- Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher, Features Editor, MR PORTER
The first official Oscars (the Academy Awards re-branded itself this year) was a parade of winners, losers, also-rans and outright fails. And beyond the style arena there were also prizes given for acting, directing and film-making, and all the extraordinary glamour that's synonymous with the world's pre-eminent awards ceremony. The actors demonstrated the breadth of expression open to a man even within the confines of the tuxedo dress code, with a wide range of cuts, colours, patterns, forms and styles on show.
The accessory of the night was undoubtedly the beard, which appeared on the chin of so many of the men that anyone holding shares in Procter & Gamble, which owns Gillette, should probably consider dumping them. Meanwhile velvet, which was stylishly deployed last year, seems to have fallen from favour, neckties were resurgent (and in some cases looked fresh), navy was nearly as popular as black, and Ms Miranda Kerr settled the question of whether or not there is a god (there clearly is), but made us question why he so obviously favours Mr Orlando Bloom.