There was plenty of will they / won’t they-esque drama leading up to this year’s Academy Awards, and so we were left wondering whether the pre-show fashion would be inspiring or just exhausted from all the show preamble. Thankfully, Hollywood took it upon itself to have some fun with it all and not take itself so seriously.
Here are our fave trends from the night (other than the Rami Malek’s continuing sweep, that is):
All the ladies rocking the tux
We are obsessing over this year’s biggest trend of the night – all the ladies in those fabulous tuxes! Can we just say, YAAASSSSS! It’s been the ultimate in chic power dressing ever since YSL gave us Le Smoking, and the Oscar ladies Brought. It.
We can’t decide on which we’re coveting more, but our notables definitely include J-Hud’s ensemble from her “I’ll Fight” performance, Awkwafina’s DSquared2 pink irreverence, and Amy Poeller’s all-black Alberta Ferretti stunner.
Pink is the colour to rock
There’s usually one colour that ends up being the trend on awards night, and this year’s was pink, in all its Elle Woods glory. More often than not, these fashion-with-an-F gowns managed the really difficult balance of being fashion-forward, elegant and wearable all at the same time. Dame Helen Mirren (need we say more) in Schiaparelli, Gemma Chan owning the carpet in Valentino Couture (it has pockets!), Sarah Paulson just.killing.it in Brandon Maxwell.
Over-the-top is a style unto itself
We have 2 words for you- Billy Porter. The sheer unapologetic-ness of Porter’s Christian Soriano tuxedo gown (yes, you read that right) was beyond words. And, it served as the embodiment of what I think we’d all do if we suddenly found ourselves in the alternate universe that is Hollywood & got the chance to walk the Oscar red carpet… Hey, I’m here, don’t know when I’m going to be back, so this carpet is MINE b*tch!.
Our other fave OTT moments came courtesy of 2 women who definitely kept it conservative in the front and party in the back: Kiki Layne’s custom Versace with that back bow, and Charlize Theron’s seemingly demure (until she turned around, that is) blue Dior Couture. Yup, Queen Theron showed us that you can be both subtle and OTT in the same breath if you do it right. And then of course there was the wonderful opulence of Michelle Yeoh’s Elie Saab sequined fantasy and dream-worthy Chopard and Richard Mille jewelry.
The men who brought us modern old school
There is nothing – and I do mean nothing – as sexy as a guy in a great tux. If you don’t believe me, then check out Henry Golding’s custom Ralph Lauren Purple Label. To quote @coveteur- we. can’t. breathe.
OK yes, we do love the old school vibe of Mr. Golding however if you’re gonna break out of the mold, these guys know how. Our notables? Chadwick Boseman’s sequined Givenchy and Nicholas Hoult in Dior. Still classic, but with the volume turned up.
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