As anyone who loves fashion knows, clothes are about more than mere style; they communicate an abundance of stories, and that was certainly true of the Hollywood A-listers who walked the champagne-hued carpet at the 2023 Oscars. From romantic volume or sleek modernity to conveying messages both subtle and overt, the stars arriving at L.A.’s Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood seemed to take a uniquely personal approach to their style this year.
The night’s best fashion ran the gamut from the grandeur of voluminous gowns in silk taffeta, notably a pair of Valentino gowns seen on Stephanie Hsu and Florence Pugh, to sleek looks in pale neutrals, including Ana de Armas in Louis Vuitton and Michelle Williams in Chanel. Elegant black gowns also ruled the night, with Danai Gurira’s Jason Wu design and Jenny Slate’s Thom Browne ensemble among the best. Winning details, meanwhile, ranged from rose accents to corset boning and a decided preference for vintage jewels.
Tribute ribbons also made an appearance as blue ribbons were worn by several stars to call attention to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, which coordinated the #WithRefugees ribbon as an emblem of solidarity with refugees forced to flee their homes. Cate Blanchett, a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, and fellow nominee Brendan Gleeson were among those seen wearing the blue ribbons on Sunday night. Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo likewise chose to create a message close to her heart, wearing a pair of dresses — by Christian Siriano for the Oscars ceremony and by Kevan Hall for the Vanity Fair party — emblazoned with messages to honor the embattled women of Iran, her native country.
Purple is the color traditionally associated with royalty, and best supporting actress nominee Angela Bassett indeed exuded a queenly vibe in a richly toned purple organza gown by Moschino, beautifully draped and featuring an exaggerated bow neckline. She finished the look with diamonds by Bulgari, including a high-jewelry Serpenti necklace, and shoes by Sarah Flint Heels.
Stephanie Hsu in Valentino
The news that the red carpet would be transformed to a champagne hue for the 2023 Oscars spawned a wealth of conversation, not all of it positive. And while the pale neutral indeed created a different framing for many looks, many stylists understood the assignment, including Wayman and Micah, stylists for nominee Stephanie Hsu. The actress’ bold pink strapless gown, from Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2023 Le Club Couture collection, was an outstanding choice against that pale carpet. Hsu’s look was finished with high-jewelry sapphire and diamond earrings and a diamond bracelet by Cartier.
The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star looked equal parts regal and modern in an elegant strapless gown with a distressed neckline from Jason Wu’s Fall/Winter 2023 collection, accented with diamond jewels by Messika, including the diamond Divine Enigma choker used to highlight Gurira’s towering hairstyle.
Sandra Oh in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture
Cara Delevingne in Elie Saab
Rihanna in Alaïa
Florence Pugh in Valentino Haute Couture
Monica Barbaro in Elie Saab
Ana de Armas in Louis Vuitton
Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé
Rose embellishments were a trend at the 2023 Oscars, seen on everything from Halle Berry’s Tamara Ralph gown to the rose Oscar-winning screenwriter Sarah Polley wore on the lapel of her tuxedo. But for roses served with a bit of drama, no one did it better than presenter Nicole Kidman, whose custom Giorgio Armani Privé single-sleeved black gown featured oversized silver-beaded roses on the shoulder and at the waist of this design fully embellished with paillettes. Diamond jewelry by Harry Winston and a diamond watch from the Omega archives completed her look.
Michelle Yeoh in Dior Haute Couture
Jamie Lee Curtis in Dolce & Gabbana
Hong Chau in Prada
Lady Gaga in Versace
Halle Bailey in Dolce & Gabbana
The star of Disney’s upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid, Halle Bailey embraced every second of her princess moment in a custom turquoise tulle gown by Dolce & Gabbana, featuring a hand-pleated corset bodice and full skirt. Her diamonds by De Beers Jewellers included the Midnight Aura necklace from the house’s The Alchemist of Light collection, featuring 74.63 carats of diamonds.
Janelle Monaé in Vera Wang Haute
Jessica Chastain in Gucci
Margot Robbie in Giorgio Armani Privé
Elizabeth Olsen in Givenchy
Andie MacDowell in Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello and Rainey Qualley
The mother-daughter duo were chic in sleek black gowns. MacDowell’s asymmetrical draped Saint Laurent gown in black jersey is a $5,290 design currently available on the label’s website; the actress paired the look with pumps also by the French house, while her white diamond and gold jewelry was by Pomellato.
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