Academy Awards 2019 Fashion: Best and Worst Dressed Celebrities

The Oscars always have their share of surprises, but this year, we expected them. If not on the stage with lack of a host or on the winner’s list, we pretty much knew what to expect on the red carpet in the style department. Yet while the fashion certainly didn’t disappoint (did you see Charlize Theron’s statuesque figure in Dior?), there weren’t too many shocking moments. Except maybe for the fact that Lady Gaga actually looked, well, normal. But she’s been doing that all awards season 2019 and some men in tux/gowns, but we are sticking to women’s fashion here.

Let’s take a look at statement dresses of the evening and the fashionable trends of the night.

Spoiler alert: The movie that we will thought would win Best Picture didn’t. And the man who won Best Actor in a Leading Role had the most fashion-forward girlfriend on his arm in purple Rodarte.


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Academy Awards 2019 Fashion

The Best Dressed Celebrities

Academy Awards 2019 Fashion Lucy Boynton in purple satin gown Rodarte oscars red carpet 2019
Lucy Boynton in Rodarte

Lucy Boynton in Rodarte was my favorite gown of the evening. Everything is so right about this look. The color is so gorgeous against her platinum hair. The off-the-shoulder look with the embellished sleeves is just so beautiful. And at the end of the day, she hasn’t taken away from her personal style. She showed us the whimsical, vintage, boho feel that’s been a part of her glamorous looks throughout awards season.

Rachel Weisz in bright red Givenchy gown with tulle floral applique and vinyl
Rachel Weisz in Givenchy

So I’m not sure how I feel about the latex on the top of this dress. There’s been a lot of jokes made about it. But kudos to Rachel Weisz for always taking a risk and making it look so, so elegant. Capes and capelets are so in right now (thank you Meghan Markle) and I do believe this dress is divine.

Am I wrong? Should this be on a worst dressed list? Weigh in!

Kacey Musgraves in pink tulle layered Giambattista Valli gown
Kacey Musgraves in Giambattista Valli

I’m truly not sure how I feel about this dress on Kacey Musgraves. I think I would have preferred it in white. The reason I put it at the top of this list in the standout dresses section is because it’s different from any other dress on the red carpet. Yes, it’s true that every dress is unique. But this one doesn’t follow any trend, it doesn’t follow any fabric and it’s over-the-top. Somehow Kacey’s beauty and elegance brings it down to princess level.

Angela Bassett in hot pink one shoulder gown Reem Acra
Angela Bassett in Reem Acra

Does Angela Bassett ever age? She looks amazing in this Reem Acra gown.

academy awards 2019 fashion Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen tiffany necklace
Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen

Lady Gaga is classic, stunning, Old Hollywood, complete with the classic Tiffany’s diamond on her neck, last worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And then that exaggerated hip sculpted silhouette is thrown in and there’s a little bit of Gaga in there somewhere, complete with opera gloves.

Tina Fey in cobalt blue Vera Wang gown red carpet oscars 2019
Tina Fey in Vera Wang

This sapphire blue color is gorgeous on Tina Fey.

Charlize Theron in light blue long sleeve Christian Dior gown 2019 Oscars red carpet
Charlize Theron in Christian Dior

Charlize Theron is always so stunning, even with brown hair.

Laura Harrier in light blue Louis Vuitton gown red carper oscars
Laura Harrier in Louis Vuitton

The best part of this gown on Laura Harrier is that it’s embroidered with glass beads, Swarovski crystals and sequins that are ethically made and ecologically-friendly following Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress initiative.

Regina King in white strapless Oscar de la Renta gown Oscars 2019
Regina King in Oscar de la Renta
Constance Wu in yellow tulle Atelier Versace
Constance Wu in Atelier Versace
Amy Adams in silver and white Atelier Versace gown oscars 2019
Amy Adams in Atelier Versace

Disco Balls and Oscar Statues 

Gold and metallics were all over the red carpet during the Oscars 2019. I was impressed by how well so many celebrities pulled it off.

Jennifer Lopez in disco mirror Tom Ford silver gown Oscars red carpet 2019
Jennifer Lopez in Tom Ford

Jennifer Lopez is the epitome of disco ball fabulous. This is probably the most fabulous dress I have ever seen!

Michelle Yeoh in full skirt metallic embroidered Elie Saab gown
Michelle Yeoh in Elie Saab
Emilia Clarke in silver strapless Balmain gown Oscars 2019
Emilia Clarke in Balmain
Brie Larson in silver Celine column gown Oscars 2019
Brie Larson in Celine
Amandla Stenberg in Miu Miu gown silver Oscar red carpet 2019
Amandla Stenberg in Miu Miu

Looking wise beyond her years, 20-year old Amandla Stenberg is the youngest presenter in Academy history to present the Best Picture award. And her gown is gorgeous!

Glenn Close in gold Carolina Herrera cape gown Oscars 2019 red carpet
Glenn Close in Carolina Herrera

The golden statue herself, Glenn Close, wore a gorgeous Carolina Herrera ensemble complete with cape.

The Worst Dressed Celebrities

Helen Mirren in pink and orange tulle Schiaparelli gown Oscars 2019
Helen Mirren in Schiaparelli

No one loves Helen Mirren‘s style more than me but this neon pink is probably the first time ever I have to take that back. This is a little too bubblegum teenager going to the prom for me, even with the long sleeves.

Gemma Chan in neon pink Valentino gown oscars 2019
Gemma Chan in Valentino

You may or may not agree with me, this being Valentino after all, but I don’t like this look on Gemma Chan and it’s not just because of the neon pink color. I don’t care for the silhouette and the fabric. Sure, it could potentially be a modern, risk-taking look, but the cough syrup tone isn’t doing it any favors at the end of the day.

Laura Marano in pink and yellow bow Celia Kritharioti gown oscars 2019
Laura Marano in Celia Kritharioti

Perhaps if this gown didn’t have that huge, distracting bow on the back I would have liked it.

Olivia Coleman in green Prada gown with black embroidered stole Oscards 2019 red carpet
Olivia Coleman in Prada

I hate to say that a Best Actress winner had one of the worst dressed looks of the night, but that’s how I feel. There’s a whole story behind this gown worn by Olivia Coleman, according to The New York Times, including Coleman’s work with Mary Fellowes, a creative director and stylist, and how the dress made her feel that night, but I don’t know, something is off about this dress. The colors are fab, the embroidery is stunning, and yet, the silhouette is just super blah. I would have preferred something more fitted and the cape, as unique as it is, just seems wrong. She was playing with it to much which is always a bad sign.

I know I have some strong opinions here about the Oscars 2019 red carpet fashion. Tell me, do you think I’m wrong? Do you agree? What did you think of the Academy Awards 2019 fashion this year?

–Simona Shemer

You may like to read more of Simona’s celebrity style posts like The Best and Worst Dressed Celebrities at the 2019 Golden Globes and SAG Awards 2019 Best and Worst Red Carpet Fashion.

Photos: People, EOnline

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2 thoughts on “Academy Awards 2019 Fashion: Best and Worst Dressed Celebrities”

  1. I think you are wrong about Helen Mirrin’s dress. The color looks good on her. It’s original and she is stunning. Have you seen what he girls are wearing to the prom these days? The dresses are all short and revealing, and mostly black. Beautiful but nothing like Helen’s.


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