School of Frock: Carey Mulligan is Oscar 2021's fashion golden girl
We're back - sort of. The return of in-person red carpets for this year's Academy Awards marks the one-off appearance of this column
CAREY MULLIGAN (B+)
No Best Actress trophy, no problem. This year's golden girl and nominee for Promising Young Woman shines in her own way in a metallic copper bandeau ballgown - and shows the world she has been keeping her abs tight during lockdown.
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MARIA BAKALOVA (B)
Gown: Louis Vuitton
The Bulgarian Best Supporting Actress nominee for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm has her princess moment at her first Oscars, floating around in a dreamy cloud of tulle. Fortunately, Sacha Baron Cohen was nowhere in sight to ruin it.
VANESSA KIRBY (C)
Does Covid-19 cause loss of colour vision too? Out of all the shades on the spectrum, the Pieces Of A Woman Best Actress nominee chooses the one most likely to wash her out for her dress, and the one most likely to goth her up for her lips.
Zendaya tells Mulligan to hold her beer when it comes to the midriff-baring contest, but that does not mean she is a winner. Glow-in-the-dark neon yellow chiffon, a gaping cut-out and pandemic hair just does not scream Hollywood's biggest night.
KORI RAE (F)
Suit: Alexander McQueen
Who is up for a second helping of unstirred bandung, courtesy of the producer of Pixar film Onward? Elvin Ng made eyes water when he took this out for its virgin spin at the recent Star Awards. But who knew the viral ombre red-pink suit was not done terrorising the world?
It actually comes with a matching tie and shirt collar too. So yes, Ng could have done much worse - and here it is.