Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo’s ‘Wicked’ Oscars fashion, Florence Pugh’s ode to ‘Reputation’

Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo’s ‘Wicked’ Oscars fashion, Florence Pugh’s ode to ‘Reputation’

Let’s just confess now: We didn’t see all the Oscar-nominated movies. And we didn’t need to. We’re here for the fashion. Some of us are watched from the red carpet in Los Angeles in our very best tuxes and dresses, and some of us might just be like you: We were in our comfy sweats on our comfy couches.

We’re sharing the best looks from the red carpet, from the stars nominated to their moms (we aren’t judging the moms!)

Our favorite way is from the red carpet itself. Lucky us, Ralphie Aversa, Bryan Alexander and Patrick Ryan are in their tuxedos. Bryan’s tuxedo has been in heavy rotation this year as he attended the Globes, the Emmys and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. (That cost per wear, that’s girl math for justification for a splurge, is going down, Bryan!)

We loved seeing Florence Pugh and Emma Stone bringing back peplum, Colman Domingo starting his cowboy summer with flares and boots, and simply that Zendaya showed up! Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo were wicked, and “Poor Things” has us dreaming of feathered capes paired with knickers and short boots.

And did you see the “Godzilla” inspired shoes?

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The “Godzilla Minus One” team accepted their award for Best Visual Effects with an homage to the eponymous film character. They wore Matsui Ryosuke shoes with custom Godzilla claw heels, and carried figurines of the monster with them. 

And while these shoes were created for the 2024 Oscars, the designer, who is known for provocative footwear such as heels made from gripping fingers, pistols and gems, wants us all to hold that thought – shoes may be available to the public soon. 

-Annemarie Dooling

They are supporting pins to call for a cease fire in Gaza. Billie Eilish and Ramy Youssef were among the celebrities wearing them.

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Truly, viewers of the Oscars born after 2000 seem to be Googling this.

If you were puzzled when you saw Slash on the red carpet, we were, too. Not because we didn’t know who he is. But because does he always go? And if he does, does he always wear layers of black on black on black? Probably, right? It’s just Slash.

And for all of you wondering, he’s the lead guitarist in Guns N’ Roses.

And did Ryan Gosling, in his bright pink suit surrounded by men in tuxedos, reference the “Material Girl” Madonna who referenced Marilyn Monroe? Maybe? We thought we might be finished with the Barbie pink suit, but Gosling wore it well. And we loved it.

We loved seeing Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo walk on stage together to present the Oscar for best score and original song in their amazing sculptural looks. We can’t wait to see them in “Wicked” later this year. Let the next Oscars race begin!

Sterling K. Brown, nominated as best supporting actor for his performance in “American Fiction,” looked predictably handsome in a tux that mixed navy and black – most notably with contrasting lapels. He wasn’t the first of the night to sport those contrasting lapels, which may signal an incoming trend. 

Loved that Messi, the star of “Anatomy of a Fall” went with a basic black collar and simple black bow tie. Why overdo it?

The blue-eyed scene-stealer is a 7-year-old Border Collie and even if his movie didn’t win best picture, he looked quite handsome in the Oscar audience.

More: Is it time to give Oscars to dogs? Why Hollywood’s cute canines are ready for their moment

Holly Waddington won an Academy Award in best costume design for Poor Things in the trademark large sleeves that everyone loved from the film’s costumes. The Yorgos Lanthimos movie had already won Oscars for production design and makeup and hairstyling, and, of course, the sleeves are already have a year and spun-off dozens of fashion blog critiques.

Before the win, you could dress like heroine Bella Baxter on a dime. Several costume websites already offer affordable versions of the film’s award-winning outfits. 

From the iconic scene when Emma Stone’s Baxter proclaims her freedom in adaptive dance comes this pink skirted dress with ruffled top from Hallowcos, a site that specializes in affordable versions of TV and movie costumes. 

Bella’s fluffy yellow capelet is available to bargain hunters, too, as well as her colorful Lisbon shorts outfit, the puff-sleeve cruise cape, and even a copy of the linear sunglasses Stone wears in the film. 

-Annemarie Dooling

Gladstone, nominated for best actress in “Killers of the Flower Moon,” has shared how she has incorporated Indigenous designers into her awards show looks. She told Vogue that her Oscar look is a “custom collaboration designed by Gucci creative director Sabato De Sarno and Indigenous artist Joe Big Mountain (Ironhorse Quillwork)—a Mohawk, Cree, and Comanche renowned for his quillwork jewelry.”

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, who won best supporting actress for her role in “The Holdovers,” has gone old-school glam this entire awards season and she tapped into a platinum version of herself for the Oscars — going blonde for the awards show. Just like a few others on the red carpet, Randolph incorporated feathers into a pastel blue — or was it more chrome — gown. She’s brought the glam through this awards season where she’s carried a lot of trophies!

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Emily Blunt looked like a goddess with her dress and her high, braided bun. And it seemed like her husband, actor John Krasinski, agreed, as he raised his eyebrows at her while she walked for the paparazzi in a gorgeous dress that was somehow reminiscent of what a female superhero would wear to an awards show. So, well played. Coupled with her husband’s cream tux, the duo had a polished, monochromatic look.  

After a season of “Dune: Part Two” premieres, we’ve been treated to a Zendaya fashion show. And at the Oscars, she did it again, this time with a corset column gown.

The buttons on Bradley Cooper’s double-breasted suit might have been color-matched to his eyes. They’re pretty close. As he usually does, he looked stately, all cleaned up, with no tie to loosen when the parties kick off later in the evening. Also, was there a slight flare to the bottom of his pants? It kind of looked that way, which is intriguing.

Colman Domingo wore cowboy boots with his tuxedo – and we’re here for it. With Beyoncé’s new singles “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages, Lana Del Rey announcing a country album, Pharrell William’s western-inspired collection for Louis Vuitton, we think it’s a country summer. (Or by summer, we might be tired of it!)

Ryan Gosling put his own spin on black, in an incredibly eye-catching but also predictably classy way. Obviously, right? The guy is repping Ken. He delivered, with his signature smolder, an unbuttoned shirt and a Gucci jacket that included platinum piping along the trim (matching the piping, it seemed, on the shirt). Formal Awards Show Ken, for sure.

Does it matter how comfortable a dress is or how it looks? The Oscars are not a short ceremony, so attendees are seated for hours. And a number of these red carpet looks have extensive, if involved trains or bows or cascading design elements, which is to say they must be more comfortable to look at than wear. 

The strapless platinum gown worn by Anya Taylor-Joy, perhaps known best for her leading role in the Queen’s Gambit, is every bit an Oscars dress. Like, it’s a vision of glamor and timeless elegance. The jeweled top transitioned into a jeweled, and almost feathered, skirt. Here’s hoping it’s comfy to sit in. 

From her pastel lip color to her artsy, seafoam-hued dress, Emma Stone carried the peplum trend forward down the red carpet. The shape of the dress, coupled with the subtle texturing on it and the matching shoes, added yet another beautiful look to Stone’s awards season wardrobe – which has almost always involved a Louis Vuitton dress. But we should expect nothing less from her.

The peplum silhouette that captured so many of us in the 1980s, made a brief comeback around 2010, might be back? We also saw Florence Pugh in an updated peplum gown.

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Or did Pugh just love the Bulgari snake necklace?

Something felt familiar about this Marlee Matlin look. We couldn’t figure it out until someone remembered way back into the 1900s when Matlin won the best actress Oscar in another purple dress. It was 1987 for “Children of a Lesser God” for those of you checking!

Either Ariana Grande got tangled trying to get a duvet inside its duvet cover (relatable), or she chose a dress that would keep her wrists warm all night? The pastel pink dress included oversized half sleeves that got people talking about her upcoming role in the two-part film Wicked, as Galinda, of course. Hence, the pink. 

Can we just all agree that this Elie Saab flowing aqua chiffon gown is our favorite for the night and shut down the blog?

Not notes. Let’s go home!

America Ferrera was all dolled up in a sparkly, bubblegum pink gown that was all Barbie, a contrast to the schoolgirl charm Billie Eilish sported, complete with a jacket, boucle skirt and mary jane-style shoes. The two squealed and embraced when they saw each other on the carpet.

Issa Rae, otherwise known as President Barbie, wowed in a floor-sweeping, emerald green dress that included both a deep V and a high leg, in addition to a mixture of fabrics. Was the skirt a crushed velvet? And the top a sparkly something else? It seemed so. And it’s not the first time fabrics are intermingling in the same garment on tonight’s red carpet. Her high-top bun was a cute finish. 

Sandra Hüller, nominee for best actress, goes with a bold shoulder. Let’s hope her seat is wide enough or her seatmates are friendly!

Cynthia Erivo also got the note about shoulders.

Simu Liu and Allison Hsu made classic black and white look as regal as ever — he, shirtless in a Fendi jacket that fastened with a brooch, a trend we saw on Jeremy Allen White at the SAGs, on his right hip and she in a strapless, milky gown that included somewhat of a side fin off her left hip. Their looks together, essentially, balanced each other out. And his alone played to the confidence of his Ken #2 character. 

Rita Moreno worked the red carpet in Badgley Mishchka, arriving with her daughter in a floor-length dress that was both playful and glamorous. In black from head to toe, Moreno worked a slender sheath that was accented with a plume of fun, black flowers around her neck, which eventually trailed down her right side — accenting a thigh-high slit on her right side. She finished the look with full-length black gloves and wowed the paparazzi with a few moves, as if to show she’s done this before. 

It also felt like an homage to Chita Rivera.

He played it straight and sleek in a classic black tux, bringing his dimples along as his go-to accessory. But really, he’s a time capsule. 

More is 100 percent more for composer Laura Karpman, who greeted photographers on the red carpet cordially, asked how everyone was doing and tossed goodies to paparazzi members. Dressed head to toe in sequins, wearing sunglasses and keeping a second pair handy on the front of her top, Karpman finished her over-the-top look with layers of necklaces. Multiple layers. It was hard to count with the sequins hogging most of the attention, but it doesn’t really matter, because it’s clear she came to have fun.

Liza Koshy took a tumble on the red carpet in a dress that had a tight bodice and a flared bottom. Her sky-high heels might have contributed. But, she brushed it off, telling the gasping crew of photographers, “I got my ankle insured, so we’re fine. It’s a write off.”

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Sometimes, you just need find a basic black dress – and wear it all the time. OK, Jamie Lee Curtis probably has never worn this Dolce & Gabbana before. But when you look this good, you should wear it again!

And Brittany Snow was flawlessly jewel-toned in a strapless, canary gown that was accented only by a chunky, lavender and gold necklace. It didn’t have to work hard to highlight her crystal blue eyes. 

It also reminds us of these gorgeous yellow looks from Reese Witherspoon at past awards shows.

Julianne Hough took that West Coast wide leg look to the next, most fashionable level in a strapless jumper that was mostly high-waisted, exaggerated wide leg pants topped and a little bit, golden sequined top. The pants were incredible, and included pockets — the best part, obviously — and the balance between the two elements, even though it was off-balance, was just right. Wonder what shoes she had on?

And, the cutest grandmas on the red carpet are “Nai Nai and Wai Po.” The two are from a Disney film that celebrates their friendship, shot by the pair’s grandson. Chang Li Hua and Yi Yan Fuei arrived on the carpet, excited and waving to everyone, wearing beautiful, vibrant floral pantsuits, and dark shades. They could have worn anything though, and probably still been just as cute. 

DJ Kiss was the first star to arrive on the Red Carpet, which is no pressure at all, right? She immediately made a mark in a dramatic one-shoulder, high-leg, floor-length metallic gown made of a fabric that must be touched to be understood. It looked lightweight, like those survival blankets adventurers use in the backcountry. But who really knows. Either way, it made for a pretty, glittery start to the evening. 

We knew you Googled that before joining us. And if you didn’t, we’ve got you.

Our own Erin Jensen (who is watching the Oscars from South by Southwest tonight) picked her favorite Oscar dresses last year, which landed Lady Gaga and Michelle Yeoh on the list.

Erika Alexander, of “American Fiction,” mixed fabrics and textures in an unexpected if really intriguing way from Cristian Siriano. And honestly, instead of being jarring — like it sounds it could be — it’s playful and fun and right on time for spring, mixing pastels and lightweight fabrics with black leather and over-the-elbow gloves. The flowers on her necklace kept the look light, ladylike and fun. 

Tiered skirts and dresses are appearing to be a mini, red carpet trend — at least today, which could foreshadow coming mainstream trends for the rest of us. From midi length skirts reminiscent of private school uniforms to mixed fabrics and dresses that go from corset to ruffled waist to sheath. Might be something to keep an eye on in the coming months.

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Host Jimmy Kimmel joins Oscars carpet rollout

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel joked that “no blood will be shed” at the ceremony as he joined workers in Hollywood for the ceremonial rolling out of this year’s Champagne-colored carpet. (March 8)

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Yes, the Academy ditched the champagne carpet they debuted in 2023 to lackluster results.

Jimmy Kimmel introduced the carpet with much fanfare last year, calling it beautiful. We felt meh about it all.

Gimmicks aside, the champagne carpet looked a little dirty. The white dresses that were so popular last year faded into them, and it sort of stressed us out thinking: It’s raining, take OFF your shoes! But who says take off your shoes to Angela Bassett or Cate Blanchett? Not us.

The Oscars carpet has been now iconic red since the 33rd Academy Awards, hosted by Bob Hope in 1961.  Let’s have a moment to appreciate tradition − and red carpets.

E! has a full day of Oscars coverage planned, starting with “E! Brunch at the Oscars” at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT and red carpet show “Live from E!: The Oscars” at 4 p.m. ET/1 PT. ABC’s preshow at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 PT, hosted by Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough, will lead into the live awards show.

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