And just like that, with a sprinkling of glamour and glitter, the Oscars actress race commenced.
We haven’t seen the film yet, but there’s a certain level of buzz surrounding all three performances, which gives this particular red carpet a feeling of prestige right from the jump. While we can’t say we love all the style choices (*flashes Professional Nitpicker’s Union badge*), we appreciate the level of effort here. There’s a very awards-season attempt to be both Serious and Glamorous at the same time.
While it’s true that male actors don’t really have to walk this gauntlet when they’re getting awards buzz (check out Ryan Gosling’s persistent Leisure Suit Larry getups), we’d argue that fashion, as a PR and image branding tool, is uniquely suited to women and can make an extremely productive area to master. In other words, if a seriously awards-hungry actor wanted to, he could dress up in all sorts of finery and attention-getting looks as he poledances his way toward a nomination or win (Eddie Redmayne did exactly this, to success), but it’s not a given and there’s far less of an expectation, which means a far smaller spotlight. The red carpet, to an awards-focused actress, can be both a boon and an enormous pain in the ass.
And on that note, let’s get to the judging.
Rachel Weisz in Alexander McQueen
As noted, there’s a certain calling for seriousness and prestige alongside the need to be glamorous to grab press coverage. We think the color isn’t particularly photogenic and we don’t really love the generic sandals. Her head styling looks gorgeous, but the dress itself is somewhat mumsy in shape and style, even with the sparkle.
We get the sense that she’s an extremely unfussy person when it comes to matters of style. While this dress doesn’t exactly feel like the freshest of styles, we’d be perfectly fine with it if exactly three things were changed. Fit the bust better, grab a more dramatic pair of earrings and switch out the black laceups for a pair of gold metallic pumps.
Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton
It’s a spectacularly simple and dramatic gown. What’s puzzling is that the person who signed a contract with the LV house to wear their brand couldn’t get them to supply a frock that fit her bust correctly. It’s not a dealbreaker because she still looks gorgeous, but it’s certainly odd. Also, since we constantly complain about generic sandals, we feel the need to shout out our appreciation of these non-generic ones, which represent the kind of thing we’re usually referring to. Nothing clunky or outrageous, just something other than a single strap in a neutral color. It does a lot for a look.
Half the appeal of this film to us is the unusual grouping of actresses, all of which appear to have completely different acting styles and onscreen personae. It’s going to be really interesting to watch them play off each other.
Rachel Weisz: Alexander McQueen Dress from the Pre-Fall 2018 Collection
Styled by Kate Young
Emma Stone: Louis Vuitton Dress | Louis Vuitton Jewelry
Styled by Petra Flannery | Makeup by Rachel Goodwin | Hair by Mara Roszak
[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]