THE oscars 2020

The Release's best-dressed awards...


By Arabella Bowes / 10 February 2020


Every year I look forward to the Oscars...

A night of old Hollywood glamour and beauty hosted to pay homage to some of the best artists in the bizz. But this year, that didn’t really feel true. For starters, there were, once again, no female "Best Director" nominations. Queen & Slim’s Melina Matsoukas, The Farewell’s Lulu Wang and Little Women’s Greta Gerwig were all snubbed. As Issa Rae announced the nominees a few weeks back she concluded the list by saying, “Congratulations to those men”- which pretty much says everything it needs to.

Although I felt relatively disappointed by the Academy’s decisions, it is a tradition for me to stay up and watch the live red carpet arrivals. So, watch I did. Holding out for full-fat fashion indulgence, I wasn’t entirely let down. Awards season pros, such as Timothée Chalamet and Penelope Cruz can always be relied upon, and humour was supplied in abundance by Beanie Feldstein who commented that her bag’s roomy functionality was simply so she could bring her asthma inhaler along.

Here at The Release, we always have one eye on sustainability and equality, so, extra points have been gained by those who honoured those principals. Without further ado, here are The Release’s best-dressed celebrities from the Oscars 2020.

Best Statement... 


Natalie Portman in Spring 2020 Dior Couture. The Academy Award-winning actor arrived wearing a cape embroidered with the names of the female directors who weren’t recognised at this year’s awards. The actor said that she wanted to make a “statement in a subtle way.”


Spike Lee in Gucci. This regal purple suit is embellished with the number 24 as a testimonial to the late star Kobe Bryant. Going full look with Nike Kobe 9 Elite Strategy Basketball Trainers, Lee completes his tribute.

Best Sustainable Look...


Penelope Cruz in Vintage Haute Couture Chanel. From the house’s Spring/Summer 1995 collection, this dress makes me yearn for a classic Chanel LBD more than ever. The string of pearls at the waist, the iconic Chanel Camellia: perfection. (Although I have to say, it could’ve done with a steam)

Runner Up 

Kaitlyn Dever in Louis Vuitton. This custom-made gown is made of ethical and eco-conscious silk satin according to the ‘Red Carpet Green Dress’ Instagram page. Dever’s look represents the ‘woman-led global change-making organisation’ which focusses on sustainable fashion. The actor’s shoes are just £47 from ALDO which, since 2018, has been a certified climate-neutral brand.

Notable Mention

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci. Still no joy for the Irish actor who has been nominated four times. But her dress is a win for sustainability as the black peplum bodice is made from the offcuts and remaining fabric that was used for her BAFTA’s gown.

Best Tailoring...


Beanie Feldstein in Miu Miu. In the past, many celebrities have called out designers for not wanting to dress them if they’re not sample size. However, with this look, Miu Miu makes a case for couture being for absolute anybody. In a custom dress which took over 190 hours to
embroider, Feldstein looks fantastic.

Runner Up

Cynthia Erivo in Atelier Versace. We are gushing over this dress at The Release HQ. Tailored to perfection, styled well, we are here for BDE (Big Dress Energy).

Best Pop of Colour!


Florence Pugh in Louis Vuitton. Can this girl do no wrong? After a stunning awards season I now fully stan Florence Pugh. She’s beautiful, she's fun, and she makes bold fashion choices. Her performance as Amy March was unforgettably flawless, just like this satin turquoise number. We applaud you Florence

Runner Up

Billy Porter in Giles Deacon Couture. In recent years Billy Porter has become a red carpet staple. Throwing out all the rules, this look is just about as couture as it gets. A bodice carved from gold feathers? I didn’t know I needed one until now.

Best Suit Look...


Timothée Chalamet in Prada. Ok, so it’s not really a tuxedo. But trust TC to make anything look cool, clean and crisp. Another 10/10 moment from the Red Carpet King.

Runner Up

Anthony Ramos in Dolce and Gabbana. Whilst we are still not entirely on board with D&G in light of their recent scandals, we can’t help but enjoy this look. It’s gaudy and garish in the best way possible with embellished brogues, chunky chains and mismatched tailored items.

Notable Mention

Billie Eilish in Chanel. Although this was pretty predictable from Eilish, (over-sized two pieces with sparkle have become her go-to formal look) it’s unusual for Chanel to be quite so gothic. The house’s bouclé suits are usually the epitome of femininity, so it’s exciting to see them in a
different light.

Words by
arabella bowes

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