Rather than giving in to the pressure of dumping their designer dresses when war broke out a few days before, red carpet habitués instead dumped their megawatt diamonds, scaling back on necklaces and rings, and then scaling back on big hair in favor of sleek chignons. Still, they managed to make Oscar’s 75th birthday colorful, as almost every actress opted for a strong striking color all her own, with shapes staying mostly close to the body — but not too close.
Instead of the usual sea of black — or last year’s sea of nude pinks — J. Lo opted for mint green, Julianne Moore for bottle green, Jennifer Garner for sky blue, Marcia Gay Harden for turquoise, Renée Zellweger for crimson, Hilary Swank for ombréd pink, and Queen Latifah in beaded blue. The dress hues were so strong that they begged for bare necks, and the understated up-dos that emulated old movie stars’ style begged for those long dangly chandelier earrings Nicole Kidman has made so popular.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kidman and Julia Roberts went stark black — and these ladies almost always do — whereas gold made a reappearance as Oscar’s most classic and popular shade. From Diane Lane’s feathery Oscar de la Renta — a convergence of the top of one gown and the bottom of another design — to Kate Hudson’s sparkly Versace to Halle Berry’s shimmery sand-shaded Elie Saab, gold was almost a safer choice than black.
Trends: a strong lip, the up-do with back-of-the-head detail, the chandelier earring.
Biggest fashion winners of the night: Versace, who dressed Hudson, Garner,Heather Graham, Anjelica Huston and Zeta-Jones; Tom Ford, who’s YSL ruffled gown was Julianne Moore’s best look ever; and Paper Bag Princess — Elizabeth Mason’s L.A. vintage shop whose profile was always lower than Lily et Cie and Decades — until Roberts wore her vintage Jean Jourban Paris dress to the Oscars.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)