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Glam, glam Oscars red carpet

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The 2021 Oscars signaled the return of in-person red carpet since the pandemic. And with it, celebrities came out with an array of standout high-fashion looks.

However, this time, the star-studded 93rd Academy Awards took place at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, not the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood. Nominees and celebrities such as Andra Day, Zendaya, Regina King, Carey Mulligan, Leslie Odom Jr., Daniel Kaluuya and others attended the award ceremony wearing custom, couture or ready-to-wear pieces from the spring 2021 runway.

Day, who is nominated for best actress for her titular role in The United States vs. Billie Holiday, wore a custom gold metallic Vera Wang dress that resembled the Oscar statue. Day’s look played into the night’s gold theme, which was also seen on Mulligan in a Valentino spring 2021 couture gold sequined top and skirt and on Odom Jr. in a tonal gold Brioni suit.

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Zendaya also went the custom route for the 2021 Oscars, wearing a neon yellow, cutout dress designed by Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Picciolo. Best actress nominee, Vanessa Kirby also wore a custom-made dress for the awards ceremony, a pale pink, cutout Gucci dress with a dramatic train.

Male nominees continued the awards season trend of standout men’s red carpet looks at the 2021 Oscars. The red carpet saw the likes of LaKeith Stanfield in a retro-inspired custom Saint Laurent look, Colman Domingo in a hot pink Versace suit and Kaluuya in a custom double-breasted Bottega Veneta suit that set social media aflame with his bold choice.


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