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Don’t look for subtle or low-key at tonight’s Academy Awards: Stars are ready to shine and celebrate.
Best actress nominees Andra Day, in custom Vera Wang, Carey Mulligan, in a two-piece Valentino look and Leslie Odom Jr. in Brioni all chose Oscar gold for their style inspiration, while Colman Domingo of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom quickly became a Twitter favorite for his neon-pink Versace suit, paired with David Yurman jewels.
The arrivals at L.A.’s Union Station are highlighting plenty of bold colors and glamorous details. Early on red gowns dominated the red carpet, from Reese Witherspoon’s belted Dior gown to Amanda Seyfried in a dramatic gown from Giorgio Armani Privé, while Laura Dern chose a dress with a skirt lushly embellished with ostrich feathers by Oscar de la Renta. Here’s a look at the night’s most talked-about looks.
Carey Mulligan in Valentino
The best actress nominee for Promising Young Woman wore a custom two-piece gold look with ballgown skirt by Valentino, paired with Sophia Webster’s Rita Platform shoes in champagne glitter.
Viola Davis in Alexander McQueen
The best actress nominee for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom wore Alexander McQueen with Forevermark diamonds.
Amanda Seyfried in Giorgio Armani Privé
The best supporting actress nominee for Mank wore a red strapless ballgown of plissé tulle by Giorgio Armani Privé, inspired by a look from the designer’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection.
Andra Day in Vera Wang
The United States vs. Billie Holiday best actress nominee wore a custom golden gown by Vera Wang, with jewelry by Tiffany & Co.
Regina King in Louis Vuitton
The One Night in Miami director — on the red carpet with actor Aldis Hodge, sporting a Harry Winston Midnight Moon Phase 42mm Automatic Timepiece — wore a custom Louis Vuitton gown in duchesse satin, embellished with silver sequins and two tones of silver crystals, paired with a variety of diamond jewels by Forevermark.
Margot Robbie in Chanel
A producer on Promising Young Woman, Robbie wore a custom mermaid gown by Chanel, crafted of metallic lace with a low back, thin straps and three jeweled buttons down the center, paired with Chanel jewels.
Renee Zellweger in Giorgio Armani Privé
The presenter wore a custom Giorgio Armani Privé strapless gown in peony pink silk, with draped satin lapels at the neckline and crystal-embellished trim.
Daniel Kaluuya in Bottega Veneta
The best supporting actor winner for Judas and the Black Messiah wore a tuxedo by Bottega Veneta, paired with diamond jewelry and a Santos de Cartier Skeleton watch by Cartier.
Glenn Close in Giorgio Armani Privé
The nominee for Hillbilly Elegy wore a custom two-piece Giorgio Armani Privé look: a vivid blue long-sleeved tunic completely embellished with crystals in a geometric pattern, offset by silver and black beading, paired with cigarette trousers in midnight-blue silk and evening gloves.
Leslie Odom Jr. in Brioni
Best supporting actor nominee Leslie Odom, Jr., attending with wife Nicolette Robinson, wore a custom Brioni suit crafted of silk thread dipped in 24-karat gold, with jewelry by Cartier and an Omega Constellation Gents 41mm watch.
Tyler Perry in Giorgio Armani
The recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Perry wore a Giorgio Armani Made to Measure emerald green two-button shawl-collar dinner jacket and green satin shirt with black evening trousers and bow tie.
Vanessa Kirby in Gucci
The best actress nominee for Pieces of a Woman wore a custom Gucci gown in pale rose-pink silk gazar, with jewels by Cartier.
Maria Bakalova in Louis Vuitton
The Borat Subsequent Moviefilm actress, a nominee for best supporting actress, wore a custom Louis Vuitton gown of silk-satin and French tulle with a deep-V neckline and full skirt, embellished with a crystal embroidery that required 65 hours to complete. She paired it with jewelry from Moussaieff Jewellers. She posted on Instagram: “I still cannot believe this is happening to me. This has been a dream come true. Congratulations to all of my fellow nominees. I am truly so humbled and honored to be nominated alongside such talented artists.”
LaKeith Stanfield in Saint Laurent
LaKeith Stanfield, nominated for Judas and the Black Messiah, wore a custom Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello.
Riz Ahmed in Prada
The Sound of Metal nominee for best actor wore an all-black suit by Prada and a Girard-Perregaux Laureato Skeleton watch in steel.
H.E.R. in Dundas
H.E.R., winner for best original song for “Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah, wore a custom cobalt-blue embellished, hooded cape and matching flared-leg jumpsuit by Dundas, with Chopard jewels and metallic-blue platforms by Giuseppe Zanotti.
Emerald Fennell in Gucci
The triple nominee and winner for best original screenplay for Promising Young Woman wore a head-to-toe look by Gucci, including a green and lilac multicolor floral-printed organdy gown with allover sequin embroidery.
Zendaya in Valentino
The presenter wore a yellow silk chiffon Valentino gown especially designed for her by Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli. She completed the look with more than $6 million dollars in Bulgari diamonds, totaling 183.3 carats, including a yellow diamond necklace, a transformable piece with two diamond collars and a removal center brooch and tassel.
Angela Bassett in Alberta Ferretti
The actress wore a dramatic custom red gown by Alberta Ferretti, with jewels by Chopard.
Halle Berry in Dolce & Gabbana
Halle Berry wore a custom raspberry-hued strapless gown of silk chiffon by Dolce & Gabbana.
Ariana DeBose in Versace
The star of Hamilton and The Prom and the upcoming West Side Story wore an orange Versace gown with Harry Winston jewels and Stuart Weitzman heels.
Colman Domingo In Versace
Colman Domingo wore a custom Versace suit with a peak lapel, paired with shoes by Christian Louboutin and jewelry by David Yurman. The Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom actor posted on his Instagram that the look is “enriched by an embroidery with a liquid effect made of 4500 precious Swarovski crystals and sequins that cover the shoulders of the jacket in a degrade effect. A shirt in tone with the same embroidered placket, the vest and the trousers with smoking bands, as well as the golden buttons with a Medusa detail complete the look. 150 hrs of embroidery work! Thank you @versace.”
Reese Witherspoon in Dior
The actress wore a belted gown by Dior, paired with jewels by Bulgari.
Laura Dern in Oscar de la Renta
The actress chose a dress with a skirt lushly embellished with ostrich feathers by Oscar de la Renta and jewels by Pomellato.
Jon Batiste in Dior
Oscar winner Jon Batiste, the composer of Soul, wore a head-to-toe look by Dior Men that included a navy wool and silk peak-lapel tuxedo and white cotton shirt with a red feather brooch and blue and silver crystal brooch.
Charles King in Frère by Davidson Petit-Frère
The best picture nominated producer of Judas and the Black Messiah — who attended with his wife Stacey Walker King in Oscar de la Renta — wore a Frère by Davidson Petit-Frère tuxedo and shoes by the same designer, Piaget watch, Neil Lane Couture brooch and XIV Karats tuxedo studs and cufflinks.
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