Oscar fashion: stars make individual statements on the red carpet

Jessica Chastain stepped onto the Oscars red carpet in a glittery purple and copper dress, while 15-year-old Saniyya Sidney turned and beamed in a flower-adorned princess look and her “King Richard” castmate Demi Singleton stood lit up with a soft purple sun.

Chastain’s Gucci ombre look included a flounced hem. The color of his hair, pulled back into a high ponytail, matched perfectly with the burnished bodice of his suit. Nicole Kidman kissed her husband, Keith Urban, in a soft blue Armani Prive strapless column dress with flounce at the waist and train.

“This dress, actually done this color, ”Kidman told E !. “I was, like, I really want to wear blue. I love color “.

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Nicole Kidman (with husband Keith Urban) wore an Armani Prive blue gray strapless dress.

Candidate Kristen Stewart, with her platinum hair swept to the side, quickly posed for the cameras in tiny black Chanel rockstar shorts. The buttons of her white top opened up to her navel. Penelope Cruise in Chanel went for black in a classic silhouette with a sparkling bow around her neck.

“Instead of a show of the usual suspects wearing variations on the same theme, the red carpet was filled with individualism, personal style and a sense of play,” said fashion director Zoey Washington, who works with a range of luxury brands.

“There was something downright refreshing about how young Hollywood brought a sense of whimsy, from Kristen Stewart’s bespoke Chanel and Zendaya’s naked navel to Lupita Nyong’o’s kinetic golden Prada that made her look like a living Oscar. “, he said.

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Kristen Stewart opted for Chanel shorts and a plunging neckline.

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Sidney wore a pale teal and strapless Armani Prive dress as one of the first arrivals at the 94th Academy Awards. They weren’t his first Oscars. He attended at the age of 10 “Fences” and “hidden figures”. Singleton played Serena Williams in Sidney’s Venus.

As the film industry’s glamorous return to the Dolby Theater unfolded, real-world touches crept in.

Jamie Lee Curtis wore a ribbon like ring in Ukrainian blue, dressed in a midnight blue look by Stella McCartney. Nicholas Britell, nominated for his “Don’t Look Up” score, wore a blue bow on a lapel in support of Ukraine, and Diane Warren in an emerald green tuxedo suit, wore a blue ribbon on the lapel in the name of the Ukrainian refugees. Others also wore the blue ribbons of Ukraine.

Presenter Lily James, meanwhile, wore baby pink Versace with a high side slit and Piaget jewelry as she posed for selfies with some fans on the red carpet. Soft pastels like her outfit mixed with metallic looks (Lupita Nyong’o in gold Prada) and black statements (Billie Eilish in a huge custom multi-layered Gucci dress) in a year still grappling with the pandemic and the horrors of the Russian war in Ukraine.

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Her golden Prada made Lupita Nyong’o “look like a living Oscar,” said fashion director Zoey Washington.

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The reds got it in the trend department.

Fashion icon Tracee Ellis Ross chose Carolina Herrera: a bright red strapless tea length dress with a bold bodice and a single diamond choker. Rosie Perez wore a classic Hollywood Christian Siriano custom dress in red with a dainty cape. Sonia Yuan from “Drive My Car”, Marlee Matlin from “CODA” and Ariana DeBose from “West Side Story” also chose a bright red, DeBose in pants and a crop top. Kirsten Dunst also received the red note.

Aunjanue Ellis, in a softer red, had “Jack’s Baby” sewn into her Donatella Versace dress.

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Aunjanue Ellis, in Donatella Versace, was part of the red trend of the night.

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As for the men, the fashion lover and candidate Kodi Smit-McPhee of “The Power of the Dog” chose a tone-on-tone blue suit by Bottega Veneta, an 18-carat Cartier diamond choker on the collar (no tie ) shirt. He showed his Cartier watch, which included cascading diamonds on the dial.

“I’ll miss it when it’s not on my wrist,” he joked.

Erik Maza, executive style director for Town & Country magazine, praised Smit-McPhee’s fashion-related risks.

“He ran away with the title of Timothée Chalamet as the best dressed young actor of this season,” Maza told The Associated Press.

Side note: Chalamet went shirtless and a short jacket with sequins and fringes in black from Louis Vuitton.

Wesley Snipes sported a short dark purple dress. Sebastian Yatra, chosen to perform, wore a pink tuxedo with a Moschino tailcoat, designed by Jeremy Scott. He wore Cartier diamonds. Jason Momoa, an announcer, stayed calm with a long braid tied with a small pink rubber band. He wore a black Henry Poole suit as he towered over the rest of the red carpet.

Naomi Scott was completely covered in an edgy high neck deep purple look. Anna Dzieduszycka from the short film titled “The Dress” wore an emerald green dress with spare feather embellishments. Jada Pinkett Smith also opted for green, a deeper shade with a huge ruffled train designed by Glenn Martens for Gaultier.

Jewels made the statement for some. Vanessa Hudgens, in a wrap-around black sequin dress, had more than 23 carats of Bulgari emeralds around her neck.

“Licorice Pizza” star Alana Haim and her sisters wore bespoke Louis Vuitton with a scalloped design. Haim posed for a photo with Denis Villeneuve.

“It’s for the Hanukkah card,” Haim said.

Lots of skin, color and jewels took over the night.

“The unofficial theme of the evening was more is better, with bold colors, over-the-top glam and cheeky details dominating the red carpet,” said Irina Grechko, fashion director for the millennial-centric Refinery29.com style spot. “It’s nice to see celebrities embrace color after playing it safe with neutral colors for too long.”

Given the news climate, it wasn’t surprising that some attendees kept it low and low in watts in black.

“I’m particularly proud of Rita Moreno’s look tonight because she wore her Adrienne Landau hat for the first time for the cover story I wrote for the March issue of Town & Country,” said Maza. “The first Latina to win an Oscar for acting honored her legacy with a dress that bears the name of another Latin OG, Carolina Herrera. Was 90 ever so good?

Maza also praised James’ Atelier Versace blush pink look and Chastain’s Gucci dress “who telegraphed her confidence during the ceremony”.

Andrea Lavinthal, People’s style and beauty director, was a fan of Zendaya’s silver beaded two-piece Valentino skirt paired with a white button reminiscent of Sharon Stone’s long skirt and white Gap shirt at the 1996 Oscars.

“He’s very young and very modern, but also appropriate for the Oscars,” he said. “He was a real show stopper. There was a lot of really bold fashion. You don’t usually see so much skin and risk at the Oscars. “

Lavinthal noted that the hottest topics on social media when it came to Oscar fashion were Stewart and Chalamet.

“If you’re going to be doing shorts at the Oscars, it has to be Chanel,” he said. “It’s not for everyone, but it’s her. People love them both or don’t love them both. “

Melissa Rivers, a red carpet veteran and co-creator of the old “Fashion Police” starring her late mother, Joan, was not a fan.

“It’s the Oscars. It’s like going to your grandparents’ house, who are rich and you’re not sure you’re in the will yet, ”she joked. “He’s alone, stop. We understand who you are, but this is the Oscar. “

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