Oscars 2018: Our Best Dressed

Another year, another sparkly Academy Awards spectacle. After all the stars eschewed colour on the Golden Globes red carpet in favour of black to make a powerful statement in support of the Time’s Up movement, the movement’s message remained a prominent theme at the Oscars and rang out in the winners’ and presenters’ speeches.

So, in no particular order, here are my six favourite looks;

Greta Gerwig

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The Lady Bird writer-director, only the fifth woman to ever be nominated for the Academy’s Best Director award, wore a wonderful marigold Rodarte gown. Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind Rodarte, always pull the dreamiest red carpet looks out of the bag, and this was no exception. With its little glitzy appliqué flowers along with the moonstone and sapphire Tiffany and Co. necklace, a little touch chosen by Gerwig’s stylist Cristina Ehrlich with the director’s “whimsical old soul” in mind, the look is very much in the playful, whimsical spirit of the heartwarming coming-of-age story that is Lady Bird, with its sunny shade and quaint, quirky touches.

Allison Williams

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Potential Get Out spoilers: upon seeing the photos of Allison Williams on the red carpet my initial, gut reaction was to scream, however I quickly remembered that the character she plays, Rose, is just that – a character – and promptly moved on to a calm, composed assessment of her Amani Privé couture dress. And what a pretty dress it is! Williams’ look was one of the most romantic and princess-y of the night, with its exquisite haute couture beading, the kind of beading that takes a team of twenty-seven petites mains a collective three thousand hours to complete. The sheeny organza is quite spellbinding. And not scary at all. I am not scared of Allison Williams.

Lupita Nyong’o

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Does Lupita Nyong’o ever not nail the red carpet? This look is just another look she can add to her catalogue of perfect red carpet looks, dubbed “Vibranium by Versace” by the Black Panther actress,a nod to the film’s fictional, almost indestructible metal. Indeed, there was a magical quality to Nyong’o’s look, like molten gold, thanks to Versace’s signature glossy chainmail fabric. The architectural shoulder design and gold studded embellishment completed the powerful look.

Timothée Chalamet

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Timothée Chalamet is undoubtedly and deservedly this award season’s breakout star, and while he didn’t win the Best Actor Oscar he was nominated for, he did succeed in charming pretty much everyone. Nearly every man on the Oscars red carpet was just wearing a standard tuxedo, but not Timothée, who commendably decided to go full-on Gatsby for his first ever Academy Awards, in a crisp, cream-on-white Berluti suit with shiny Chelsea boots. The overall look is angelic.

James Ivory

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Call Me By Your Name screenwriter James Ivory became the oldest ever Oscar winner last night, and, simultaneously, a fashion icon, as he donned a shirt proudly emblazoned with a painting of Elio Perlman from the gorgeous aforementioned film. The Matissian drawing of the precocious seventeen-year-old broodily reading an Italian comic and daydreaming was created by Bristol artist Andrew Mania. It’s truly unique and artistic and I love how Ivory decided to celebrate the film and the character of Elio and Timothée and even his own work as the screenwriter with his shirt. Iconic.

Saoirse Ronan

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Ronan’s stylist Elizabeth Saltzman said the actress’s look was all about “lightness and light.” The dress is a playful twist on the supposed dichotomy between frivolity or “girliness” and ideas of what a modern woman should be; Calvin Klein has always been a brand that focused on encapsulating what modernity is considered to be at a particular cultural moment, and as proved by Raf Simons’s intelligent design, Calvin Klein’s minimalism and pink bows don’t have to be mutually exclusive. And who doesn’t love bows? The matching baby pink slippers and Ronan’s sharp cropped hair complete the sugary adorableness and strength of the look.

Special Mention: Tiffany Haddish is a breath of fresh air. Taking to the stage to present the Oscars for animated and live action short films alongside Maya Rudolph, Haddish was wearing a white Alexander McQueen gown that she has already worn twice before; at the Girl’s Trip premiere and on Saturday Night Live. On SNL she expressed, exasperatedly, how crazy she thought the notion that she should not repeat-wear was, saying, “I spent a lot of money on this dress! This dress cost way more than my mortgage. It’s an Alexander McQueen, it’s a four-thousand-dollar dress… I’m gonna wear this dress multiple times.” And she has. What a refreshingly practical attitude.

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