Oscars Red Carpet 2019: The Battle for Best Dressed
Although some celebrities like Bradley Cooper decided to go completely traditional in their tuxedo choices, there were plenty of men who stretched the boundaries of individuality by maximising their accessories.
Best Supporting Actor winner, Mahershala Ali, took a street style approach to his elaborate tuxedo by adding a black beanie and silver framed glasses into the mix. His colour restraint made the unconventional combination an acceptable choice for Oscars dressing.
The Red Carpet also unveiled a significant worship of velvet. We saw jewel tones and even blush pink pulled off in the velvet tuxedo category, with the most opulent take being Billy Porter's tuxedo/dress by Christian Siriano.
Billy Porter wearing Christian Siriano undoubtedly got heads turning.
From the ladies we saw plenty of tulle, ruffles and pink, giving the awards night an undeniably French spin. Silhouettes from the 20th century were given a modern upgrade by vibrant lashings of pink that created a statement effect on the Red Carpet runway.
Although pink was certainly on the radar, there was no definitive conclusion as to whether soft drapes or architectural silhouettes were the dominating trend. We saw ruffles and structures as will as billows and soft drapes.
Lady Gaga certainly drew heads with her brooding adaptation of Hollywood dress code. Her 3/4 length leather gloves were an edgy rendition of 1920s silver screen glamour. Her bleached blonde hair and tanned complexion certainly added to her Old Hollywood effect. Although it was one of the more attention-grabbing looks of the night, it certainly errs on the side of subtlety compared to her previous award ceremony looks.
Forget Dresses, Suits Stole the ShowThe olden days of the classic black tux and bow tie have seemingly fallen by the wayside as suits this year undoubtedly stole the show. It wasn't just men either; some of the night's most extravagant suits were pulled off by actresses.
The VerdictWhen Hollywood puts on a "black tie" event in 2019, it's actually code for "wear velvet". The extravagant suits we saw gracing the Red Carpet took the general notion of a tuxedo and bow tie and amped it up to the next level. We saw embroidered jackets with floral motifs as well as plenty of velvet on velvet to make this year's event one of supreme opulence.