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: