Regina King owned the red carpet at last year’s Oscars in a gorgeous white strapless dress and went home with the Best Supporting Actress statue for “If Beale Street Could Talk.” On Sunday, the Oscar presenter and “Watchman” star bested the fashion field once again in a stunning blush-colored gown with an asymmetrical neckline and long peplum skirt. King was one of the first big stars to arrive at the Dolby Theatre for Hollywood’s big night, and it was hard to imagine anyone looking more splendid.
As anyone who follows her on Instagram knows, Mindy Kaling is obsessed with fashion, often posing for glamour shots in her Kardashian-esque walk-in closet. The actress-writer-producer put her good taste to work at the Oscars, hitting the red carpet in a gorgeously draped one shoulder gown in goldenrod. Topping off the look was a diamond necklace of the sort that comes with its own security guard. Glittering statement jewelry was very much a trend at the Academy Awards Sunday, but perhaps no one wore it so well.
As an actress and comedian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus never shies away from a challenge. For seven seasons on HBO’s “Veep," she played Selina Meyer, surely the most acerbic and least likable politician ever to grace the small screen. Next up, she stars opposite Will Ferrell in “Downhill," a dark marital comedy — opening Valentine’s Day — from Jim Rash, Manchester-by-the-Sea native Nat Faxon, and “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong. The actress’s challenge at the Oscars Sunday night? Donning a form-fitting slate blue slip dress for the red carpet. As usual, she was a smashing success.
Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of “Little Women” has been a triumph — dazzling critics and audiences alike and earning a plethora of Oscar nominations. But the director’s olive drab frock was sadly less so. Between the hue and the carpet-sweeping fringe, the gown recalled nothing so much as Carol Burnett, circa 1976, wearing those green velvet curtains. But enough about that. Let’s focus instead on Gerwig’s incredible run these past few years, with two outstanding films — “Little Women” and the breathtaking “Lady Bird” — nominated for Best Picture.
When it comes to style, Janelle Monae can do no wrong, and her weird and wonderful red carpet ensemble Sunday night only underscored that fact. Encrusted with crystals, the gown, from Ralph Lauren Collection, was part sci-fi princess, part Grace Jones badass, and altogether one of a kind. Leave it to the “Harriet” actress to go with the most memorable look of the night.
Shades of pink were everywhere at the 2020 Academy Awards, and the Celine gown worn by actress Brie Larson was no exception. With its plunging neckline, close-fitting cape, and thigh-high slit, the look was a knock out, down to the delicate diamonds that managed to complement rather than compete.
It was hard not to do a double take. After all, just last year director Spike Lee wore head-to-toe purple to the Academy Awards in memory of the late, great Prince. But on Sunday, here was Lee again, in another purple suit, this one trimmed in gold and emblazoned with the number 24, in memory of Lakers’ legend Kobe Bryant. When E! host Ryan Seacrest asked Lee how he was feeling, the filmmaker seemed to get emotional. He couldn’t answer. The jersey number seemed to say it all.
Grammy winner Billie Eilish has one silhouette: oversized. Big shirts, big jackets, big pants, big shorts. These days, even her nails are big. So it was no surprise when the “Bad Guy” singer showed up at the Academy Awards in a baggy couture ensemble by Chanel. (Though usually she wears Gucci to these big-ticket events.) The suit itself was amusing: the logo looked smudged, dirty, the very antithesis of what one would expect of a creamy white Chanel suit. Eilish accessorized with lace fingerless gloves imprinted with the Chanel name, half of it on each hand. Clever. But ultimately, the look fell short, evoking Hollister PJs more than high fashion.
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