Oscars 2020 Style File: Caitriona Balfe in Valentino Couture and Prabal Gurung

Posted on February 11, 2020

Miss Caitriona wrapped herself up like a couple of Valentines for the Oscars and managed to downplay some of the exuberance of her dresses with some smart styling choices. Please step into the judging circle, Cait.



Caitriona Balfe in Valentino Couture at the Oscars

Lady, you almost had us – until we got to that fishtail. A column skirt would have made this more or less perfect. Even so, it was one of the more eye-catching looks of the night – if only for being a bit different in shape and style.



Caitriona Balfe in Prabal Gurung at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Long time Bitter Kittens know that we have a strong dislike of gigantic bows in fashion. Call us rigid, but we tend to think they look pretty silly on anyone over the age of twelve or so. And while that bodice/sleeve design isn’t technically a bow, we think we can get past the resemblance because we love this look. Part of it comes down to the fact that it’s so restrained in comparison to the first look and part of it comes down to how well-suited she is to that bold red. The jewelry is really well-chosen and the somewhat clichéd hairstyle does a lot to keep the overall effect restrained and elegant. Having said that, the shoes are terrible.




Style Credits:
First Look: Valentino Gown from the Spring 2020 Couture Collection | Niwaka Jewelry | Giuseppe Zanotti Shoes
Second Look: Prabal Gurung Crimson Stretch Crepe Column Gown with Hand-draped Recycled Taffeta and Sculptural Bow from the Pre-Fall 2020 Collection | Niwaka Jewelry | Gianvito Rossi Shoes


Styled by Karla Welch | Hair by Marcus Francis | Makeup by Bren Robertson


[Photo Credit: ABC/RICK ROWELL, RobinLori/INSTARimages.com, valentino.com, Courtesy of Prabal Gurung]


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