If the carpet of the 95th edition of the Oscars 2023 is no longer red, but champagne, then the looks of the stars parading on it are also adapting. Winners, nominees, guests and presenters, for this edition of the Hollywood Awards, leave bright outfits and garish colours in their wardrobes to take refuge in the candid sobriety of white or, vice versa, in the everlasting elegance of black. At the limit with some silver glitter in the first case, and some transparency, sexy but judicious, in the second.
An army of brides on one side, a parade of vampires on the other. Yin and yang, Apollonian and Dionysian, good and evil. And, in between, a small band of brave women who still live life in technicolour.
The champions of total white
We begin with the winner of this year’s awards, Michelle Yeoh, in a Dior Couture that is all a tremulous flicker of feathers, and we continue with Sofia Carson (a pair of Manhattan penthouses around her neck) and Emily Blunt (a simple Valentino), with Rooney Mara, who looks as if she has escaped from a Degas painting, and Michelle Williams, who adds at least a sumptuous embroidery of silver sequins to the absolute white, to end in beauty with Ana De Armas, whose white is just a hint of silver blue, and Halle Berry. Who may be dressed in white, but who knows how to transform romantic roses into precious accents of sensuality. White triumphs, no doubt about it. We are a little bored, but can only note it down diligently.
There is no light without shadows. There is no white without black, on the red carpet of the Oscars 2023. Here they are, the timeless fans of total black and absolute sobriety. Andie MacDowell, Deepika Padukone and Elizabeth Olsen are travelling with the handbrake pulled: chic, we don’t mind admitting, but also a little obvious. The two enemies of this edition, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, give us a few more thrills, and at least they allow themselves some transparency. Practically a trifle compared to what they have given us over the years in terms of provocation and sensuality, but we make do with what we have. Black also for Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, who sparkle decisively, and for Jennifer Connelly. Who, we open and close an unsolicited parenthesis, is still one of the most marvellous women in the universe.
Touches of colour
Thank goodness there are also those who woke us up from the torpor of this fashion show of restrained good taste, those who, despite the prevailing sobriety, wanted to brush some touches of colour on our faces. From Cara Delevingne’s red – beautiful, beautiful, beautiful… help us say beautiful! – to Sandra Oh and Salma Hayek’s orange, Allison Williams and Sephanie Hsu’s pink, Angela Bassett’s purple, Fan Bingbing’s green and Winnie Harlow’s lime.