wise, the bright pink lip looks like the strongest statement of the evening so far, as seen on Sandra Bullock, Vera Farmigia, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bullock.
So: Fashion trends: Strapless, frills. Shades of blue, silver & grey.
God I wish I’d bought my fleecy blanket. God knows how the people who wore EVENING dress to Soho House tonight are coping. Full on make-up & updos to watch the telly. Good on them, but really? I’m in cashmere comfort & brogues.