Oscars Couture, 2020

I was really pleased with this year’s Oscars, though I will say I was less invested in the nominations this time around. I just didn’t happen to see a lot of the movies. But that’s okay–all the better to focus on the fashion, right?

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Honorable mention: Olivia Colman in Stella McCartney. Kinda weird (always a plus), and I’m a sucker for capes in any form.

Let’s just dive right into my lineup, shall we?

America Ferrera

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I don’t want to be too cliché with the whole “she’s glowing” line, but there is a rather brilliant light around her, you can’t deny. The gown is a powerful shade of red, and I’d describe the silhouette as sort of an amped-up Regency Era style. But it’s really the custom headband that makes it.

Her inspiration for the look was, in part, her heritage. She said on Instagram, “Tonight, I take my own warrior ancestors with me, the indigenous Lenca tribe of Honduras.”

Designer: Alberta Ferretti

Regina King

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Regina often makes my lists, and you can see why.

She made it this time for two very simple reasons: the shape of this dress is perfect, and the color is exquisite.

I am a huge fan of this kind of skirt. It captures the sleekness of a more A-line silhouette, while still qualifying as a ballgown. You pretty much can’t do better than that.

Designer: Versace

Billie Eilish

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I really like the contrast going on here. Head to toe in Chanel, but still pulling off her signature edge. Billie’s typical style is quite shapeless, and that is also happening. I can’t think of anyone else who could wear this designer and make it look like she essentially threw on a tracksuit.

The crazy black fingernails are certainly the finishing touch.

Designer: Chanel

Zazie Beetz

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She’s an unknown to me, but her Oscars look was eye-catching. It’s got a sort of goth vibe, but it’s not necessarily the dress itself that makes it for me. It’s the hair and the statement necklace. All of that together…she kind of reminds me of a character in, say, a 90s vampire flick.

It works.

Designer: Thom Browne

Laura Dern

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I love Laura Dern (so proud of her for winning an Oscar). I love pink and black together. And–the cherry on top–I love tassels.

This dress is pretty simple, but when you get it right, you get it right.

Designer: Armani

Mindy Kaling

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Remember in Ocean’s 8 when a group of women (including Mindy) stole a famous necklace from the Met Gala? Remember how the necklace had its own security team because it was so expensive? Well apparently, Mindy’s necklace at the Oscars was in a similar situation. Wearing over a million dollars worth of jewels with her stunning golden dress, she, too, had to have security for her accessories.

Just imagine.

Designer: Dolce & Gabbana

Rebel Wilson

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Rebel went full Marilyn Monroe.

What else is there to say?

Designer: Jason Wu

Sandra Oh

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I’m not even sure I can explain why I love this so much. I’m not always a big fan of ruffles or poofy sleeves, but… doesn’t she just look perfect? Maybe it’s the color. Maybe it’s the silvery shimmer of the fabric against the flowery ruching detail. There’s a lot going on, and it’s all exquisite.

Bonus for the gorgeous plunging neckline.

Designer: Elie Saab

Natalie Portman

If I had to choose just one word to describe Natalie, I think I’d say…rad.

For just this beautiful dress alone, she would have made my list. She looked stellar. But she included a detail which I thought was extremely special–and so her.

Down the lapel of her cape/jacket, the designer embroidered the names of the female directors who had been snubbed for this year’s Oscars. What a statement, and what a fantastic way to draw attention to it.

Rock on, Natalie.

Designer: Dior

Gal Gadot

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There is scarcely a more beautiful woman on this earth, in my opinion. I’m in awe of Gal every time I see her.

This is one of those dresses that makes you take a second look. In fact, it was a subject of discussion between my sister and I (we watched the Oscars together). But it didn’t take long before we agreed that we did indeed love the dress.

For one thing, pink and black. Need I say more? We also really loved the lace element in the skirt, which complemented all that lace up top. It’s striking and different, but that works in its favor–you never want to be boring on a red carpet.

Designer: Givenchy

Brie Larson

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This is just a big bucket of YES.

Honestly, anything that brings the 20s to my mind is a winner. The color, the beading, the cape-like sleeves, the high slit–every element of this is sleek and refined and completely lovely.

There is just nothing better or more fun than combining celebrities that you love with designers that you love. This dress on Brie Larson is a fine example of why I’m passionate about these big Hollywood events.

Designer: Celine

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Vanessa Nadal 

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I couldn’t resist sneaking these two in. Oh my goodness, happy couples on the red carpet are the cutest! Lin is a fave. My heart is so soft for him, and I love that he has a wife who loves him.

But cuteness aside, I consider Lin to be the defining artist of our generation. He has already moved mountains with his talent and success, and I can’t wait to see what else he has in store.

Designer: ???

Taika Waititi

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I almost considered this too simple, but of course Taika made himself noteworthy with sheer force of personality. With the humorous severity of his Clark Kent-ish, old Hollywood style hairdo, as well as the fact that he kept over-dramatically posing, I could not ignore him.

But who would want to ignore this treasure of a man anyway? I have loved everything I’ve ever seen him write/direct. He has this style that is at once manic and meaningful. Overwhelmingly funny, but with depth. I couldn’t have been happier about his Oscar win, nor could I have imagined a more perfect acceptance speech:

“I dedicate this to all the Indigenous kids in the world who want to do art, and dance, and write stories. We are the original storytellers, and we can make it here as well.”

Designer: Dior

Margot Robbie

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Margot has a gorgeous intensity as an actress, and I watch her with great enthusiasm.

This dress has just the right amount of je ne sais quoi. If it didn’t have those dramatic sleeves, or if it didn’t have that big medallion detail as a centerpiece, this wouldn’t have made the cut. At its most basic, it’s nothing more or less than a simple navy blue dress. But much like a chef adding one more pinch of salt, the designer had the right instincts about how to make it just right.

(If you haven’t seen Birds of Prey yet, go see it. She was the producer for that movie, and she is the ideal Harley Quinn).

Designer: Chanel

Anthony Ramos

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This is an up-and-comer that I have a good feeling about. (His big break was, in many ways, thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, and I love it when one artist’s success nurtures the success of others).

I don’t know if this was his first red carpet, or if this is just the first time I’ve spotted him, but he wasn’t boring, and that’s what matters. That kingly jeweled thing hanging down his chest (which I do not have a word for, sadly), is what secured his space on my list. It has letters on it, but I couldn’t find what they spell out…and I can’t tell in any of the pictures. (Hey, if any of you know, leave a comment and tell me).

Even still, he looks regal AF, and I’m all about that.

Designer: Dolce & Gabbana

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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In my heart, no matter what roles she may play, Julia will always be Elaine from Seinfeld.

Going with a simple but timelessly sexy navy blue number, she definitely caught my attention. Honestly, it makes me immeasurably glad to see her looking so good. I’ve always had a nostalgic attachment to her, and I was a little scared when she got breast cancer a few years ago.

Some people just continue to glow up as they get older, and I consider Julia to be one of those people.

Designer: Vera Wang

Janelle Monáe

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I had to save the best for last.

I don’t usually choose favorites, but this gown is everything. Head to toe sparkles is already exciting, but then that hood? Oh my gosh. It’s chic, and on top of that, almost… otherworldly. Like, I feel like I could see this dress on Star Trek, and it wouldn’t be out of place.

Janelle is a fascinating and incredibly beautiful person. And their voice…I was totally blown away by their opening performance.

Live long and prosper, Janelle.

Designer: Ralph Lauren


EQn4JWwWsAAViudSigourney Weaver’s dress at the Oscars didn’t quite make my list, but I just happened to find a picture of her at the Vanity Fair after-party, and…

Oh my God, if she had worn this suit to the Oscars, she would have been right at the top of my lineup. I don’t think she’s ever looked better. I don’t think a suit has ever looked better. Ugh, it’s perfect!

Designer: Yves Saint Laurent

As always, I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. Of all the events that I cover throughout the year, I think the Oscars really is my very favorite, and I’m so happy to be able to share my thoughts with you.

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Have a beautiful week.

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