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Oscars 2022: Best , Worst and WTF Dressed.

There is no greater stage than the Oscars when it comes to red carpet fashion. Informed by decades of Hollywood glamour, the event is an opportunity for actors to become movie stars, presenting themselves in high drama custom looks that highlight the best aspects of their public personas. Fittingly, 2022’s guests explored modern movie star glamour with outfits that nodded to the past while keeping in step with current concerns.

Today, even the most fun-loving star is expected to be politically aware, environmentally conscious, expert at social media, and sartorially adventurous. On paper, that checklist seems daunting, but success is far from impossible. Whether it was vintage enthusiast Kirsten Dunst making a chicly sustainable choice by dipping into Lily et Cie’s archives and pulling out a Christian Lacroix gown from Fall 2002, or Best Actor nominee Benedict Cumberbatch showing his support for the people of Ukraine wearing the nation’s flag on the lapel of his Giorgio Armani suit, they were able to shine a light on issues that matter in a way that seemed authentic.

Other celebrities used their choice of designer to send a message. As appealing as the usual luxury suspects are, nothing beats seeing a new addition to the Oscars lineup. When Liya Kebede stepped onto the carpet in a burgundy velvet gown from Pieter Mulier spring 2022 collection for Maison Alaïa, it was a thrilling moment of fantasy that introduced the millions of people watching to Mulier’s expressive talent.

Such risks kept with the evening’s adventurous spirit. Any event with Timothée Chalamet running around in Nicolas Ghesquière’s Vuitton womenswear and Kristen Stewart embracing authenticity by revisiting Chanel’s hotpants is one for the books, but the surprises didn’t stop there. One of the year’s most exciting developments were the new names who came to the fore on the carpet. Irreverent looks like Power of the Dog breakout Kodi Smit-McPhee’s powder blue Bottega Veneta tux or King Richard star Demi Singleton’s ethereal pastel Miu Miu column gown felt youthful, celebratory, and like a breath of fresh air.

Looking through the evening’s best and boldest outfits provides a concise overview of the red carpet’s current state. Elegant yet individualistic, the looks that won the night should inspire fashion lovers for years to come.

  • Image may contain Human Person Kristen Stewart Fashion Clothing and ApparelPhoto: Getty Images1/22Kristen Stewart in Chanel– WTF
  • Photo: Getty Images2/22Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent-SAFE
  • Image may contain Maggie Gyllenhaal Clothing Apparel Fashion Human Person and PremiereJeff Kravitz3/22Maggie Gyllenhaal in Schiaparelli – WTF
  • Image may contain Timothe Chalamet Clothing Shoe Footwear Apparel Human Person Fashion and PremiereGetty Images4/22Timothée Chalamet in Louis Vuitton- WORST
  • Image may contain Lupita Nyong'o Human Person Premiere Fashion Red Carpet and Red Carpet PremierePhoto: Getty Images5/22Lupita Nyong’o in Prada- WORST
  • Getty Images6/22Zendaya in Valentino Haute Couture- BEST
  • Photo: Getty Images7/22Andrew Garfield in Saint Laurent- BEST
  • Image may contain Suit Coat Clothing Overcoat Apparel Kodi SmitMcPhee Human Person and Fashion Getty Images8/22Kodi Smit-McPhee in Bottega Veneta– BEST
  • Image may contain Maya ThurmanHawke Clothing Apparel Human and PersonJeff Kravitz9/22Uma Thurman in Bottega Veneta – BEST
  • Photo: Getty Images10/22Alana Haim in Louis Vuitton – BEST
  • Image may contain Fashion Human Person Premiere Red Carpet and Red Carpet PremierePhoto: Getty Images11/22Renate Reinsve in Louis Vuitton- BEST
  • Image may contain Benedict Cumberbatch Sophie Hunter Tie Accessories Accessory Human Person Fashion Suit and CoatPhoto: Getty Images12/22Benedict Cumberbatch in Giorgio Armani and Sophie Hunter in Dior Haute Couture – BEST
  • Image may contain Jamie Dornan Fashion Premiere Red Carpet Red Carpet Premiere Human Person Suit Coat and ClothingGetty Images13/22Jamie Dornan and Amelia Warner- BEST
  • Image may contain Fashion Premiere Human Person Liya Kebede Red Carpet Red Carpet Premiere Footwear and ClothingPhoto: Getty Images14/22Philippe Rousselet and Liya Kebede in Alaïa – SAFE
  • Photo: Getty Images15/22Vanessa Hudgens in Michael Kors Collection – BEST
  • Photo: Getty Images16/22Penelope Cruz in Chanel – BEST
  • Image may contain Fashion Premiere Red Carpet Red Carpet Premiere Human and PersonJay L. Clendenin17/22Demi Singleton in Miu Miu – BEST
  • Image may contain Fashion Premiere Red Carpet Red Carpet Premiere Human Person Clothing Apparel and Serena WilliamsDavid Livingston18/22Serena Williams in Gucci- WORST
  • Image may contain Human Person Fashion Venus Williams Premiere Clothing Apparel Red Carpet and Red Carpet PremiereKevin Mazur19/22Venus Williams in Elie Saab – BEST
  • Kevin Mazur20/22Kirsten Dunst in Lacroix – BEST
  • Kevin Mazur21/22Simu Liu in Versace – BEST
  • Image may contain Paolo Sorrentino Luisa Ranieri Fashion Premiere Suit Coat Clothing Overcoat Apparel and Human22/22Luisa Ranieri in Atelier Versace – BEST

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