Femininity fashioned red carpet glamour at last night’s Logies as long, flowing gowns in soft chiffons and dusty pastel shades recalled the romance of a bygone era. A vintage feeling inspired many if not all of the evening’s looks, as the stars played it safe with girly prettiness.
The asymmetric shoulder of Grecian style dresses proved the most striking silhouette of the event as the actresses addressed their inner goddesses. Gathered panels detailed fitted bodices with long skirts falling gracefully to the floor. Nikki Phillips highlighted her lithe figure with the low V of her backless gown, emphasising the classical look with a single gold band on her forearm.
The Grecian look too was a favourite amongst the Home and Away beauties. Amy Mathews dress was a masterpiece of toga style wrapping, the white silk draping and falling in delicate ruffles around her body. Ada Nicodemou looked pretty in dusty rose pink with a flower corsage heightening the feminine statement. Esther Anderson followed with the one-shoulder silhouette whilst her on-screen daughter, Rebecca Breeds kept the look contemporary with a cropped hemline.
Leading on from the Goddesses were the Starlets, who took the essence of classical style and embellished with a touch of glamour, bringing 1930s Hollywood to Melbourne. Matthew Eager’s gown for Emily Symons embraced the principles of Grecian-style draping but with a low décolletage and belt tie at the waist, she held all the allure of a silver screen siren. As did Sonia Kruger in a floor skimming bias cut dress in olive green; her demure, high neckline with a twist at the front giving way to a revealing cowl drape at the back.
The next progression saw the Starlets give way to the Showgirls with corset bodices, fabulous fishtales and more than a sprinkling of sequins transforming the Atrium at Crown Towers into a scene from the Moulin Rouge.
Carrie Bickmore went all out dramatic with the net ruffles that sat behind the neckline of bustier also making up a lively train for her floorlength skirt. Rhonda Burchmore played the vamp in scarlet whilst New Zealand actress Camille Keeman prettied things up in ivory.
A younger edge came with Collette Dinnigan’s jewel encrusted creation for Tessa James. The tulle frills of her above-the-knee skirt lightened the weight of her encrusted corset creating a look that was uniquely stylish and sassy.
Queen of the gowns however, was Jessica Marais who looked simply stunning in a lacy, lingerie-style bustier and black satin skirt with a floor-skimming fishtale. Classic yet sexy. Margot Robbie recovered from last year’s flamenco-style ensemble, looking refined in white. The clean lines of her floorlength gown punctuated with a peplum at the waist and a jewel encrusted shoulderline enhanced a classic hourglass silhouette.
The alternative to the fuss of flowing gowns and sparkling embellishments, Claudia Karvan kept it strikingly simple in a short black tailored dress. A homage to forties tailoring with ¾ sleeves and strong shoulders the look was completed with matching black gloves, its open neckline, exposing flesh to the waist adding a sexy twist.
With classic, vintage elegance a running theme, there was nothing particularly daring or avant garde on the red carpet this year, which seemingly reduced the number fashion faux pas’ too. Brynn Gordon may even be excused from worst dressed lists now as her tasteless dresses fashion her a niche as a celebrity caricature.
Colour proved the main stumbling block with Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Better Homes and Gardens presenter Tara Dennis both opting for horrific shades sugary blue that should have been left in the 1970s. Jessica McNamee also chose the wrong colour, her burnt orange gown doing nothing to flatter her skin tone.
Fortunately though, mistakes were few and far between. The legend of red carpet beauty and glamour remains intact for another year!