The Oscars are the crowning jewel of the award ceremony season, and it is the one met with the most anticipation from celebrities and fans alike. Films like La La Land counted among some of the biggest winners, making director Damien Chazelle the youngest nominee ever to bag a Best Director’s Award. The film also led Emma Stone to score a Best Actress in a Leading Role Award.

Ultimately, Moonlight nabbed Best Picture in what turned out to be a Miss Universe/Steve Harvey-level fiasco, where La La Land was mistakenly read to have won.

As much as prestige surrounded the awards show, the same air of elegance governed the red carpet. This year’s reigning trends included white gowns, off-shoulder looks, embellishments, metallic and sheer fabrics, flaunted by too many celebrities to count.

Here are our favourite outfits of the night.

1

Auli’i Cravalho’s Rubin Singer gown melds structured, geometric details in gold thread with a flowing train for a stunning update on the usual white red carpet dress.

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2

Taraji P. Henson gives Marilyn Monroe a run for her money in a blue velvet, off-shoulder Alberta Ferretti gown.

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3

Emma Stone brings the Midas Touch to the red carpet in this ornate, fringe-skirted Givenchy Haute Couture gown.

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4

Jessica Biel’s Kaufmanfranco dress looks straight out of a Klimt painting.

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5

Viola Davis’ Armani Privé gown is a winner for its elegant, simplistic construction. We’re loving how the crimson colour brings out the richness of her skin tone.

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6

Naomie Harris’ sleek white Calvin Klein dress marks it as Raf Simons’ first red carpet debut under the American label.

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7

Instead of being dressed by a big-name designer, Ava DuVernay’s high-necked grey dress was made by AshiStudio, a Lebanon-based designer. The actress took to Twitter to declare her style choice as a gesture of solidarity, which we applaud.

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8

Hailee Steinfeld’s sheer Ralph & Russo gown calls a romantic, idyllic garden paradise to mind.

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9

Felicity Jones’ tulle Dior gown is an ethereal vision reminiscent of the label under John Galliano.

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10

Janelle Monae’s black and white Elie Saab Haute Couture wonder makes the actress look straight out of a modern fairytale.

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Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
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