My 10 Favourite Fashion Moments From The Oscars 2019

I have loved red carpet fashion for the most part of my life. I think I even remember the very first time I bought a film magazine that included a supplement on the Oscars – I was fascinated by and devoured the fashion section. I’ve been hooked ever since, and always look forward to checking out the red carpet during awards season.

I’ve only ever done one post like this before, and I don’t really know why it’s been done only once. It’s probably because of my lack of organisational skills! So, call it nostalgia if you will but I really felt like doing a post about the Oscars 2019 fashion – even though it was three days ago and it’s pretty much old news by social media standards!

So without further ado, here are my 10 favourite fashion moments from the Oscars 2019…

10. Lucy Boynton

Image via Vogue

I’ll explain the effect this look has on me: I HATE the colour purple, and yet this look by Rodarte almost makes me want to go out and buy myself a silk purple dress. I don’t think this is the easiest dress to pull off, but the Bohemian Rhapsody actress looks close to perfect in it. The icy blonde cropped hair do, the statement yet delicate Cartier jewellery, her porcelain skin… if that’s not Hollywood glamour, I don’t know what is.

9. Stephan James

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I love it when a man wears colour – and the If Beale Street Could Talk actor went all out. There are a lot of things that are questionable about this custom Etro look – the suspiciously big bow tie, the strange sun-like brooch and the white cowboy boots… but somehow Stephan James worked it and looked pretty damn cool in my opinion.

8. Jennifer Hudson

Image via The New York Times

I mean, what’s not to love about actress Jennifer Hudson? Personality aside, I think she looked pretty damn beautiful in this lovely red gown by Elie Saab Haute Couture. I’m not usually a fan of one-sleeved looks, but the actress and singer wore it with ease. And ruffles on the red carpet are always (or most of the time) a good idea.

7. Kiki Layne

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I tend to be drawn to dresses that have a ‘story’ on the back – hence why this Atelier Versace dress worn by the star of If Beale Street Could Talk instantly caught my eye. It does feel like it was made for Layne, as she looked like nothing less than a goddess.

6. Marta Nieto

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I had to google this lovely lady (pictured here with Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen) because I had no idea who she was – it turns out she’s a Spanish actress (hey homie!) who starred in the nominated short film Madre. I don’t know why but I kind of love this dress, I think it’s the effortless, ethereal simplicity of it and not-that-carpet-like neckline. I LOVE that it has pockets (because I’m sure actresses need pockets too) and it turns out it’s from one of my favourite Spanish designers, Josep Font.

5. Gemma Chan

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I’m actually still on the fence about this Valentino Couture dress – it’s so ‘big’ and as much as I love pink, it’s VERY pink. But, I do think the red carpet is about making a statement and going all out – the British actress did just that. Also, pockets…

4. Kacey Musgraves

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This dress was called ‘a pink cloud’ on some website, and I couldn’t agree more. Like Gemma Chan’s dress, this Giambattista Valli Couture look is a big, big statement and in a lot of ways I’m not 100% sure about it. But, the tulle (a fabric that I have mixed feelings about because it can easily look cheap) detailing looks pretty airy and rather beautiful in that irresistible shade of pink. Combined with that pretty buckle and Musgraves’ (who I’d actually never heard of before) lovely up-do, I think it is, overall, a spectacular look.

3. Constance Wu

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Maybe it’s how beautifully it offsets red, but there’s something very appealing about seeing yellow on the red carpet. And oh my, I think the Crazy Rich Asians actress looks absolutely lovely in this Atelier Versace gown – it pretty much makes me smile. It fits her like a glove and suits her skin tone perfectly – I mean, doesn’t she look like a Disney Princess? It’s like a perfect 21st century recreation of that iconic Beauty and The Beast dress. What a ray of sunshine.

2. Charlize Theron

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I mean Charlize Theron is one of those humans who will look good in pretty much anything, and I think this Dior Haute Couture dress is a fine example. Its super (almost too) simple, subdued design and very specific powder blue shade wouldn’t work on a lot of people, but it really brings out the actress’s new hair shade and suits her skin tone. I also love the touches of Bulgari bling, and the how backless detailing complements the covered front perfectly.

1. Jason Momoa

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That’s right guys, I’m breaking the mould by giving the number one spot to the beautiful star of Aquaman. I think a lot of men really stepped up their game this year and did a great job on the red carpet (Chris Evans, Billy Porter… I’m looking at you guys), proving that men’s fashion can be (almost) as interesting as women’s fashion. Like I said before, I love it when men wear colour – but you know what I love even more? When men wear pink. It defies society’s standard norms and can actually look amazing on a lot of people. Also, it takes balls to do it on the red carpet. I’ll admit that a velvet blush pink suit could not be pulled off by many men (or even women), but I think Momoa looks pretty damn fabulous. And I freakin’ love that pink scrunchie – I’ve questioned the return of scrunchies but Jason Momoa’s convinced me that I in fact do need a pink velvet one in my life (actually I have one – see it here). Also, brownie points for it being a suit by the late great Karl Lagerfeld under Fendi‘s name (something I didn’t know until I started doing this post, and I don’t know if it was an intentional move).

To be honest, I struggled to put this post together because in general I wasn’t blown away by a lot of the Oscars fashion this year. I loved that there was a lot of pink on show (as well as the three pink ladies shown here, Maya Rudolph, Angela Bassett, Helen Mirren, and Linda Cardellini were also rocking different shades of pink), but, at the risk of sounding like a 90 year old, I just don’t think awards fashion is what it used to be. Do I feel like I’ve seen it all, or do I feel like it’s just completely detached from reality? Or perhaps my love for street fashion and ‘real’ style has clouded my judgement or slightly ruined the magic of it all? Whatever it is, I may no longer feel as excited as I did when I first looked at that film magazine’s supplement about 20 years ago, but I still love and enjoy looking at red carpet fashion – and I think I always will.

What were your Oscars 2019 favourites? Am I crazy for having left out the likes of Helen Mirren, Regina King, Amy Adams and/or Jennifer Lopez? Should I have included Julia Roberts, who looked absolutely stunning in a pink Elie Saab custom dress but wasn’t actually seen on the red carpet? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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