Our Academy Awards red carpet round-up

This year’s Oscars red carpet was a return to something near standard form, with a dress code of ‘Inspirational and Aspirational’ and ‘Bring your movie love’ theme. Here are some of the STYLE team’s notes from the day:

Zendaya and her long-time stylist Law Roach always come up with something show-stopping for red carpet appearances and this year – in a sea of celebs playing it safe – she was again a stand out for me! According to Law’s instagram stories, the buttercup yellow cut out gown created by Valentino had elements that bore a playful nod to Cher and a similar yellow jumpsuit the singer wore on The Sonny and Cher Show in 1970. US$6m of Bulgari jewels and relaxed, flowing waist-length locks were the perfect accompaniment. – Megan Bedford, beauty editor


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Laura Dern is basically who I want to be when I grow up, and her gown this year just strengthened that aspiration. Directional, unique yet undeniably glamorous, her Oscar de la Renta number starts as a sleek, slinky, restrained, perfectly cut and utterly elegant black long-sleeve design with a dropped waist before exploding into a full skirt of lush white feathers. Her signature loose waves, the addition of shoulder-grazing earrings (from Italian fine jewellers Pomellato and featuring 606 diamonds of over 13 carats), burgundy nails and classic black, crystal-detailed Jimmy Choo stilettos all just pile on the extra style points in my opinion. – Josie Steenhart, contributing editor

There’s no sugar coating it; this was the most uninspiring Oscars red carpet I’ve ever seen. I thought Regina King looked striking in her Louis Vuitton gown, but only because I saw her during the ceremony – the dress came across much better in video than it does in photos because you could see it glitter under the lights. In photos it looks a bit Cirque Du Soleil. Ashley Wallace, staff writer


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Ashley’s right that there wasn’t a whole heap of daring sartorial choices made, and some of the most captivating takes this year actually came from the male contingent – LaKeith Stanfield’s Saint Laurent jumpsuit was a whole mood, Leslie Odom Jr was a solid gold hit in a molten Brioni ensemble and Colman Domingo was anything but understated in an eyeball-searing hot-pink Versace suit. Not to mention the adorably stylish 9-year-old Alan Kim, who broke hearts in a tiny shorts-based tuxedo by Thom Browne. – Josie Steenhart, contributing editor

Mother’s Day beauty gifts that last longer than flowers

Still stuck for a Mother’s Day gift? We can help!

If you’ve long planned what to gift the mother in your life on her special day of the year, kudos. If making a purchase is still lingering in your to-do list, there’s still time!

Given their role usually involves looking after everyone else, a beauty gift is a little touch of pampering many mothers will delight in. The good news is, there are plenty of desirable arrivals landing on counters right now that make ideal gifts.

Designer fragrances

One of the best options for a gift that will linger longer than a bunch of beautiful blooms, one of the latest high end fragrances will not only upgrade her vanity counter, but remind her of you with every evocative waft of scent.  Our favourites from the host of new arrivals that have just landed on fragrance counters everywhere, include Kate Spade’s fresh juicy new scent that opens with citrusy bergamot combined with sweet wild strawberry. For the tea lover, Maison Margiela’s new light and fresh Matcha Meditation blends matcha with bergamot essence and luminous orange blossom absolute. If you’re unsure of what they might like, Boss Alive EDT, the new release from Hugo Boss is a light and pretty wear that layers citrus fruits with elegant floral elements and soft woods that will suit many fragrance lovers. Elizabeth Arden’s new White Tea Ginger Lily gives an uplifting and energising twist to the brand’s fresh, clean classic while Giorgio Armani Si Intense EDP keeps the blackcurrant note of the original and adds a rich intense layer of notes like rose and patchouli that make it perfect for an elegant night out.

Luxe makeup

Pulling out a show-stopping lipstick case from your handbag to reapply will make every day feel a little bit special, and the upside is Dior’s Rouge Dior Couture Lipsticks are refillable, so just the insert can be repurchased. It comes in a range of colours and finishes like satin, velvet and matte so there are plenty of options to choose from. 

 A gleaming eye palette that looks divine but also offers her the opportunity to try shades she wouldn’t necessarily pick out herself is a great option to gift. We love NARS’ Summer Solstice Palette (named for the northern hemisphere clearly!) which has both matte and metallic finishes in rich and warm shades that are perfectly on trend right now. 

Gwyneth Paltrow’s go-to makeup brand Westman Atelier is pricey alright, but the Baby Cheeks Blush Sticks, including this new shade called Bichette, can’t be beat. They are easy to apply – just swipe on and blend with your fingers – and they make skin look refreshed and vibrant. Plus, the shades on offer suit a wide variety of skin tones. 

Home indulgence

If gifting perfume is too tricky to choose, the next best thing is a scent for their home. Glasshouse has collaborated with Polish artist Weronika Anna Marianna on it’s Mother’s Day collection which includes this home fragrance diffuser that offers soft and warm notes of cashmere and wild lavender. Diptyque’s ceramic candles go one better than their classic glass vessels, this one scented with soft, floral and feminine notes reminiscent of rose bushes flowering in May. A spritz of Linden Leaves Amber Fig Room Spray sets an Autumnal vibe for cosy nights staying in.

Skin-reviving skincare

Pick up a set with some of her favourites or introduce her skin to something new. Trilogy has bagged some of its hydrating essentials that will suit almost every skin type, and coming into winter it’s perfect timing! The clean beauty fan will likely enjoy Biologi’s best-of collection of cleanser and serums that also have a hydrating and renewing focus. La Mer practically means luxury (it actually means ‘the sea’) and the sight of that brand on any gift will set hearts aflutter! This La Mer Renewed and Illuminated Collection offers skincare stars designer to deliver a radiant healthy glow. Skin-thusiasts will know all about The Ordinary’s skincare products that focus on hard-wroking ingredients that deliver exceptional results. The Ordinary the Balance Set has solutions to cleanse, balance and hydrate your skin. Shiseido’s Vital perfection skincare set is designed to firm and lift the skin with a day emulsion moisturiser and a retinol-powered eye mask.