And mine the runway they did. Cate Blanchett and Jodie Comer both chose London-based Mary Katrantzou, in very different takes on the trend; the former in a floaty, pleated gown the colour of vanilla custard featuring bondage-lite-inspired body adornment, while the Killing Eve star opted for a floor-length A-line style in stiff, emerald green satin.
As New Zealand-based designer Maggie Hewitt, of Maggie Marilyn, told Vogue recently: “There is a romanticism about a puff sleeve, and for me, it also invokes a sense of strength.”
So it was fitting that some of the night’s winners adopted the trend, including The Crown‘s Olivia Colman, whose crimson Emilia Wickstead dress, modified from the runway version, also took in one of the colour trends of the night.
But the risk of wearing a red dress on a red carpet is that, aside from being a tad too literal, someone else will have the same idea and a similar silhouette. Just ask Scarlett Johansson, in Vera Wang, and Nicole Kidman, who opted for Versace.
One star who possibly should have opted for Versace was Jennifer Lopez, whose green and gold Valentino dress had people thinking, mockingly, of Christmas, thanks largely to its giant bow.
Expectations around JLo’s look were high given her appearance for Versace at Milan Fashion Week. Yet, it wasn’t her night, at least not sartorially, leaving the best-dressed list open to strong contenders in Zoe Kravitz, in polkadot Saint Laurent, and Naomi Watts, in classic black Armani.
Another favourite was The Politician’s Zoey Deutch in a buttercup Fendi jumpsuit with trumpet sleeves and a styled-to-perfection sapphire and diamond necklace, which drew comparisons to the jewel in the film Titanic.
While Deutch took Fendi to dazzling heights, the other major star dressed by the label, Gwyneth Paltrow, drew some of the sharpest criticism of the night for her sheer, rust-coloured tulle gown.
Other divisive outfits included Kerry Washington’s Altuzarra jacket, which featured some daring body jewellery.
But the fashion faux pas of the night undoubtedly went to actor Jason Momoa, who was caught on camera during the ceremony wearing nothing but a black singlet, which he wore underneath his deep green tuxedo on the red carpet.
Melissa Singer is National Fashion Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.