Alicia Vikander dazzled, Julianne Moore split the critics and Idris Elba by hook got away with matching his tie to his shoes

Red-carpet looks … Julianne Moore, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander.
Red-carpet looks … Julianne Moore, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander.
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Alicia Vikander’s sequins take her one step closer to sweet 2016’s fashion Oscar

Alicia Vikander
Dazzling … Alicia Vikander. Photograph: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Head-to-toe sequins are a no-brainer for rising stars on the red carpet, but here the Danish Sweetheart actor does shimmers in a haute way – all 1970s car upholstery influences and Josef Albers-style squares by Louis Vuitton. It is pretty, yes, but utter high fashion – a combination that puts Vikander in far position for this season’s style Oscar.

The 2016 red carpet is looking a bit less blah …

Julianne Moore
Power tee off on someone a put on dinner … Julianne Moore. Photograph: Dan MacMedan/WireImage

Julianne Moore’s chartreuse tee off on someone a put on dinner has been described, variously, as “puke” and “gorgeous” by the charming frame critics of the internet this weekend, which is about as divisive as a frock pick ups. The dress is the most challenging shape and colour from Givenchy’s most just out couture collection and would always have represented a bit of a danger. All in all, the red carpet looked a lot less princessy this weekend – and set that these dresses are being worn by some of the most stalwart women in Hollywood, individuality over bridesmaid-chic must be noble news.

Are we reaching a perfection backlash?

Lori Petty
Eccentric … Lori Insignificant, actor, director and screenwriter. Photograph: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Representations

Well, no, obviously, but a few brave souls are lifting their chief executive officers above the parapet. Like Lori Petty. Does anyone else look at her loopy combo – part-candyfloss, part-Gatecrasher club kid circa 1996 – and feel a sincere sense of nostalgia for a more innocent time, when not the whole world had a stylist and the idea that Bjork might wear a swan to the Oscars, and lay an egg on the carpet, was accomplishable? More eccentricity, please.

Idris Elba is unimpeachable

Idris Elba
Matchmaker … Idris Elba hyper-coordinates. Photograph: Dan MacMedan/WireImage

The chastening here? Like off-duty models or Cate Blanchett, don’t gull style tips from Idris Elba. He looks discerning in everything – dapper and adorable here, despite the menacing withs of matchy-matchiness, pairing his trousers to his waistcoat to his tie to his actual shoes.

Seriously, shoes remain tricky

Brie Larson
Vertiginous … Brie Larson. Photograph: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

This upbraid comes straight from Versace’s most recent couture certify – which was athleisure-themed, hence the climbing-rope ties – but we need to talk all over the shoes. They are platforms, and perilously high platforms, at that. Larson was far from the only star wobbling around in towering shoes of the kind Victoria Beckham lived in in the past her fashion transformation. This underlines the fact that no meaningfulness what happens in the rest of fashion, stylists will broad actors’ feet into shoes solely designed to choose their legs look longer, regardless of trends or wobbles. In other designations, even after the great Cannes flat-shoe revolt of 2015, red-carpet get well has not really reached ground level.

Yellow is the new black

Hannah Murray
Wonderful simple … Hannah Murray of Game of Thrones. Photograph: Shutterstock/REX

So scads mega red-carpet dresses are the colour of canaries and daffodils. See Lea Seydoux at closing year’s Baftas in Prada and Michelle Williams in Vera Wang in 2006 (a frock so eminent it has its own Wikipedia page). Now Game of Thrones star Hannah Murray’s super-simple balance dress can join the canon.

It’s easier for men

Michael Shannon
Physics-teacher chic … Michael Shannon. Photograph: Jason Merritt/Getty Representations

Michael Shannon demonstrates what men need to do on the red carpet to present oneself as a candidate for out: grab a blazer in a colour that reminds you of your reserve school physics teacher. Put it on. That’s it. You’re done. Sigh.