Award Show Season Spotlight: Red Carpet Edition
Our favorite stars wore extraordinary styles to award shows this season.
April 29, 2022
We all know award shows are about recognizing the success within the entertainment industry. However, one of the main focuses of the ceremony is actually not the ceremony at all, it’s the previous event: Walking the red carpet. People watch the broadcast to view the eye-catching, vast styles that are captured.
Oscars Red Carpet Recap
It’s awards season and the talent took on fashion at its prime. The stars prepared for the night that was filled with memorable accomplishments by taking on the red carpet with their eccentric garments.
Despite the circumstances that went down, the red carpet was supposed to be the highlight of the night, and this year definitely had some unique pieces that were showcased.
Amy Forsyth is in a Marchesa gown and in a Jimmy Choo heel. This gown reminds me of a rose, and Forsyth pulls it off very elegantly. The red pops on Forsyth especially with her red lip and fair skin. The uniqueness of this piece is the asymmetrical aspect. The one puff shoulder, that looks like a rose, that gradually goes down to the slit creates such a quality look on her. Dallastown Fashion Club president Kaitlyn Wise says, “Amy Forsyth really blossomed in this gown. From the giant rose on her shoulder to the dramatic pedal slit 100% caught my eye at the Oscars.”
Ariana DeBose is in a Valentino Haute Couture and OMEGA watch. Where do I even start? DeBose brings power to femininity with her vibrant red, masculine suit look. DeBose looks absolutely stunning, and confident in her attire. And, she definitely succeeded in the comfort aspect. “Ariana DeBose’s look for the Oscars was monochrome madness! From a masculine pant and sexy red bustier, Ariana pulled it all together with a stunning trained coat,” Wise says. DeBose’s talent is phenomenal, so she definitely has more red carpet events. I can’t wait to see her future carpet attire.
Becky G is in an Etro gown and Jimmy Choo platforms. At first glance I see champagne elegance, yet I couldn’t tell if I liked it or disliked it, and I’m not sure if I even made up my mind now. However, peering at the thought behind the garment, I see the elegant mindset that provoked the design. I think without the added hip design the dress would be too plain, especially for Becky’s style. The design creates a beautiful silhouette to Becky that I think should be more appreciated. Becky pulls off the attire very nicely, however it isn’t my favorite thing I have seen her in. However, Wise has a different view: “I’m a fan of Becky’s music… but not so much her look for the Oscars. I like the extended hip silhouette but not a fan of the pattern and fabric that went with this dazzling dress.”
Billie Eilish is in a Gucci gown and Fred Leighton jewelry. Contrary to many reviews about Eilish’s look, I am absolutely amazed with it. This dress only works for Eilish. She pulls it off so elegantly which many people wouldn’t be able to do because of how ‘baggy’ it seems. This dress also is her individual style all in one which speaks volumes. I enjoy that Eilish stays herself throughout her spotlights in the media and especially on the red carpet. Wise says, “I love Billie Eilish’s dress, it’s so her and I love the use of mixed fabrics to give this sickening dark ruffled dress flare. She still brings the message that body types should not define how you’re treated she always serves!”
Chloe Bailey is wearing a purple dress with a high leg slit. Bailey’s dress isn’t my favorite of the night, however I thought it fit her very well. The purple color brings out her color very well. The risqué choice for such a high, domiant slit, is something I did not expect to see. The slit is not classy. It is more of a nonportionante, unmeasured mistake. With the slit that high, the gown diminishes because it looks cheap. Other than the slit, the gown is very lovely, and if the slit wasn’t as high this look would be tasteful. Fashion Club social media coordinator Brooke Jordan says, “As much as it pains me to say this, I don’t enjoy the dress at all, nor the shoes. The high cut leg, extending into the waist, isn’t cute or classy. The different purples clashing together look messy. It seems more fitting for a southern prom.”
DJ D-Nice is in David Yurman jewelry. D-Nice brings the chic on the red carpet. From head to toe, D-Nice looks immaculate. His sparkled suit to his wide-brimmed hat creates a look that is slick and put together. “I adore this outfit. A plain silhouette but dolled up with sequins and his signature hat to top it off. The outfit doesn’t stray far away from what he normally wears and that’s the most admirable, staying in his comfort zone,” Jordan says.
Finneas is in Cartier jewelry and he is with Claudia Sulewski. Finneas and Sulewski look absolutely stunning together. The design on Finneas’s suit is subtle, but it still is more than what other masculine looks gave us. The black color is always a classic statement, but with that classy design he brings a sense of style to a basic suit look. Sulewski dress is simple. It would fit better for an Oscars after party look than the actual lavish event. However, I really enjoy the dress, I just would like to see something more. “While I definitely see the vision, the plain look with minimalistic glamorous details looked kind of cheap. If the gems weren’t black just like the dress, maybe a gold or silver, it would’ve stuck out so much more,” Jordan says. Sulewski’s gown is subtle, so the vibe Finneas and her give matches which comes across clearly.
H.E.R. is in a Caroline Herrera gown, and Guiseppi Zantotti sandals, and Chopard jewelry. The gown as a whole is not something I wanted to see on the red carpet. H.E.R. looks stunning, but the gown drowns her. This style I’ve never been a fan of. It would look more put together if the gown was long in the front. Even with that, the yellowish-greenish neon color is not working. Granted, H.E.R. ‘s skin tone doesn’t clash in a negative way, the color itself is just an eye sore. “I don’t enjoy this outfit at all. The asymmetry isn’t working in the way that it might’ve been sought out to. The color is also just bad, but mainly the differences in length of the dress is what sets it off,” Jordan says.
Jada Pinkett Smith is in a Jean Paul Gautier Couture gown, and Jimmy Choo platforms. Pinkett Smith is definitely a confident woman, and this gown does just that. The emerald color gives off a dominant energy that Pinkett Smith portrays well. The top of the gown I am not a huge fan of. It reminds me of a tight fitted jacket that’s wrinkled. However it blends well with the bottom half so it works. I am obsessed with the bottom half of Pinkett Smith’s look. The bottom of the gown is structured in such a graceful way. It falls on her nicely, and it really embodies the idea of a strong and confident woman. Fashion Club Treasurer Mikayla Holdenried says, “First thought: Spinach. I don’t know if it’s the texture of the train or the tightness of the bodice but I can only think of cooked spinach… delicious!”
Laverne Cox is in an August Getty Atelier gown, and Dena Kemp jewelry. Cox gives me power. Cox really embodies her journey through her looks. From the tight silhouette dress to show off her figure to her oversized, puffy jacket leading to a beautiful train reminds me of what she stands for: Comfort in your body. It gives me a confident woman walking out of fog. “Love it. Comfy and cool, reminds me of how I start my mornings: dragging my blanket down the stairs. The current trend of puffy, synthetic fabric is interesting and from these entries in the red carpet, I feel like it’s here to stay,” Holdenried says.
Megan Thee Stallion is in a slate-blue Gaurav Gupta gown. The craftsmanship is divine. She brings a soft and feminine vibe to the red carpet. It reminds me of a mermaid. The detail in the bodice, the cut out on the side of her mid section, the slit, and the elegant train that flows so gracefully completes the look to perfection. I can not think of a more perfect dress. “If I could marry an outfit I would. Meghan looks like Aphrodite emerging from the water, effortlessly perfect, or like Silvermist, friend of Tinkerbell and resident of Pixie Hollow,” Holdenried says.
Mila Kunis is in a Zuhair Murad Couture gown, and Jimmy Choo platforms. Kunis is stunning, however the pale color washes her out. The gown itself is tasteful, but on Kunis it doesn’t do her justice. The tightness of the gown and the train is an elegant look, but the statin pink completely blends into her. If the color was darker, Kunis would have looked exquisite. “I prefer this material as opposed to the matte trend found in most looks but the colour washes her out! Mila is very gorgeous but the dress is lost on her, maybe if it followed current trends of hotter, brighter colours then maybe it would suit her more. But overall the dress is perfect,” Holdenried says.
Rachel Zegler is in a Dior haute Couture gown. Zegler looks flawless in this gown. However, it gives me the same vibe as Claudia Sulewski’s gown. They are both beautiful, but they’re simple. I’d prefer Zegler’s dress at an after party inside of an avant garde red carpet event. Despite that, I really love it. I am a huge advocate for mesh, and it falls of Zegler beautifully. How it lays of her reminds me of the trendy silk dresses. The design is classy too, as well as the neckline. Fashion Club Secretary Mak Mostert has a different opinion. Mostert says, “Rachel Zegler, West Side Story actress, wore Christian Dior Haute Couture. Frankly, this fantasy gown was gorgeous, but it definitely does not flatter Zegler; this reminds me of Alice’s dress made by the mad hatter when she was shrunk into a teapot, not too bad but just not flattering.”
Timothée Chalamet is in a Louis Vuitton suit, and Cartier jewelry. Chalamet took a more risqué approach to the red carpet, but he pulled it off with class. The sparkly, sequined jacket and the lace trim at the end is tied together in a polished and charming way. “Timothée Chalamet gave us everything we could’ve expected from him, going shirtless in a Louis Vuitton suit. Could we consider this inappropriate for an event we know to be one of the most formal? Either way I am here for it and watching respectfully from a distance,” Mostert says. The suit screams Chalamet.
Wesley Snipes is in a custom burgundy suit by BOGARD by MikeB. Snipes is one of the best well-dressed men I have seen on the red carpet. The monochromatic style he took looks very put together and thought out. Snipes top half consists of a cropped jacket paired with a shirt and bow tie. A silver brooch was the only thing that stood out as different within the color coordination. Overall Snipes top half is viewed as a typical red carpet suit look. However, the bottom half of Snipes attire is an unconventional approach that really mismatches with the top half. Yet, the color hues bring it together to be one cohesive look. Snipes paired bermuda shorts with leggings and a loincloth draped over his front half. “Wesley Snipes can pull off any look he strives for, and that continues to reign true on the red carpet. The style choice was a bit odd but Snipes can make anything look amazing, a true trendsetter,” Mostert says. Snipes just can’t go wrong.
The Oscars displayed very exquisite and interesting pieces. The talent shown that night could be argued that it was upstaged by the red carpet wonders of celebrities.
Many achievements were made, and fashion icons represented the night gloriously. The Oscars had a celebrated night of fashion at its prime.
Glorious Grammy Glam
This award season has been filled with various amounts of talent, drama, and achievements. But most importantly it has been filled with the most unconventional, unique fashion.
The Grammys red carpet featured many different garments from whimsical color coordination to obscene style choices.
Alisha Gaddis is in a tree-inspired headdress. The seafoam green paired with the gold creates a goddess-like appearance for Gaddis. The puff, princess sleeve, the sweetheart neckline, and the ruffled bodice leading into the skirt, creates an innocent, soft look, yet paired with the headdress Gaddis gives off a powerful attitude through her gown. Fashion Club president Kaitlyn Wise says, “Alisha Gaddis’s Grammy look raised my eyebrow. I absolutely love the headpiece and the dimensions of the gown and the contrast that’s within the ruffles. However, I’m not that much of a fan with the bustier top, because I feel like it’s too basic.”
Billy Porter is in a Valentino suit. Porter wore a hot pink ruffled detailed suit, and a sheer shirt flowing into a train. The feminine touch Porter brings into his wardrobe fits his personality splendidly. The long hot pink gloves add to the boldness of the garment, creating a full monochrome look. The silver clutch, and silver platforms break up the outfit in an elegant way in order to see each detail throughout his suit. “The color is too bright, but I like the sheer top. It creates a beautiful silhouette as the sheer top leads down into a train,” Wise says.
Chrissy Teigen is in a Nicole + Felicia Couture ball gown. Teigen is in a hot pink, strapless ball gown. The bodice is ruffled leading into a dramatic floor length train with a flowing avant-garde design going across the front of the skirt. Teigen wore a pair of dangly earrings with no statement necklace to keep the attention on the remarkable gown. “Chrissy Teigen’s gown for the Grammys is different. I’m a fan of the bottom, but the top looks like my mom’s adjustable powder brush. It’s just not serving,” Wise says.
Doechii is in a Monsoori gown, and in Brian Atwood platforms. The gown is a high low style that I am not typically a fan of, however, the dramaticness of the gown brings a lot of texture to the garment. Doechii would’ve looked more elegant if the dress was a ballgown style, not high low. “Doechii’s Grammy gown reminds me a lot of Selkie’s dresses with the with the high empire waist. I’m a fan of the train and the waves the bottom creates and I think it fits her very well,” Wise says.
Doja Cat is in a Versace sheer gown. The teal, Marilyn Monroe inspired dress flatters Doja Cat’s silhouette effortlessly. From the hair to the accessories, everything complements the gown beautifully. The body suit underneath is a plain baby blue, teal color that is connected to the sheer overlay that makes up the rest of the gown. The sheer fabric consists of a shimmer. Fashion Club social media coordinator Brooke Jordan says, “I loved the hair and the dress. It felt like she was recreating an old cartoon show outfit. I loved the shape of the dress overall and the color. The sheer bottom exposed really pulled it all together. One of the best looks of the night.”
Donatella Versace is in a moss green dress and thigh-high boots. The mini dress looks stunning on Versace, as well as the coordinated monochrome thigh-high boots. As the dress has a mesh corset bodice, so the look doesn’t need much skin. So, Versace eliminates the skin in such an elegant way with the platform boots. The shoulders are in such a blunt, structured format. It gives power, and that is what Versace represents: Powerful women in business. “I honestly really loved it. I think someone like Donatella who has been in the fashion industry for as long as herself and is so important to it, it’s expected for her to dress well and that’s exactly what she did. She kept it true to her style, as well as embracing new style as well. I noticed a pattern of having sheer cutouts in the dresses this year, and I loved how she touched it up with lines of fabric going down it. But one thing, the bottom of the boots are not the most flattering. Overall, a really great look,” Jordan says.
Emonee Larussa is in a stunning sheer orange gown. The orange is Larussa’s color. Her skin tone pops, especially with the orange and white gloves, and pearl purse combination. Other than the pumps being black, I overall adore this outfit. Larussa pulled off the elegant, modern goddess look exquisitely. “TIMELESS!!! Totally channeling an early 20th century look with the pearls and gloves, a trend I have noticed at larger occasions as of recently. The dress itself is pretty plain, with a nice neckline and color, but the accessories and makeup pull it together. The gloves with the pearls add a nice touch to pull the theme together. Her jewelry is bold, but just enough to not be overzealous. The head piece totally adds, especially the little suns which makes it feel so warm. And her eye makeup matching the color of the dress paired with little gems ties it all together. Overall an incredibly symmetrical and put together look,” Jordan says.
Giveon is a Chanel suit, and in a Judy Turner tank. The sparkles are the main focus of his suit, yet it isn’t overbearing. Usually celebrities go overboard with the use of sparkle, however Giveon is wearing a tasteful amount. The silver jewelry really pops as well against the sparkly suit. Giveon took a basic, classic black suit and made it unique by implementing his own personal style shine through. “Giveon went with a plain silhouette, but added rhinestones to make it stand out more, completely staying on trend with other red carpet looks. There’s not much that I can say that’s significant about this look though. The jewelry would’ve been a nice touch, but it’s not really that flattering. Not bad but not my favorite,” Jordan says.
Inanna Sarkis is in a sheer, sparkly, gray gown with a feathered mermaid skirt, and a clutch bag. The gown has a turtleneck, and is sleeveless which is an interesting combination. The turtleneck is a cover up factor, whereas the sleeveless shows skin. These styles together contradict each other, yet they both emphasize the best qualities creating a well rounded design. Fashion Club treasurer Mikayla Holdenried says, “An outfit reminiscent of Kylie and Kendall’s feather dress at the Met Gala, but with its own take! I like the longer train and mermaid shape.”
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are in a Givenchy suit, and Enfants Riches Déprimés x Jacques Marie Mage frames. Kardashian’s garment has an interesting shape to it and it flatters her chest well. Kardashian stayed on trend with the times as there are two side cut outs and she is wearing long, black, mesh gloves. Barker’s suit is actually quite different which goes with his aesthetic pretty well. I enjoy the flashy pink. It really stands out and we don’t get that too often on the red carpet from a masculine look. Couples on the red carpet typically have the feminine look be the flashy, avant-garde look while the masculine look is left in the dust: Unrememberable. The way Kardashian and Barker did it is different, and I enjoy the flamboyant style being more masculine. However, Holdenried has a different opinion: “Boring… the pink coat is cool on Travis, but why deprive Kourtney of a flashy accessory? There are shapes in the outfits, but it leaves the two shapeless.”
Lil Nas X is wearing a Balmain suit. He is covered with pearls in a high neck suit, and his suit is embroidered with butterflies giving his suit a pop of color throughout. Overall his suit is tight fitting, yet proportionate to his body. Typically I wouldn’t be a huge fan of this type of look, however Lil Nas X is known for this style, so he pulls it off effortlessly. In the future, I’d like to see something different from him. “Grandma’s quilt—nice and warm. It looks cool, but the cuffs look like a sweatshirt,” Holdenried says.
Olivia Rodrigo is in a Vivienne Westwood gown. Rodrigo is in her punk rock era and this dress is giving that. However, it isn’t my favorite. I enjoy the color combo because it really represents her style, but the gown looks cheaply made. The pink design is strategically placed to give shape and curves to Rodrigo, and it does her justice in that sense, but the pink design looks copied onto the fabric. If the pink would have texture Rodrigo would look more elegant and lavish. “To simply put it, it’s a grandma’s sexy bikini shirt, but luxurious,” Holdenried says.
Paris Hilton is in an Atelier Zuhra gown. The gown is a sheer nude with silver embellishments throughout. Not only does the gown have a beautiful train, but Hilton paired a high neck cape which flows down adding more volume to the train and character to the gown. The silver pops of Hilton, and she looks classy which is different from her typical chic looks. Fashion Club secretary Mak Mostert says, “Paris Hilton really rocked the Frozen vibe I got here. All but the color change was truly giving the magical Elsa persona here, and I’m here for it. Although the nude dress was slightly strange to me, we’ve already seen the shirtless suit, so can’t complain!”
Sofia Carson is in a Green Maison Valentino dress. The halter neck top is cinched at the waist creating a beautiful silhouette for Carson. The dress is quite plain, but the side cape sleeve gives a good dimension to the dress. “I’m not sure what to say about the look here other than Green Bean giant with a shoulder cape. This is likely biased since I am not personally a fan of green, but the dress is still pretty nice,” Mostert says.
SZA is in a Jean Paul Gaultier gown, and Messika jewelry. SZA’s gown reminds me of a field filled with flowers which fits her vibe perfectly. The gown hugs her beautifully while the bottom creates a short, yet elegant train. The train gives more definition to the gown as the colorful flowers are only placed across her neckline and down the center of her dress. Without the train, the gown would’ve been plain despite the flowers because once the flowers stopped there would be nothing except a mute nude color. Off the red carpet however, SZA was using crutches the rest of the night due to falling out of bed nonetheless. “SZA ROCKED the floral dress, not to mention the crutches as well! I applaud this queen for walking on crutches with the sheer drape trailing behind her, I could never. Well done,” Mostert says.
The Grammys showcased artists’ creativity through their garments. The red carpet led them into a night filled with multiple awards and recognition of the most vocally talented performers.
However, the highlight of the night to most people would have to be viewing their favorite artists iconic styles be featured in superior fashion.