The Best Fashion Looks at the Oscars 2020

This annual Oscars award ceremony is known for the anticipation it culminates.
Be it around the winners or on the red carpet, the frenzy of who’s wearing what is a ceremony of its own.

All eyes are set on this live-streamed extravaganza, ready to love or pounce on the fashion choices at hand. The celebrities and their stylists are engulfed in months of preparation, with themes and colour schemes of the seasons.

The different couture houses spend days on end, to offer impeccable haute couture creations. Hand embroidery pieces need thousands of hours to complete. It’s a gigantic system involving a multitude of creative individuals from all   facets one can imagine of. The red carpet must be a nerve-wracking affair for everyone involved.

The trend that was hardly to oversee at this 92nd Academy Event was that of the sustainability awareness. With some big names shining a light on this very important topic, hope was curved for the way forward, in the future of fashion.

Hood gowns were also in plenty. The antique era's silently knocking.

So, who pulled it off the best?

 

The Oscars Red Carpet

The 92nd Academy Awards celebrated these most applauded looks:

 

Brie Larson – Celine

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The “Captain Marvel” star, took the trophy in many people’s eyes with her Celine by Hedi Slimane gown. With a deep low-cut neckline and a side slit from mid-thigh, sensuality was stamped from head to toe.

The delicate floor-length dress was adorned with thousands of sequins, Swarowski crystals, pink strass jewels and glass beads. The hand embroidery took more than 1200 hours. This is haute couture at its best.

Jewelry by Bulgari finished the look.

 

Regina King - Versace

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Like her name ‘King’ suggests, she is the queen of “everything looks good on her”! With her mesmerizing Versace gown, she reminded us of a “first-lady” look.

With an elegance defined by a duchess satin fitting dress, intricate silver-thread embroidery and a back-robe tail, this creation was a sight to behold.

The dress took its final glory, as she went on stage to crown Brad Pitt with his first ever Oscar Award of Best Supporting Actor.

Fit to be a queen!

 

Penelope Cruz - Chanel

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Penelope smashed it in an all-black Chanel robe and reminded us of how beautiful she wears the colour black.

Her gown carried all elements of what we know as Chanel.

With a pearl belt, a camelia flower with bow and an asymmetrical hemline, this custom gown based off a dress from a 1995 Haute Couture, swept the red carpet with sheer elegance.

Coco would definitely have been proud.

 

Scarlet Johansson – Oscar de la Renta

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An effortless look by a full-of-effort actress. Scarlet Johansson never disappoints.

With two nominations in her performances in, Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, Scarlett graced the award ceremony in a breath-taking make of a gown.

In satin champagne and a fish-net embellished bodice, Oscar de la Renta made everyone delighted with this “boom” creation just for her.

A look that cried, “a woman’s body.”

 

Janelle Monae – Ralph Laurent

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A crystal fairy tale. This silver sparkle of a gown, transformed a knight-look into a red riding hood princess. With the boldness we know of her gears, she once again told a tale with this Ralph Laurent creation.

The draped hood gown was fully embellished with Swarowski crystals.

 

Florence Pugh – Louis Vuitton

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This Oscars were lacking in heavy colours and it was a thoroughly refreshing sight, to see the meticulously-made emerald teal green gown on Florence Pugh.

The Louis Vuitton spaghetti strap gown with a tiered skirt and belt, revealed a glamour rarely seen.

The matching strap heels accessorized the ensemble with a calm flow.

There was an antique vibe to the whole.

 

Cynthia Erivo - Versace

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Cynthia Erivo has a body that can wear about anything under the sun and still look absolutely gorgeous.

She has been on fire this season with her warrior-look outfits.

The House of Versace known to create some of the best red carpet looks, went an extra mile on this one and lit the fire in her.

She effortlessly gave this Versace gown a wow-walk down that red carpet.

 

Charlize Theron - Dior

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Charlize Theron sculptural gown with a high slit and a one off-shoulder sleeve, graced the red carpet with yet another simple but chic demeanour.

The minimalistic silhouette complimented her petite built like a glove.

Her sparkling diamond pendant necklace by Tiffany gave the outfit a perfect finish.

 

Renee Zellweger – Armani Prive

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In an Armani Prive white sequin gown, Renee Zellweger, was ready to go-get her very deserved Oscar Award. And she did it!

A simple yet sophisticated one-shoulder gown flattered her appearance for the night.

This was a wonderful choice of a dress.

 

Natalie Portman – Dior

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Natalie Portman made a fashion and feminist statement all in one.

The black and sheer gold custom Dior gown, had names of all female directors that were not nominated for the night embroidered on its cape.

Many have started using fashion to drive a message and cause across. If this is for the good, it shall be embraced.

A bold take for the red carpet.

 

WAAD AL-KATEAB

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Waad al-Kateab was yet another one on the red carpet, that decided to have a   message with a meaning embroidered on her gown.

The Syrian filmmaker’s documentary “For Sama” was nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

Her gown was embroidered in Arabic, with the words, “We dared to dream” and “We don’t regret asking for our dignity”.

This idea must have caused a thrill, in trying to decipher a message they didn’t understand.

Simply wonderful!

 

Billy Porter – Giles Deacon

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Dressed just like the Oscar figure, Billy Porter stayed consistent with his wow-factor element.

In a sleeveless golden feather top and an orange, pink and brown print balloon skirt, every eye at the Oscars and elsewhere, was fixated.

Jimmy Choo heightened the look with golden strapped platform shoes.

Wow!

 

Brad Pitt - Brioni

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The polished gentleman and his first Oscar Award for Supporting Actor went hand in hand.

He looked smashing in a classic timeless Brioni tuxedo, where he is a brand ambassador.

Simply said – It was about time.

 

Spike Lee - Gucci

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Spike Lee made a fashion statement in honour of Kobe Bryant in an all purple and gold ensemble.

Spike who directed the 2009 documentary “Kobe Doin’ Work”, stole the show with this extremely touching tribute to Los Angeles Laker’s Legend – Kobe Bryant.

Lee’s Gucci suit featured number 24 on the lapels and on the back.

To complete the look, he accessorized with orange and black Kobe sneakers and his signature hat and glasses both in purple.

He also wore two Kenyan Maasai bangles to match his attire.

That’s Spike Lee for you, Ladies and Gentlemen.

 

SUSTAINABILITY ON THE RED CARPET

It is good to know that the topic sustainability, on its own, is being taken seriously.

A bunch of celebrities know that they have a fan base that will imitate anything they do or passively suggest.

These celebrity minds that grasp this psychological approach, went ahead and used the power at hand to drive change across.

Mother earth had a party, too.

 

Jane Fonda

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Jane Fonda, 82, recycled her six-year-old Elie Saab gown which she previously wore in 2014, to “The Grace of Monaco” premiere in Cannes.

She took the stage to present the award for Best Picture, which was won by the Korean, Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite”.

She carried the red coat that declared ‘her last article of clothing she would ever buy’ on stage. This was to raise awareness on the crisis at hand. This coat has become synonymous with her arrests in Washington, with her involvement in the climate crisis protests that she is part of.

And to finish the look and message, the actress was adorned by Pomellato, a brand that only uses harvested gold and sustainable diamonds that are ethically sourced.

This will surely go down in history.

 

Elizabeth Banks

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The sustainability statement was further strengthened by Elizabeth Banks who wore the same Badgley Mischka red gown she wore to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2004.

The “Charlie’s Angels” star partners with Red Carpet Advocacy (RAD), to help bring awareness to the importance of sustainability in the fashion industry.

A red gown with a cause.

 

Arianna Huffington

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The Huffington Post founder, Arianna Huffington, also recycled her gown from The  Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2013 to the same party this year.

In her own words per twitter, she said, “When you own something you love, wear it again and again. It saves time, money, mindshare and the environment.”

 

Joaquin Phoenix

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This very special man has chosen to wear his Stella McCartney tux for the entire award season.

He is out to do anything possible to give back and protect the earth.

Mother earth did surely give him back, and that being, he achieved the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for “Joker” at this 92nd Oscars.

 

 

Vanity Fair Oscar After Party

Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian wore a vintage Alexander McQueen from 2003 which was a gift from her husband.

 

Billy Porter - Part II

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And he did it again... An extravaganza for real.

Billy Porter wore a whole purple look with elbow length gloves and cape, a large oversized hat and a lilac pair of trousers.

 

Emily Ratajkowski

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Model Emily Ratajkowski wore a white two-piece of a bandeau and maxi skirt to show off those abs.

 

Chrissy Teigen

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Chrissy Teigen in a dreamy turquoise caped gown.

 

Billie Eilish

 

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Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell sang a tribute song at the main event to remember those who passed away over the past year.

They also joined the after party in style.

 

Future Oscars Fashion

With voices of one like Jane Fonda, that boldly used the Oscar stage as a platform to air change, the rest of mankind should take a pause to contemplate what just happened there.

Compulsory fashion creations that lean towards sustainability are not a maybe choice anymore, but rather more, a rule – not trend - that will go into the pot of the how and ways that will help save our planet.

The couture world is at a verge of a design revolution, that came silently but with a bang. There will be undoubtedly many surprises in this wonderful frontier.

Onward for Mother Earth!

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