Red Carpet Review: The Oscars 2019

The outfits on the red carpet are arguably the highlight of any awards show and tend to be discussed more than the awards or the stars themselves. On Monday, 25th February, the 91st Academy Awards were held in Los Angeles, showcasing the latest and greatest fashion ensembles of the new year. From Tom Ford to Tiffany, this season’s red-carpet style was the best yet.

Pastel blues, dusty primroses, and mauve-y lavenders were popular colour choices of the evening. Laura Harrier and Charlize Theron both wore powder blue gowns by Louis Vuitton and Dior respectively, the cool hue supplemented by delicate silver jewellery and diamonds. Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet not only synchronised their outfits in delicate pink tones but also paid tribute to Karl Lagerfeld in their coordinated couple attire. Momoa’s suit was a custom design by the late designer, and Bonet’s tea-length dress a latest selection from his Fendi couture collection.

Winnie Harlow was pretty in pink at the Vanity Fair After Party in which she wore a multifaceted tulle gown. Though not wearing a pastel, SZA equally impressed in a white, asymmetrical draped dress, accessorising with an ethereal messy bun and diamond-encrusted choker. Albeit her and Kendrick Lamar’s nominated song, ‘All of the Stars’ was not performed or a winner of the night, she still exuded her usual dewy confidence.

“Opting for a black Alexander McQueen gown with matching satin gloves, Gaga also wore a Tiffany diamond necklace worth $30 million.”

Jennifer Lopez caught attention in a dazzling, fitted Tom Ford piece, composed of embroidered mirror mosaic design. Similarly, Emilia Clarke donned a cinched, metallic Balmain gown framing her figure with matching chain-linked jewellery. Kendall Jenner stole arguably the most attention in what W Magazine referred to as a “couture loincloth.” The barely-there Rami Kadi gown was composed of dripping black sequins detail, allowing the highest-paid supermodel of 2018 to show off both of her legs.

If anyone was going to dominate the Oscars red carpet, it was going to be Lady Gaga. Opting for a black Alexander McQueen gown with matching satin gloves, Gaga also wore a Tiffany diamond necklace worth $30 million. Cosmopolitan cites Audrey Hepburn as an undeniable influence for the star’s look. Fortunately for the A Star is Born actress, teardrops don’t easily show on black.

Emma Stone arrived in avant-garde attire, perhaps emulating her uncanny role in Yorgos Lanthimos’s period-piece: The Favourite. The Louis Vuitton gown consisted of amber jewels, however the striking peaked shoulders may have been a bit of a reach. In regard to notable men’s pieces, Spike Lee, wore a bold, custom purple suit as a tribute to the late Prince. Billy Porter made an even more striking entrance to the Vanity Fair Party, wearing a courageous tuxedo dress. The piece was constructed with a 3-piece tux on top and finished with a dramatic, inky floor-length skirt, the perfect touch of drama for the Oscars.