I have a confession to make…. I missed the Oscars! I’m not sure if it’s me aging, my newsfeed, or the fact that the world decided not to get hyped up about the Oscars this year. However, late or not, the red carpet was eye-popping and we here at Contra LOVE to discuss style, so let’s talk fashion. Below, I’ve listed our favorite and least favorite looks from the 2020 Academy Awards red carpet. Let’s see what the celebs had installed for us in this new decade.
Top 5 Best Dressed
Yousra in Zuhair Mourad Couture
All hail the Egyptian queen…I’m not biased; I’m daring you to find a flaw in her grace! For those of you who don’t know, Yousra was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year, hence, she got to vote for the Oscar winners this year. The Egyptian goddess graced the red carpet in a dress from Zuhair Mourad’s latest spring 2020 couture collection inspired by ancient Egyptian heritage. Hats off to Yousra and her stylist Mai Galal for having the golden bodice customized for the actress. The original dress from the red carpet featured midriff cut-outs; smart ladies know not to blindly copy but customize a dress to suit them— Perfectly glamorous— jewelry was by Nara Fine, and the bag by La Rose de Sim.
Brie Larson looked beyond incredible in this cape Celine gown. I love how it’s a mix of edge and femininity. Is it safe to say that cape dresses and sleeves are officially 2020’s hottest trend?! Brie topped off her look with understated Bulgari jewelry.
Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture and Tiffany & Co. Jewelry
It’s official, of all the designer houses, Dior won the night. I kept drooling over every Dior dress that strolled across the red carpet. Charlize Theron was obviously the most glamourous. As always, She oozed bombshell vibes in this fresh and sleek cut of a dress. She completed her look with Tiffany & Co. jewelry, giving a new meaning to the classic little black dress.
Rebel Wilson looked all kinds of gorgeous glam in this gold number. She accessorized her sexy ensemble with Pomellato jewelry, and an old Hollywood hairdo. Rebel is just one of those stars who gets better with age, looks wise and career wise. I’m happy to see her not shying away from exploring fashion with her curvy-gal confidence. We can proudly say, she’s never looked better than she does right now.
Regina King in Versace
Style radar alert! Pantone can declare whatever colour of the year they want, but pink is clearly the IT colour of the year. Regina King confirmed that in this sparkly Versace number. We didn’t know Regina King had it in her! She played her way into our fashion hearts. We are also big fans of the stacked glitzy diamond rings; we love us some bling! We can’t wait to see more of her style in the years to come.
Waad Al-Kateab in Reem Masri
Syrian documentarian director Waad Al-Kateab was nominated for an Oscar and used her red carpet moment to make more than a fashion statement. Flaunting a dress by Syrian designer, Reem Masri. The dress was embroidered with Syrian poetry in Arabic calligraphy which translates to, “we dared to dream and we will not regret dignity”. Fashion wise we must say, it was a jaw dropping design. Arabic calligraphy done right!
On another note: We at Contra, as an Egyptian based magazine, would like to stress that we do not lean to any sides when it comes to the Syrian civil war and do pray for ALL Syrians to attain a peaceful, better future.
Natalie Portman in Dior Haute Couture & Cartier
Quick reminder: I said this was a night for the Dior house! If you follow my fashion critiques you’ll know I’m not a fan of sheer on bodysuits, but, oh that cape! It’s not just quite refreshing to see some sort of “winter fashion” on the red carpet – hey it’s supposed to be cold in February – but this cape had a subtle message embroidered on its hems; the names of the great female directors who were snubbed by the academy this year [the Oscars has a sad history of not nominating female directors]. She made quite a fashion & feminist statement with this cape.
America Ferrera in custom Alberta Ferreti
It seems the 2020 Oscars was all about fashion entwined statements! America Ferrera did not just look unearthly fabulous with her preggy look, but she was also honouring her ancestors’ indigenous Lenca tribe of Honduras.
Margot Robbie in vintage Chanel
Those who know me know I’m obsessed with vintage. Margot Robbie wore this gorgeous piece from Chanel’s spring/summer 1994 collection. From the brooch piece to the disconnected matching sleeves, did Margot just sell us the sustainable fashion lifestyle?!
Sigourney Weaver in Dior Haute Couture
Another Dior! We’re feeling royalty vibes with this shade of green… From top to bottom this look is so well suited for the 70 year old actress.
Scarlette Johansen in Oscar de la Rente
So I added and removed this look a couple of times. We honestly can’t decide whether this is a good look or not (do tell us how you feel about it in the comments!) It really does flatter Scarlette’s curves — obviously— I imagine that’s why she was dressed in it. However, the midriff and dangling sparkles (what are these!). Could it have been done better?! We’ll never know! Join our conversation in the comments and tell us what you think about this one!
At first I was like, “Oh, I like her going for the big sleeves trend,” then I was like, “Oh, volume, organza, bows, glitter, maybe a little too much?!” (apologies for the intended puns)
Maya Rudolph in Valentino & Lorraine Schwartz Jewelry
Maya had our team turning heads for different reasons. Some saw the look as interesting and new, a noteworthy look, while others saw it deserved to drop into the worst dressed section. What do you think?!
Least Favourite Looks
If the young uprising actor wanted to give us “I don’t give a damn about all of this vibes”, he definitely got that through! What’s that?! A Prada tracksuit!?
Saoirse Ronan in Gucci
While I love contrasting looks, this was too mismatched for me. What do you think?
Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen
Rooney Mara just managed to drive us into a depression worse than that of her fiancé’s film! We’re still not sure if the design was on its way to become some sort of cheap lingerie but changed it’s mind midway and decided to become a dress or vice versa…..
Kristen Wiig in Christian Louboutin
We’re accustomed to Kristen Wiig’s hilarious humour on screen so we’re still waiting for a joke & punchline to accompany this dress which we’re assuming was some costume leftover from her SNL days!
Bilie Eilish in Chanel
Can someone explain the concept of red carpet to this child?! She could have at least left her claws/spiders at home!
Enough about what we think….did you watch the show?! Who was your best dressed? We want to hear from you! Comment below and let's talk about it!