The 89th Academy Awards has officially concluded, with Moonlight crowned as Best Picture (but not after the whole La La Land mix-up), and Emma Stone, Casey Affleck, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis taking home major awards during the night. As much as we were anticipating the announcement of the winners during the star-studded event, we might have been slightly more interested in the attire and accessories of A-list celebrities that walked the red carpet.

This year, not only did we spot many of the same trends on different actresses, but also bold statements of support for certain initiatives and causes. After all, the red carpet stands for a lot more than a style competition, and there is no better platform to make a worldwide statement than the Oscars, whether as a trendsetter or as a global citizen.

Cascading fringes, gilded lace and abortion

From left: Emma Stone in custom Givenchy Haute Couture / Olivia Culpo in Marchesa

Best Actress winner Emma Stone looked stunning in a custom Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci couture gown with gilded details, along with tiers of cascading fringes that swung beautifully as she walked. Olivia Culpo, meanwhile, was elegantly dressed in a silver Marchesa gown that featured lace trims, a deep V neckline, and similar fringe tiers with decorative details. Apart from the shimmering jewels dangling from her ears, Emma was also donning an additional accessory on the strap of her dress — a pin from Planned Parenthood.

Flaming red, high neck and civil liberties

From left: Ginnifer Goodwin in Zuhair Murad / Ruth Negga in Valentino

Flaming red is a trending colour on the red carpet this year, and Ginnifer Goodwin and Ruth Negga were coincidently wearing similar red gowns that shared elements such as long sleeves, lace panels and a high neckline. While both gowns looked gorgeous, Ruth, who has previously spoke against President Trump’s travel ban, went one step further to decorate hers with a blue ribbon in support of the American Civil Liberties Union, joining the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karlie Kloss and Busy Philipps. Pinned against the red Valentino dress, the contrasting blue colour offered a striking visual that truly made a statement.

Halter-like bodice, plunging neckline and eco awareness

From left: Emma Roberts in vintage Armani Privé / Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Emma Roberts and Michelle Williams were looking near-identical in black and cream floor-length gowns with halter-like bodices and plunging necklines. While Michelle’s Louis Vuitton featured shimmering intricate details, we couldn’t help noticing that Emma actually chose a vintage gown from Giorgio Armani’s second Armani Privé collection from 2005, in an effort to promote sustainable fashion and the Red Carpet Green Dress initiative, which looks to shine a spotlight on the impact of the fashion industry on people and the planet.

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.