Red carpet fashion isn’t, nor should it be, attached to real life. (If it were, stars would be donning sweatpants this year). No, the style mission statement at awards ceremonies is really about transporting one to a higher realm. A fantasy land of tulle! Colour! Joy! Which brings us to the 93th Academy Awards: instead of Hollywood’s finest dialling in from their hotel suite it took place in physical form, across two venues (Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre and Union Station). Below are just some of the standout looks we loved from the night.
A presenter at this year’s Oscars, Zendaya’s opted for a full-on canary yellow in a yellow midriff-baring Valentino Haute Couture gown (called Force de Beauté: it’s been reported that it took 300 hours to make), styled with $6 million worth of Bulgari diamonds.
The Best Director winner Chloé Zhao, who made history last night becoming the second women director to win the prestigious award for Nomadland, matched her high-collared Hermès dress with a pair of casual white sneakers. A dream combo.
Nominated for Best Actress for role in Billie Holiday v. The United States, Andra Day stole the show in a custom golden chainmail Vera Wang gown (made of real metal, no less), with a matching clutch and Tiffany & Co yellow diamonds.
One Night in Miami director Regina King appeared in a pale blue hand-crafted Louis Vuitton column dress, with ruffled shoulders reminiscent of butterflies, Swarovski crystals and 62,000 sequins. ”Feeling like a whole statue!” King shared on Instagram.
Valentino Nominee for Best Actress for her lead in Promising Young Woman, Carey Mulligan injected a dose of high voltage glamour to the red carpet, in a sequined Valentino two-piece, a bandeau and a ballgown skirt.
Pieces of a Woman nominee, Vanessa Kirby, wore a strapless custom Gucci gown with a box pleat dramatic trail in pastel pink, styled with a string of Cartier diamonds (worn purposely backwards).
The Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom star opted for a custom white gown by Alexander McQueen, with cut-outs and a corset underneath dyed underneath.
Mank actress and nominee for Best Supporting Actress, Amanda Seyfried, paid homage to Old Hollywood style in a vibrant red strapless Armani Privé gown, inspired by hibiscus flowers.
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