Classic tuxedo for them and dress with covered knees for them. A somewhat stale dress code that the Academy requested of the 2,500 guests who walked the most viewed red carpet of the year. Luckily, many of those attending the Oscars decided to ignore the ‘dress code’ to offer us the most interesting outfits. One of them, as it could not be otherwise, was that of Timothée Chalamet. Always daring, he chose to go bare-chested in a Louis Vuitton suit without a shirt. A garment that Kristen Stewart has worn, but completely open, complementing some very short pants in a daring Chanel style.
Many very pronounced necklines and not all of them successful, like the pristine white Elie Saab of the tennis player Venus Williams, who seemed that at any moment she was going to reveal more than necessary. In the same vein as her sister, Serena, with a Gucci in a strawberry tone with black details that, perhaps because of the crude platform shoes and gloves, did not look like a dress made by the Italian house. Also a shame is the incompressibly on-trend nipple shield neckline that the Oscar winner for best supporting actress Ariana DeBose opted for, which spoiled the rest of the pretty Valentino suit. Curiously, actress Tracee Ellis Ross wore a -terrible- Carolina Herrera with a very similar neckline and color.
Penélope Cruz did comply with the established protocol, very flattering in a black Chanel dress in a nod to the tuxedo, with a halter neck in which a kind of paillette bow tie was drawn, buttons on the body and, something she loves, the pockets on the skirt. The Spanish actress was not only perfect with her dress, but also with her makeup and hair. Jessica Chastain was not so successful with a mermaid-style Gucci that she lost a lot in the ornate lower part of her dress. A mermaid style that Zendaya also leaned towards, wonderful in a Maison Valentino very adapted to her style with a short shirt that left her abdomen exposed. She was very reminiscent of the outfit that Sharon Stone chose at the 1998 Oscars, also similar to the sober Bottega Veneta skirt and blouse set that Uma Thurman wore this year.
Nicole Kidman was also great in a grayish Armani Privé with a peplum skirt, the singer Sofia Carson in a black princess-cut Giambattista Valli and Zoe Kravitz, in a delicate Saint Laurent in powder pink. Much more daring were the British composer Naomi Scott, with a Fendi in which elaborate embroidery stood out, and the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, with a sculptural jewel dress by Schiaparelli.
The men adhered more closely to the stylistic guidelines dictated by the Academy, such as the elegant Bradley Cooper, Jacob Elordi -from Burberry- or Rami Malek, while Andrew Garfield was perfect without strictly following the rules, giving a touch of color with a Saint Laurent maroon velvet jacket and bow instead of a bow tie. Woody Harrelson, however, seemed to have borrowed the suit from his older brother. A disaster.