Oscar’s Fashion: the Best and the Worst
By Ava Green, Assistant Features Editor
The Oscars have come and gone, and it was definitely a night to remember: a night that gave birth to many iconic, meme-worthy and shocking moments that completely stole the show. But this year's Oscars also had so many amazing fashion moments that no slap could erase from my mind. So, without further adieu, here are a few quick thoughts on my favorite and least favorite red carpet looks at the Oscars.
I strangely loved Catherine Goodman’s dress. There are four almost tiered sections of vibrant, pastel panels of flowy fabrics with intricate gold detailing. This dress is not as grand as some of the other gowns at the awards ceremony, so it caught me off guard in the best way. I could do without the silver purse, but the simple beach waves and light makeup perfectly accentuate the ornate designs and unique turtle neck. This out-of-the box look was very refreshing without being too shocking to the eye.
I am devastated to report how disappointed I am in Kristen Stewart’s red carpet look. The shape of an outfit is extremely important to me and if your favorite shape is a square, then you probably had no problem with her outfit. I love that she opted for a suit-like look, but the outstandingly plain black shorts added nothing, which I could excuse if she had a more interesting shoe. I do love the hair and makeup, as well as her necklace that I hope alludes to a bolo tie, but this outfit just seems like an after-thought and there was no care put into it. The only thing that is worse than an ugly outfit is a boring one.
Jay Ellis’s Dolce and Gabbana suit stood out against the sea of plain black tuxedos worn by the men at the Oscars without being too crazy of a statement. I think white suits can look incredibly cheesy, but the extreme contrast really elevates the look as well as the jacket and pants that are tailored to perfection. The detailing on the outside of his shoes compliments the brilliantly shiny rings and bracelets. The pièce de résistance is the shining emerald brooch on the lapel of his suit jacket that I am truly obsessed with.
Another huge let-down was Lupita Nyong’o. She almost never misses on the red carpet, but this dress was just all wrong to me. Texture does not translate through photos sometimes, so the sparse, gold fringe came across as very tinsel-y. One of my biggest fashion pet peeves is formal wear with a quarter-sleeve. This dress looks incredibly awkward and cheap to me — which is ironic seeing that she is in head-to-toe Prada.
On a high note, Serena Williams absolutely served (pun intended). As basic as it is, Gucci is one of my favorite luxury brands when it comes to runways and red carpets, and this look gave everything I needed. The daintiness of the pink, pleated chiffon dress made the black sparkly detailing around the neckline really pop. What really elevates this look for me is the fabulous pair of black lace gloves she sports. It ties the black neckline in perfectly and reminds me so much of Madonna. It was the perfect blend of regality and edginess.
My least favorite look transcends being the worst at the awards ceremony and might just be my least favorite outfit of all time. Cybill Shepherd looks amazing from about the collarbone up, but that’s about it. The dress itself I did not have a problem with; the shade of black is just too flat making it impossible to see the beautiful texture at the bottom of the dress.The lace gloves and paisley scarf are just out of place. I am also personally offended by her bag and shoes. Comfortable footwear on the red carpet has been Cybill Shepherd’s thing for decades, but running shoes are not the way to go at such a glamorous event.
There were plenty of other outstanding looks at the Oscars this past weekend, trust me: I had to cut a page and a half of even more ranting and confusion about who on earth let Cybill Shepherd leave the house like that. I’ll spare you all from that, and instead I offer this — a lightning round of some other looks I liked and disliked.
Ava approved: Timothee Chalamet, Jessica Chastain, Megan Thee Stallion, Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Should have never seen the light of day: Julia Fox, David Oyelowo, Zendaya (heartbreaking).
I tried to point out some looks that flew a bit under the radar and maybe were not as talked about as others. I also did not include any of the after-party looks that were consistently better than the red carpet looks. I honestly do not have any insightful takeaways from this article. I just love awards season and getting to critique people with an abundance of fame and money; it's the least I could do.