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The Oscars 2019 Fashion Parade

This year’s Oscars will probably go down as the first modern day ceremony without a host. While I’m sorry that Kevin Hart behaved offensively, I was thrilled with the broadcast. Forced to get creative, the producers did just that and it worked beautifully. The Academy upped the star wattage and banter between presenters, which gave the audience more time to check out the fashion! And wear fashion they did. Keep scrolling to see and read about Kyle and my take on the most delightful looks of the 2019 Oscars.

Enjoy! And let us know which are your favorite looks!

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Show Stoppers

Some outfits just make you stop in your tracks. The number one traffic stopper of the night was Billy Porter’s ummm….tux dress? Whatever you want to call it, it was ground-breaking fashion. I hadn’t seen Emma Stone on the red carpet, but even sitting down I could tell how incredibly dynamic her Louis Vuitton dress was, not to mention it is the best color ever for the actress. WWD, the bible of the fashion industry, also loved Billy but hated Emma. I respectfully disagree. Michelle Yeoh proves you don’t have to be 28 to make a fashion statement. Her gown was simply stunning. And Ruth Carter, you deserved that Oscar so much!

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Billy Porter in Christian Siriano

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Michelle Yeoh in Elie Saab with Chopard jewelry and a Roger Vivier bag

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Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton

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Ruth Carter looked stunning as she became the first black woman to win the costume design award for her work in Black Panther!

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Before and After The Show

How do they manage to have phenomenal red carpet outfits, and then change into something equally as amazing? And how can Jennifer Lopez and Alexander Rodriguez really be a couple? Do you think they just work out and eat healthy chef-prepared food all day? Do you know that she is 49???? I absolutely loved both of her looks on Oscar night.

P.S. Check out Glenn Close in a caped jumpsuit at age 71! Ladies, you have no excuse not to take a fashion risk once in a while.

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in Tom Ford and at the Vanity Fair After Party with Jennifer in Zuhair Murad

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Gemma Chan in Valentino and at the Vanity Fair After Party in Tom Ford

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Glenn Close in Carolina Herrera and an unidentified caped jumpsuit! Amazing! Did you see her fashion moment at the Independent Spirit Awards? It’s a must-see.

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Olivia Coleman in custom Prada and after in Stella McCartney

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The Hottest Colors

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Ice Blue

How ethereal did Yalitza Aparico look in her ice blue Rodarte dress? Talk about feeling like a princess for a day! Nevermind that she was nominated for an Oscar for her first ever acting role. And although she looks as good as the actresses, Elaine Welteroth is actually the former socially active editor of Teen Vogue who signed with talent agency CAA last year.

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Yalitza Aparico in Rodarte

Elaine Welteroth in Celia Kritharioti

(Plus Charlize Theron and Laura Harrier who are in our jewelry section!)

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Bright Red

There could be no disagreement over how stunning the multi-talented Jennifer Hudson looked in her one-shoulder, ruffled red dress from Elie Saab Couture. Rachel Weisz’s look required a few more minutes of pondering, and halfway through the show I still wasn’t sure what I thought of it! I’ve landed on the side of it’s genius, but you definitely have to be a true fashion person to get the look from Givenchy Couture, PVC capelet and all.

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Rachel Weisz in Givenchy Couture

Jennifer Hudson in Elie Saab Couture

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Yellow Gold

Both Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) and Danai Gurira (Black Panther) were in bold movies this year, and chose outfits to match. I was obsessed with Gurira’s heroine in Black Panther!

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Constance Wu in custom Versace

Danai Gurira in Brock Collection

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50 Shades of Pink

So first of all, what was Marie Kondo doing at the Oscars? I wonder who’s idea it was to invite her? Whoever it was, bravo! We needed her fashion inspiration and smiling face on the red carpet and in all the fashion roundups the next day. Awkwafina’s (I’m still not exactly sure who she is but she is awesome!) pink tux was fierce and showcased the big bow, sure to be a major fall trend later this year. Helen Mirren, you never disappoint.

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Emilia Clarke in Balmain

Marie Kondo in Jenny Packham

Awkwafina in Dsquared2

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Helen Mirren in Schiaparelli Haute Couture

Kacey Musgrave in Giambattista Valli Couture

Linda Cardellini

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The Jewelry Moments

I was texting Kyle furiously all night: “the jewelry! the jewelry!”.  Below are some of the most standout diamond looks of the night. What do you think of Charlize Theron’s transformation? I thought it was about time.

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Charlize Theron is a style chameleon with brown hair in Dior Haute Couture and more than 360 carats of diamonds from Bvlgari

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Laura Harrier wore a eco-responsible custom gown from Louis Vuitton with a stunning emerald and rubellite necklace by Bvlgari

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Laura Dern worn a Rodarte gown with a diamond Harry Winston necklace

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Julia Roberts in Elie Saab with Cindy Chao architectural earrings
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And of course Lady Gaga wore a black Alexander McQueen gown with the remarkable 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond necklace, last worn by Audrey Hepburn when promoting Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961.

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Best Dressed Couples

Am I the only one who had no idea that Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet have been together long enough to have multiple children? I made Kyle google it to see how gorgeous the kids are. But seriously, did anyone else know this? And don’t “the wives” below look incredible? Are you as obsessed with Amatus-Sami Karim‘s cosmic dress as I am?

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Keegan-Michael Key and his wife Elisa Pugliese

Jason Momoa in custom Karl Lagerfeld and Lisa Bonet in Fendi Couture

John Mulaney in Pal Zileri with his wife Annamarie Tendler

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Christian Bale and his wife Sibi Blazic

Producer of Bohemian Rhapsody and “guest” who looked so cool in her holographic gown!

Producer of Black Panther Kevin Feige and his wife Caitlin Feige 

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Rami Malek in Saint Laurent and Lucy Boynton in Rodarte

Amatus-Sami Karim in 69 and Mahershala Ali in Ermenegildo Zegna XXX

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Best Dressed Men

I just love that some of the men are using the Oscars to have almost as much fun with fashion as the women. Sorry gentlemen who tried, Chadwick Bosemen wins best dressed. Hands down. No contest.

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Chadwick Boseman stealing the show in Givenchy Haute Couture

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David Oyelowo in custom Etro and Roger Vivier shoes

Stephan James in custom Etro and Shamier Anderson in Dolce & Gabbana

Chris Evans in custom Salvatore Ferragamo

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Henry Golding in Ralph Lauren

Michael B. Jordan with his mom Donna Jordan

Adam Lambert

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Borrowed From The Boys

It can be risky to wear anything other than a gown to the Oscars. Remember Demi Moore in bike shorts? Probably not, but I do. These ladies pulled off the look to a tee. Melissa McCarthy, you continue to be a major Chic style type icon. Love the diamond brooch on Amy Poehler to add just the right amount of femininity and sparkle. Elsie Fisher’s whimsical Thom Browne look was such a risk that totally paid off.

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Elsie Fisher in Thom Browne

Melissa McCarthy in Brandon Maxwell

Amy Poehler in Alberta Ferretti

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More After Party Amazement

Here I think we can let the outfits speak for themselves. Can we talk about the fact that Rowan Blanchard is only 17 and totally pulling off a high-fashion runway look?!

Selma Blair in Ralph & Russo

Lupita Nyong’o in Oscar de la Renta

Rowan Blanchard in Rodarte

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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for 20 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Are you looking for professional training to become a personal stylist? Learn how you can train with Lani at The Stylist Studio

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