Oscars 2018: Best-Dressed

6:18 PM 3/4/2018

by Booth Moore

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Kevin Mazur (Davis, Zendaya), Steve Granitz (Kidman), all Getty Images

Fashion came back with a vengeance at the Oscars on Sunday night. Buttons, bows and bold color made statements, as Nicole Kidman, Zendaya, Gal Gadot and more stars hit the red carpet and an understated activism permeated the event, with Time’s Up and ACLU buttons the most popular accessories.

  • Nicole Kidman

    In a strapless cobalt blue gown with a bow-front detail by Armani Prive, Kidman proved she is the reigning queen of red carpet style. This strapless dress fit her like a dream, and the Christian Louboutin asymmetric point toe pumps with cross straps were the perfect accent to the simple, modern style.

  • Zendaya

    Zendaya looks positively regal on the red carpet, styled by Law Roach in a beautifully draped Giambattista Valli Couture chiffon goddess gown that he spotted on the label’s spring 2018 haute couture runway in Paris in January — accented with diamond jewels from Bulgari’s heritage collection and Brian Atwood sandals.

    “The color is a really deep chocolate brown, which is a bit odd for the red carpet,” said Roach. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anyone wear this shade on the carpet. When I saw it at the couture show, I just thought that it was spectacular and I fought for it a bit and finally got it.

  • Saoirse Ronan

    “It’s almost like everything disappears and there’s Saoirse,” stylist Elizabeth Saltzman said of the Lady Bird star’s bubblegum pink Calvin Klein dress with a statement-making bow and train in back that made Ronan look like a modern-day princess. ”The dress is absolutely simple, clean, and then you turn around!”

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Although metallics were less of a red-carpet trend on Oscar night than they have been on other recent red carpets, Lawrence’s Dior chain mail gown was a hit, mixing classic elegance with a modern materials twist.

  • Gal Gadot

    The Wonder Woman’s metallic dress was similar to Lawrence’s, but the fringe accents on the skirt gave it a futuristic flapper note, and the Tiffany & Co. necklace was a drop mic of an accessory.

  • Margot Robbie

    Straight off the announcement that she is a new brand ambassador for the French fashion house, Robbie wore a white Chanel gown. The off-shoulder embroidery elevates this simple column silhouette, and makes it the best of the evening's several all-white looks. Her bob hairstyle with a simple S-wave added an easygoing, modern accent.

  • Allison Janney

    The I, Tonya star wore red-carpet red like a pro, choosing a Reem Acra gown with plunging neckline and angel sleeves.  “We loved the shape and the color of this dress!” said stylist Tara Swennen. “The bold sleeves are modern and eye-catching, and the classic red is timeless.”


  • Viola Davis

    The hot pink color, sporty silhouette (and Davis’ fun curls) made this shimmering Michael Kors look a standout.

  • Emma Stone

    Stone is the master of the red-carpet pants look (remember her 2015 Golden Globes Lanvin look?) and she reprised it again here, only this time wearing a custom Louis Vuitton burgundy, pink and navy duchesse satin tuxedo that demonstrated how color mixing is done.

  • Saint Vincent

    Every red carpet needs at least one wild card, and on Sunday, the stylish singer was it, wearing a Saint Laurent look that was fashion with a capital F, and will go down in the style annals alongside Bjork’s 2001 swan dress.

  • Sandra Bullock

    Bullock’s impressive black-and-gold Louis Vuitton gown was a marvel of French craftsmanship, with more than 100,000 paillettes and 500 hours of hand embroidery.