18 Out-There Runway Looks We Wish We’d Seen On the Oscars Red Carpet

Here’s hoping we'll see more risk-taking next year

As you probably already know from our very serious red carpet analysis of the Golden Globe Awards last month, we find the fashion at Hollywood affairs to be, for the most part, derivative snooze-fests. And while there indeed are a handful of sartorial “hits” at each ceremony, most aren’t really all that noteworthy. Tonight’s 89th Academy Awards were no exception to that—although Syrian refugee and subject of documentary film Watani: My Home Film, Hala Kamil, did send a pretty damn strong message of inclusivity and female strength in custom Brandon Maxwell. Also good: Naomie Harris, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Moonlight, in a sleek, Calvin Klein By Appointment design; Hidden Figures star Janelle Monáe in Elie Saab; and Ruth Negga in Valentino Couture, complete with what was perhaps the chicest accessory of the night: a blue ACLU ribbon. (Looks like political messages aren’t limited to the runways.) Still, as per usual, we were left craving something more, something a little batshit crazy even. (And, no, the La La Land slip-up doesn’t count.) In other words, less frothy, tulle-filled concoctions and more, well, excitement. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve scoured the Fall 2017 RTW and Spring 2017 Couture collections for runway looks that would surely have injected some much-needed fantasy into the sea of sameness that is the red carpet. Click through the slideshow to see all of our picks. 

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