The Oscars 2020 – Why This Years Looks Have Earned Their Place On Red Carpet Fashions To Remember
The Oscar’s, the time in which we watch in anticipation for the underdog nominees winning big awards or to hear the clever, humorous and often environmentally focussed speeches from the celebrated actors and actresses. In this time, we also hotly await the roll of the infamous red carpet and the wonderful, quirky garments that will adorn it. And this year was no exception. The overriding theme of extravagance meets elegance was displayed perfectly by all attendees. We saw the classical dresses of Margot Robbie & Renee Zellweger melding with the modern looks by Billie Elilish. We also saw some quirkier pieces like the elaborately silhouetted dress by Gucci for Saoirse Ronan and Olivia Coleman’s Stella McCartney dark blue, velvet gown with dramatic looping shoulders. We found ourselves dazzled by Janelle Monae who stepped out in a crushed crystal, backless dress with a mesmerising, shimmering hood. The outfit by the one and only Ralph Lauren spoke of a perfect harmony between neo and classical fashions. Natalie Portman was particularly formidable in her Dior black & gold attire that oozed Art Deco elegance and was imbued with feminist overtones. On her black cape by Maria Grazia Chiuri were the names of all the female directors that had not been nominated by the Academy. The names were beautifully embroidered in an italic gold font outlining the cape. Her dark Kohl eyeliner alongside her penetrative stare was captivating and held her red carpet audience in a moment of pause. Billie Elilish’s typical casual style was matched with an ill-fitted, beige, ninetys-eqsue Chanel pant suit. Accessorised with exaggerated black finger nails, fingerless gloves and multiple thick, chained necklaces. Her outfit spoke of non-conformity, punk fashion and androgyny in a playful but loud way. Some of the attires not only revived classical styles in their design, but they had been brought back to life from vintage collections.
Margot Robbie stepped onto the red carpet in a Chanel gown from the SS1994 couture collection accompanied with mesh, oversized sleeves. Penelope also dipped into the Chanel archives and rejuvenated a look from SS1995 haute couture collection. A black, billowing dress that was styled with a subtle pearl belt and a simple, white rose. Both outfits were not only smart, classy and elegant they also reminded us of the importance of sustainability in the fashion world and the enduring concept that time and styles repeat themselves. The men at the Oscar’s sharpened the red carpet with classic tuxedos to bold twists on menswear fashion. Paying tribute to the late Kobe Bryant Spike Lee purple and yellow Gucci suit adorned with the basketball player’s famous number 24 boldly in view. Timothee Chalamet reverted what we perceive as ‘black-tie attire’ and had an outfit that meddled a tracksuit and a suit together in a wonderful navy blue made by Prada. But the actor that really dazzled us in the menswear section was Billy Porter. Dominating the red carpet in a Giles Deacon look that was bold in colour, design and stood in proud defiance towards gender specific styles.
Last but of course not least, is that no outfit would be complete without the perfect accessories. From the modest to the extreme, this years Oscars saw all varieties of accessorising that has earned its place in Oscar wall of fashion history. starting with Saoirse Ronan who wore subtle Gucci jewellery and hair that shimmered alongside her bold gown. Cynthia Erivo wore elaborate silver rings by Piaget that stole our view. Greta Gerwig was adorned in a Bulgari necklace and earring set that drew attention immediately with its 96+ carats of emeralds and diamonds and was the perfect addition of glamour with her delicate dress. Zazie Beetz was the jewellery enthusiast of the women with two Bulgari high jewellery necklaces with earrings and two rings to match, in total coming to 120 carats in emeralds and diamonds. The male stars of the red carpet added to the perfectly paired accessorising themes of the night. Timothee Chalamet added refinement and class to his modern Prada outfit with Cartier’s 1955 Tradition brooch. Elton John too added a Theo Fennell rocket brooch to future add colour and charm to his outfit. Billy Porter was dressed with Atelier Swarovski jewellery and Jimmy Choo heels, both of which captured the eye of everyone close and held them in his glamorous gaze. All in all, a wonderful example of elegance, statement, prowess and excess that the Oscar’s is renowned for. Whilst our dazzled eyes recover from the beauty of it all we look forward to London Fashion Week this weekend where we have no doubt that our eager minds and souls will be enriched by excellent design and creativity.