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Story by Sydney Wagner and Katrina Johnson / Contributing Writers
Yesterday was the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. Not only did we witness some amazing and talented actors, actresses, producers and directors accept their awards, but also had the opportunity to gaze at some expensive and incredibly jaw-dropping ensembles designed by some of the best high-fashion designers like Giambattista Valli and Moschino. If these red carpet looks get any better than this, we may need to make the red carpet an award show on its own. So, kick back, relax and enjoy this best dressed list of men and women at the 2018 Oscars.
Star of Hollywood’s latest blockbuster, Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman takes the top spot on the men’s best dressed list. Although he was only a presenter at this year’s Oscars – fingers crossed for a nomination or two next year – Boseman still brought his A-game to the red carpet. Boseman put a twist on the typical black suit chosen by most male attendees. Keeping it simple with black pants and a black button-down, Boseman’s jacket was the center of attention. With an intricate pattern of sequins and beads, the jacket gave off regal vibes. Instead of the usual dress shoe, a black boot with a zipper detail completed his look, top to bottom.
More often than not, the risk takers on the red carpet are the ladies. However, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon had no intentions of playing it safe with his look by Italian fashion brand Moschino. Rippon steals second place purely for the risk factor of his look and for pulling it off so well. Why wear a blazer with basic shoulder pads when you can replace them with harnesses? Then, why not throw an entire harness on top of a crisp white button-down? He finished off the daring look with a black bow tie and black patent loafers to add just the right amount of “Hollywood.”
Jordan Peele, director of “Get Out” and 2018 Oscar nominee, served up the best “old Hollywood” look this year, which landed him third place on our list. The classic suit, designed by American fashion house Calvin Klein, transported audiences back to the classic 1942 film “Casablanca.” In the film, Humphrey Bogart’s character graces the black-and-white screen in a sharp white tuxedo, complemented by a black bow tie. Mr. Peele kept it simple yet sophisticated with his choice of tux, bow tie and black patent oxfords. He took to the stage and stepped into the spotlight later in the evening to accept his award for “Best Original Screenplay.”
Another “Get Out” star, Lakeith Stanfield, made his red-carpet entrance in a navy blue suit with black detailing, which was designed by Italian menswear label Ermenegildo Zegna Couture. It appears to be just another suit at first glance, but the suit is a sustainable ensemble, as reported by Pret-a-Reporter. It’s made almost entirely of Tussah silk, a silk grown in the wild. Different from machine-made silk, this silk has naturally occurring irregularities in its patterns. Upon closer inspection of Stanfield’s look, one can just make out the subtle differences in the fabric’s color and texture. This look makes the argument that being fashion-forward and environment-friendly can go hand in hand.
Showing up to support his film “Call Me By Your Name,” Armie Hammer wore a custom suit by Italian designer Giorgio Armani, who is largely known for his red-carpet designs. Another classic Hollywood look updated with a modern-day spin, Hammer’s suit was made of a velvet fabric in a deep shade of red. Though the pants came dangerously close to looking like a fashionable pair of sweats, the sharp tailoring and clean lines made the look an overall success. The actor played down the rest of his look with a plain black bow tie and patent leather oxfords.
Taking the first spot on our women’s best dressed list is triple threat Greta Gerwig. The actress, writer and director not only killed it on the red carpet in her custom Rodarte gown, but she was also nominated for best director and best original screenplay for “Lady Bird.” Speaking of triple threat, her bold yellow dress, red lip and gleaming necklace made the ultimate flawless trio. Her gown was beautifully embellished with intricate hand-beaded embroidery. The touch of red lipstick and stunningly simple jewelry choices took her look to the next level. Gerwig’s hair swooped softly to the side and complimented her face. Overall, her look was perfectly done.
Octavia Spencer, nominated for best actress in a supporting role for “The Shape of Water,” wore a beautiful emerald green dress. The sleeves were off-the-shoulder, which gave it an elegant feel. Her waist was cinched with a strip of fabric that accentuated her curves beautifully. The pleats on this satin gown created slimming vertical lines, that added a touch of harmony. It’s safe to say this dress embodied the elements and principles of design needed to create a magnificent dress like this. She paired her gown with some subtle, gleaming earrings and ring. She topped it off with an emerald green clutch. It’s clear that she’s living her best life, both on and off screen.
Stealing the third spot on our women’s best dressed list is Allison Janney. She was nominated for best actress in a supporting role for “I, Tonya.” She looked phenomenal in this Reem Acra siren-red gown with a plunging neckline. The long, caped sleeves draping down to the floor gave this dress incredible movement. The dress flowed elegantly at the bottom but was form fitting at her waist, which gave the gown a good balance. Because her dress was such a bold shade of red, a simple hairstyle and jewelry pairing was a necessity. Her pulled-back hairstyle looked amazing and showed off her necklace, which also proved that diamonds are indeed a girl’s best friend. The bling from the diamonds added an extra pop to her already vibrant dress. Janney rocked this look.
The queen of serving looks, Zendaya, served poised and beautiful looks with this chocolate chiffon dress. This masterpiece was created by Giambattista Valli. The deep brown color of her gown brings out her dark brown eyes and hair. There are so many elements that worked together to make this dress breathtakingly beautiful. For example, the neckline and off-the-sholder sleeve give this gown a unique look. The cinched waist and gathers in the chiffon fabric add a balanced fullness to the material. Zendaya’s sleek top-bun was the perfect hairstyle choice for this look. At only 21, the actress manages to be both fierce and graceful. There’s only two words to describe this look: “Slay Queen.”
Scoring the last spot on our list, actress and comedian Chelsea Peretti was not going to let husband, Jordan Peele, steal the spotlight. She looked amazing in a crimson, velvet gown that complimented her figure. The gown moved gracefully because of the gathers at the waist. The heart-shaped neckline complimented her figure and didn’t show too much cleavage. The crimson tint on her eyes, lips and cheeks is complimented the rest of her look. Peretti’s hair gave off a hint old Hollywood glam, which worked well with the rest of the ensemble.
After an awards season largely dedicated to movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, during which attendees of the Golden Globes and British Academy Film Awards wore black in support of the movements, this year’s Oscars ended the season on a lighter note. Actors and actresses were able to get creative with their ensembles. They dressed up and brought back some old Hollywood glamour to viewers’ TV screens. As the winners of the night stepped up the gilded stairs to accept awards and give their thanks, one thing became clear: Nothing is more fashionable than a society making history and taking steps forward to include everyone.
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