Oscars 2018: Actors have fun with fashion, celebrate diversity on the red carpet

Hollywood stars sparkled on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday with plunging necklines and vibrant bursts of colour, throwing off the fashion constraints of the Golden Globes, where women protesting sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry wore sober black.

Instead, the film world’s glitterati chose what made them feel best in a celebration of fashion diversity, whether classic shapes or edgier, flesh-baring looks. From the Louis Vuitton black trousers worn by Emma Stone to the electric pink Michael Kors gown wrapped around Viola Davis, this year’s Oscar runway was a study in contrasts that celebrated individual flair.

The #Metoo movement against sexual harassment did not appear to be taking away from “having fun with fashion” said Leslie Price, digital director for Instyle, noting: “The two aren’t mutually exclusive.” Many of the stars wore Time’s Up buttons, in solidarity with victims of the sexual abuse that has roiled the entertainment industry.

“There is diversity everywhere — there is no formula anymore,” said Rickie De Sole, W magazine’s fashion director. “It looks like people are embracing personal style more than just wearing a typical dress. It’s kind of whatever goes.”

Presenter Salma Hayek, wearing a lilac Gucci dress with tiers of sequins and rhinestones worthy of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, cited the female solidarity that was changing how Hollywood was run. “Here we are to celebrate the fact that women will not have to struggle as hard together,” said Hayek. “I know that future generations will have it easier.”

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