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Top Ten Champagne Carpet Looks at the 2023 Oscars

The red carpet at the 1990 Academy Awards; the red carpet has been a staple of awards shows for decades.
The red carpet at the 1990 Academy Awards; the red carpet has been a staple of awards shows for decades. By Courtesy of Alan Light/Wikimedia Commons
By Anna Mikhaylyants, Contributing Writer

Each year, viewers tune into the Oscars to witness Hollywood’s biggest awards night — who will win what, who will side-eye who, and, most importantly, who wears what. In case you missed it, here are the best looks of the night.

10. Jennifer Connelly

Connelly had one of the better looks of the night given that many dresses clashed with the champagne carpet. Bringing classic couture mixed with what the future of fashion has to offer, Connelly stepped out onto the carpet in a stunning Louis Vuitton dress for her Best Picture-nominated film, “Top Gun: Maverick.” The gown’s silhouette, trapezoidal embellished panel of rhinestones, and stretch of fabric down that covered both her arms created a futuristic effect that absolutely exuded elegance.

9. Harvey Guillen

At ninth, Guillen kept it classy with a twist on the classic tux. Guillen brought the drama — twirling down the carpet to show off his Christiano Siriano tuxedo gown and the label’s first plus-size design for the red carpet. They made fashion history while nodding to classic Hollywood style, featuring an original jacquard tuxedo top and cascading flair bottom topped off with Guillen’s finger-wave hairstyle.

8. Malala Yousafzai

Nominated for her production of a short documentary, Malala also produced one of the top looks of the night. The Pakistani activist dazzled fans in a sparkling silver dress by Ralph Lauren. The look featured a floor-length skirt and was elevated by her expert jewelry choices. Malala’s gorgeous, sequined look made her Oscar’s debut all the more glamorous, certainly preserving her moment in a timeless manner.

7. Dwayne Johnson

In seventh place, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson rolled onto the Oscars carpet in a custom-made Dolce and Gbanna tuxedo featuring a satin jacket that he described as “ballet pink.” Johnson graced the champagne carpet perfecting the classic tuxedo look with a pop of color.

6. Halle Bailey

Bailey’s look was a fairytale come true, ranking her sixth on the list. Bailey made waves on the red carpet in a stunning blue tulle Dolce and Gabbana gown. The dress’s aquamarine color, sheer, flowy fabric, and corset top were a possible nod to her role as Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.”

5. Sofia Carson

Coming in fifth, Sofia Carson hit the carpet in a gown that screamed “princess bride.” Princess looks seemed to be a trend at this year’s Oscars and Carson definitely played a role in this. Her all-white dress, with an off-the-shoulder neckline, and frothy tulle skirt completed the effect. The gown seemed to call back to her Disney Channel days with its ballgown silhouette and a princess neckline.

4. Michelle Yeoh

Making history as the first Asian-American Best Actress winner, Yeoh effortlessly pulled off a feathered Dior Couture gown. With layers of white tulle covered in fringe, the dress perfectly captures the elegance of the Academy Awards. The gown had an ethereal and angelic quality, with a breathtaking A-line neckline and tulle train that looked just as beautiful on the awards stage as it did on the champagne carpet.

3. Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett did the thing! The actress wore a gorgeously vibrant royal purple gown by Moschino, paying subtle homage to her role as Queen Ramonda in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” for which she was nominated. The dress featured diagonal draping across the bodice, a mermaid silhouette, and a flowing train. The regal look was fitting for the actress. She had a lively fierce presence and one of the only dresses that did not clash with the champagne-colored carpet at this year’s Awards, placing her third on this year’s looks.

2. Cara Delevingne

Coming in as runner-up, Delevingne paid homage to Old Hollywood glamor in a showstopping Elie Saab gown. The shade of red was just perfect, with a dramatic bow detail on the sleeve, a thigh-high slit to show off her heels, and an asymmetrical neckline. The whole look was ravishing and seductive, with Cara using her modeling experience to its fullest.

1. Tems

And our winner for Best Dressed is… Tems! She graced the champagne carpet with a standout white gown by Lever Couture that can best be described as cloud-like. The gown was structurally stunning, resembling a blooming orchid with a leg slit that draws inspiration from her nominated Best Original Song “Lift Me Up.” She absolutely stole the show in this eye-popping gown with an angelic and graceful quality that let audiences know Tems had arrived.

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