Yes, we love our annual Oscars telecast for its megastars in all their gold and glitz. But this year, a new trend reared its pallid head in the super-fancy-outfits department. Call it time for less overkill and more elegance. Paler colors (including a goodly amount of bridal white) and more neutral tones wowed us. Here are our favorites.
Margot Robbie in Chanel
Inspired by ’90s supermodels, the Best Actress nominee’s stylist, Kate Young, put Robbie in a sleek white column that is way more right now than throwback.
Mary J. Blige in Versace
The Mudbound star brought the elegance in a beaded white bodice punctuated by a formfitting bias-cut skirt.
Allison Williams in Armani Privé Couture
Detailed beading over gathered translucent pale beige material evokes the sexiest drapery sheers we’ve ever seen.
Jane Fonda in Balmain
Greek goddess or pearl-dusted two-time Oscar winner? Um, both.
Gina Rodrigues in Zuhair Murad
The star of Annihilation blew us away in her nude gown with a deep V and full skirt.
Molly Sims in Rene Caovilla
Gray is a cool choice for blondes, but the Sports Illustrated model heated it up with a plunging neckline.
Mira Sorvino in Romona Keveža Collection
The Academy Award winner (she took home the Best Supporting Actress statuette in 1996 for Mighty Aphrodite) looked mighty fine in a sunrise-blush one-shoulder ball gown.
Lesley Manville in Anna Valentine
In Phantom Thread, Manville plays a sophisticated English woman at an amazing design house. So how perfect is it that she rocked a semi-sheer asymmetrical gown in the pale-blue equivalent of blush pink?
Timothée Chalamet in Berluti
Simmer down, Chalametniacs. Yes, the crush-worthy 22-year-old wore an all-white tuxedo to the Oscars, and traditional black tie may never be the same.