While many are still talking about the best and worst dressed stars gracing the 2020 Oscars red carpet, there’s room for a tangential discussion: trends in eveningwear. While few of us in the Midwest will wear a gown like Sandra Oh’s to galas and other black-tie events, we can still take inspiration from the event to use when selecting – or commissioning – our own gowns.
Sequins and Beading Bring the Bling
From Scarlett Johansson’s Oscar de la Renta gown to Brie Larson in Celine, the Oscars red carpet was filled with shimmer and shine. When it comes to sequins and beaded details, it’s most successful when the dress shape is more traditional – the more beads or sequins on the dress, the more classic the shaping of the dress should be.
Precious Metals Inspire
Beads and sequins weren’t the only details bringing shine to the red carpet at the 2020 Oscars. Many of the stars – from Billy Porter’s Giles Deacon statement gown to Janelle Monáe in her Ralph Lauren hooded gown – chose gold or silver dresses. Natalie Portman’s Dior dress even made use of gold embroidery in her statement piece. When choosing a dress that either has gold or silver details, or is itself gold or silver, it’s important to make sure you select jewelry that will enhance the look – and not wind up looking like the liquid metal model of the Terminator.
Lace Overlays Lend an Elegant Touch
Many of the stars at the Oscars had lace overlays and cutouts on their dresses. Between Rooney Mara’s Alexander McQueen gown, Gal Gadot’s Givenchy haute couture gown, and Geena Davis’s Romona Keveza gown, lace was popping up everywhere at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards. While you might not want a gown as daring as Rooney Mara’s for your next charity ball, don’t count dresses with lace details out. Tone-on-tone styles are especially beautiful on the red carpet.
V-Necks, Particularly Deep Vs Are “In”
Speaking of Geena Davis, 2020 was the year of the deep V gown. This style is also very popular in prom dresses this year. The secret to pulling this look off is finding a gown and having it tailored so that the fit is impeccable. Florence Pugh’s teal Louis Vuitton dress, Saoirse Ronan’s Gucci gown and Laura Dern’s more conservative Armani Privé gown are all excellent examples of this trend – with varying degrees of plunge.
Asymmetrical Sweetheart Necklines on Classic Silhouettes
Another trend this Oscar season was the asymmetrical neckline. Regina King’s Versace dress, Charlize Theron’s Dior Haute Couture, Salma Hayek’s Gucci gown, and Mindy Kaling’s Dolce & Gabbana gown all made best-dressed lists. The key is to keep the rest of the gown traditional and opt for a more conservative frosting of jewelry – that way, the shape of the gown can really stand out.
Staying True to One’s Own Personal Style
As always, many stars wore statement pieces to the 92nd annual Academy Awards. Billie Eilish’s Chanel outfit, Kristen Wiig’s red ruffled Valentino dress and Sandy Powell’s autographed suit all turned heads. Perhaps the most important trend is the one we’re seeing where more and more people are staying true to their own style and personality in their dress when it comes to black tie affairs. When choosing your own gown or suit for your next formal occasion, be sure that it’s in keeping with your own personal style. Nothing says glamor like evening wear that makes you feel like you own the red carpet.