In recent years, it has been a trend for actresses to come together on the red carpet to make social and political stances through their looks. In 2018, actresses supported the Time’s Up and #MeToo movement, an initiative to eliminate sexual misconduct and gender inequality. That year, actresses wore all black and Time’s Up pins to show solidarity to victims of sexual harassment.
In a similar fashion, the biggest trend on the carpet this year was the color pink. Although the stars did not outwardly express their movement, the hidden meaning behind the plethora of pink is evident.
Mira Sorvino, an actress and activist who previously came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, sported an embroidered blush pink Romona Keveža gown. Similarly, nine other activists wore the color of the night, including Allison Williams, Danai Gurira, and Gina Rodriguez.
Overall there were more than 40 pink looks on the red carpet. This was not a coincidence–it was a statement. The Oscars could have made a pink carpet out of all the pink worn at the awards. In a culture where women are seen as weak, these women showed power. The united women of pink showed confidence and sent a message saying, “we are not afraid.”
Now that the movement has taken on a new color, let us look at how these women wore the color of the night. Country singer, Kacey Musgraves was a cotton candy dream presenting at her first Oscars. As one of the most surprising looks of the night, Musgraves wore a voluminous pink Giambattista Valli tulle gown with a tiered skirt, flared sleeves and a jeweled brooch at the waist. She topped off the look with a slicked-back bun and nude makeup to balance out the look.
Another crowd favorite was Gemma Chan. The Crazy Rich Asians star sported a bright pink Valentino gown with horizontal parachute sections and a high ruffle neck. The dress first appeared on the Valentino couture runway this past January. Similar to the model, Chan wore a slicked-back bun with a hair clip reading the word “love.”
Julia Roberts closed out the night presenting the award for Best Picture. She did not disappoint, wearing a flowy, one shoulder, bright pink Elie Saab dress. The asymmetrical slit paired with simple pink shoes gave Roberts a sexy and sophisticated look.
As we have seen, the power of fashion goes far beyond what is trending on the runway. What you wear matters and can be used to evoke emotional responses. The women in Hollywood are ready to fight, and they will be wearing pink while doing it.