Red carpet fashion moments from the Oscars

The best red carpet fashion at the 2023 Oscars

author Oscar Holland, CNN

Photo editor: Jennifer Arnow, CNN
Presenter: Taylor Nicioli, CNN

The 95th Academy Awards on Sunday taught an unusual glamor lesson, with subdued colors and elegant silhouettes dominating the night’s fashion.
Bucking tradition, the Oscars red carpet went champagne for the night — and many stars followed suit, arriving at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater in lighter tones. Among the many white gowns are Emily Blunt’s figure-hugging Valentino design and Michelle Williams’ strapless Chanel Couture gown featuring a crystal-studded sheer veil.
Best actress nominee Michelle Yeoh produced one of the most eye-catching shots of the trend in a white feathered Dior dress. Elsewhere, Sofia Carson wowed in a voluminous princess dress by Giambattista Valli, while Halle Berry’s white Tamara Ralph dress sparkled with embellished floral detailing.

The more adventurous men of the evening also adopted softer colors. Paul Mescal and Brian Tyree Henry were among the few stars who opted for cream tuxedo jackets. Meanwhile, Harry Shum Jr. broke black-tie orthodoxy in a white jacket by Adeam – a label usually known for womenswear – that featured a thick fabric belt at the waist.

There were also pops of color. Hong Chau and Allison Williams both looked gorgeous in sophisticated shades of pink, wearing Prada and Giambattista Valli dresses respectively. Meanwhile, Angela Bassett stunned in an ultra violet mermaid gown by Moschino and Cara Delevingne turned heads in a dramatic red off-the-shoulder Elie Saab gown.

And the stars of the music industry created two of the event’s biggest fashion moments. Lady Gaga wore a fresh-off-the-catwalk sheer gown from Versace’s Fall/Winter 2023 collection, which debuted on the runway just three days ago, while Rihanna wowed in a leather Alaïa dress that accentuated her baby bump.

See below for the best looks from the red carpet.

Janelle Monáe arrived in a special Vera Wang look with a bright orange skirt and perforated crop top. Credit: Kayla Oaddams/WireImage/Getty Images

From the label’s Fall/Winter 2023 collection, Riz Ahmed’s wool and mohair Prada suit features an unusual collar detail. Credit: Lexie Moreland/WWD/Getty Images

Best Actress nominee Michelle Williams wore a sparkling white Chanel Couture gown and Tiffany & Co. wearing a diamond clutch. Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

Sabrina Dhowre Elba, pictured with her husband Idris Elba, turned heads in a bright green draped dress by Stella McCartney. Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

Nominated for Best Original Song, Lady Gaga debuted an all-black Versace dress from the Fall/Winter 2023 collection. Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett looked elegant in an asymmetric velvet top and long satin skirt by Louis Vuitton. She also wore earrings and rings from the label’s jewelry department. Credit: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Best Supporting Actor nominee Brian Tyree Henry wore a white double-breasted jacket with floral embellishments. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Best actress nominee Michelle Yeoh turned heads in a dreamy white floor-length gown paired with diamond Moussaieff jewels by Dior. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Paul Mescal was one of the few men who wore cream or light-colored tuxedo jackets. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Rihanna, who is expecting her second child, wore a sheer black Alaia dress that showed off her baby bump. The star, nominated for Best Original Song, also wore Mussaif’s jewellery. Credit: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Daniel Kwan attended with his wife, director and animator Kirsten Lepore. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Daniel Kwan’s costume was a direct reference to the cardigan worn by Michelle Yeoh’s character in Everything Everywhere At Once. Credit: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Nicole Kidman looked elegant in a one-sleeved black Armani Privé gown with a floral print and thigh-high slit. Credit: Gilbert Flores/Variety/Getty Images

Ke Huy Quan looked dapper in a Giorgio Armani tuxedo. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Salma Hayek and Pedro Pascal wear Gucci and Zegna respectively. Credit: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Halle Bailey wore an aqua Dolce & Gabbana princess dress with De Beers jewelry. Credit: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Dwayne Johnson was a sight to behold in a ballet pink Dolce & Gabbana suit while Emily Blunt wore a white, elegant Valentino gown. Credit: Kayla Oaddams/WireImage/Getty Images

With a touch of old Hollywood glamour, Jessica Chastain shined in a strapless sequin Gucci dress. Credit: ABC

Angela Bassett, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Black Panther: Always Wakanda, arrived in an ultra-violet dress by Moschino. Credit: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Best Actor nominee Austin Butler kept it classic in a black, double-breasted Saint Laurent suit. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Ana de Armas’ embellished Louis Vuitton gown featured a ruffled train. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Also in white, Halle Berry wore Tamara Ralph Couture with rose-gold crystal floral jewelry at the neck and hips. Credit: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Harry Shum Jr. wore a tuxedo by Adeam — a label typically known for its womenswear — with a white jacket and fabric belt around the waist. Credit: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Stephanie Hsu turned heads in a pink strapless Valentino gown with a shimmering bubble skirt. Credit: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Eva Longoria wore an all-white number from Zuhair Murad’s Spring-Summer 2023 collection with a plunging neckline and underwire. Credit: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Florence Pugh Valentino Couture and Tiffany & Co. she looked stunning with the necklace. Credit: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Vanessa Hudgens in a black Chanel dress with white trim. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Vanessa Hudgens completed her look with black and white nail art. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Sandra Oh attended in an eye-catching marigold draped gown from Giambattista Valli Haute Couture’s Spring-Summer 2023 collection. Credit: Ashley Landis/Invision/AP

Ariana DeBose arrived on the red carpet in a custom sparkling white Versace gown with a plunging V-neckline and silver embellishments. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Cara Delevingne hit the carpet in a red off-the-shoulder Elie Saab dress. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Allison Williams wore an alluring floral pink gown by Giambattista Valli with long sleeves and a delicate tulle cap. Credit: David Fisher/Shutterstock

Jay Ellis black smocked with beaded floral appliqué by Fendi. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Best Supporting Actress nominee Jamie Lee Curtis sparkled in a sparkly Dolce & Gabbana gown. Credit: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Dazzling in white, Sofia Carson wore a custom voluminous ball gown by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture. Credit: ABC

Malala Yousafzai sparkled in a shimmering Ralph Lauren hooded gown and an emerald flower ring from Santi Jewels. Credit: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

“The Whale” star Hong Chau stunned in a train in a pink satin Prada dress. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Marlee Matlin wore a black floor-length Dolce & Gabbana gown. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Elizabeth Olsen wore a shimmering black Givenchy dress from the label’s Fall-Winter 2023 collection. Credit: Ashley Landis/Invision/AP

Best Actor nominee Brendan Fraser for his role in The Whale wore a Giorgio Armani suit with a bow tie. Credit: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Accessorized with jewelry by Pandora, Ashley Graham wore a custom black dress with a cut-out and embroidered crystal skirt by Alberta Ferretti. Credit: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Winnie Harlow wore an Armani Privé archive featuring a yellow gown from the label’s spring 2005 couture collection. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

James Hong arrived wearing one of the boldest accessories of the night: a blue bow-tie emblazoned with the words “Anywhere at once” – and a pair of hideous eyes. Credit: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Troy Kotsur, who won last year’s best supporting actor award, wore a deep purple suit, while his wife Deanne Bray wore an elegant floor-length gown. Credit: Kayla Oaddams/WireImage/Getty Images

Fan Bingbing arrived in a voluminous Tony Ward Couture dress. Credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Marking himself as the first plus-size male actor to be dressed by the designer, Harvey Guillen twisted the traditional suit with a flared, embellished jacket by Christian Siriano. Credit: David Fisher/Shutterstock

Laverne Cox arrived in a custom Vera Wang gown with a flowing turquoise train and black fingerless gloves. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Top photo: Rihanna (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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