In terms of awards shows, the Academy Awards is the big kahuna. The Oscar is the most coveted award for actors; the golden statuette that determines whether they get their pick of plum roles or run the risk of being the subject of a Where Are They Now feature.
It’s also the creme de la creme of red carpets. Every show leading up to this moment has been little more than a warm-up. Stylists sit on pins and needles hoping their clients will make best-dressed lists, while designers bite their nails in anticipation of who will wear their clothes. Designer labels like Prada, Marchesa and Elie Saab owe much of their popularity to the Oscars red carpet.
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Although few celebs take risks with their fashions anymore (gone are the days of Cher’s Bob Mackie get-ups), what and who they wear remains as much a focus as the movies being celebrated.
Here’s our round-up of the best and worst looks from the 89th Academy Awards red carpet.
Best: Chic and sleek
Taraji P. Henson
Best: Heavy metal
Best: Least monkey-suit-y monkey suits
Best: Red hot
Best: Full and fanciful
Best: Elegant embroidery
Worst: Victorian confusion
Worst: Bathrobe bomb