February 21st marked Hollywood’s biggest night of the year- also known as the Oscars. This year, the red carpet was filled with both understated beauty and bold, unapologetic statements. These are the looks that not only caught our eye, but stunned on social media.
Without further adieu, our red carpet review…
The Hate U Give star made history this Oscars as the youngest “Best Picture” presenter at just 20 years old. The actress wore a sheer, tassled, Miu Miu gown that completely emulated pure 1920s class. I mean, if she were thrown into a speakeasy or a Gatsby party, the girl would fit right in. This being Stenberg’s first academy awards appearance, I’d say she nailed it.
Crazy Rich Asians star, Gemma Chan blew everyone’s minds with this flowing, bright pink Valentino Haute Couture gown. This effortlessly chic look is certainly amongst the ranks of the boldest fashion statements of this iconic night. Talk about hot pink..AND SHE HAS POCKETS.
Spike Lee in Ozwald Boateng and Jordans
This was a huge night for Blackkklansman director, Spike Lee. The now Oscar winner wore a sleek, purple suit by Ozwald Boateng in honor of his good friend, the transcendent musician, Prince. As far as jewelry goes, Lee rocked a large gold Prince pendant around his neck and the LOVE/ HATE golden knuckle rings from his iconic 1980’s film, “Do The Right Thing.” In keeping with this theme, he sported golden Jordan sneakers to top off the look. Before the show, Lee told the New York Times, “I win the Oscar on the red carpet. Men, women, I don’t care if they’re wearing 15-inch heels. They can’t be messing with the Jordans I’m going to be wearing. I’m going to be as clean as the board of health. I’m going to be sharp as a razor.”
Red carpet commentator, Billy Porter was the possibly most dramatic style shocker of the night. Porter donned a custom creation of Christian Siriano that can only be described as a complete show stopper. The velvet masterpiece entailed a clean-cut tuxedo jacket atop a full bodied ball gown. This anti-conformist fashion statement broke borders, broke molds, and defied norms, both fashion and gender. “I have something to say through clothes.” Porter says of his look, “I had the courage to push the status quo.”
Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen, Brandon Maxwell, and that Tiffany’s necklace
Started from the meat dress, now we’re here. Oscar night marks the end of awards season, and considering what a stylish season Gaga has had, promoting A Star is Born, we knew she’d have something killer up her sleeve. She went for two incredibly classic, old Hollywood gowns. First, Gaga walked the red carpet in a black, strapless, custom Alexander McQueen gown with protruding hips paired with arm length, leather gloves. Next, Gaga performed and received her first Academy Award in a scooped neck ball gown by Brandon Maxwell. Both of these looks seemed to have been channelling Audrey Hepburn.
Now onto the 128.54 carat rock on her neck…
Lady Gaga donned a Tiffany’s, cushion-cut, canary yellow diamond to accompany her two classic black gowns. The last time this priceless, 141 year old gemstone was worn, was in 1961 by Audrey Hepburn, herself, while promoting Breakfast At Tiffany’s. This diamond is one of the largest and finest, “Fancy Yellow” diamonds in the world and it was released from the Tiffany’s vault specifically for Lady Gaga.