With the Oscars bringing the season of stunning gowns and gushing acceptance speeches to a close, we look back at the celeb-approved trends that rocked the red carpet.
Thanks to that little mix-up with a couple of envelopes at the Oscars, awards season 2017 is destined to be remembered for all the wrong reasons (well, one very awkward reason).
Which is a shame, because we all know what these gong-giving ceremonies are really about: the FASHION, of course.
These are the big five trends that ruled on the red carpet…
We lost count of how many stars opted for floral frocks at the Baftas, from Naomie Harris’s embellished tulle to the Duchess of Cambridge’s gorgeous black, off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen gown.
Adriana Papell One Shoulder Beaded Scuba Gown, £280, John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com)
Forever Unique Nina Strapless Floral Overlay Floor Length Dress, £329.99 (LittleBlackDress.co.uk)
Chi Chi Dani Dress, £64.99 (www.chichiclothing.com)
Starlets often shy away from black on the red carpet, lest they’re accused of being boring – more shameful than landing on the ‘worst dressed’ list, according to some stylists – but we saw some exceptional ebony looks this year.
Monsoon Molly Black Dress, £119 (in store May; www.monsoon.co.uk)
Phase Eight Emelda Dress, £325, House of Fraser (www.houseoffraser.co.uk)
ALL THAT GLITTERS
There were some questionable outfit choices at the Brits, but Katy Perry and Rita Ora scored hits with their sparkling looks, both embellished with masses of sparkling beads.
Emma Stone’s opinion-dividing Chanel dress-over-trousers (drousers?) at the Baftas was equally dazzling and shared a sartorial tip with the pop star pair – with heavily decorated pieces, graduated beading or shorter styles works best.
Adrianna Papell Beaded Spaghetti Strap Gown, £300, John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com)
Phase Eight Edaline Dress, £325, House of Fraser (www.houseoffraser.co.uk)
Nataliya Couture Alice Gold Sequin Embellished Mini Dress, £260 (LittleBlackDress.co.uk)
LET IT SHINE
Bringing a different kind of shine to the party, molten metallic dresses abounded.
Ruth Negga’s silver Louis Vuitton gown at the Golden Globes was sleek, modern perfection, while Charlize Theron’s gunmetal Oscars gown channelled old Hollywood glam.
With frocks this fabulous, swept up hair and dangly of earrings are all the accessories you need.
Hotsquash Pleat One Shoulder Dress in Silver Metallic, currently reduced to £124 from £199 (www.hotsquash.com)
Monsoon Gold Dress, £59; Sandals, £39 (in store May; www.monsoon.co.uk)
Amid the sea of sparkle, a handful of stars plumped for primary colours, and we sure are glad they did.
Multiple award-nominee Viola Davis rocked red, yellow and blue at three separate ceremonies and it worked like a charm every time, while Natalie Portman continued her maternity style masterclass in acid yellow Prada.
This kind of colour blocking requires very little surface detail – keep the silhouette simple and let the hot hue do the talking.
M&S Collection Yellow Prom Dress, £89 (in store April 29; www.marksandspencer.com)