The Oscars 2023 Red Carpet Best Dressed: Fashion Is Back!

No, there weren’t any slaps heard ’round the world this time around. But what the 95th annual Academy Awards lacked in controversial moments, they more than made up for in fashion. I have to say that Oscars fashion is back, baby!

The Oscars 2023 Red Carpet Fashion

I was happy to see so many stunning looks that were never too revealing or too crazy. Old Hollywood glamor hit the red carpet in 2023 and dare I say, this is probably the best-looking awards show all season.

Sure, the Oscars is supposed to be standout. It is the most famous awards show in the world. But the looks don’t always live up to the hype. And yes, 2022 had its moments, but not from the heavyweights themselves. This time, almost every A-lister looked top-notch. I was worried this year wouldn’t be as good. My feeling is – the Oscars 2023 fashion was better.


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Spoiler Alert: It was great that Brendan Fraser and Jamie Lee Curtis got their first Oscars. It was great that a song from India won Best Original Song. It was great that Michelle Yeoh was the first Asian woman to win Best Actress. And it was great to see midlife women dominate. But nothing beats the stellar color combinations like plum and pastel blue or green and silver. 

There’s even a lack of names on the Worst Dressed list for me, and that’s saying something!

The Oscars 2023 Best Dressed

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Monica Barbaro in Elie Saab Couture

Actress Monica Barbaro hit the red carpet because her movie ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ was nominated for Best Picture. This dress is utterly divine, not only because of the way it drapes over her silhouette, but also because the color combination is like nothing I’ve ever seen. Who would have thought to put these two colors together? Only Elie Saab. 

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Angela Bassett in Moschino

It’s true that most of Angela Bassett‘s dresses have looked similar this season with their mermaid shape and draped out bottom, the only difference being in the color. Still, when it works, it works! This color is gorgeous, as all her colors have been, and might I just add, she’s allowed to be upset that she lost! 

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Sandra Oh in Giambattista Valli 

The hair is not great, but Sandra Oh‘s dress is Grecian goddess come to Earth – in yellow! 

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Halle Bailey in Dolce & Gabbana

Halle Bailey looks like a goddess of the sea, or dare I say, a little mermaid? Also, remember what she looked like at the Oscars in 2022? This is way better. 

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Cate Blanchett in Louis Vuitton

Cate Blanchett is a champion when it comes to promoting sustainable fashion. The Oscars were no different. She wears an archival Louis Vuitton gown with a silk teal capelet and statement shoulder pads as well as black skirt with a train.

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Stephanie Hsu in Valentino 

Not everyone can pull off watermelon sugar in a gown but Stephanie Hsu (and Valentino) have found the formula for a showstopper. I love this dress because she took a risk and it worked. 

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Cara Delevigne in Elie Saab

This red gown on Cara Delevigne is amazing on its own, but I also remember a very similar one by Marchesa worn to last year’s Oscars by Amy Forsyth. 

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Katie Lowes 

This is an Interesting dress on Katie Lowes. The draping and the color is beautiful.

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Sofia Carson in Giambattista Valli
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Janelle Monae in Vera Wang

Metallics on the Oscars 2023 Red Carpet

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Jessica Chastain in Gucci

The belle of the ball. She always looks divine.

Oscars 2023 fashion Arianna deBose in Atelier Versace
Arianna deBose in Atelier Versace
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Jamie Lee Curtis in Dolce & Gabbana 
Malala Yousafzai siver metallic Ralph Lauren Oscars 2023 fountainof30
Malala Yousafzai in Ralph Lauren 
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Fan Bingbing in Tony Ward
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Ana De Armas in Louis Vuitton

White and Sleek 

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Emily Blunt in Valentino 
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Zoe Saldana in Fendi

Not sure why Zoe Saldana chose this. It looks like a distressed wedding dress, but not terrible.

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Michelle Yeoh in Dior
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Michelle Williams in Chanel
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Halle Berry in Tamara Ralph Couture

Black and Bold Oscars 2023 Red Carpet Fashion

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Deepika Padukone in Louis Vuitton
Jennifer Connelly off the shoulder high neck Louis Vuitton Oscars 2023 fountainof30
Jennifer Connelly in Louis Vuitton
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Danai Gurira in Jason Wu 
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Vanessa Hudgens in Chanel 

I didn’t see this dress in person, but I actually thought it looked better in pictures where she is at a distance. Vanessa Hudgens has a perfect hourglass shape here. But as you see her more close up, you notice that the dress doesn’t fit her as well as it probably should.

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Elizabeth Olsen in Givenchy
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Rihanna in Alaia

We get it Rihanna. You’re pregnant. Glad you’re proud. But for me, it’s a little bit overkill. The Super Bowl halftime show was a moment. Here, well, I think you can do better then leaving a spot where we can see through your clothes right around the midsection.

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Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive
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Lady Gaga in Versace


Worst Dressed at the Oscars 2023

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Florence Pugh in Valentino

I get it, Florence Pugh wants to be “experimental.” The Oscars is not the place to do it, even if it is Valentino.

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Ashley Graham in Alberta Ferretti 

Yea, I get why she might want to wear something like this. That doesn’t mean I have to like it. 

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Salma Hayek in Gucci 

This is not a good look on Selma Hayek. 

Do you have a favorite look (or more) from the Oscars 2023 red carpet?

–Simona Shemer

Photos:, eOnline, InStyle 

You may like to read more of Simona’s celebrity style posts like Grammy Awards 2023 Fashion: The Standouts and The Over-The-Top, A Look At The Red Carpet Fashion From The 2023 Critics Choice Awards and SAG Awards 2023 Fashion: Bold Color, The Best and Worst Dressed Celebrities.

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