The 95th annual Academy Awards took place on Sunday and, while the Oscars are always a highly-anticipated event for film fans far and wide, the fashion world was looking forward to the metaphorical red carpet (which was actually champagne-coloured this year).
The not-so-red carpet wasn’t the only piece getting a soft-coloured makeover. From Michelle Yeoh’s jaw-dropping feathered white Dior gown to Paul Mescal’s eye-catching cream tuxedo jacket, many celebs broke out lighter-toned looks for the 2023 Oscars.
However, some celebs opted for pops of colour, with Hong Chau’s standout sophisticated pink Prada dress and Janelle Monáe’s powerful peach skirt topping many best dressed lists.
Check out our picks for the best-dressed celebs at the 2023 Oscar Awards.
She set the tone for 2023 fashion with her looks in the Oscar-nominated psychological drama Tár, so it’s no surprise that style icon Cate Blanchett has been turning heads on the awards show circuit – not only for her extravagant looks, but also for her sustainable take on fashion. While she didn’t dive into her own personal archive for this stunning Louis Vuitton look, Blanchett’s silky, flowing top was still an archival piece, and her eco-friendly skirt was crafted from sustainable silk.
While Oscar nominee Rihanna reportedly arrived at the ceremony in a casual Eagles t-shirt and a sequined bucket hat, her fashionably late appearance on the red carpet stood out as one of the best looks of the night. The stunning leather Alaïa dress, which stylishly showed off her pregnant stomach and featured some daring thigh slits, once again had Rihanna securing one of the best looks of the night.
With a slicked back bun, Cara Delevingne brought some old school Hollywood glam to the Oscars on Sunday. Donning a jaw-dropping red Elie Saab gown and extravagant Bulgari jewels, the Only Murders in the Building star truly shined with her asymmetrical one-shouldered dress. The stunning outfit featured a thigh high slit, allowing Delevingne to show off her sleek Stuart Weitzman heels.
Hong Chau, The Menu standout and Best Supporting Actress nominee for The Whale, channeled grace with her pink Prada gown. While the sleek silk pop of colour could have been enough to have all eyes on her, the black sequined feather trail gave the sweet dress a darker, almost mystical edge. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Chau’s dress featured a Mandarin collar as “a shout-out to [her] roots.”
I’m sorry, but I can and will swoon over each and every one of Paul Mescal’s red carpet looks until the end of time. The Best Actor nominee for Aftersun wore an elegant white suit jacket accessorized with a drooping black bowtie, and accompanied by a pop of colour from the rose on his lapel. The shape of his bell-bottomed pants offered up a vintage twist to the modern look, which suited his stylish mini mullet perfectly.
Much like Michelle Yeoh, Tems opted for a whimsical white piece, but her look boasted an avant-garde hood and asymmetrical ruffles. The tulle Lever Couture piece almost took on a smoke-like presence, hugging every angle of the singer-songwriter with the illusion of defying gravity.
Janelle Monáe wasn’t afraid to take risks with their playful, colourful Vera Wang two-piece gown at the Oscars this year. While many celebs broke out cream-coloured neutrals, the singer opted for a daring pop of colour and a thick black velvet choker with a stunning silver accent.
The only thing that was more extra than Nicole Kidman’s poses on the red carpet was her look (and we are absolutely here for it). Rosettes have been all the rage this awards season, and the Oscar winner offered up her own subtle twist with her sultry sequined Armani Privé dress. With jewelled flowers blooming from her shoulder and at the top of her thigh, Kidman gave the modern style a classic flare.
What is a roundup of the best-dressed celebs without newly-mined Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh? Not only did the Everything Everywhere All At Once star make history as the first Asian woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress, but she also made waves with her angelic Dior couture gown. The regal white dress (which she aptly accessorized with a subtle tiara) wistfully trailed behind her as she glided across the champagne-coloured carpet.
Although she later changed into a simple t-shirt and ripped jeans for her performance of “Hold My Hand,” from Top Gun: Maverick, Lady Gaga kicked off the night with a high-fashion Donatella Versace dress, which was first debuted on model Gigi Hadid at a fashion show a week ago. While the front of the dress offered a refined-yet-edgy elegance, the low-cut back leaned into Lady Gaga’s quintessential cheeky looks she’s come to be known for.
Everyone has been on the edge of their seats waiting for Disney’s The Little Mermaid live-action remake, and star Halle Bailey really leaned into that regal princess style with her Dolce & Gabbana gown. According to People, Bailey explained that she loved wearing her “beautiful, poofy dress” because it let her “go into the fairytale world and give them princess for one day.”
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