2020 Oscars Best Dressed

Janelle Monáe In Custom Ralph Lauren

Janelle is never afraid to take fashion risks and have fun on red carpets. This outstanding look was no exception. Designed by Ralph Lauren, this silk-lamé silver ensemble is dotted in 168,000 Swarovksi crystals and took 600 hours to complete. The long sleeved sheer top features a dramatic draped hood which gives me old Hollywood vibes mixed with Grace Jones. There is a plunging diamond shaped open back and a voluminous matching structured A-line ball gown skirt with a side zipper closure. Completing this look is a 35 carat Forevermark “Lace Of Light” diamond choker and Forevermark studs and diamond rings.

Natalie Portman In Dior Couture

I absolutely adored that Natalie chose to honor this years snubbed female directors with her choice of fashion. The delicate gold names were worked so well into this look in such a classy way that they were hardly noticeable. “I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in my subtle way,” she said when asked about the decision to include the women’s names in her look. The names featured on her cape included Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Melina Matsoukas (“Queen & Slim”), Alma Har’el (“Honey Boy”), Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”) and Mati Diop (“Atlantics”). In the 92 year history of The Academy Awards only five female directors have ever been nominated, and Kathryn Bigalow is the only one who has one.

Natalie’s cape was made from wool and silk with satin cuir lapels. It took 280 hours of workmanship by two artisans to complete. The gown beneath features a black lining with a plunging neckline and an outer layer of fluid silk tulle which was hand embroidered by Vermont atelier in Paris using antique gold thread. The golden wheat motif was taken from Dior’s Spring 2020 collection, inspired by nature. The gown required 600 hours of workmanship to reach the standard of a Dior couture look.

Sandra Oh in Elie Saab Haute Couture

This gown was rose gold heaven. Sandra sparkled in this flowing sexy Elie Saab gown which is from the Spring 2020 haute couture collection. I absolutely love the contrast of the clean vertical lines with the extravagant princess poofyness. This look was elegant and upscale without taking itself too seriously.

Brie Larson in Celine by Hedi Slimane

I LOVE a good cape. This gown was tailored so perfectly that it looked like a second skin. The stunning pink look took over 1,200 hours to hand embroider. It is covered in 13,000 Swarovski crystals as well as 120,000 sequins, 110,000 glass beads, and 6,500 pink strassed jewels. This was paired with  Bvlgari Divas’ Dream High Jewelry earrings in white gold and diamonds, two Serpenti rings in pink gold and diamond, and a matching bracelet.

Amy Sussman

Cynthia Erivo in custom Atelier Versace

I am in love with the asymmetrical cuts on the bodice of this gown as well as the dramatic gathering at the hip. Silver slashes filled with Swarovski crystals cross the bodice from left to right, drawing the eye upwards. Mesh panels and a thigh high slit give a boost of sex appeal to this otherwise fit for a Disney princess look. This was paired with stunning Piaget diamond earrings and rings. Cynthias platinum hair accentuated this look perfectly.

Amy Sussman

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture

The sculpted bodice of this gown is a work of art. I love the elegance of the dropped shoulder and tailored thigh-high slit skirt which extends into a dramatic train. This was paired with a Tiffany & Co diamond necklace featuring 165 diamonds which is valued at a mere $5 million.

David Fisher

Zazie Beetz in Thom Browne

Zazie was giving me 1700’s vibes in this gorgeous black sequined corset and tea length skirt. My favorite part of this look is the detailing of the tiny bows down the front of the corset. This was paired with a jaw dropping statement necklaces from Bvlgari and matching earrings with emerald accents. Zazie joked that she had to be sewn into her look, but the end result was very worth it.

Photo by Kevin Mazur