Oscars 2018 Red Carpet Report: Octavia Spencer Shut Our Mouths in Brandon Maxwell

Posted on March 05, 2018

Why Miss Octavia. That slap across our faces still stings, all these hours later.

When we wrote our examination of your awards season red carpetry, we smugly skipped past any descriptions of your almost exclusively Tadashi Shoji-designed choices and said:

“The answer to the question of what Miss Octavia will be wearing to the Oscars is this: Something by Tadashi Shoji, in black or pink, with sheer or lace details and beading or sequins. Girlfriend has a look and mostly sticks to the one man who consistently gets it right for her.”

We’d like to think she took one look at that, laughed her ass off, called her stylist and said “Ditch the Shoji! I’m giving these queens a fashion slap like they never felt!” Alas, that’s just a fantasy, but it’s one that sustains us during this frightening and unsure time.

In truth, we’re thrilled she broke out of her own self-imposed mold a little. Tadashi Shoji almost always does right by her, but the look had grown a bit stale and expected over time. This was anything but. Lovely to see a brilliant green on a night when color choices were unimpressive. Love that it’s not lace or black or semi-sheer, like so many of her previous looks. And we love the sheer drama of that neckline, which frames her face and lifts the entire look up to be not only Oscar-worthy, but Oscar winner-worthy. Everyone knew Miss Allison was going home with that little gold man, but Octavia wasn’t going to half-ass her night.

 

 

Style Credits:
Custom Brandon Maxwell Emerald Green Satin Faced Organza Gown
Tyler Ellis Clutch
Lorraine Schwartz Jewelry
Jimmy Choo Shoes

Styled by Wendi & Nicole

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]

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