Awards season has come to a close, and the 2019 Oscars red carpet did not disappoint. From massive pink dresses to iconic jewels, the carpet was full of variety as stars came out to celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night. This year, many trends were clear. Pink dominates on the red carpet, so expect to see saturated fuchsias this spring over muted millenial pink. Pantsuits were also a huge trend with many celebrities choosing a chic suit over a ball gown. I love that this time, suits were feminine and full of personality, instead of coming off as severe and cold. Today, I’m rounding up my best and worst dressed at the 2019 Oscars Red Carpet.
Best Dressed at the 2019 Oscars Red Carpet
5. Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton. I haven’t been a fan of Stone’s red carpet picks this year (see the Golden Globes), but I love this futuristic brown sequin gown. The sculptural shoulders and scale print is so edgy, and it compliments her hair so well.
4. Brie Larson in Celine. Sorry, it’s Celine without the é, but this gown is gorgeous on Captain Marvel. While most people liked Jennifer Lopez’s broken mirror Tom Ford gown, I found this silver frock to be one of my favourites. I love that it’s refined, in a less is more way, and I’m excited to see more looks from Larson as she starts promo for her new film.
3. Julia Roberts in Elie Saab. I didn’t see this gorgeous pink gown (it was my favourite pink gown of the night) until the very end when Roberts was a presenter. She looked so beautiful and youthful in an unexpected colour for her. Roberts typically picks deeper tones in black, navy and red, but this fresh hue is stunning on her. I also adore those unique earrings.
2. Regina King in Oscar de la Renta – oh my. This Oscar gown is absolutely stunning on King. The leg slit and draping is divine, and I absolutely love her styling it with a fashion-forward white pump. She looked so beautiful and confident, and I adored her sincere acceptance speech.
1. Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen and the Tiffany Diamond. I started to scream when I saw Gaga was wearing the Tiffany diamond. The jewel is so iconic, it hasn’t been worn by anyone since Audrey Hepburn. I love that the sculptural black gown is a nod to Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy dress, while adding some edge with exaggerated hips and long gloves. Gaga’s Hepburn-esque platinum updo also seals the deal. She could have worn the Tiffany diamond naked and be best dressed, so I’ll let that 129 carat yellow diamond be the best thing to come down on the red carpet. Oh, and that steamy performance with Bradley Cooper? Tiffany is definitely getting mileage out of that loan. I don’t think we’ll see it again out soon, so I relished in this historic public display. I still feel Gaga should have won best actress, but I’m so happy this talented woman finally won her Oscar for Shallow.
Of course another black ball gown stole all the spotlight for all the right reasons. Billy Porter made history with this incredible Christian Siriano suit gown.
Worst dressed at the 2019 Oscars Red Carpet
7. Charlize Theron in Dior. Anne Hathaway’s boob darts came back. Maybe it’s Charlize as a brunette, but this light blue gown was such a disappointment. I can’t stand those darts and how they look similar to the shoulder style as well. The look is awkward, but I like the snake necklace.
6. Diane Warren brought along RBG in her pocket, which was a cute accessory but I’m not a fan of that necklace/half turtleneck combo.
5. Linda Cardellini in Schiaparelli. I do not like this pink loofah monstrosity. It feels too messy, and looks like you took a J-Lo silhouette and added tulle. So much is going on here, including a pink bow belt and distracting black shoes. Hair should have also been in a sleek pony or bun to let the dress be the statement itself. This is a case of a dress wearing a woman and not a woman wearing a dress.
4. Maya Rudolph in Giambattista Valli. Kacey Musgraves got the better Giambattista Valli gown this year. This floral mumu is just that. It’s so overpowering and underwhelming at the same time. Next to Tina Fey’s elegant blue gown as a presenter, the dress felt even more off. I also realized this dress is a cape as well, but lacks the superhero edge and confidence of Melissa McCarthy’s pick. Maybe this is a sign maximalism is on its way out?
3. Sarah Paulson in Brandon Maxwell. This gown looks like a cardinals red robes, with a weird cape, XTina-esque belly cutouts and lots of gathering. I also noticed a string around her stomach as she was presenting. I love the colour of this gown but the design itself makes no sense.
2. Rachel Weisz in Givenchy Couture. OOPS I… Did it again to your heart. I could not help but indulge in all the Britney memes about this latex dress. It is such a bizarre choice. While I appreciate it being fashion-forward, the latex makes me feel uncomfortable, especially when it’s adorned with rosettes and a beautiful romantic jewelled headband. It’s clear Weisz got her stylist’s last pick on the rack.
1. Gemma Chan in Valentino. I do not understand this
tent gown. She is so gorgeous and wore this? I get that it has pockets but this smocked look reminds me of those magical days in gym class when you get to play with the big tent. I will never understand this silhouette and it’s a huge disappointment.