- The 2022 Oscars were held on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
- Celebrities dressed to the nines for the event, but some looks fell flat.
- Some stars tried to embrace too many trends at once, while others were too avant garde.
The colors of Jessica Chastain’s dress took away from the look.
Best actress winner Chastain opted for an A-line Gucci dress for the 2022 Oscars.
The gown’s sparkles, ruffle trim, and dropped waist design were beautiful, but the ombre pink and purple fabric took away from its gorgeous structure.
The look would have been more of a success if it had been one bold color, like gold or red.
Renate Reinsve’s gown had too much going on.
The Louis Vuitton gown had a flowy silhouette, sheer fabric on the bodice, spaghetti straps, a loose tie at the neckline, buttons down the center, and textured detailing throughout the gown. Reinsve leaned into the gothic look with slicked-back hair.
The individual elements of the dress were pretty, but together, they were just too much. It was hard to appreciate Reinsve’s overall look.
Billie Eilish’s Gucci dress was overwhelming.
Eilish, who won an Oscar for Best Original Song alongside her brother Finneas for “No Time to Die,” arrived at the Academy Awards in a black, off-the-shoulder gown.
The dress had layers of ruffles from head to toe. The ruffles themselves were interesting to look at, but you could barely see the tiered fabric because it was black. The dress ended up swallowing Eilish rather than making a fashion statement.
Rickey Thompson’s look had interesting details, but it didn’t go far enough.
Thompson’s GCDS look consisted of black pants, a black top with a sheer bodice and cape, and dangling embellishments hanging from the front of the look.
The cape and detailing were bold, but they looked strange against the black fabric of the rest of the ensemble, particularly the stark black pants. If the pants had also been bedazzled or if the gems had sat on a lighter or shinier fabric, Thompson would have stood out more.
The polka dots on Diane Guerrero’s dress evoked the wrong image.
The shape of the Carolina Herrera ball gown Guerrero wore to the Oscars was gorgeous, as was the black under-layer that flowed into a bow at the back of the dress.
But the polka dots looked a bit costumey, and because they were made up of smaller dots, they almost looked like illustrations of coronavirus particles.
If the gown had been one color instead of patterned, the look would have been a hit.
Amy Schumer embraced the bow trend in an odd way.
Schumer, who hosted the event alongside Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes, arrived at the Oscars in a custom Oscar de la Renta gown.
The long-sleeve, navy dress had a simple silhouette, but the plunging neckline was embroidered with a sparkly bow.
Although both bows and sparkles are trendy, the etched version looked cartoony rather than couture.
The peplum train on Caitriona Balfe’s gown was a miss.
Balfe’s white Louis Vitton gown had a straight silhouette and sparkly straps, with an oversized, ruffled peplum in the middle of the dress that flowed into the train.
The peplum made the dress appear dated and out of place rather than fashion-forward.
Jill Scott’s gown didn’t need the oversized sleeves.
Jill Scott looked gorgeous in the sparkly, black dress she chose for the Oscars, which had strap detailing on the top.
But the gown’s long, flowy sleeves weren’t necessary and distracted from the other beautiful aspects of the dress.
The bow on Penélope Cruz’s dress wasn’t needed.
Cruz walked the red carpet in a Chanel halter dress that had button detailing on the bodice and a full skirt.
The dress was chic and effortless — aside from a patterned bow on the neckline. The bow distracted from the simple elegance the rest of the gown offered.
Jessica Serfaty’s gown didn’t have enough oomph for the Oscars.
Serfaty’s one-shoulder gown had a simple A-line shape with ruching on the bodice.
The gown’s bold, teal fabric was eye-catching, but the rest of the dress fell flat, particularly the brooch and bow on the shoulder. It looked more like a prom dress than an Oscar’s gown.
The color and fabric combination of Reba McEntire’s dress didn’t quite work.
McEntire sported a deep green Dolce & Gabbana gown that was covered in sparkles. The gown’s long sleeves played off its asymmetrical neckline, which gave it some depth.
However, the mesh of deep green and sparkles made the dress look like it was designed for an elevated Christmas party, not the Academy Awards. The brooch on the neckline dated the gown as well.
Maya Rudolph’s dress would have been a success if it had more shape.
Rudolph’s bright orange Valentino dress was definitely fun thanks to the color and feather detailing on the hem and sleeves.
But because the dress was so flowy, the feathers didn’t shine as much as they could have otherwise.
Nikki Novak’s dress looked dated.
Novak’s pink ball gown had a bedazzled bodice and a full, taffeta skirt.
Although the gown’s train made a statement, the rest of the dress was a miss. The bodice looked clunky with the skirt, and the detailing appeared dated instead of modern.