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The Oscars 2023 Red Carpet: All the Slays and Fails

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March 23, 2023

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the champagne carpet has been stretched out, the paparazzi are flashing their cameras, and the celebrities are out in force for Hollywood's most gorgeous night - the Oscars!

As the biggest names in the film industry gather to celebrate the best and brightest of the year, all eyes are on the fashion statements gracing the red carpet. Some celebrities dazzle us with their impeccable style, while others leave us scratching our heads in confusion.

So, without further ado, let's take a look at the slays and fails of the Oscars 2023!

Cara Delevingne

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Her red-carpet fashion is a reflection of her fearlessness and creativity, showcasing her as a true fashion icon. The classic off-the-shoulder red gown from Elie Sab’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection channeled Old Hollywood glamour.

It had a massive bow on one shoulder, a high leg split, and a stunning skirt that spilled onto the champagne carpet. The dress is powerful, and Cara looks amazing in it!

The choice of accessories really completed the outfit, adding a touch of glamour and sophistication. She wore platform heels, a sleek slicked-back bun, and everyone’s favorite Bulgari diamond necklace with an emerald snake. The outfit was a total showstopper! Cara definitely slayed the look!

Jessica Chastain

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Jessica’s red-carpet style exudes a sense of grace and poise, making her a true fashion icon. The dress from Chanel with a plunging deep V-neckline is sleek and minimalist. It fit like a glove and she indeed sparkled with every step she took.

The combination of the silver crystal and sequinned and velvety texture created an interesting contrast, with the silver being bold and flashy and the velvet being rich and soft.

She rounded out the look with a Lionhead Gucci High Jewelry necklace in 18kt white gold, shining with 80 carats of tsavorites and diamonds. Her fashion game was on point with that outfit. She totally slayed it!

Hong Chau

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Chau's red-carpet fashion is a masterclass in understated glamour and refined elegance, making her a true fashion icon in every sense of the word. The Prada gown that featured a nod to her Vietnamese heritage featured a mock neckline and a lengthy black train that was embellished with rows upon rows of shiny black material.

Overall, the finishing touches completed the look to perfection, creating a cohesive and polished ensemble that showcased Chau's unique sense of style and impeccable taste.

Chau wore a watch with a matching peachy pink band which she wore alongside a striking silver ring and hoops adorned with dainty pearls, giving the ensemble an elegant finish. She wore that outfit with such grace and poise and casually slayed, it was truly inspiring to see. Well done!

Angela Bassett

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Angela Bassett's red-carpet fashion is a true testament to her sophistication and grace. It is a perfect combination of glamour, elegance, and confidence, making her a timeless beauty.

She donned a gorgeous plunging purple Moschino gown. The dramatic one-shoulder gown has a mermaid shape and a twisting bodice. Topped off the look with a magnificent Bulgari diamond necklace and drop earrings.

Her choice of accessories really completed the outfit, adding a touch of glamour and sophistication. Absolutely nailed that look, from head to toe! She completely slayed that outfit and showed everyone how it was done. Impressive!

Lady Gaga

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Gaga's red-carpet style is a true reflection of her artistic vision and commitment to pushing boundaries in both fashion and music.

She donned a sheer long-sleeved corseted gown by Versace, fresh from the runway, featuring a diamond collar, low-rise skirt, as well as a belt with Versace’s trademark Medusa logo.

These sheer fabrics were usually paired with other luxurious materials such as satin or velvet to create a contrast of textures and add depth to the garments during the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. Gaga knows what she is doing and never fails to serve.

The outfit was elevated by the addition of some gorgeous finishing touches like thick winged eyeliner and a scarlet lip. That gown was made for Gaga and she wore it like a boss and slayed. Her stylist has got some serious style skills!

Fan Bingbing

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Fan Bingbing always manages to make a statement and turn heads on the red carpet. She often chooses statement-making pieces, such as voluminous gowns, intricate embroidery, and dramatic silhouettes, that showcase her fashion-forward sensibilities.

She looked stunning in a Tony Ward couture gown with a traditional siren form, sweetheart neckline, and breathtaking green sleeves and cape detail. The dress was poured with crystals and glitter, with a cinched waist and halter neck.

Her hair was styled into an Old Hollywood bob. She completed the look with a matching embellished clutch and a stunning pair of emerald and diamond earrings. Fan's outfit was a resounding success, and she wore it with confidence and grace, leaving a lasting impression on those who saw her.

Florence Pugh

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She donned a stunning Valentino Couture ensemble that was taken from the brand's Fall/Winter 2022 collection. The outfit showcased a pair of alluring hot pants paired with a slate grey taffeta top that had a sweetheart neckline, giving the look an avant-garde feel.

The top also boasted ruffled sleeves and a dramatic train that billowed behind her, adding an element of elegance and sophistication to the overall ensemble.

Black satin platform heels, Tiffany & Co.’s Orchid Curve necklace is crafted in platinum to mimic the undulating curves of an orchid petal rounding out her look.

The outfit did not do justice to her natural beauty and did not complement her features in the best way possible. The outfit did not flatter her as well as some of her other fashion choices, hence, a total failure.

Halley Bailey

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Halley Bailey's red-carpet fashion is both bold and ethereal, often featuring intricate details and eye-catching hues that showcase her unique sense of style.

She wore an aquamarine-colored gown designed by Dolce & Gabbana and completed the look with a simple diamond necklace and diamond earrings. Our Little Mermaid deserves so much better!

The outfit lacked creativity and was leaning much on the simpler side. Although the color of the outfit complimented her beauty, it seemed as though she could have taken more risks and been more adventurous with her fashion choices.

Jamie Lee Curtis

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Jamie Lee Curtis' red-carpet fashion is often characterized by her chic and elegant yet bold and daring style, with a focus on clean lines and timeless silhouettes.

She wore a glittering nude Dolce and Gabbana gown with long sleeves, with boning around the bodice, and completed the look with exquisite diamond earrings.

What's the deal with Dolce and Gabbana's use of exposed boning in their designs? The exposed boning on the garment did not appear to be the most flattering design choice.

I’m happy for Jamie on winning the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, but not for her choice of gown. Sorry, not sorry!

Rooney Mara

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Rooney Mara's red-carpet fashion is known for its dark and edgy yet sophisticated and avant-garde aesthetic, often featuring unconventional shapes and textures.

She wore an Alexander McQueen off-the-shoulder gown that was knotted in the back, creating an unconventional shape while remaining loyal to her style. Her ensemble was completed with sleek, center-parted hair and modest strappy Jimmy Choo heels.

With a different color choice and a slight adjustment to the knot at the train, her Oscars ensemble had the potential to be a show-stopping look. The fashion game did not meet expectations.

Zoe Saldana

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Zoe Saldana's red-carpet fashion preferences have solidified her standing as an entertainment industry style guru. She donned a romantic white and sophisticated nightgown in a Fendi couture paired with dangling earrings and a stunner of a necklace.

Despite the popularity of nightgown fashion, it did not serve. While it is evident that she has the ability to create stunning outfits, this particular ensemble falls short of expectations. She deserved better and we all can agree on this.

Danai Gurira

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Danai Gurira always manages to make a fashion statement that captivates and inspires. Her red-carpet fashion choices reflect her confidence, creativity, and individuality. She represents the pinnacle of black beauty and we are here for it.

The outfit featured an elevated, raw-edged bust line. While many observers praised her appearance, many were critical of her hairstyle, which sparked a meme frenzy online.

While Danai's towering updo was certainly eye-catching, some may question whether it was a necessary addition to her overall look. Although Danai's towering updo was certainly a bold choice, her overall look could have been improved without it.

We would love to hear from you about which red-carpet looks you believe should have been included on this list. Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.

Anshika Sharma
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Anshika Sharma is a creative and detail-oriented fashion enthusiast who finds inspiration for her work in global trends, people, places, and events. She enjoys blending different cultures and themes in her work while keeping it simple and adding a modern flair. Despite her skill set and passion for fashion, she remains a humble student, always eager to learn more.