Given the current socio-political gloom across the world, staying positive and radiating positivity are the two best things one can possibly aim to do. And the Oscars red carpet reflected this resilient spirit to stay strong and conquer the turmoil with a blizzard of head-to-toe gold looks radiating shine, optimism and happiness. Fringes, embroidery, 3-D beading, sleek polished hair and pink lips were some of the trends which emerged.
Be it Dakota Johnson channeling her inner magpie in a Prince Diana-collared, jewel-toned Gucci or Jessica Biel glistening in a shine-on Kaufman Franco dress. The La La Land beauty Emma Stone too wreaked a blingtastic hurricane in a Givenchy Haute Couture number, which had elaborate Baroque-inspired beading and dynamic fringes driving Instagram into a frenzy. Also, worth mentioning is Nicole Kidman’s Goddess-like look, who did complete justice to the peach and embroidered Armani Prive gown.
If on one hand, gold tones and decadent embellishments were the talking-point, on another hand, there were a panoply of virgin whites and sparkly silver looks. Our very own Baywatch seductress Priyanka Chopra stood tall and proud in a textured monochromatic Ralph & Russo creation. Her va va voom vibe, sort of, came close to Olivia Culpo’s silver Marchesa, which gloried thanks to its gyrating fringes. Besides the classic gold and silver, one saw many white knights making a strong case for the pristine tone.
Both Naomi Harris and Karlie Kloss nailed tricky white looks – the former nailing a minimalist, custom-made Calvin Klein and the latter in a Stella McCartney number, which brought to mind Gwyneth Paltrow’s game-changing Tom Ford cape look circa 2012. Talking of similarities, it was hard to overlook Taraji P. Henson (seen in Alberta Ferretti) and Jennifer Aniston ( wearing Atelier Versace) noir, femme fatale looks. Both the actresses unveiled their gym-taut leg and sensuous decolletage and proved that one can’t go wrong with the timeless black.
Also, this season, a lot of stars took sartorial risks too – be it Pharrell Williams in a Chanel tail coat layered with beads or Scarlett Johansson in a colour-blocked and printed gown. Halle Barry’s pleated and sequinned gown was also a tad daring but she wore it with confidence and elan.