Time to close the books on the 2019 Oscars red carpet!
Lady Gaga in Brandon MaxwellEmbed from Getty Images
I like this more than her first gown. Fun fact: before starting his eponymous label, Brandon Maxwell was Lady Gaga’s fashion director. What a lovely way for him to come full circle, dressing the woman who gave him his start on arguably the biggest night of her career!
Tina Fey in Vera WangEmbed from Getty Images
Tina is a goddess and this is the best thing Vera Wang has made in a very, very, VERY long time. Tina just brings the best out in everyone!
Allison Janney in Pamella RolandEmbed from Getty Images
Does she ever get it wrong? I mean, honestly, she makes looking this elegant so impossibly easy.
Lucy Boynton in custom RodarteEmbed from Getty Images
Lucy has quirky taste, favoring the over the top wackiness of Gucci and the decadent British-ness of Erdem, so I was surprised to see her in something relatively simple. I was also surprised that this was Rodarte – they really do have range when they’re designing custom pieces. I like this a lot – it’s very regal, and you don’t see such a vibrant hue of purple a lot on the red carpet.
Constance Wu in Atelier VersaceEmbed from Getty Images
This color is an absolute dream, but the purposefully uneven ruffle at the neckline is driving me CRAZY.
Billy Porter in Christian SirianoEmbed from Getty Images
This is EPIC. Billy is the star of “Pose”, the FX drama about 1980’s ball culture in New York City, and he has a history of epic red carpet looks. This is not only deliciously subversive, but exquisitely made. Billy and Christian are a potent and inspired red carpet combination.
Octavia Spencer in Christian SirianoEmbed from Getty Images
And Christian proves again why he is the reigning king of classic ballgowns (for both men AND women!). This is lovely and timeless.
Laura Dern in RodarteEmbed from Getty Images
Unlike Lucy’s Rodarte, there is nothing I like about this look. From the color to the ruching, this all feels dated and half-assed.
Jennifer Lopez in Tom FordEmbed from Getty Images
This is a very shattered disco ball of a dress.
Molly Sims in Zuhair MuradEmbed from Getty Images
I feel like this is what J. Lo was going for…sadly, she didn’t quite make it.
Cicely Tyson in B. Michael CoutureEmbed from Getty Images
Cicely Tyson is 94 years old. Let me repeat that: 94 YEARS OLD. How amazing does she look in her feathers and fascinator!?
Kelly Ripa in Christian SirianoEmbed from Getty Images
Kelly is a die-hard Siriano devotee, and this look is perfect for “America’s Sweetheart”.
Queen Latifah in Michael CostelloEmbed from Getty Images
This is…totally fine.
Maya Rudolph in Giambattista ValliEmbed from Getty Images
Unpopular opinion alert: I love this! Maya loves a “big” look; lots of ruffles, florals, and color. She gets it wrong more than she gets it right, but this is the perfect level of fun and kooky on her without going overboard.
Amy Poehler in Alberta FerrettiEmbed from Getty Images
She looks like such a boss in this. I would love a pop of color though – maybe some rubies or emeralds?
Elsie Fisher in custom Thom BrowneEmbed from Getty Images
Elsie wore variations on this outfit all awards season and it’s been really fun to watch her play around with a common theme. She is incredibly self-assured in her aesthetic – an impressive feat for a 15 year old.
Tessa Thompson in Chanel Haute CoutureEmbed from Getty Images
This is far from the worst thing Karl Lagerfeld (RIP) has sent down the runway, but I could do without the waist ruffle.
Charlize Theron in custom Christian DiorEmbed from Getty Images
Things I like about this: the sexy back; the cuffed sleeves; the jewels. Things I don’t like: everything else. The fit on this is offensively bad, the color is incongruous with her new dark hair, and the red/orange lip feels totally out of place.
Zuri Hall in Ong Oaj PairamEmbed from Getty Images
I am obsessed with the swirling patterns made of tulle, it’s stunning.
Elaine Welterof in Celia KrithariotiEmbed from Getty Images
Elaine was the first African American Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue and was responsible for increasing their coverage of political and social issues. In other words, she’s a total badass and she looks fabulous in this delightfully spikey gown.
Jennifer Hudson in Elie Saab Haute CoutureEmbed from Getty Images
This has one too many things going on for me.
Laura Harrier in Louis VuittonEmbed from Getty Images
First of all, this necklace is great. Second of all, it deserves a better dress. Poor Laura consistently gets some of the worst looks from Louis Vuitton. This feels bulky and dated on her, and I have been staring at it for a week and still can’t tell if it’s belted or a crop top.
Michelle Yeoh in Elie Saab Haute CoutureEmbed from Getty Images
Exquisitely elegant. Michelle has impeccable taste.
Danai Gurira in Brock CollectionEmbed from Getty Images
Maybe it’s because of the characters she tends to play, like a sword-wielding, zombie-killer, but I would never have imagined her in something so prim and ladylike. She looks stunning in this though, and it actually might be the first red carpet look from Brock Collection that I genuinely like.
Meagan Goode in Georges ChakraEmbed from Getty Images
This is better than it should be given how much of it is precariously sheer.
Ashley Graham in Zac PosenEmbed from Getty Images
This is 110% the best she has ever looked, and she didn’t need anything sheer or cropped or naked to look fabulous.
Irina Shayk in BurberryEmbed from Getty Images
So…Irina had a rough night. In addition to contending with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s VERY intimate performance and the myriad rumors it sparked, she also looks like a strangely conservative belly dancer.
Krysten Ritter in Reem AcraEmbed from Getty Images
Surprise! Krysten Ritter is pregnant and she looks great!
Amandla Stenberg in Miu MiuEmbed from Getty Images
Oof, I do not like this at all. It feels skeletal and creepy. I don’t think I’ve ever described a dress as creepy before?
Letitia Wright in Dior Haute CoutureEmbed from Getty Images
So lovely and delicate!
SZA in Vivienne Westwood CoutureEmbed from Getty Images
Listen, I love SZA, but this is just a little too “drunken Bride of Frankenstein on her wedding night” for my taste.
Serena Williams in Armani PrivéEmbed from Getty Images
This is fine, but I will never be a fan of anything that makes it look like you’ve busted out of the original garment.
Brie Larson in CelineEmbed from Getty Images
This should be better than it is – the fit is off and her hair looks genuinely unwashed.
Emily Deschanel in vintage Dior and Zoey Deschanel in vintage Victor CostaEmbed from Getty Images
The sisters Deschanel are both wearing vintage looks, to varying degrees of success. Emily looks fine, if a little “can-can”. But Zooey…the idea here is interesting but it’s terribly droopy.
Nancy Garcia Garcia in custom Kris GoyriEmbed from Getty Images
Nancy starred in “Roma” along with Marina and Yalitza, and she worked with the same stylist. I love this whole look!