Hits and misses on the Oscars red carpet

Our fashion editor's favourite and, er, most intriguing looks of the Oscars 2019.

Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 8:03 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 8:07 am
Oscars fashion

Some played it chic, some played it safe, some took a risk, some had a good laugh and some elaborately went over the top (and over again). Fashion editor Stephanie Smith picks her favourite looks from the Oscars red carpet, plus some which confused...

The Best Actress winner wore dark emerald green with a huge bow at the back that tumbled into a train. On-trend and yet classic, although why cover her arms? Just wear a bit of tan, Olivia.
Lady Gaga kept it classic in Alexander McQueen teamed with a 30 million pound Tiffany necklace previously worn by Audrey Hepburn. Slightly merry widow, VERY classy.

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Now that's what we call a tuxedo dress. Billy Porter wears Christian Siriano - dramatic, thought-provoking and surprisingly graceful. Already a classic.
Dressed to win or determined to be queen of the night, this dress is too big, too gold, too Game of Thrones - train, cape, sleeves, wrap front, full skirt - it's just too much.
Melissa McCarthy brings the whole Big Oscar Dress Thing down several pegs by poking fun as she presents best costume design. Appropriately crackers.
Rachel Weisz covered up in Givenchy. Well, it's red, pleated, appliqued, so far so good. But then, there's that ill-fitting PVC cape. Hmmm. Still, handy if it rains.
Best supporting actress Regina King in Oscar de La Renta. Classic, beautifully designed and made, deceptively simple - a safe but strong choice.
Our new fave red carpet dresser. Michelle looks like a dreamy grown-up princess. Pharrell Williams, more like a cheeky cub scout.
Tina Fey, left, plays it simple, chic and classy in a blue chiffon strapless gown. Maya Rudolph came as a pair of chintzy pink floral curtains.
David Furnish and Elton John step out for the Vanity Fair party looking shiny and happy. Well done to them for breaking up the black and white tux male tribal look.
Helen Mirren looks pretty fabulous in on-trend pink. Just the right side of frothy princess (unlike others).
Failsafe in Valentino, Gabrielle Union shone in this unusual rich red shade,the perfect dose of gleam, loads of on-trend volume but not OTT. And great hair. Fabulous.