This past Sunday’s 92nd annual Academy Awards concluded the 2020 awards’ season in a big way. The Academy Awards, or Oscars, are known for epitomizing all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and movie-stardom.  The grand finale of the year’s most exciting moments in celebrity achievement and fashion is met each year with high hopes and standards. Before history was made on the stage of the iconic Dolby Theatre in L.A., the stars took the red carpet by storm with sensational style choices. On and off the stage, there were wins and losses all around in terms of fashion. From capes to crystals, there is lots to unpack from all of this year’s best dressed Oscar attendees.

Janelle Monáe stunned and sparkled in a custom hand-embellished crystal gown by Ralph Lauren. Before opening the show with a killer musical performance, the musician and actress walked the carpet, dropping jaws along the way. According to the designer’s recent Instagram post, “The look combined lacquered silk lamé tulle with three sizes of faceted crystals, more than 168,000 in total, requiring 600 hours to embroider each by hand.” The time and dedication shined through in every sparkle of every crystal. Perhaps the most intriguing element of the stunning silhouette is the attached draped hood. The way in which it frames her striking red lip is gorgeous, and the key hole cut out back makes it even more exciting. Monáe is undoubtedly my personal choice for best dressed.

However, there were more than Monáe who turned heads on the carpet. Kaitlyn Dever was an eyecatching lady-in-red in a floor-length silk gown adorned with two-toned fuschia glass beads and 14,400 Swarovski crystals. Not only was the Louis Vuitton look breathtakingly beautiful and detailed, but it was also completely sustainable. In partnership with Red Carpet Green Dress, the up and coming young actress proudly proclaimed to the press her support for sustainable fashion. Along with Dever, Cynthia Erivo stunned in an Atelier Versace ball gown with a fitted embroidered and netted bodice with a full skirt. The lead actress nominee rocked a center slit revealing a pair of platform Stuart Weitzmen heels and was dripping in Piaget and Maria Tash jewels.

Finally, my favorite and honestly most unexpected trend of the Oscars was the capes that took the carpet by storm. While I caught glimpses of quite a variety of capes from the Academy Awards and after parties, my favorites to rock the look were undoubtedly Brie Larson and Natalie Portman. Larson shined in an embroidered Celine by Hedi Slimane gown accompanied by simple yet stunning Bulgari rings and earrings. The pink gown included a plunging neckline and a high slit as well as the floor length cape. They say not all heroes wear capes, but sometimes they do, like Portman, who chose to showcase the names of female directors who were snubbed by this year’s nominations via embroidery along the trim of her cape. She paired the black Dior cape with a black and gold Dior Haute Couture embroidered gown. While her Cartier rings and earrings were inarguably gorgeous, it was her voice and female empowerment which served as her strongest accessory of the evening.

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