Noteworthy looks from the 94th Academy Awards

31 March 2022
By Sarah Murray

FQ's Sarah Murray shares her favourite picks from the Oscars 2022.

The words ‘Oscars 2022’ will always be foreshadowed by that event and the subsequent aftermath of everyone weighing in on who was in the right. And while we’ve listened to the goings on, we want to cut through the noise and talk about the outfits. Because, if we know anything about the Oscars (both the actual event and the after party), for us, the clothes are often the real show-stopping moment of the entire evening. So, without further ado, here are some of the most enviable looks from the big event. 

Anya Taylor-Joy in Dior

Can this lady do no wrong? The actress’s style is always on point and she looked effortlessly stylish in this sheer lingerie-like Dior gown. While the dress itself made a statement, it was how she finished the look which really elevated her style status. The netted fascinator, the red lip, the platinum slick backed hair, all offset with Tiffany & Co. jewels, made the dress work even better.

Daisy Edgar-Jones in Versace

Compared to some of the other outfits on the red carpet, this green and pink houndstooth design at first seemed a little underwhelming. But, on closer inspection, I particularly appreciated the mix of textures and the fun take on a traditional print. If anything, a different hairstyle might have made more impact.

Donald Glover in King & Tuckfield

I love this modern take on the traditional (and somewhat always overdone) suit. We generally see men wearing a rendition of the tux year after year, and while this year there were powder blues and sherbet pinks on the red carpet, this refreshing lemon-y offering left a zesty after-taste in not just colour but also style.

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Jessica Chastain in Gucci

Chastain looked resplendent in this emerald green Gucci gown which she changed into after scooping up the best actress award. The fitted bodice seemed to work well with the almost liquid-like mermaid-esque tail of the dress, and of course, her red hair set the whole outfit alight.

Kendall Jenner in Balenciaga

While I wasn’t a fan of sister Kim’s figure-hugging blue dress, I particularly liked Jenner’s choice. She seemed to go for the opposite of ‘the little black dress’, choosing a dress with extreme volume, multiple ruffles and a never-ending train. The high drama dress only revealed a glimpse of her neck, collarbone and shoulder while ruffles skimmed her chin.

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada

Glittering sequins, rose-coloured beading and metallic fringing that moved can almost sound too much — but on Nyong’o it wasn’t. If anything, the actress looked like a better version of the gold Oscar trophy that she presented on the night.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in custom Schiaparelli

This boxy silhouette sure made a statement. I adored the structure of this gown in simple black, but particularly loved the gold embellishments, which almost resemble miniature sculptures. It was a piece of art.

Zendaya in Valentino

We saw a couple of white shirts making an appearance on women at the Oscars, but in my opinion, Zendaya did it best. The juxtaposition of the simple cropped shirt only made the iridescent sequin skirt stand out more. And with the addition of glitzy bangles on each wrist and silver eyeshadow, the whole thing dazzled.

Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent

Kravitz is another one who just seems to wow red carpet after red carpet. The soft pink big-bowed gown looks exquisite on her, and I agree with others who noted her cropped sweeping fringe giving off major Audrey Hepburn vibes. The addition of a diamond necklace and her pared back makeup shows her constraint in knowing when not to overdo it. Impeccable!

For more red carpet glamour, here are the best looks from The Fashion Awards

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