Trying to remember the 2022 Oscars red carpet pales in comparison to the drama that unfolded during the Academy Awards ceremony itself: a now infamous slap by Will Smith, who later won the best actor gong, dominated headlines. But this year attendees on the aptly named champagne carpet have ensured that the 2023 Oscars red carpet was certainly one to be remembered.
Two years of uncertainty and pared-back ceremonies meant that perhaps stars weren’t sure where they stood last year. But we’ll forgive them. For this year, they pulled out all the stops.
The Oscars evening might be more demure than its musical counterparts such as the Grammys or the Brits (no latex balloon suits here I’m afraid, Sam Smith), it does not mean any less prowess on the style front.
Whilst the Academy Awards doesn’t have an official dress code, classic old-school Hollywood glamour was the order of the day for stars including Phoebe Waller Bridge and Jennifer Connolly, who chose demure black gowns with fantastic silhouettes for the occasion.
The 1920s inspirations weren’t far either (perhaps inspired by the champagne-coloured carpet?). Sequins, fringe and lace were a common thread for several big names on Sunday night including Michelle Yeoh in Dior Couture, Zoe Saldana in Fendi, Eva Longoria in Zuhair Murad and Kate Hudson in Rodarte.
Of course, there were the occasional more out-there looks – Fan Bing Bing’s return to the red carpet in a Tony Ward sequin dress with voluminous green bow and Cara Delevingne’s deliciously red Elie Saab couture didn’t go unnoticed – but it was the poignant, yet subtle, looks that really stole the show.
Keep scrolling to see the best looks from the 2023 Oscars red carpet.
Michelle Yeoh in Dior Couture
Michelle Williams in Chanel Couture and Tiffany jewellery
Halle Berry in Tamara Ralph
Cate Blanchett in Louis Vuitton
Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé
Angela Bassett in Moschino
Austin Butler in YSL
Rihanna in Alaïa
Eva Longoria in Zuhair Murad
Florence Pugh in Valentino
Stephanie Hsu in Valentino
Emily Blunt in Valentino
Jessica Chastain in Gucci
Jennifer Connelly in Louis Vuitton
Cara Delevingne in Elie Saab
Jamie Lee Curtis in Dolce & Gabbana
Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Dolce & Gabbana
Fan Bing Bing in Tony Ward
Paul Mescal in Gucci
Salma Hayek in Gucci
Lady Gaga in Versace
Kate Hudson in Rodarte
Zoe Saldana in Fendi
Ana de Armas in Louis Vuitton
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