A rather demure look on the red carpet this year.
In the year when Meryl Streep finally picked up another gong, I could hardly let the Academy Awards go by without a brief mention of the frocks.
Focusing on women over 40, Meryl herself literally shone in a fabulous dark gold gown with a deep v-neck and sleeves (always a good idea once you hit 40) in eco-friendly fabric. The dress was custom-made for her by Lanvin as part of the Green Carpet challenge favoured by Olivia Firth, wife of Colin Firth.
Viola Davis, star of The Help, was in a strapless green gown by Vera Wang that some thought was rather too dark on her dark skin, though personally I think it’s her red hair that does her more disservice, while Gwyneth Paltrow favoured a matt silk white column gown with a built-in shoulder cape that was phenomenally elegant.
Glenn Close wore a dark green, skintight fishtail gown with a jacket – a garment notable by its presence at the Oscar ceremony this year, while Penelope-Ann Miller went for a traditional Hollywood look with a nude-colour, flesh-revealing number covered in sparkle.
I have no copyright for pictures, but you can see good Getty images of most of these frocks and many more in the Daily Mail.