This year’s 2022 Oscars were reminiscent of pre-pandemic award shows, with the return of a red carpet fashion parade, the attendance of Hollywood icons, and maskless seating in a more spaced out and lounge-like environment. While the night may have taken a chaotic turn during the monologue leading up to the award for Best Original Documentary – bravo to Questlove and his win for Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) – this does not take away from the big wins, thoughtful speeches, and celebrity fashion highlights. The past couple years of award shows have been relatively muted in terms of what the stars chose to wear, but we were treated to several designer showstoppers this season. Here is a dozen of our favorite looks.
Always the picture of modern Hollywood royalty, Lupita Nyong’o wore a custom Prada stunner in burnished yellow with three-dimensional sequins, amethyst, and topaz crystals. It was the perfect complement to the actress’s beautiful energy.
As the face of Valentino, Zendaya wore an haute couture Valentino creation that is as on-trend as it is classic. Her cropped double silk satin shirt created a proportional contrast to a full, silver organza skirt.
Best Supporting Actress winner, Ariana DeBose, was another Maison Valentino muse at the 2022 Oscars, donning a red crepe brassier and trouser ensemble topped with a gorgeous silk cape. Ariana, who played the role of Anita in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 remake of West Side Story, is the first Afro-Latina and openly queer woman to win the award.
“To anybody who has ever questioned your identity… or finds yourself living in the gray spaces,” she said during her acceptance speech, “I promise you this – there is indeed a place for us.”
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
Our favorite power couple of the evening had to be Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Not only were they both 2022 Oscar nominees, but their style picks were absolutely flawless. Penelope wore a custom black taffeta gown by Chanel, which reportedly took 680 hours and 8,000 embroidered elements to create, and Javier’s all-black tuxedo was timelessly suave.
We love a vibrant pop of color on the red carpet. Wearing the latest from Wes Gordon’s Pre-Fall 2022 collection for Carolina Herrera, H.E.R. looked bright, billowy, and beautiful.
For Aunjanue Ellis’ 2022 Oscar gown, Donatella Versace incorporated a personal touch by embroidering “Jax Baby” onto the left shoulder. The King Richard star wanted to pay tribute to her mother, and Donatella was sure to accommodate her request.
“Taking an estimated 1,300 hours to complete,” Versace posted on social media, “the sweeping design is crafted from a handmade micro-draped organza with a wrap-around stole and degradé gown in organza, tulle and chiffon with crystal embroidery and hand-finished fringe detailing.”
Hollywood icon Nicole Kidman, who was nominated for Best Actress, wore a gorgeous light blue silk strapless number by Giorgio Armani. We love the peplum silhouette and strapless bustier.
We usually keep an eye out for the quintessential “lady in red” celebrity fashion moment, but Simu Liu seems to have stolen the show in his red-hot tux by Versace. The Marvel superstar posted on Instagram, “Baby’s first Oscars,” and we couldn’t be more thrilled that this loveable (and ultra-stylish) actor is officially in the mix.
Another Oscar Award first-timer, Maddie Ziegler was in attendance to support West Side Story. The dancer and influencer looked right at home on the red carpet, wearing an exquisite strapless black gown by Giambattista Valli.
Colorful suits are always a welcome way to shake up the men’s fashion scene, and Sebastian Yatra made his 2022 Oscars entrance in a pastel pink tux by Moschino. Later on, the Colombian singer gave a wonderful performance of “Dos Oruguitas” from Disney’s Encanto.
Regina Hall is as hilarious as she is gorgeous. As one of the evening’s co-hosts (along with Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes) Regina opted for a custom sandstone silk chiffon draped gown by Vera Wang. The gown’s peek-a-boo elements, exposed corset, and dreamy sleeves would translate especially well into a couture wedding dress.
This year, Gucci had the honor of dressing the winner for Best Actress. Jessica Chastain, who won for her leading role in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, was picture perfect in her custom tulle gown with sequin embellishments and a ruffled organza hem. During her acceptance speech, Jessica also used her platform to draw attention to the injustices being faced by the LGBTQ community, and how she was inspired by Tammy’s “radical acts of love.”
“I’m inspired by her passion,” she said. “I see it as a guiding principle that leads us forward, and it connects us all in the desire that we want to be accepted for who we are, accepted for who we love, and to live a life without fear of violence or terror… And to any of you out there who do, in fact, feel hopeless or alone, I just want you to know that you are unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you.”