It’s the first major awards-season red carpet of the new year, darlings! And maybe too many years of writing about this stuff is making us read too much into things, but it sure feels like a lot of style gauntlets were thrown down with this one, as if these awards-track ladies were all offering something of a mission statement about how they’ll be dressing for their campaigning, now that things have heated up.
Charlize Theron in Christian Dior
One thing’s for sure about the awards-season style front: Miss Charlize has committed herself to bringing the weirdness. And you know? She’s starting to wear us down a little. It’s not that we support the use of weird netting in unresolved and half-assed ways. It’s not that we think this looks good exactly, but it sure doesn’t look dull. And given her looks and reputation as a world-class stunner, we can’t help but respect that she’d rather be strikingly odd in her choices rather than a goddess or a princess. Love the rings.
Cynthia Erivo in Schiaparelli Couture
Not that Miss Cynthia is any slouch in the bringing-the-weirdness department. Her choices, in contrast to Charlize’s, tend to be more exuberant, regal and fantasy-like. This looks like something Wonder Woman would wear on a red carpet – and THAT? Is HIGH PRAISE, kittens. We love this. It’s fun and striking and strong. And it’s the first sheer skirt we’ve seen in ages that actually works for the look and the wearer.
Greta Gerwig in Gucci
It’s bold, it’s weird, it’s Gucci and it’s shaped a little funny. That’s pretty much her style sweet spot. Still, much as we want to applaud the quirkiness of her style, this just comes off like a goofy choir robe.
Jennifer Lopez in Richard Quinn
We’ll say it: If this is the direction her Oscar poledance style is going to go, it’ll be a huge mistake. As in so many things in life, you must look to Cher for guidance, Jenny. She didn’t win an Oscar by tamping down on her essential Cher-ness and playing by the rules. She dialed the Cher up to 11 and then rubbed the Academy’s face in it until they were practically forced to give her an Oscar. Unleash the J Lo. Be the diva. Play the game by your rules. And for God’s sake, ditch the mumsy rose prints. They’re so not you.
Laura Dern in Erdem
Lady, no. Do NOT take a turn toward the prairie in your moment of career triumph. This is not your dress, Laura. You need slinky angularity in the Joan Crawford mode. This uglified frillyness is beneath you, dear.
Nearly flawless. But we are compelled to note the too-large shoes and the pulling in the jacket.
Renée Zellweger in Jason Wu
We don’t necessarily think this was intentional, but this feels like something Judy Garland would wear if she were walking red carpets today. It’s great to see her get out of her pencil skirts. The neckline is kind of a mess and the style is a bit too low-key, but we appreciate the swerve.
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