Oscars 2019 preview: And the winner is... the red carpet
This weekend’s Oscars bring award-winning fashion that can work for all. Fashion editor Stephanie Smith picks out red carpet to summer wedding looks. Plus what’s happening and when.
What happens on the red carpet should not stay only on the red carpet. On the contrary, Hollywood finery can and should provide inspiration for anyone planning outfits for the coming spring and summer weddings, gala dinners and balls, race meetings and any other occasion for which we long to look special.
As we have already seen from The Baftas, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Golden Globes and the Grammys, the awards’ season lifts the lid on new season fashion, with the world’s leading designers all too aware that placing the right dress on the right actress (and, increasingly, actor) is worth far more than any expensive catwalk show in Milan, Paris, New York and London.
It’s not just about big statement gowns, either. Red carpet dresses showcase all the fashion trends – the new colours, shapes, types of embellishment and adornment – and this can spark ideas and inspire us all for our own special occasion dressing.
Admittedly, the red carpet does tend to bring us exaggerated encapsulations of these trends, often even more so these days than you’ll see on the international catwalks, but this only makes it all the better for us to understand and emulate (though perhaps with a little more restraint).
So, this year on the red carpet, note that metallics have got shinier (and more garish) while sculptural detail has become even more exaggerated – ruffles and bows are now massive, sometimes sticking out from gowns as if they don’t quite belong to them. You don’t have to do this, but you can maybe try a bolder shape than you are used to. And if you have always dreamed of wearing cascades of romantic ruffles, this is the year to do it.
This weekend’s Oscars is the biggie for both films and fashion, the culmination of months of red carpet wrangling as designers, stylists and stars all try to secure for themselves the standout moments of the night and the year, with looks that will seal their place in history.
The biggest question is, will anyone manage to upstage Lady Gaga? We suspect not.
The 91st annual Academy Awards carpet arrivals are set to begin at around midnight on Sunday night (technically Monday morning) with the ceremony kicking off at 1.30am. In the UK, the ceremony will be aired by Sky. It takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. There will be no main host, but a series of presenters including, it’s reported, Jennifer Lopez, Daniel Craig, Charlize Theron, Brie Larson, Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
The Favourite and Roma have 10 nominations each across the categories, including in these categories:
Costume Design: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Mary Zophres); Black Panther (Ruth Carter); The Favourite (Sandy Powell); Mary Poppins Returns (Sandy Powell); Mary Queen of Scots (Alexandra Byrne)
Actress in a Leading Role: Yalitza Aparicio, Roma; Glenn Close, The Wife; Olivia Colman, The Favourite; Lady Gaga, A Star is Born; Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Actor in a Leading Role: Christian Bale, Vice; Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born; Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate; Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody; Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Actress in a Supporting Role: Amy Adams, Vice; Marina De Tavira, Roma; Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk; Emma Stone, The Favourite; Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, Green Book; Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman; Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born; Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Sam Rockwell, Vice
Best Film: Black Panther; BlacKkKlansman; Bohemian Rhapsody; The Favourite; Roma; Green Book; A Star Is Born; Vice