Award shows give fashion savants the opportunity to see couture visions come to life off the runway. The endless train of industry insiders at the top of the totem pole pose and flaunt and air kiss in asinine celebration of some pagan festival dedicated to glorifying themselves and competing with each other in a champagne drenched stadium to outact and outdress in outfits that cost more to make than the movies themselves that got them there. It’s a joy to watch.
Monday morning, the office gathered around to collectively gawk, marvel, and at times vehemently abhor some of this years looks from the 2020 Oscars Awards and Vanity Fair after party. We present, for one reason or another, our 15 favourite looks:
Breakout starlet Florence Pugh in total Louis Vuitton- confident, royal, stunning!
Kristen Wiig wears this Valentino very well. The black gloves and the slicked back hair toughen up ruffles that many would not be able to wear- nor are there many who would even want to wear it. We are happy she did.
Dark dream girl Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen. Who else amongst the glitzy androids can hold a candle to this gothic vision? Please haunt my dreams, Rooney.
Charlize Theron is a goddess in Dior, from tip to toe. This look is reminiscent of Angelina Jolie’s high slit black Versace gown from 2012, but more languid and graceful. You know she gave her styling team a private Basic Instinct moment, and we are eternally jealous.
We have been eager to see Jeremy Scott’s take on cubist cut out dresses, inspired by Picasso and his muses, since they first walked down the runway last year. Camila Mendes wears this Moschino masterpiece beautifully.
Gabrielle Union exuding bohemian flower power romance in Giambattista Valli, looking like she just emerged from a bubble bath.
At this point, adding Kim Kardashian to any list is commonplace, but look at her in this archived Alexander McQueen gown from 2003, affectionately nicknamed the Oyster Dress, and typically housed in the Costume Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kanye doesn’t look so bad in his leather Alfred Dunhill, either.
Natalie Portman deserves a spot on any best dressed list. In this Dior look, she not only commands attention, but places attention on others that were not able to attend the event: on the lining of her cape, she has embroidered the names of five female directors with majorly acclaimed films, that failed to nab an Oscar nomination this year.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus wears vintage Vera Wang, which has cycled back around into the current trend of simplistic style. We don’t call this safe, we call it unstuffy, simple and sexy, smartly understated. Sounds like Julia herself.
The Irishman costume designer Sandy Powell wore a custom suit further customised by a bevy of nominees autographs. Her point is to auction off the suit to help a late friend own the rights to his estate and art collection. Sandy deserves further nomination for Woman of the Year.
Brie Larson wearing Hedi Slimane for Celine. Classic. This is the stuff Los Angeles hopefuls dream of wearing on the red carpet.
General consensus votes for Billie Eilish’s Gucci after party look over the Chanel red carpet outfit. The sheer gloves give off an air of mystery (and somehow, elegance) to an otherwise bedazzled ensemble that I may have once seen hanging in my great aunt’s wardrobe for special occasion. Couture anarchy.
Award winner Hildur Guonadottir admittedly holds a soft spot in our hearts. Stylistically, we have yet to see her do wrong. Pointedly chic. Put her in vintage Chanel and we are contemplating worthy proposals and if she would prefer a one karat ring or two.
Julia Butters, 10 year old actress from Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, charmed us in Giambattista Valli and bonded with us by introducing us to her date, whom she kept in her clutch: a turkey sandwich, for just in case.
Adriana Lima in custom Ralph & Russo. Just look. We will say no more.
Text: Janna Shaw
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