When it comes to fashion, the 2022 Oscars will be remembered as the year when young Hollywood stars broke the mould, threw out the sartorial rule book and delivered ‘modern cool’ on the red carpet for tinsel town’s biggest night of the year.
es, there were still big gowns and long trains and the inevitable flashing of legs in a power pose made famous by Angelina Jolie at the 2012 ceremony.
However, after a two-year pandemic, the red carpet, like most things in life, has undergone a recalibration of sorts.
The traditionalists will not be happy, just like they weren’t impressed when Bjork turned up as a swan In 2001, and left ostrich eggs on the carpet. But the old-school values have changed, as have the public’s view of what makes for an interesting outfit.
Singer Celine Dion was skewered when she wore a John Galliano cream tuxedo backwards to the Oscars in 1999. It was regarded as too avant-garde, but the 2022 Oscars will be remembered for its style rebellion.
Young Hollywood has found its voice. Leading the charge, actors Timothée Chalamet and Kristen Stewart defiantly stepped away from the usual set pieces, broke red-carpet rules and overnight, achieved Oscar legend status… because of what they didn’t wear.
Chalamet loses his shirt
Timothée Chalamet loves fashion, and it shows, so all the better to be the one to shock and surprise with his shirtless look on Sunday night.
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Kodi Smit-McPhee, breakout star from Power of the Dog, looked like the boys’ best-dressed in his Bottega Veneta blue suit and matching boots early on in the night.
Then, along comes Timothée with his outfit from Nicolas Ghesquière’s current womenswear collection for Louis Vuitton.
Taking a leaf out of Frank Sinatra’s power ballad My Way, Timothée wore a beaded womenswear jacket with lace overlay and high-waisted pants. Instead of a tie, the bare-chested actor wore a Cartier panther pendant.
On-the-spot commentators believed the 26-year-old was the first star to lose his Oscars shirt, so to speak. The question now is how will this ripple out? Timothée already has form for triggering a trend, which is what happened when he wore a beaded harness to the Golden Globes in 2019.
Kristen’s long and short of it
Fashion chameleon Kristen Stewart sparked a meltdown among Oscars commentators. They excitedly cooed “it’s shorts” as she stepped onto the red carpet, in a bespoke Chanel satin suit with tuxedo jacket.
Coming fast on the Cuban heels of Chalamet, the fashion police could barely contain their glee at a second young star showing such verve and individuality. No ‘princess’ dress for Kristen, who was nominated for Best Actress for her role in the biopic Spencer, playing Princess Diana.
Kristen’s long-time stylist, Tara Swennen, delivered a punk princess with white shirt opened to the waist. More MTV than Oscars?
This suit is destined to have the Marmite factor for some time. She may have lost out on the Leading Actress gold statue to Jessica Chastain but the Chanel ambassador will be remembered for making a major fashion statement and her shorts became one of the talking points of the night.
All white on the night
It’s time to reassess your wardrobe assets. This year saw a number of white shirts called into service by women attending the Oscars. When actress/singer Zendaya appeared in her Valentino Haute Couture number – silk shirt and expertly cut silver sequin skirt – it was clear to me within seconds that this look, the epitome of modern cool, was destined to spark lots of homages.
Of course comparisons to Sharon Stone’s iconic outfit from the 1998 Oscars were inevitable. Sharon paired a white men’s shirt with a ruched Vera Wang lavender satin skirt.
Zendaya’s cropped silk shirt is nicely tapered to the sides so it reveals a bare midriff and plays to the short shirt vibes we saw at Miu Miu this season. Her mermaid train skirt can be as long as you like and remember, trains are quite the thing this season so restraint is not required.
The 94th Annual Academy Awards has given us lots of dresses to swoon over – whether it was the Gucci ombre sequins in gold and lavender with frilled hem that matched the gold statue that Jessica Chastain collected for Best Actress in The Eyes of Tammy Faye or the gold Prada dress worn by annual style icon, Lupita Nyong’o.
We now have a new colour on our radar and that’s ‘Nicole Blue’. Giorgio Armani had it mixed specially for the Armani Prive gown with its peplum and lean shape, which style icon Nicole Kidman wore with aplomb.
There was lots of red gowns on the red carpet including a vintage Christian Lacroix dress from 20 years ago which Power of the Dog’s Kirsten Dunst found at Lily et Cie, the luxury vintage store in Beverly Hills.
Ariana DeBose collected Best Actress in a Supporting Role for West Side Story in a custom Valentino Haute Couture structured crop top, trousers and flowing cape.
The three-piece was beyond popular, especially with those looking for an alternative to frocks. Meanwhile Tracee Ellis Ross wore a Carolina Herrera trumpet skirt red gown with a very daring, deep plunge neckline. She tugged at it jokingly for the cameras but I suspect she had called in the strongest of ‘tit tapes’ to secure it .
Stars including Jamie Lee Curtis wore blue ribbons that said ‘with refugees’ in support of Ukraine. Power of the Dog’s Benedict Cumberbatch showed support for the people of Ukraine by wearing a pin with the blue and yellow national flag on the lapel of his Brioni suit.
At 90 years young, Rita Moreno – who won an Oscar for her role in the original West Side Story in 1961 – added a bit of Oscar glamour by accessorising a feathered wig with an off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera gown.
Few of us have forgotten the baby pink Ralph Lauren dress which Gwyneth Paltrow wore the night she won her Oscar in 1999 and cried!
Almost a quarter of a century later, the simplicity of Zoë Kravitz’s pale pink Saint Laurent strapless gown with semi bow detail was compelling.
Fresh off her press tour for The Batman, Zoë looked like a modern day Audrey Hepburn, complete with elfin hair, and arm tattoos. It was supremely demure gown in contrast to the pink frothy Versace dress with major slit which Lily James navigated magnificently in frighteningly vertiginous heels.
Jada Pinkett Smith’s emerald green dress boasted the most elaborate, and heaviest train of the night and was the result of a collaboration between Jean-Paul Gaultier and his protégé, Glenn Martens. Her husband, Will Smith, wore Dolce & Gabbana.
Vogue voted Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas O’Connell the Best Dressed siblings. Both wearing Gucci, her tier, ruffled and off-the-shoulder dress was designed by Alessandro Michele and she completed the look with Vegan leather boots.
The smart suit always works a treat
The penchant for a good navy suit has moved firmly into the tuxedo arena and two of the Belfast team attending the Oscars chose to go down that sartorial route.
It was a night of celebration for Kenneth Branagh, who collected the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
After fears that he would miss the ceremony due to Covid, Branagh went into isolation and then tested negative so he was able to attend the occasion with his wife, Lindsay Brunnock. He arrived at the Dolby Theatre wearing a three-piece navy suit with the jacket lapel trimmed in black.
Ciarán Hinds was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Belfast. He chose a two-piece navy suit with black lapel and was accompanied by his wife, French-Vietnamese actress Helene Patatort.
Both Belfast-born natives played it by the style book and chose the classic evening look with traditional accessories of dress shirts, bow ties, white pocket square and black patent shoes..
Old-school glitz and glamour
There was a touch of old-school Hollywood glamour to the crystal shoulder straps on Caitriona Balfe’s pale cream Louis Vuitton gown which had a narrow skirt and a peplum flourish on the waist, then descending into a ruffle-edged train.
Styled by Karla Welch, the Irish actress twinkled on the red carpet with serious duty diamond jewellery and casual bob by Gareth Bromell. After years of modelling on the international circuit after getting spotted in Dublin packing groceries for charity, Caitriona possesses the most wonderful poise and it is a real asset on the movie publicity circuit.
Nominated in the Actress in a Supporting Role category for her part as Leda in The Lost Daughter, Killarney-born Jessie Buckley wore a dress that paid homage to the screen sirens in the golden age of Hollywood and to undone minimalism at the end of the 20th century.
The V-neck dress in an oyster hue was tailored with vertical panels which kicked out into a full skirt and train. Jessie wore her fringed bob casual with chandelier earrings. The designer, Moralıoğlu Erdem said he took inspiration from the cool and timeless vintage dress worn by Martha Plimpton to the Oscars in 1989 , which was both aristocratic and as chic as it was grungy.
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