Oscars 2016 Red Carpet in Fashion Illustrations
Flash news! Celebrities wore dresses and expensive jewellery at Oscars 2016 red carpet. And men wore tuxedos like they always did. You saw it happening year after year, women clad in flamboyant dresses and men in tailored tuxedos. Will mainstream Oscars fashion ever defy gender norms? Like host Chris Rock pointed out, if George Clooney showed up with a lime green tux on, and a swan coming out his ass, somebody would go, “What you wearing, George?” What’s more to those clothes than a colour, silhouette and the designer brand tag? What was different? Did we spot trousers with 3 legs? Nope. And yet like in every other year, fashion journalists and bloggers went nuts over Oscars red carpet, carefully breaking down the clothes, accessories and makeup of the actors. A few even discussed if Cate Blanchett’s dress colour was aqua or teal or seafoam green. Others simply called it green. Only the designer at Armani can provide us with the name of the hue.
Fashion bloggers took over twitter to proclaim love for Cate Blanchett’s Armani prive creation with hand sewn appliqué. Another star who rocked an Armani prive creation was Naomi Watts. Did Armani just win the Oscars 2016 red carpet fashion race? Maybe. Award shows like Oscars are watched by more people than those who probably watched the top award winning film. Armani’s brand dominance was established when Cate Blanchett and Naomi Watts reserved the top spots in best dressed lists for themselves. Cate Blanchett is a consistent name when it comes to Oscars best dressed list. When you’re Cate Blanchett, you’re not wearing a dress. You’re wearing your reputation. You’re wearing your status. You’re wearing the tag of international style icon. On that note, I would safely add Cate’s name to the Oscars 2017 best dressed list.
Priyanka Chopra was yet another star who announced her arrival as a rising international star in white Zuhair Murad couture gown. A few in Indian subcontinent raised questions about her sartorial choice. Why didn’t Priyanka wear a sari? Why didn’t Priyanka wear an Indian designer’s creation? What they failed to see is that an international label like Zuhair Murad just put her in parallel with other Hollywood A-listers. Her sartorial choice won accolades from every corner and her look was Googled more than the likes of even established Hollywood names like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Winslet. Priyanka Chopra certainly made the best out of the occasion.
Clearly, it’s beyond the dress. It’s beyond the diamond jewellery or crystallized carbon atoms in Sheldon Cooper’s view. Events like Oscars fuel a multi-billion dollar industry. The event can make or break a designer’s career. A new international star can announce her arrival with her sartorial choice. I was wondering if Chris Rock’s white tuxedo was any pun at #OscarsSoWhite debate. Oh Chris Rock, poor white actors who didn’t have an option but to smile awkwardly every time cameras pointed at them. Apart from the discussion on institutional racism, Sam Smith talked about LGBT equality in his award acceptance speech. Lady Gaga stressed about awareness on sexual violence. Leonardo DiCaprio winning the Best Actor award is also the most tweeted moment in history. The most tweeted moment made a plea to not take this planet for granted. Whoa! Racism, LGBT rights, climate change, sexual violence…. because fashion is nothing but a reflection of our own society and Oscars 2016 red carpet stood up for our social issues. You see the real big deal about Oscars 2016 red carpet? The clothes are clearly not just about the colour, silhouette and designer tag.
On that note, I illustrated some of my favourite Oscars 2016 red carpet looks. Hope you enjoy it.