by Jennifer Ellis
Graphics by Rachel Efruss
What immediately pops into your head when you think of the Oscars? Maybe it’s the celebs, the viewing parties or even the La La Land tragedy that we’re all still trying to forget from last year. For all of us who have a passion for fashion, we immediately think of the red carpet. Who cares about Best Picture when you can see the best dressed, right?
Often times, we sit on our couches in sweats and messy hair, only dreaming of looking as glam as the celebrities we watch strut in front of the cameras. We have all seen that one outfit that makes us feel like we could finally rule the world if we got to wear it just one time. Even though not everyone is lucky enough to walk the red carpet in those exact pieces, we still have an opportunity to actually wear outfits imitating these looks.
One of the most important parts of fashion is the freedom to be yourself, get creative and take inspiration from just about anything. Even though you might not think of it at first, there is so much inspiration to take from red carpet looks that you can actually incorporate into your own style and wardrobe. Say goodbye to the soul-crushing heartbreak of thinking you will never look as fab as Zendaya always does for award shows. You have the resources and ability to take what you love about any outfit and rock it yourself!
With it being Oscar season, I decided to take these incredible looks we see on the red carpet and turn them into everyday outfits. I want to encourage everyone to get creative when it comes to your style, and take what you love about your favorite celebrities looks and incorporate it into your own wardrobe!
I think we can all agree that Zendaya is a red carpet legend. At the Oscars yesterday, she was styled in a Giambattista Valli Couture chocolate brown chiffon dress. The gathering and falling of her dress reminded me of an oversized cardigan, which I also paired with boyfriend jeans and sneakers for a super casual look that has the same feel as her flowy, chocolate gown.
Lupita Nyong’o was absolutely fierce, not only on the red carpet last night, but also in Black Panther, which inspired her dress. Her black and gold Versace gown gave her “girl boss” vibes and so I thought a leather jacket and ripped black skinnies with gold accents were definitely fitting.
Greta Gerwig made history as the fifth woman to be nominated for best director while wearing a fun yellow Rodarte gown, styled by Cristina Ehrlich. Her dress had flower detailing, which inspired me to take that and incorporate it into the embroidered denim jacket trend.
Margot Robbie did not let her wardrobe malfunction stop her from looking perfect in her Chanel Haute Couture gown. I took inspiration from the off the shoulder aspect of the dress and also incorporated the intricate details from it into the fringe at the bottom of the denim skirt. Margot looked fresh and simple, and these types of pieces are something everybody has in their closet.
Miley started out the night in a neon pink, sparkling gown. However, at the Vanity Fair soirée, her second gown by Prabal Gurung with Anne Sisteron jewelry was a polar opposite. It was neutral, simple and classy in the best way possible. I loved the split between the two colors of the dress and incorporated that horizontally in the new outfit idea.
Watching an award show in your pajamas while cuddling your dog on a couch can sometimes make it seem like you’re living in a different world than these celebrities. Expensive jewelry, designer clothing, perfectly done hair — it all seems so desirable, yet untouchable. However, I hope you can find inspiration in the red carpet looks you love. Take what you love about a look and get creative by thinking about how you can recreate it! •
Originally from a small town named after a fruit (Orange), Jennifer Ellis is grateful to be pursuing her passions in the city of Austin. She is a first-year Public Relations major, with a Business minor. This is Jennifer’s first semester with Spark, and she is so honored to work with such a creative, inspiring and talented community.