From velvet to metallics, lace and a lot of black—tonight's 89th annual Academy Awards red carpet had variety and high fashion. See who won the evening before the statues were even handed out.
What: Givenchy Haute Couture
Why: Stone gave Oscar statue vibes in a gilded gown from Ricardo Tisci's final couture collection for Givenchy—an embroidered, fringed creation that fits her beautifully—finished with Tiffany & Co. diamond drop earrings.
What: Armani Prive
Why: An off-the-runway high-neck column gown, interesting embroidery and a nude hue make a subtle statement on the "Lion" actress, all perfectly finished with a bold red lip.
What: Louis Vuitton
Why: Vikander is a tried and true Vuitton girl for good reason—she wears it very well. This romantic gothic black lace gown with corset and off-the-shoulder detail is further proof of the actress' effortless approach to high fashion.
Why: Johnson took an unexpected turn on tonight's Oscars' red carpet in this long-sleeve, strong-shouldered sweeping silk gown with a waist tie, paired with a vintage Cartier necklace. It's a risk that paid off in spades.
What: Valentino Haute Couture
Why: Negga was the first actress on tonight's carpet, but she will hardly be forgotten in this custom red lace turtleneck dress, designed by Pierpaolo Piccioli. Worn with matching red shoes and a beautiful headpiece—as well as a blue ACLU ribbon—the look is equal parts political statement and modern princess.
What: Custom Alberta Ferretti
Why: Proving the old adage "less is more", Henson is perfection in a midnight blue velvet off-the-shoulder dress—and at the risk of doubling up on clichés, diamonds are indeed a girl's best friend, evidenced by this heart-stopping Nirav Modi necklace.
What: Chanel Haute Couture
Why: Newcomer Boutella brought the shimmer to her first Academy Awards in a feathered-sequined couture Chanel gown, making her one to keep an eye on for red carpets to come.
What: Dior Haute Couture
Why: Dunst got her princess moment in a black silk faille strapless corseted gown with a side crossing round neckline and asymmetric skirt. Whoever thought black is boring was just proven very wrong.
What: Calvin Klein By Appointment
Why: Raf Simons dressed each of Moonlight's nominated actors for the evening, but with no offense to the dapper gentleman, Harris was inarguably the standout in a white sequin dress, worn with sunflower suede sandals featuring asymmetrical crystal straps. I think everyone is ready to see more Raf for Calvin on red carpets coming soon.
What: Oscar de la Renta
Why: In another velvet moment of the evening, Larson was stunning in a custom black velvet strapless v-neck gown with a ruffle hem from de la Renta's new creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia.