This has to be the worst quote of the year and it is only March, "Style-wise, this year's Oscars were predictable. Strapless, floor-length gowns dominated with only a few daring to be different. Perhaps when stylists no longer rule the red carpet we will see a little more individuality and personality shining through." These words of waffle were penned or rather typed by Laetitia Wajnape, a fashion writer. It was a piece for the BBCi
Granted there are lots of rubbish stylists out there. In any job there are the good, the bad and the downright jobs worths. But please, the idea that an actress (lets face it the guys just put on tuxedos) would do a better job left to their own devices because they would be more individual and reflect their personality then sadly Laetitia you are misguided. Some actresses know fashion and know what they want. Don't tell me Sarah Jessica Parker and Maggie Gyllenhaal stood lamely in a corner fiddling with their hair whilst a stylist tried to choose a frock for them!
Also don't try and tell me without a stylist Zoe Saldana would have chosen the Givenchy number, even if as you noted, she is a fashion week front row regular.
I don't disagree that the red carpet parade was a mismatch of gowns most of which failed to inspire, but these are unsettled times. However Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz stayed understated for good reason and both looked fittingly dressed without any dramatic display.
They were dressed a professional actresses turning up for an award ceremony not a fashion editorial shot.
Let's not forget the best dressed woman of the night was Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director. She out shone the clothes on every other person as she held that Oscar (or 2). No stylist required? Don't tell me she didn't have one and lets not pretend she was wearing a wow dress. She wore a dress that reflected her stature and her personality and individuality.
Everyone works with what they get, who they are and make decisions collaboratively. Perhaps the wrong choices were made. I still think Wintour was right to advice Mulligan not to wear long gowns, a) they swamp her and b) there is a lot to be said for 3/4 length gowns when you are younger. Her Prada number was a hybrid, that said it said individuality with the forks and spoons but didn't quite make the grade.
I'm not disputing the fact lots of stylists aren't that good but please the day actresses dress themselves for the Oscars will be never - and if they did it might be reminiscent of what happens to middle class women of a certain age in the UK - all Johnnie Boden and not an individual to be seen.