Oscars red carpet: Best dressed at the 2023 Oscars

Judging by the arrivals at the 95th Academy Awards in Hollywood, the days of playing it safe on the red carpet are history — and so is the red carpet. The stars embraced the maximalist themes that run through high fashion houses, bringing vibrant colors, rich decor and a touch of fantasy to a path now covered in a soft beige called ‘champagne’. (This could be the launch of a sarcastic hashtag called #OscarsSoBeige.)

However, some of the nominees continued to channel the themes and characters of their recent films, turning their formal wear into a glamorous extension of their film wardrobe. Throughout awards season and even now, a bit of surreal touches the nominees’ attire from ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’, while ‘Elvis’ Austin Butler channels some ’50s rock ‘n’ roll. It’s easy to imagine maestro Lydia Tár in any of the perfect ensembles worn by Cate Blanchett. Others cleverly use the Oscars carpet as another kind of stage where new characters can audition, such as the sexy vixen, the sophisticate or the gender-bending glamster.

The Oscars red carpet has come to represent the culmination of a month-long campaign of images as much about the actors’ fashion as the nominated films.

Award shows today help movie stars use their fashion knowledge to secure their place among the top actors. It’s no longer a given that movies (and their empty theaters) have more prestige than TV shows, but if their stars can convincingly pull off couture or set fashion trends, the image dividends accrue, especially to the actors. . It’s not so surprising, then, that they might land lucrative advertising gigs or even lead a reputable fashion house, like Pharrell Williams, who was recently appointed men’s creative director at Louis Vuitton.

High stakes make Oscar arrivals exciting once again. The stars save the best of the many high fashion ensembles for this event.

Here are the highlights from the Oscars champagne carpet:

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett did the thing.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Paul Mescal

Paul Mescal on the Oscars 2023 red carpet.

Paul Mescal looks better than usual at the Oscars.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Austin Butler

Austin Butler on the Oscars 2023 red carpet.

The King is at home.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Hallie Bailey

Halle Bailey in Dolce & Gabbana on the Oscars 2023 red carpet.

Halle Bailey looks like a princess in Dolce & Gabbana.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh on the Oscars 2023 red carpet.

Don’t worry my love, Miss Flo has arrived.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Danai Gurira

    Danai Gurira on the Oscars 2023 red carpet.

Danai Gurira turns heads on the mat.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne on the Oscars 2023 red carpet.

Cara Delevingne is hot at the Oscars.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Sandra O

Sandra Oh on the Oscars 2023 red carpet.

Sandra Oh is a ray of sunshine at the Oscars.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain on the Oscars 2023 red carpet.

All that shines is … silver.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose on the 2023 Oscars red carpet.

Ariana DeBose in the color of the night: white.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz on the 2023 Oscars red carpet.

Lenny Kravitz proves he’s a rock star every now and then.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling on the 2023 Oscars red carpet.

Fashion show, fashion show, fashion show at the Oscars!

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Alison Williams

Allison Williams on the Oscars 2023 red carpet.

Allison Williams’ appearance at the Oscars is bulletproof.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Winnie Harlow


Winnie Harlow arrives at Armani.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis in a sparkly, champagne dress.

Jamie Lee Curtis is on point in this Dolce & Gabbana champagne dress.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

James Hong

James Hong, in a black tuxedo, googly eyes in his bow tie, strikes an aggressive martial arts pose.

James Hong is a sight for googly eyes.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

James Hong shows googly eyes in his dark bow tie.

James Hong accessorizes with googly-eyed bow ties.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Hong Chow

Hong Chow in a pink dress with a darker color, fringed train.

Hong Chau is beautiful in pink Prada.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Sophia Carson

Sofia Carson in a white dress with a fluffy tulle bottom.

Sofia Carson looks more like a Disney princess than a “descendant” at the Oscars.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Sophia Carson in a white dress, standing next to a life-size Oscar statue.

Sofia Carson deserves applause for this ethereal look.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Monica Barbaro

Monica Barbaro in a light blue dress with a darker floor length wrap skirt.

Monica Barbaro is top at Elie Saab.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham in a black dress with long, translucent sleeves.

Ashley Graham delivers the drama at the Oscars.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Bingbing fan

Fan Bingbing in a shimmering silver dress with green cape-like sleeves and a wrap green skirt.

Fan Bingbing sparkles in Tony Ward Couture at the Oscars.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Fan Bingbing a sparkling silver dress with emerald satin, cape-like frills on her shoulders.

Fan Bingbing shines at the Oscars.

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Harvey Guillen

Harvey Guillén in a black tuxedo with a floor-length black train.

Harvey Guillén rocks Christian Siriano on the champagne carpet.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Laverne Cox

    Laverne Cox in a black dress with blue, scarves that cross the back.

Laverne Cox stands out in a black and Tiffany Blue Vera Wang dress.

(Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr. in a white tuxedo with a black collar and black sash.

Harry Shum Jr. looks cuter in Anthem.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Erin Lim to Rick Owens on the Oscars 2023 red carpet.

Erin Lim wears a white barer shoulder dress and skirt.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens in a long, straight black dress with white trim and bare shoulders.

Vanessa Hudgens goes minimalist in a vintage Chanel column dress.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Zuri Hall

Zuri Hall in a black dress with a skirt, bare shoulders and long black gloves.

Zuri Hall sports opera gloves: the fashion accessory of the season.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Naz Perez

Naz Perez in a dress printed with large red flowers on a dark background.

Florals; For winter? Innovative.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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