Dress; Simplicity 3745, modified to be more streamlined, white swiss dotted voile and lace
Scarf; a strip of turquoise silk chiffon, with a rolled hem edge
Thongs; Mountain Designs
Nail Varnish; Fool's Paradise, BYS
Now the above picture isn't at all exciting, but lets move on and have a look at some really interesting fashion-y stuff... I watched our recorded Oscars last night, and I agreed with Beth that while a lot of the gowns were sadly unexciting this year, Cate Blanchett had the standout most beautiful gown of the evening. Givenchy Haute Couture; a little part of me kinda hopes she will one day select something Australian for one of these events, but truthfully if I was in her position I'd be going Parisian too, probs. Whatever, Cate Blanchett never disappoints on the red carpet, and this was no exception. The details of this gown! I adored the little touch of gold at the shoulders and going down the back, setting off the soft feminine lilac to perfection, and I wished the camera was able to zoom in and show us exactly what those little bobbly things were going down the front of the bodice. Whatever they were, they added just the right amount of decoration and interest. I also loved that boxy square line of the sleeves and bodice; unusual and therefore a touch above, beautifully proportioned and realised. Really, there was nothing not to love about that gown... and the colours were perfect for her complexion. She looked magnificent, as she always does.
As well, Helen Mirren look superb, a serial Best Dressed lady in my book. With Vivienne Westwood she could hardly go wrong, no? VW is usually so out there and her designs incredibly intricate and architectural; often gravity defying in their artistry, one of the reasons I find her so inspiring. But for this occasion she toned down her usual flamboyance and produced a restrained and superbly structured gown, the soft sheen as well as the drab grey/pewter-y colour of that fabric showing off so well the elegant folding and draping that that designer is so admired for.
And I also loved the Dolce and Gabbana gown worn by Scarlet Johanssen. Of course she is a natural beauty who would look good in anything, but even so her choice of gown this time was particularly stunning. Form-fitting lace in that deliciously sophisticated berry colour, backless, and a divinely shaped skirt with a train? Just too beautiful...
(I would credit these photos if I could remember which particular site I found them on. There are many many many copies out there in the internet...)