If the Oscars feel like a major, formal production like a 700-guest wedding, then the Spirit Awards, held the day before under a big white tent in Santa Monica, took on the role of the rehearsal dinner. The Saturday vibe was relaxed, eclectic and lively, and the fashion selected by attendees conveyed the sentiment.
From Kiki Layne in Chloé to John Cho in Ermenegildo Zegna XXX, here’s a rundown of the best-dressed celebrities on the beachside blue carpet and in the press room.
Gemma Chan in Miu Miu
Gemma Chan took a break from her press tour for “Captain Marvel” to glitz up the stage in a sequined gown by Miu Miu that mixed pink and yellow colorblocking with demure cap sleeves and side cutouts. Diamond earrings by Ana Khouri refined her soft updo.
Elsie Fisher in Paul Smith
“A David Bowie-rock ’n’ roll vibe” was how Elsie Fisher’s stylist, Mary Inacio, described the inspiration for the 15-year-old actress’ graphic suit-and-shirt combo by Paul Smith. For the rest of the look, including hair, makeup and accessories (Freda Salvador shoes, Mulberry handbag and Karen Walker sunglasses), they turned to Kurt Cobain for aesthetic cues. To commemorate her character’s catchphrase in “Eighth Grade,” she added a custom lapel pin, shaped as her character’s “Gucci” hand-sign, by Ten Thousand Things.
Glenn Close in Sies Marjan
Glenn Close’s stardom shone ever brighter in a shiny pink suit — crinkled just so for a glam-rock look. Skin-toned heels by Jimmy Choo and a tan camisole from Fleur du Mal provided a discreet foundation. Working with stylist Chloe Hartstein, she accentuated her eye-catching get-up, made custom for her by Sies Marjan, with designs by jeweler Ana Khouri — geometric diamond earrings and an angular diamond and ruby ear cuff, both made with 18-karat fair-mined white gold and ethically sourced gemstones. Although her daughter, “The Wife” co-star Annie Starke, also attended the ceremony, Close walked the blue carpet and visited the press room with her dog, Pip Close.
Kiki Layne in Chloé
Kiki Layne continued to revel in the ’60s fashion she wore in her star-making turn in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Her white maxidress by Chloé incorporated subtle but deft detailing such as a shirred turtleneck, cape sleeves and colorful stones dotting the panel softly framing her torso. The bold gold earrings were also by Chloé. Bunched into mini buns, her hairstyle by Larry Sims took the shape of a natural crown. The strappy white sandals by Gianvito Rossi added a lightness to the ensemble.
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie in Delpozo
New Zealand-born actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie abandoned the gritty outdoors from “Leave No Trace,” for which she was nominated in a supporting role, to epitomize youthful grace. The 18-year-old’s pink strapless dress by Delpozo was whimsically enhanced with purple and yellow appliqués trailed by ivory-colored streamers. The delicate ear cuff and studs by EF Collection and Dana Rebecca Designs complemented her simple hairstyle and sleek pointy heels from Christian Louboutin. The softly smudged magenta eye shadow let her blue eyes pop.
Lakeith Stanfield in Thom Browne
Lakeith Stanfield’s slim Thom Browne suit could barely hold his big personality. The mesmerizing black-and-white pattern was edged with dark piping. A white turtleneck maintained the streamlined silhouette. Rectangular sunglasses by Karen Walker and gold chains enhanced the “Sorry to Bother You” actor’s swagger.
John Cho in Ermenegildo Zegna XXX
The leading man from “Searching” showed how to bring streetwear to the blue carpet in a light gray suit by Ermenegildo Zegna XXX. The stripes on his pullover zigzagged slyly to tone down the prep factor. If one is to wear white sneakers to a formal event, make sure that they are crisp and fresh as John Cho’s are.
Richard E. Grant
Richard E. Grant was a winner onstage for his supporting role in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” as well as on the blue carpet. In fact, blue was the color of choice for his suit, vest, shoes and laces. His pristine white shirt leavened the blue tones. And his decision to eschew a tie lent a hip authorial aura to his look.
Finn Wolfhard in Darkoh and Etro
“Stranger Things” actor Finn Wolfhard kept it together with casual flair in a multicolored paisley-print shirt by Etro buttoned to the top under a burgundy jacket and tab-front trousers, both by Darkoh. His curly hair was tousled in a similar tint. Black shoes from Tods put the teen on sure footing with industry veterans many years his senior.