Gowns are great. Suits are great. Those outfits that combine both? Questionable, but you do you, Melissa McCarthy.
It seems we’re entering the era of everybody Doing Them on the Oscars red carpet, whatever that means – including going beyond what men or women are “supposed” to wear to such a major event.
For Jason Momoa, that mean pairing his blush velvet suit with a matching scrunchie.
For Pose‘s Billy Porter, that meant turning up early to set the bar so high not even Jason Momoa could reach it.
And for an unprecedented number of women, it meant PANTS – because dresses are not inherently more fancy than a well-tailored suit.
ART DECO SILK POWER SUITS FOR WHEN YOU’RE NOMINATED AGAINST YOURSELF AND HAVE TO BRING IT.
NOT A SUIT AND NOT VERY GOOD OVERALL BUT MELISSA MCCARTHY CAN DO WHATEVER SHE WANTS.
NOT A SUIT BUT ALLISON JANNEY STILL GIVING THE GAYS EVERYTHING THEY WANT!
The Oscars is famously where you’re supposed to go all-out, but it’s not generally known for progressiveness or fashion experiments, give or take a swan dress.
So it’s brilliant to see how many people – especially women and queer men, but even the straight men who are working bright colours and coded tailoring – are bucking tradition.
While the awards themselves still have a little way to go in terms of righting the gender balance, the red carpet is showing the Academy voters just how far behind they are.