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APRIL 20, 2022

The 94th Academy Award took place March 27 to celebrate films from the past year. While the ceremony’s main focus spotlights cinema, the outfits on the annual red carpet warrant attention as well. Here are The Daily Californian’s picks for the top five best dressed celebrities at the 94th Academy Awards.

Zendaya

The former Disney star famous for her youthful, creative red carpet styles maintained her caliber of excellence at this year’s Oscars by showing up in an elegant number in custom Valentino Haute Couture. Designed by the houses’ director Pierpaolo Piccioli, the look comprised a cropped silk button-down and silver sequin skirt complete with a long train. The look seemed to invoke Sharon Stone’s 1998 Oscars look as inspiration. The cropped shirt silhouette deftly balanced menswear and womenswear pieces. While her stylist Law Roach adorned the look with a statement serpent necklace and multiple matching bangle bracelets from Bulgari, the “Dune” actress glittered extra brightly with a silvery smokey eye. Coupled with a tousled updo by hairstylist Antoinette Hill and mirrored nails by Lisa Kon, the look felt fresh in its boldness yet timelessly polished.

Zoë Kravitz

Dressed in a baby pink floor-length gown by Yves Saint Laurent, “The Batman” actress and awards presenter beamed as an absolute vision walking down the red carpet. Designed by YSL’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello, the strapless satin dress glowed and featured a slanted bow that emerged from the top. The individual elements, such as the color and bow, conjured playful femininity, embellishing the simplistic design and silhouette, creating a cohesive balance in the sweet look. Stylist Andrew Mukamal finished the look with a simple diamond choker and earrings set by Kwiat. Kravitz’s hair was styled in soft swept bangs a la Audrey Hepburn, and her nude pink nails by Betina Goldstein elevated the look into a fresh yet timeless take on classic Hollywood glamor. 

Sofia Carson

The “Descendants” star looked like a real princess on the red carpet, as she debuted in a show-stopping black tulle gown by Giambattista Valli. The gauzy, exquisite ball gown featured a poofy tulle skirt and sheer bustier, while the sheer shoulder shawl brought a sleekness to the look, elevating the ballgown look from feeling like a rote red carpet staple. The dark color and brooding mood conjured by the dress gave the look a refreshing edginess. Yet, stylist Nicolas Bru did not spoil the look with further excess, keeping the accessories simple with a feather gemstone earring and bracelet set from Piaget. Coupled with a sleek updo by Caile Noble, fierce winged eyeliner by Karan Mitchell, Carson was eye-catching in the regal yet modern look.

Timothée Chalamet

The actor from “Dune” and “Don’t Look Up” broke gender norms and the dress code Sunday night. Chalamet showed up to the ceremony shirtless, sporting a cropped blazer and trouser combo from the Louis Vuitton 2022 womenswear collection. Designed by Nicolas Ghesquière, the jacket featured ornate sequined embroidery and lace hemmed sleeves. Compared to the typically conservative style of dress seen on red carpets, Chalamet’s creative, bold look was refreshingly atypical to the often formulaic and bland looks worn by men on the Oscars’ red carpet — here’s looking at you, Jacob Elordi. The accessories, a Panthère pendant necklace from Cartier’s Panthère de Cartier collection and with simple diamond rings, glimmered under the light. Though he didn’t take home any awards, Chalamet easily reigned as the best dressed man of the evening. 

Maggie Gyllenhaal

The writer-director nominated for her work in “The Lost Daughter” made a bold statement Sunday night walking down the red carpet in an off-the-shoulder column dress from Schiaparelli Haute Couture. The dress was an achievement of exaggeration, featuring oversized gold leaves adorned with vintage crystals and gemstones trickling down the dress as well as structurally overblown shoulders in a velvet lapel. The look felt avant-garde and out of the box. While her dress garnered mixed reviews from the Internet, it was a daring and personal feat for Gyllenhaal, unique to her typically reserved red carpet outfits. Her vampy maroon lipstick added an extra edge to the bold yet minimalistic look.

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