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Highlights and Lowlights from the 93rd Oscars


The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony was held on Sunday, April 25, and all the biggest stars brought out their best garments for Hollywood’s premier awards show.

As always, while some actors and addresses brought out all the stops and shined in the spotlight, others fizzled in the flashbulbs of the red-carpet cameras.

Zendaya and Carey Mulligan in Valentino. Photos: Twitter

Zendaya stunned as always in a gorgeous custom-made Valentino gown in a bright lemon yellow color, with the young starlet showing once again she has the chops for the big screen and for the red carpet. The bold midsection cutout wouldn’t work on just anyone, but Zendaya’s slight physique lends itself to such an off-the-wall tailoring choice.

While she accessorized the dress with over 183 carats and $6 million worth of jewels from Bulgari, the 24-year-old actress wore her tresses in long and loose waves, adding an element of casual coolness only fit for one of Hollywood’s youngest style icons.

Carey Mulligan, who was nominated for Best Actress for her efforts in “Promising Young Woman,” also wore Valentino, in a sequined gold number that mimicked the very award she had hoped to win. 

The sparkling dress had a cutout similar to that of Zendaya’s, though slightly more conservative, finishing in a giant ball gown, with a sleek up-do to match. Mulligan’s styling was almost the graduated, more elegant version of Zendaya’s yellow outfit, but all that much more appropriate for an actress nominated for one of the top prizes of the night.

Andra Day in Vera Wang and Angela Bassett in Alberta Ferretti. Photos: Twitter

Meanwhile, Andra Day likewise wore a gold Vera Wang dress with cutouts, but it ended up falling a little flat. While her hair and makeup were completely on point, the gown looked more like something that could be found at Zara or Bershka, than an outfit made for the Academy Awards.

Angela Bassett stunned in a ruby red off-the-shoulder Alberta Ferretti gown, with puffy sleeves that turned into a train in the back, almost reminiscent of a Christmas day present, in the most enviable way possible.

The decorated actress paired her stunning dress with silver accessories from Chopard, and a beautiful makeup look, accented particularly by the deep smokey amethyst eye she sported, turning Bassett into a gem decked out in jewel-tones.

Colman Domingo in Versace and Daniel Kaluuya in Bottega Veneta. Photos: Twitter

The men of the Oscars also showed up in style, with Daniel Kaluuya, who took home the award for Best Actor, wearing a double breasted blazer by Bottega Veneta with a sweater to match underneath, accessorized by a cool Cartier tennis necklace, watch and rings.

While those more old-school may have found Kaluuya’s outfit a little too casual for the Oscars, it was the most on-trend look offered by any of the men attending, and the award-winning actor’s cool demeanor took the lowkey suited look to the next level.

On the other hand, Colman Domingo showed up in a hot pink three-piece Versace suit with golden button details and emblazoned with silver threads that reportedly took 150 hours to stitch. While he must be commended for his courageous choice, the mismatching metalics and almost-blinding pink hue would have perhaps been a better choice for the younger-vibed Grammy’s than the Academy Awards.

…April 27, 2021


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