Welcome back red carpet!

After an entire season of virtual awards, the night of the 2021 Oscars is back in business with a one-of-a-kind red carpet. The 93rd edition, which took place two months late in order to assess the anti-pandemic security measures, took place at the Union Station in Los Angeles (it is the first time in 20 years that there has been a change of location) and was arranged as a great outdoor set.

The stars are finally back on the red carpet, reminding the public of the resilience of one of the sectors which was most affected in the last year and displaying very strong signs of enthusiasm and desire to start over. And they did so by means of significant and glamorous looks.

The very wide dresses were worn by Maria Bakalova, a Louis Vuitton with an oversized tulle skirt, and the Valentino worn by Carey Mulligan were defined as “social distancing” dresses. Stunning V-necks, like that of Amanda Seyfried in an Armani or of Halle Berry in a Dolce & Gabbana, were also protagonists.

Maria Bakalova in Louis Vuitton / Carey Mulligan in Valentino / Laverne Cox in Christian Siriano

Amanda Seyfried in Armani / Halle Berry in Dolce & Gabbana

For many artists, the focus was on the sleeves: angel sleeves for Marlee Matlin, in a Vivienne Westwood, extra large sleeves with a bow on the back for Angela Bassett, who was in an Alberta Ferretti, and butterfly sleeves for Regina King, who wore a fairytale Louis Vuitton.

Marlee Matlin in Vivienne Westwood / Angela Bassett in Alberta Ferretti / Regina King in Louis Vuitton

The little sneak-peaks of skin gave a sensual appeal to the cut-out dresses worn by Ariana DeBose, in an Atelier Versace, Vanessa Kirby, wearing Gucci, and Andra Day in Vera Wang Haute Couture.

Ariana DeBose in Atelier Versace / Vanessa Kirby in Gucci / Andra Day in Vera Wang Haute Couture / Jena Friedman

Another theme that stood out in this edition was colour. In fact, in addition to the inevitable total black and white looks, we could find saturated and vibrant colours, which ranged from pops of colour or pigments to the fluorescent yellow dress worn by Zendaya, a Valentino, and the purple one worn by H.E.R., a Dundas.

Viola Davis in Alexander McQueen / Nicolette Robinson in Zuhair Murad / Zendaya in Valentino / H.E.R. in Dundas

Notably missing on this 2021 red carpet were the beads, fringes, sequins and embroideries, while imposing and sumptuous garments, bulky volumes, decidedly visible ultra-pop colours reigned with a whole new concept of simplicity: pure and without frills.

Article written by @elisanascimbene