On the red carpet

On the red carpet

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman scores serious style points for leaving his tuxedo at home and turning up on the red carpet in a knee-length embellished coat jacket instead. It is just bedazzled enough to be interesting, but sleek enough to fit the fo
The best-dressed...: Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman scores serious style points for leaving his tuxedo at home and turning up on the red carpet in a knee-length embellished coat jacket instead. It is just bedazzled enough to be interesting, but sleek enough to fit the formal Oscars dress code.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, NYTIMES, REUTERS
Margot Robbie, star of I, Tonya, looks like a tall drink of water in this chic white number by Chanel Haute Couture - designed exclusively for her by Karl Lagerfeld. It has just the right amount of sparkle, and when combined with her simple styling, the A
The best-dressed...: Margot Robbie, star of I, Tonya, looks like a tall drink of water in this chic white number by Chanel Haute Couture - designed exclusively for her by Karl Lagerfeld. It has just the right amount of sparkle, and when combined with her simple styling, the Australian beauty really shines on the red carpet.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, NYTIMES, REUTERS
Lupita Nyong'o rarely gets it wrong on the red carpet and this year is no exception. Her form-fitting custom atelier Versace gown looks like liquid armour and gives viewers serious throwbacks to her tough warrior princess role in Black Panther.
The best-dressed...: Lupita Nyong'o rarely gets it wrong on the red carpet and this year is no exception. Her form-fitting custom atelier Versace gown looks like liquid armour and gives viewers serious throwbacks to her tough warrior princess role in Black Panther.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, NYTIMES, REUTERS
The Greatest Showman star Zendaya is positively regal in a draped Giambattista Valli Couture chiffon goddess gown. The deep chocolate brown colour looks beautiful against her caramel skin and the unusual asymmetrical sleeves give the dress an interesting
The best-dressed...: The Greatest Showman star Zendaya is positively regal in a draped Giambattista Valli Couture chiffon goddess gown. The deep chocolate brown colour looks beautiful against her caramel skin and the unusual asymmetrical sleeves give the dress an interesting twist.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, NYTIMES, REUTERS
More is not always better - as is the case of actress Salma Hayek's Gucci number, which has way too much going on with its overly kitschy lavender colour, all-over sequins, tiers and crystal body chains.
...and the worst: More is not always better - as is the case of actress Salma Hayek's Gucci number, which has way too much going on with its overly kitschy lavender colour, all-over sequins, tiers and crystal body chains.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, NYTIMES, REUTERS
Singer-songwriter Andra Day looks like she literally rolled out of bed - floral duvet and all - and somehow found herself on the red carpet at the Oscars.
...and the worst: Singer-songwriter Andra Day looks like she literally rolled out of bed - floral duvet and all - and somehow found herself on the red carpet at the Oscars.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, NYTIMES, REUTERS
Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon might have just won himself a bronze at the games, but he is unlikely to win any awards for this Moschino look, complete with a bondage-style harness and exposed shoulders.
...and the worst: Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon might have just won himself a bronze at the games, but he is unlikely to win any awards for this Moschino look, complete with a bondage-style harness and exposed shoulders.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, NYTIMES, REUTERS

After more sombre red-carpet showings this year, the 90th Oscars sees an unusually bright and cheery array of dresses, with plunging necklines and sparkle taking centre stage. Ankita Varma gives the lowdown on some of the best-dressed stars - and several who missed the mark.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2018, with the headline 'On the red carpet'. Print Edition | Subscribe