Oscars red carpet recap: Jewel tones and no diversity
Here's the thing about spotlighting Oscars fashion in the newspaper every year. For the print product, we have limited space and have to pick just a handful of gowns to talk about. The goal is to identify some kind of red carpet fashion trend and make selections within that universe -- this year, it was peacock colors. Then, within that universe, we want to spotlight people who have been buzzworthy this year, nominees or stars with big things going on. Within that universe, we want to try and make our selections diverse and reflective of a wide audience.
That can be a challenge with every award show. But this year, it was especially apparent. The Oscars' all-white acting nominees and subsequent boycotts really manifested on the red carpet, maybe more than ever, and that's a shame in so many ways.
Still, we were able to spot the typical trends, the good, the bad and the ugly. Tea length dresses are a thing. The colors reminded me of 90s school photo day, in a good way. Lady Gaga wore a pants cape, so there's that. While the colors were rich, the overall take felt a little flat and staid. We have a lot of expectations for next year, in a lot of ways.
Also, FYI, I am super charged on cold meds right now so I can't be held responsible for not fully loving Lady Gaga to the typical extent of my being. On to the slides!