C Magazine’s Oscars 2020 Best Dressed List

Our favorite looks fresh off the Academy Awards red carpet

Words by ALISON EDMOND, executive creative and fashion director


Caitriona Balfe in Valentino
As a former model, Caitriona Balfe knew how to carry off this most beautiful of dresses, the cloud of pink chiffon adding an ethereal quality to a simple black silhouette. Perfection from Valentino.

Zazie Beetz in Thom Browne
I loved Zazie Beetz in this über-cool Thom Browne black sequined ensemble with a touch of medieval detail at the waistband and a cool statement Bulgari necklace.

Renée Zellweger in Armani Prive
This was the perfect winner’s look, and Renée Zellweger’s elegant frame was totally in sync with her Armani Prive one-shouldered white sequined column as she accepted the Oscar for Best Actress for her turn as Judy Garland in Judy.


Janelle Monáe in Ralph Lauren
Janelle Monáe killed it in this Ralph Lauren hooded tulle mesh gown — the evening’s showstopper. Featuring over 170,000 hand-embroidered Swarovski crystals, it was 600 hours in the making and required four people to help carry it!

Brie Larson in Celine
All the superhero quips aside … This caped crocheted Celine look was cut to perfection for Brie Larson, and the dusty pink tone embroidered with thousands of beads, sequins and crystals looked feminine and fresh.

Maya Rudolph in Valentino
I loved seeing this burnt orange gown go from runway to red carpet, with Maya Rudolph’s short bob and a pair of Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings (previously worn by Beyoncé, reportedly) adding the coolest of turns to this look.


Penélope Cruz in Custom Chanel
Possibly my favorite red carpet moment from Penélope Cruz, this Chanel was flawless, from the pearl waistband to the high-low hemline. The design was inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring/Summer 1995 haute couture collection. Stunning.

Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen
Always the fashion plate, Rooney Mara stunned again in this black lace masterpiece from Sarah Burton, complemented by a severe, pulled-back hairstyle (a trend that evening).

Natalie Portman in Dior
Adding a subtle statement to her dramatic Dior cape, Natalie Portman had the names of eight talented women directors (none of whom were nominated this year) embroidered on the lapels in gold thread — a thoughtful addition to an already gorgeous outfit.


Florence Pugh in Louis Vuitton
Florence Pugh has burst onto the red carpet this season with a bold and colorful splash, and this playful emerald green frill-fest from Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton was another hit for the new star.

Margaret Qualley in Chanel Haute Couture
Margaret Qualley’s natural ingenue quality shines through in this simple Chanel slip with feather and tulle details, and accented by the perfect braided updo.


Taika Waititi in Dior
The first Maori winner in Oscar history, Taika Waititi, who accepted the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit, delivered his speech in a sharply cut Dior tuxedo accented by a modernist Nikos Koulis pearl, emerald and diamond lapel pin.

Brad Pitt in Brioni
Having worn Brioni throughout this award season, Brad Pitt opted Sunday night for this classic velvet tuxedo, which, with his long, swept-back hair, nicely nodded to the louche mood of his Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood alter ego, Cliff Booth, a role for which he won Best Supporting Actor.

Timothée Chalamet in Prada
This wasn’t the expected Oscar garb, but we love a rule breaker, and Timothée Chalamet is one of the very best. His navy satin Prada “valet” look was completed with a Cartier crest brooch.


Mahershala Ali in Ermenegildo Zegna
Always the most elegant of actors, Mahershala Ali collaborated with Ermenegildo Zegna once again to create this stylish belted suit that was topped off with a David Yurman pendant necklace, a velvet bow-tie and matching slippers.

Keanu Reeves in Dolce & Gabbana
Who doesn’t love a gentleman who brings his mom as his date to the Oscars? Both looking sharp and chic in Dolce & Gabbana, Keanu Reeves and Patricia Taylor were the chicest pair of the night.


Feature image: BRIE LARSON in CELINE; photo by Steve Granitz/Getty Images. ZAZIE BEETZ in THOM BROWNE; photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images. RENÉE ZELLWEGER in ARMANI PRIVE; photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images.


Feb. 10, 2020

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