Nothing competes with the Oscars. The 2021 awards season may have centered on virtual ceremonies, recorded performances, and home fashion moments, but the Academy Awards felt like a return to form. A fully personal event held in multiple locations to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions and they brought out the stars in ways we haven’t seen in over a year. Just as Golden Age stars used their on-screen roles to convey fantasy to viewers during troubled times, tonight’s guests seemed intent on restoring the elegance once equated with the big screen.
The evening’s nominees and presenters all went the extra mile. The looks sparkled thanks to the craftsmanship details that designer studios put into each piece and the trend towards high-gloss style. The drama of the Valentino Haute Couture spring 2021 collection by Pierpaolo Piccioli came via. on the carpet Promising young woman The larger than life, iridescent dress from Star Carey Mulligan is adorned with pearls and sequins. Director Regina King shone in a bespoke Louis Vuitton gown designed by Nicolas Ghesquière and covered in most of the Swarovski crystals the brand has ever used in a single piece of clothing.
The fashions united the feeling of grandeur that has characterized the event for decades. Each star had their own way of approaching the concept of Oscar disguise, but all honored the spirit of the ceremony. Thanks to her plum part as OG-It-Girl Marion Davies already versed in the fashion of the Golden Age Deficiency, dazzled Amanda Seyfried in crimson Armani Privé folds that curved into the shape of a petal. Equally tempting was the disco glamor of Zendaya’s bespoke Valentino look in fluorescent yellow silk chiffon. Armed with more than $ 6 million worth of Bulgari gems, it was an Outré Oscar moment worthy of Cher.
The bar for men’s fashion is set thanks to expressive stars like Ma Rainey’s black bottom Star Colman Domingo, whose pink Atelier Versace look enlivens the carpet. Likewise, the unstoppable cuteness of Minari‘s Alan Kim, whose Thom Browne tuxedo was the most glamorous look of the night, was uplifting.
After a turbulent year in which it was almost impossible to see a movie in the cinema, the spectacle of the Oscars took on a different meaning. A few months ago, the idea of celebrities walking around in expensive clothes would have been inappropriate. But as the world slowly opens up again, a collective nostalgia has taken hold. It will be a long time before the uninterrupted schedule of step-and-repeats and fancy parties returns and the sight of a room full of actors smiling in designer fashion is a regular occurrence. Meanwhile, beauty lies in the new, customized versions of the perennial events. If the parade of smartly dressed Oscar attendees proves anything in 2021, it’s that glamor can still feel extraordinary and transporting.