The 2019 Academy Awards saw the film industry’s biggest stars trying to outdo each other on the red carpet. Some were successful, with sparkling dresses and vivid gowns being the trend this year. Others, not so much and could do with a little rethinking.
Here’s a roundup of the best and worst looks at this year’s Oscars.
It seems that metallic colours were a favourite for many of the women. From straight on silver to shades with a sheen, they drew all eyes. While Jennifer Lopez arrived in a sparkling Tom Ford dress, Brie Larson rocked a glitzy Celine gown with a major thigh-high slit. Emilia Clarke’s look was a lot toned down, but still shimmery chic.
Bright and bold colours proved to be another top pick for the red carpet. Pink had a moment, with it being the star choice. Angela Basett for example, looked stunning in a one-shoulder hot pink Reem Acra dress. She even completed the look with a clutch in the same colour.
Marie Kondo (yes, she was there at the Oscars!) looked a vision of sweetness in a light pink Jenny Packham lace design. It even came with silver embellishments. We’re guessing that the dress sparked joy and spoke to her?
Other stars like Jennifer Hudson and Constance Wu also turned up the volume with vivid colours. It was definitely hard to miss them. Hudson’s Elie Saab dress had dramatic ruffles, while Wu went for light and airy in a tulle Versace gown.
As always, Lady Gaga did not disappoint. While she looked a lot more demure in black, she managed to channel old-school Hollywood glamour, class and sophistication. She chose an Alexander McQueen design and accessorised it with Tiffany & Co. necklace.
Malaysian actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh also went for the classic look with Elie Saab. She looked absolutely regal, decked with Chopard and Richard Mille jewellery. The gorgeous creation featured a full skirt and came embroidered with gold thread and glittering sequins.
The men managed to step it up a notch this year too. You can’t do away with tuxedos, but maybe go the Billy Porter route and be different? His Christian Siriano tuxedo gown sent social media into a frenzy. It became the most talked about topic on Twitter.
Chadwick Boseman bucked the traditional menswear red carpet look too. Rather than the usual sleek suit, he wore a wide-legged black pants that came with a train. He even paired with a sequined blazer.
There were however, some really bizarre fashion on the red carpet too. We applaud Sarah Paulson for not playing it safe but her Brandon Maxwell outfit was a little too quirky for something as glamorous as the Oscars.
It was the same for Maya Rudolph. Some would say that her dress personified spring time with its sweet colour and floral print but the upholstery look somehow didn’t quite fly, despite it being a trend in the past.
Fans of Jason Momoa were also divided over his choice of a blush pink tuxedo by Karl Lagerfeld. The fit wasn’t quite right and looked messy, although it did come with a rather cute accessory – a pink Fendi scrunchie around his wrist.
Glenn Close also fell short with her gold gown. She looked uncomfortable and stiff. Close later revealed that it’s extremely heavy (42 pounds, to be exact), featuring more than three million glass beads.