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From Timothée Chalamet to Serena Williams: These celebs were 2022's Oscars' best dressed

Tennis icon Serena Williams stunned in pink and black as one of the best-dressed attendees at the 2022 Academy Awards. – Photo by wta / Twitter

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the 94th Oscars. Considering last year’s poor ratings, things are definitely looking up for the Academy, even amid controversy. But for me, half of the excitement of awards shows lies in what people are wearing, and this year had some truly great looks.

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion’s mermaid dress is one of my favorites of the night. She wore a light blue, form-fitting dress by Indian designer Gaurav Gupta with a high leg slit. The best part of the dress is the dramatic wave-like back and train. She killed it with this stunning glittery blue look, especially considering it was her Oscar debut.

During the show, Megan Thee Stallion also rapped a verse in the performance of “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” — which was one of the rare instances where a song was performed but not nominated.

Lily James

I haven’t seen a lot of people talking about James’ outfit, but it blew me away. James wore a form-fitting light pink Versace dress with a high leg slit and floral embroidery, looking like the Disney princess she is.

Fittingly, James presented the best animated feature category, which is often awarded to a Disney film, and this year, it was given to "Encanto." Alongside James presenting were Halle Bailey (soon to be Ariel) and Naomi Scott (of the 2019 "Aladdin") as three of the live-action Disney princesses.

Halle and Chloe Bailey 

Speaking of Halle Bailey, she and her sister Chloe Bailey attended the Academy Awards both wearing dresses with extreme leg slits. Halle Bailly wore a teal Roberto Cavalli wrap dress, and Chloe Bailey wore a purple dress by LVDF.

I personally think Chloe Bailey had the better of the two dresses, but both sisters stunned on the red carpet. While there’s some controversy surrounding her heels, I think they’re creative and perfect for the dress.

While Halle Bailey went on stage when she presented alongside James and Scott in the best animated feature category, Chloe Bailey attended to support her sister’s first Oscars appearance.

Lupita Nyong'o

Nyong’o might be better known for the reaction she made as she sat behind Will Smith during the whole Chris Rock incident, but her beautiful gold gown should also be a topic of discussion.

Nyong’o is known for some truly stunning red carpet looks, and while I don’t think this year's look beats the blue dress she wore to the 2014 Oscars, I think it’s definitely another triumph. Nyong’o sported Prada at the 2022 Oscars — the same design company that created her iconic 2014 dress.

Timothée Chalamet

If you follow the Oscars and other award shows, you probably know that nearly every man shows up in the same boring tuxedo, though some occasionally wear a dark purple or blue suit to be daring.

Chalamet was one of the few men to break the mold and take a risk that definitely paid off. Chalamet attended the Oscars as two of his films, "Don’t Look Up" and "Dune," were both nominated for several awards — including best picture.

He wore a womenswear Louis Vuitton blazer and high-waisted pants, as well as silver jewelry that made his sparkly blazer stand out. Chalamet showed up shirtless as well, which definitely sparked some buzz on the internet. Hopefully, Chalamet’s look inspires some more creativity for other men at the next Academy Awards.

Jessica Chastain

I struggle to find the right words for how much I adore Chastain’s Oscar dress this year. She wore a gorgeous sparkly gold and lavender ombre Gucci gown with ruffles at the bottom in what would be a wish-fulfillment wear for anyone that ever dreamed of being a princess as a little girl.

Chastain was nominated and won for best actress in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," a long-overdue achievement in my opinion. Chastain also used her speech to bring attention to the problematic Don’t Say Gay bill, in honor of the legacy of Tammy Faye, who she portrayed in the film.

Zendaya

I honestly didn’t love Zendaya's outfit at first, but the more I look at it, the more I like it. Zendaya attended for her film "Dune," which was nominated for several awards as well as best picture.

She came in a cropped Valentino shirt and sequined skirt — button-up tops with a sequin skirt aren’t typically the look celebrities go for on the red carpet, but like always, Zendaya made it work. 

Serena Williams

Serena Williams attended the Oscars with sister Venus Williams, whose outfit did not impress me. But Serena Williams truly knocked it out of the park in pink Gucci. The sharp shoulders and black gloves that matched her rose embroidery were what really made this outfit stand out and put Serena on the list of best dressed.

The Williams sisters attended the awards show for the biopic "King Richard," which they produced, about their and their father’s story. "King Richard" was nominated for several awards including best picture. They also introduced Beyonce’s performance of her song “Be Alive” from the same film, which was nominated for best original song.

If you watched or talked about the Oscars, you may not be that focused on the outfits this year. Overall, I think there were a lot of fashion misses and strange choices made, but the best of the best had some of the most creative and stunning outfits out of any year.


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