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Oscars 2023 red carpet: Smooth elegance, lots of trains, and candy glam

By Agence France-Presse Published Mar 13, 2023 6:15 pm

The Oscars gala is the pinnacle of Hollywood's awards season, and thus the A-listers in attendance typically save their best looks for last. On Monday, March 13, the stars did not disappoint.

As the guests filed into the Dolby Theater, a few trends emerged: lots of understated white, silver, and cream gowns; loose flowing hair; dresses with trains; and a few excellent pops of color.

Here are some key looks from the Oscars 2023 red carpet.

Muted elegance

For the first time in decades, Oscars organizers changed the red carpet to a champagne hue. And the stars responded by bringing an ethereal lightness to their frocks, many of them in white, cream, or silver.

Michelle Yeoh, who won the best actress Oscar for Everything Everywhere All at Once, wowed in a floating white sleeveless Dior gown, her long hair flowing in loose curls—a look seen all over the carpet—and topped with a bejeweled headband.

"This was the perfect opportunity to show that moms are superheroes," Yeoh told ABC of her film.

Michelle Yeoh

Jamie Lee Curtis, who won Best Supporting Actress for her work alongside Yeoh, rocked a sleek glittering long-sleeved off-white column gown from Dolce & Gabbana, perfectly setting off her cropped white hair.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Presenter Florence Pugh, who has been shutting down red carpets for months with quirk and swagger, pushed the sartorial envelope in a Valentino gown that was all voluminous creamy taffeta on top—and then slit extra high to reveal a black miniskirt.

Florence Pugh

And Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, the executive producer of Oscar-nominated documentary short Stranger at the Gate, wore a sequined silver hooded Ralph Lauren gown that was ruched at the waist.

Malala Yousafzai

Filipino actress Dolly de Leon wore a black ensemble with hints of bright red. She represented the Cannes-winning satirical black comedy film Triangle of Sadness, which got nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay at the prestigious affair.

Candy-colored glam

Pink, purple, yellow—Curtis' fellow nominees in the best supporting actress category brought a rainbow of hues to the Academy Awards.

Angela Bassett, whose turn as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever earned her the first acting nomination for a performance in a Marvel film, slayed in an amethyst Moschino gown with a bow neckline, a train... and lots of diamonds.

Angela Bassett

Hong Chau, who scored a nod for her work opposite Brendan Fraser in The Whale, oozed sophistication in a cotton candy pink sleeveless Prada gown, with a Mandarin collar and an unusual fringed black train.

Hong Chau

Everything Everywhere All at Once star Stephanie Hsu floated down the carpet at the Dolby Theater in a strapless bubble gum pink Valentino number with a full ball skirt, her hair cascading down in soft waves. 

Stephanie Hsu

And Irish actress Kerry Condon, who shared the big screen with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in The Banshees of Inisherin, donned a lemon yellow one-shoulder Versace gown—with another train, a definite Oscars trend.

Kerry Condon

Let's hear it for the boys

For years, the men of Hollywood were a bit of an afterthought on red carpets—tuxedo, rinse, repeat. But no longer.

Everything Everywhere star Harry Shum Jr. embraced his Asian heritage with a white dinner jacket with midnight piping and coordinated belted sash. And for his Glee fans, he danced a bit on the red carpet. 

Harry Shum Jr.

And Oscar-nominated Elvis star Austin Butler wore a Saint Laurent tuxedo fit for a king—though definitely a bit more traditional than his other awards season looks.

Austin Butler

(AFP — Susan Stumme in Washington / Angela Weiss and Valerie Macon)