(ETX Daily Up) – What Happened at the Oscars? It is not a question here of the slap flanked by Will Smith to Chris Rock, but of the red carpet, more eclectic than ever. Goodbye conventions, the guests have swapped their imposing glittering black dresses for outfits with sensual cutouts, gender fluid sets, and even more vibrant colors, giving this evening (finally) that touch of pep it was missing.
A mecca of glamour, the Oscars ceremony has never, or very rarely, demonstrated eccentricity in terms of fashion, giving pride of place to imposing or ultra-sophisticated dresses, available in neutral colors – most of the time. The planetary stars inseparable from the event reserving their most extravagant outfits for the traditional Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the awards ceremony. Well that was before! This year, the Hollywood elite spread the word to impress, and ignore – as far as reasonable, of course – conventions. Make way for color, bodycon, and more casual outfits for some… A real summary of the strong trends of the moment.
Hollywood sees red
Where have the black, nude, silver, and gold dresses that usually punctuate the Oscars red carpet gone? With a few exceptions, the red carpet has turned into a veritable rainbow of colors, each more electrifying than the next. If many celebrities have bet for a very soft and spring pink (Zuri Hall, Lily James, Sebastian Yatra, Zoë Kravitz, Serena Williams) or rather audacious variations of green (Diane Warren, Daniel Kaluuya, Maria Menounos), even sky blue (Jessica Serfaty, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Halle Bailey), others chose vibrant colors with an emphasis on yellow (Queen Latifah, Julianne Hough, Gabriella Wilson) and orange (Aunjanue Ellis, Pauletta Washington) but not only…
Red was undoubtedly ‘THE’ color of these Oscars. A surprise, considering that guests usually try to avoid tone on tone; the red being entirely dedicated to the surface they walk on to pose in front of the photographers. But it doesn’t matter, red, a symbol of love and passion but also of anger, even prohibition, has proven to be omnipresent. Tracee Ellis Ross, Amy Forsyth, Rosie Perez, Marlee Matlin, Kirsten Dunst, Ariana DeBose, Simu Liu, or even Jennifer Garner, are among the (very) many personalities – men and women – to have bet on this fiery color this year.
The body is stripped
We saw it during the last parades, the sensuality is in order from this season and will even impose itself until next winter – at least – in our dressing rooms. After two years of pandemic, and a host of prestigious canceled ceremonies, it is clear that Hollywood stars also wanted to highlight their silhouette, emphasizing suggestive cutouts or bodycon dresses. More than ever, assertiveness had its place at the Oscars.
While the sublime English actress Emilia Jones walked the red carpet in an asymmetrical dress revealing part of her waist, her hips, and her belly, the star of the hit series “Euphoria” Zendaya opted for a blouse satin crop top style to highlight a sumptuous skirt sparkling with a thousand lights. The Halle sisters and Chloe Bailey have also bet on outfits emphasizing their curves, having both chosen (extremely) slit dresses. The highlight of this unexpected show at the Oscars, Megan Thee Stallion arrived in a dress that was as sexy as it was sophisticated, both slit and low-cut.
Note that, to a lesser extent, the costume was worn by many women in a gender fluid spirit that did not go unnoticed. Diane Warren, Wanda Sykes, and Dylan Meyer have not hesitated to go down this path with various and varied models. But it was undoubtedly Kristen Stewart who – as often – distinguished herself the most, throwing all the conventions into a waltz in a suit-shorts with an open white shirt, and stilettos which she quickly swapped for flat shoes. So rock’and’roll!
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Far from tradition, the Oscars emancipate themselves on the red carpet