When you work in fashion, for one reason or another, celebrity style at the Academy Awards always seems like a sartorial snooze fest. Maybe it’s because Hollywood’s biggest night falls right in the middle of the Fall ready to wear shows every year. On the runways, risk-taking and innovation is encouraged. On the red carpets, starlets often play it a little too safe—they’d rather look boring than top a Worst Dressed list. This year was no different. That said, in addition to Chris Rock’s brilliant hosting—no topic is off limit—[and Stacey Dash’s incredibly awkward Black History month moment] there were a handful of glimmering Oscar fashion highlights that made the 2016 ceremony worth watching.
First, let’s talk about how Charlize Theron never fails to slay at the Oscars. She looked pure fire in her plunging red Dior Couture with a dramatic train, which was a lesson in modern Hollywood glamour. Another win: Brie Larson took home the award for Best Actress in a delicate ruffled Gucci cobalt blue number. Although I can’t tell if I liked it because it was pretty or if I liked it just because it was custom designed by It designer Alessandro Michele. And then there was Rachel McAdams, who rocked another jewel tone dress. The emerald green halter gown by August Getty was plenty daring with its open back and high slit—all the better to show off her fabulous figure—but lost marks for wrinkles. Seriously, it’s called a steamer.