Oscars 2019: The Best Dressed

The 91st Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre proved to be a controversial night with numerous surprise victories, a change in the TV show format, and no host. Nevertheless, we could rely on the red carpet for continuing to provide inspiration and creativity. Award shows lend themselves to drama through dressing; and this year in particular we witnessed bold expressions of femininity and colour alike.

Olivia Coleman

The Oscars were a triumph for Coleman, winning โ€˜Best Actressโ€™ for her leading role in The Favourite. Her longtime fans have been well aware of her talents for many years but such recognition does not go amiss. Her green custom-made Prada gown was high necked and embellished through a sheer black overlay with a train for added drama, befitting her victory.

David Oyelowo

Oyelowo made a clear nod to his Nigerian heritage and Wakanda with a cool green toned velvet suit which was custom made by ETRO. The star of Selma and A Wrinkle in Time pulled off the classic tuxedo silhouette whilst making it his own.

Kacey Musgraves

The country singer donned a voluminous and eye-catching Giambattista Valli gown. Numerous layers of princess-pink tulle built up to create an ethereal effect alongside the tiered skirt. Musgraves has always admired the design houseโ€™s work and felt honoured to wear it at such a special occasion.

Spike Lee

Spike Leeโ€™s homage to Prince was a visual delight: the purple suit was designed by Oswald Boateng and featured a matching hat and pair of glasses. There was a clear emphasis on detail in the golden custom made Nike trainers which made the colour of the suit pop.

Linda Cardellini

Cardelliniโ€™s bold ensemble certainly divided critics; the hot pink Schiaparelli gown was one of the most head turning outfits from the evening. Pink was seen frequently on red carpet this year but the fluffy textures and satin bow ensured that this dress would not be ignored.

Billy Porter

Billy Porter definitely made the boldest statement in his choice of clothing. His Christian Siriano velvet tuxedo gown had the internet going into near melt down. The overall effect was poised whilst also being exuberant and fun, reflecting Porterโ€™s willingness to experiment.

Selma Blair

The red carpet was the first appearance of Selma Blair since being diagnosed with MS last October. This moment had an emotional quality to it and was a landmark for disability visibility. Blair walked the red carpet in a customised cane and gown designed by Ralph and Russo, supported by many for her bravery.

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