By: Isiah S Magsino
As Fashion month nears its end with opening of Paris Fashion Week, our very own fashion moments have yet to subside with the Oscars taking place in the city of broken dreams: Los Angeles, California.
If the runway shows seen during fashion month are considered art, then the Oscars’ red carpet should be considered entertainment. Corny? Maybe. But what’s not entertaining about the anticipation of whether or not your favorite actors and actresses will make successful fashion statements, or go down in history as fashion faux pas?
This year’s red carpet proved that 2019 is destined to be a good year. I was prepared to have my snarky phrases and negative feedback aimed and fired at the star’s decisions for the evening, but was taken aback when realizing that the majority of stars and their stylists seemed to be capable of pulling off a good ensemble for the night.
Similar to New York Fashion Week, this year’s Oscars red carpet consisted of stars on polar opposites of a spectrum. That spectrum being either traditional-- straying away from any sort of prints or flashy fabrics, or incredibly eccentric-- making that it-statement mentioned earlier.
Within the slideshow are a few looks that took home a trophy before little Oscars were awarded.
Beginning with the latter side of the spectrum, Gemma Chan and Kacey Musgraves embodied a pink-princess statement. I’ve always been a fan of large gowns that make someone look as if they reside in a French Chateau surrounded by renaissance paintings and red roses. This fantastical setting is most fitting to both Chan, who arrived in a pink Valentino couture dress detailed with Bulgari jewelry, and Musgraves who wore a pink Giambattista Tulle gown.
However, Chan and Musgraves weren’t the only stars spotted wearing the playful color on the red carpet. It seemed as though pink was the color of choice for the event as several other stars, such as American Horror Story’s, Sarah Paulson, and Aquaman’s, Jason Momoa, also appeared in variations of the color.
Speaking of Jason Momoa and the men of the night, men’s fashion seemed to be going full throttle with the ensembles seen. Though many stars weren’t as daring as Chadwick Boseman (who played off of his regal Black Panther character accurately), it was exciting to see many men stray away from the boring black and white tux. Don’t get me wrong, a black and white tux isn’t necessarily the end of the world. But as a celebrity? You’re famous. You have money. Hire a stylist or invest in Givenchy.
Anyway, men seemed to have found color, as stars such as Captain Chris Evans, Michael B. Jordan and Paul Rudd made face in colors other than black and white. Ultimately however, David Oyelowo took the night in his custom made red-velvet Etro tuxedo. There is no doubt in my mind that he was breaking a sweat in this outfit, but all for a good cause, right?
My only disappointment (aside from whatever Pharrell Williams was wearing): Rami Malek. The heartthrob did not look bad at all. But, the actor played it safe appearing onto the carpet in, what was disdainfully mentioned before, a black and white tux. However, I was hoping audiences would get to see the version of Malek that was seen at the 2017 Met Gala, when the actor showed up in an all red tuxedo ensemble. I guess there’s always next year, though.
Overall, I have no idea who’s nominated for what, this and that. However, it’s incredible to see that this year’s red carpet fashion moved harmoniously in the right direction. I could go on and on about the good looks found tonight, but found it better to let those of you reading to take a look for yourselves. Bravo to the stars and a bigger bravo to the stylist behind the scenes.
*images provided by Vogue.com