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Lauren Hutton

The Oscars are always a very expected and highly prepared moment of the year – loads of celebrities, jewelry and tons of dresses.

I always liked the kind of respect actors have for this event – compared with Golden Globe or other largely broadcasted events, the dress code is quite strict and followed by the book. There’s no room for being “super hot”, shocking or outrageous. I guess it’s about style and personality in a subtle way where someone can show its personal touch and creativity. I must have thought of the wrong event –  I really didn’t find much this time. Ok,  summer 2013 trends are about minimalism, soft colours and monochromy – but this Oscars ceremony was about monotony.

From make-up to hairstyling, jewelry and cleavage, all is “under control” and done in such clean way that it became conventional and flat.  It isn’t about the dress, as Yves Saint Laurent may say, but about the lady inside. But when the lady inside (or her armada of stylists) lack inspiration and imagination, things are rather complicated.

There is the right designer for this event (noted is always about Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Prada or Valentino) and the safe colour : nude, red or navy blue.

If the dress code for men was precise and doesn’t let much space while they are supposed to wear tuxedos, ladies played extremly correct outfits and colour was a rare thing – at the Oscars and as well at the Vanity Fair after-party… Did all creativity ran away at currently taking place Fashion Week?

Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Vanity Fair after-party – Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Faye Dunaway with strange yellow gloves


Oscars 2013: Halle Berry in Versace

Vanity Fair after-party

Naomi Watts in Armani Privé

Vanity Fair after-party – Naomi Watts (in Emilio Pucci) and husband Liev Schreiber

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

Vanity Fair after Oscar party: Salma Hayek

Vanity Fair after Oscar party – Bono and daughter Eve Hewson

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Vanity Fair after party

Oscars 2013 : Jennifer Aniston in Valentino

Vanity Fair after-party, Reese Witherspoon, in Louis Vuitton, and Jennifer Aniston

Oscars 2013 : Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zuhair Murad

Vanity Fair after-party – Ashley Olsen and Catherine Zeta-Jones (in Zuhair Murad)

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture

Vanity Fair after-party : Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein Collection

Naomie Harris in a recycled materials creation by Michael Badger

Vanity Fair after-party: Naomi Harris in Monique Lhuillier

Anne Hathaway in Prada

Vanity Fair after-party : Anne Hathaway in Saint Laurent

Dress code – tuxedo and nude dresses for the winners of the 85th Oscars Ceremony

Oscars 2013: Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu at the ceremony and at the Vanity Fair after party

Jane Fonda in Atelier Versace

Jane Fonda in Reem Acra at the Vanity Fair after party

Sally Field in Valentino

Vanity Fair after-party

Hillary Swank in Valentino

Adele in Jenny Packham

Oscars 2013 – Jennifer Garner in Gucci Première

Oscars 2013 : Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen

Vanity fair after-party : Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy

Helen Hunt in H&M

Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood

Vanity Fair after-party : Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott

Kelly Rowland in Donna Karan Atelier

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille Couture

Vanity Fair after-party: Zoe Saldana in Givenchy

Vanity Fair after-party : Natalie Portman in Dior

Vanity Fair after-party : Miranda Kerr in Valentino

Alessandra Ambrosio in Zuhair Murad

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