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Last Week The Best Dressed Stars Spun Panache On High Notes

Last Week The Best Dressed Stars Spun Panache On High Notes



he Academy Awards is always an upbeat Hollywood moment. For months (and needless to say, hours before the main event), mini-soirees are created in anticipation of this star-studded ceremony. Trust this year’s Oscars weekend to reverberate with impressive formations. And although the merriment and sartorial excellence of the Oscars seemed familiar, the looks were far from customary. Every celeb and their glam team worked in sync to create magic, and the busyness paid off in a charm so unusual that it could be mistaken for a fairytale.

Before the 2023 Academy Awards went into full bloom, Black stars arrived at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards and the Time Women Of The Year ceremony, while others made quick stops in the City of Love and style—Paris. It goes without saying that top-tier style was prioritized on all counts with easy-on-the-eye renderings.

The Looks

Every day, there’s more reason to understand why Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross is one of our best girlfriends. The girl knows how to slay with individuality in mind. She and her stylist, Karla Welch, can take a trend and spin it in a way that looks never-seen-before. This time it was an elevated velvet Balmain jumpsuit from the brand’s FW23 Ready-to-Wear collection. Ms. Ross rocked the deconstructed fit to the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscars parties, causing a storm in the process. The artsy jumpsuit gave off a lampshade silhouette with a draped waistline, wide-hem, glove-like sleeves, and a structured cape that brought the drama to the carpet.

Meanwhile, talented actress Storm Reid pulled up to the Essence Black Women in Hollywood event in an asymmetric-hem number from Simkhai. A breath of fresh air from the heavily embellished pieces the weekend dutifully demanded. The brown leather deep-v dress starred constructive zippers placed at the hem. This gave an illusion of a makeshift frock with a zipper high-low hem. Reid had her braids, hoops, and glow like the typical black baddie.

Afrobeats superstar Tems was of the style essence at the 95th Academy Awards in a white ethereal shape number by Ukrainian designer Lever Couture. The high slit feature and over-the-top train were paired with silver metallic accessories and matching nails. No doubt, this ensemble reenacted the beauty of simplicity.

Check out the top fashion takes at the 2023 Academy Awards and other events last week…

Angela Bassett

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Halle Berry

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Tracee Ellis Ross

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Janelle Monae

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Teyana Taylor

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Jodie Smith

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Marsai Martin

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Ariana DeBose

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Storm Reid

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