The red carpet was back this year after a two-year absence and it did not disappoint. Eye popping block colours, shapes and designs were an absolute feast for the eyes and we simply couldn’t get enough of it. So what seemed to be the red carpet trends for this year? There was some talk of things being more understated, that two years of a pandemic would bring a more toned down Oscar look this year. This did not happen though, and the red carpet was all the better for it. What we all needed was a heavy dose of uplifting fashion distraction, and boy did we get it.
Let’s start with possibly the biggest fashion trend of the night, red. Harking back to Oscars past (think Cindy Crawford in red Versace in 91), but with a noticeable modern twist. Red was big this year and nobody wore it better than Ariana DeBose. Not only did she pick up the Oscar for best supporting actress, but she must also have been one of the evenings best dressed in a Valentino two-piece, bodice and trousers and finished off perfectly with a cape. Refreshingly modern while looking utterly classic, we couldn’t help but wonder how one of our classic leopard prints would have looked with this outfit. A full print Delilah clutch or Eadie would have paired beautifully with this bold look.
Next we had the rise of the white shirt. If red was a nod to old Hollywood, then the white shirt was nod to all things now. It’s interesting how you can go as flamboyant as you like at the Oscars and not raise an eyebrow, but when a woman wears a shirt, people notice. Gender fluidity and feeling able to wear whatever one wants is big news on the catwalk at the moment, reflecting a more modern approach to both women’s and menswear, so it was no great surprise that some of the best dressed this year didn’t conform to the usual red carpet norms. Zendaya, who never puts a foot wrong with her red carpet fashion choices, wowed with her Valentino Haute Couture cropped white shirt and sleek metallic skirt. Kristen Stewart wearing an open white shirt, black blazer and shorts, absolutely rocked the red carpet. For some rock-chick chic we absolutely love a zebra print. A Nancy or Dixie full print would match perfectly with a punchy monochrome look. Or perhaps a metallic Elizabeth would have done the job?
Another notable trend was a pastel or blush. Evoking soft spring vibes, Lilly James in lacy soft pink Versace and Zoe Kravitz in baby pink Saint Laurent both looked refreshingly gorgeous. Jessica Chastain, however, stole the pastel show in her pastel/ metallic Gucci gown. A dress that somehow exuded Tammy Faye vibes, while being totally modern. We are loving the gorgeous pastel shades of our Tora bags at the moment and our Audrey purse comes in some wonderfully soft shades if pastel is your bag!
Last but not least we need to talk about metallic. Olivia Colman in sliver pleated Dior was by far her best Oscar look yet. Those bat-wing sleeves were to die for and her soft up do finished off the look well. Lupita Nyong’o wore more gold than an Oscar Statue in her Prada gown and got her outfit note perfect. We have some amazing metallics that we just can’t get enough of at the moment. A silver or gold metallic Esme or Cora purse with a bold and bright pink or green certainly gives us our metallic fix.
What was your favourite Oscar look?