The red carpet style at the 89th
Among the more memorable members of the new Old Hollywood glamour squad in black (or near black) colors were
Standouts in white included Karlie Kloss in a curve-hugging Stella McCartney gown with cape-like details at the shoulders and Chrissy Teigen in a similarly curve-hugging and caped confection — her long white crepe and mousseline dress adorned with gold embroidery with cape back details coming from Zuhair Murad's spring 2017 couture collection.
Naomie Harris similarly stunned in a white strapless sequin dress by Calvin Klein (the brand actually dressed three of Harris' "Moonlight" costars as well, marking the first big red carpet push since designer Raf Simons took the helm as chief creative officer of the fashion label).
And a few of the night's retro romantic looks were black and white. One came courtesy of Michelle Williams, who took the plunge with a Louis Vuitton dress that combined a black plunging neckline top with an embellished white skirt.
Another was Emma Roberts, who managed to be on trend and still send a message about sustainable style by wearing a plunging neckline spaghetti strap crystal and jet embroidered couture
It's hard to know exactly what was behind the retro rewind vibe of this year's Academy Awards, but the takeaway — at least to those of us watching the red carpet arrivals — was of an entertainment industry trying to escape, at least wardrobe-wise, to the "good old days" — or at least, to an era that's not as fraught as the current one. And that sends a message just about as clear as the blue ACLU support ribbons pinned to the chest of Negga's dress and Kloss' hip.
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