Best Supporting Actress Allison Janney and Helen Mirren were among those who donned Middle Eastern labels on the star-studded night.
The end of the annual awards season typically ends with the red carpet to end all red carpets—and last night was no different.
The 2018 Academy Awards were held on Sunday night in Los Angeles, with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, The Shape of Water, and Darkest Hour among the films scooping hordes of the little gold men.
Our eyes, however, were less on the on-stage action, and more on the night’s sartorial splendour—and boy, was there a lot of it.
Shimmering metallics and bridal whites reigned supreme on the red carpet, with stars such as Margot Robbie, Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence turning the style dial up for the occasion.
Some of our most beloved looks, we were delighted to note, came courtesy of regional labels, who represented the Middle East at the A-list affair.
So with no further ado, here’s the cream of the crop…
Reem Acra’s scarlet floor-sweeper scored quite a moment in the spotlight, after the actress won the Best Supporting Actress gong for her role in I, Tonya. With its plunging neckline, rippling train and split sleeves, we think the Lebanese designer deserved a statue of her own too for this custom gown.
Acra also dressed the Hollywood heavyweight, creating a custom fitted floor-length gown in a head-turning steel blue hue. The sapphire and diamond necklace is the perfect accoutrement to complement the block colour, while that silhouette is a masterclass in expert tailoring.
Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad was behind this go-big-or-go-home gown worn by the Deepwater Horizon actress. The fairytale train cascades in exactly balanced proportions, scattered with delicate embellishments to add a high-octane edge to the ethereal fabric.
Damour-born Elie Saab dressed the Three Billboards star in this haute couture number, which stood out thanks to those dainty draped sleeves and intricate beadwork.
The Vampire Academy actress also turned to Saab for this muted lilac dress, rich in texture and complex embroidery, with a tiered skirt that adds a touch of romance to the glamorous bodice.
We could wax lyrical about the rest of the night’s looks, but here are our absolute favourites…
Margot Robbie in Chanel
Salma Hayek in Gucci
Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein
Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive
Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton
Meryl Streep in Dior
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
Zendaya in Giambattista Valli
Greta Gerwig in Rodarte
Viola Davis in Michael Kors
Laura Dern in Calvin Klein
Allison Williams in Armani Prive
Lupita Nyong’o in Versace
Sandra Bullock in Louis Vuitton
Emily Blunt in Schiaparelli
Camila Alves in Vivienne Westwood