AACTAs best and worst dressed
Sydney may be no LA, and the AACTAs no Oscars, but a red carpet is a red carpet - and last night's gowns set flashbulbs popping for all the right reasons.
From a trio of sparkling Sapphires to a smouldering Megan Gale, the Star Casino's runway sizzled with Australia's best of the best. And while gongs were handed out to actors and actresses inside, the fashion jury worked on their own verdicts...
Hit! ... Megan Gale at the AACTAs.
Cate Blanchett proved that utterly sublime sophistication and Pyrmont are not mutually exclusive, the AACTA ambassador dripping in unctious red Armani, a futuristic cut adding edge to a tried-and-tested scarlet sequins. Elegant hair, swaying earrings and that alabaster skin... Show-stopping, risk-taking glamour has well and truly arrived.
This is how to do chic - black may black, but Megan Gale's Alex Perry gown showed how a dress can be owned - shaped, given life - by a special wearer. The halter-neck satin frock framed Gale's natural beauty to perfection, with a jewellery-free look simply piling the attention onto her face and that sleek gown.
It was Jessica Mauboy's night - not only did the songstress pick up the best supporting actress award for playing a Cummeragunja Songbird in The Sapphires, but she looked a million dollars in ravishing Steven Khalil. Red was a defining colour of the night and Mauboy joined Blanchett by diving into its attention-siezing charms. Graceful and classic, the design was as far from the stages of Vietnam as can be, without diminishing any of the star's down-to-earth loveliness.
Miss ... Gigi Edgely at the AACTAs.
Less well dressed
Elizabeth Debicki didn't make the most of her flawless skin in her white Thurley number - and Sydney summer is a time to shun sleeves and bask in the warm evenings. While the lace and sheer panels were spot-on, trend wise, we'd have loved to have seen a lower collar line and a more energetic colour on the young actress.
White was a popular colour on the carpet, but again it let Grace Huang down - her Aurelio Costarella design seemed to fit poorly and had a whiff of the negligee about it - as if a layer was missing from the look. Yes, it's summery and light, but Huang's stunning looks can afford to risk a bolder colour and razor-sharp, edgier tailoring.
We didn't set out to name and shame the colour white - but a trifecta it is, with Gigi Edgely simply missing the mark in her overly-feminine, sea creature-like number. The layers of tulle and frothy bustier by Carla Zampatti were reminiscent of an innocent bride rather than the sharp end of the Aussie glamour scene - though the actress' flawless figure was as enviable as ever.