The Oscars 2022: best and worst dressed


Photo courtesy of Jeff Kravitz

Zendaya’s Valentino rendition at the 2022 Oscars award ceremony

Olivia Chiappelli, Arts Editor

Well over a week has passed since this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, so I have had time to truly marinate my thoughts and opinions and now feel ready to express some hot takes — on fashion.

Don’t get me wrong, I did also anxiously anticipate who would take home those beloved Oscar statuettes — but that is for a different time.

As I was waiting for the tried and true Film Updates Twitter account to post their live red carpet updates and trying to predict which direction celebrities would take with their sartorial choices, I was struck by Zendaya’s entrance — and my best dressed list starts there.

I got the reference immediately because I am archive fashion obsessed — take Sharon Stone at the 1998 Oscars. An oversized Gap button down tucked into a Vera Wang satin skirt. Consequently rewriting red carpet norms for women by blending masculine and feminine, designer brands with retail fashion. 

This move was highly criticized at the time, with people calling it “inappropriate” for such a formal event — especially for a woman — but has since been recognized for being ahead of its time. Which is why Zendaya’s Valentino rendition was such a perfect statement to make given the intense spotlight that shines on her every red carpet move.

The next person on my best dressed list was a total surprise for me. I absolutely adore this actress, but don’t usually pay that much attention to her fashion choices. However, when it came down to it, she showed up. 

And that actress is Olivia Colman — wearing a high-necked, shiny, sliver, pleated, billowy sleeved Dior Haute Couture look, I thought I was looking at Dakota Johnson. I just loved everything about it instantly, it was such a bold move for her personal style, and I support it. 

Colman was nominated for her role in “The Lost Daughter,” in which Dakota Johnson also stars — perfect curtain bangs and all — but my usual red carpet favorite was absent from the night. However, Olivia Colman covered for her fashion wise, and for that I say thank you.

Now time for my worst dressed — and for that list there are many — but I will spare you and limit my victims to two.

Amy Schumer in Oscar de la Renta will start us off. Her navy dress adorned with a crystal embroidered bow smacked on the front looked like those Disney Channel collab shirts we used to buy at Target with the necklaces printed on the front. That’s all I have to say.

I am hesitant to include this next person on my worst dressed list because they totally redeemed themselves at the Vanity Fair after party — more on that later — but Venus Williams’ Elie Saab dress hurt.

Its weirdly cut silver tubular neckline was giving alien spaceship and I just couldn’t look past that. The metallic wrist cuffs only added to the bad. I am sorry tennis queen.

Back to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party — why are those outfits always so much better than those of the actual Oscars red carpet? If I chose to rate that event instead, this review would be way longer — but I don’t know if that’s for better or for worse.

Before I reach my 600 word limit, I would like to list some honorable mentions and those are: Timothée Chalamet’s back, Kristen Stewart’s shorts and Sarah Paulson’s $30,000 Bottega Veneta skirt. 

You can decide whether those are best or worst.