Oscars Fashion 2022: Students Review The Best And Worst Dressed

Sadie Heiland, Staff Writer

The Oscars is always an exciting event for both actors and viewers. One of the best aspects of the award ceremony is the fashion. Minnetonka students agree. 

Lilly Kozora, ‘25, thought that Anya Taylor-Joy had the best look at this year’s Oscars. Taylor-Joy made an appearance at the Vanity Fair afterparty wearing a Dior gown. The dress had a corset for a bodice and was made out of sheer black fabric. The look also featured a fishnet headpiece that went over the actress’s face. 

“I loved how simple [the look] was, and the head piece just added a beautiful touch to the outfit,” she said. 

By contrast, Kozora believed the worst look was Kim Kardashian’s. The reality TV star showed up to the 

Vanity Fair afterparty in a bright blue Balenciaga dress. Kardashian wore a slicked back ponytail and Balenciaga sunglasses. 

“[She] had one of the more boring looks because we’ve seen it before from her at the Met Gala, and I just didn’t find the color flattering,” said Kozora.

Grace Stahl, ‘25, believed there were two actresses competing for the title of best look. One of the actresses was Jessica Chastain in Gucci. 

“I liked Jessica Chastain’s [look] a lot because the colors in her gown were really clever and fun,” said Stahl. “The champagne color bodice complimented her complexion and red hair really beautifully. The ombre into the duo-chrome violet was visually very appealing and kind of reminded me of mermaids. The train with the fun ruffles at the end also added a special touch.” 

The other actress that Stahl loved was Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive.

“[Her] gown was really eye-catching,” she said. “The ruffles in the center of the bodice were a unique touch, and the pale pastel blue looked very beautiful on her pale complexion. My favorite part of her dress was the assortment of pearls and gems on the train. You can tell the designer took a lot of time creating and developing this unique piece of art and fashion.” 

Stahl was quick to name Jake Gyllenhaal as the worst dressed. Gyllenhaal wore a simple black tuxedo. 

“Don’t get me wrong, a clean and crispy, tailored, classic suit can be great,” said Stahl. “The thing about Jake Gyllenhaal’s suit is that the tailoring wasn’t even well-executed. The pants looked awkwardly baggy and the arms on the jacket were loose. Overall, his look was uninspiring, forgettable and overdone.”

Lauren Lamb, ‘24, thought that Meghan Thee Stallion had the best outfit. The artist showed up at the awards ceremony in a light blue Gaurav Gupta mermaid gown. 

“I’m obsessed with the shade of blue, the shoes and especially the fabric and layers of the dress,” said Lamb. 

Lamb was not a fan of Amy Schumer’s look. Schumer started the night wearing a blue gown that featured a sparkling outline of a bow down the front. 

“I [was] not sure what I was looking at,” said Lamb. “The fake bow looked terrible.” 

Prisha Somashekara, ‘25, thought that Kelly Marie Tran was best dressed. Tran wore a green custom dress by Thai Nguyen Atelier to the Vanity Fair after party. The intricate designs on the dress were created by six different people and took around 1,400 hours to complete. 

“[I think] the color is so pretty.”,  said Somashekara.

On the other hand, Somashekara was not a fan of Billie Eilish’s black, layered Gucci dress.

“It was ugly and poofy,” she said. 

Vivian Lindgren, ‘25, felt that Lily James stood out from the rest at the Oscars. 

“Most looks this year were pretty underwhelming but [Lily James’s dress] 

was actually breathtaking,” she said. 

James wore a beautiful light pink Versace dress. The flattering dress featured lace down the front and a puffy train in the back. 

The opposite of James, in Lindgren’s opinion, was Tracee Ellis Ross. The actress wore a red Carolina Herrara gown with a plunging neckline and mermaid hem. 

“The dress was super unflattering and the material looked like something you could buy at a Michael’s,” said Lindgren. 

Although each person had different opinions on the best dressed, everyone agreed that this year’s Oscars looks were not up to par. 

“Everything was just a little bland and boring,” said Kozora. 

Stahl agreed and said, “This year’s Oscars looks were a bit underwhelming compared to previous years.”

To describe the disappointment, Lamb compared the supposedly glamorous looks to “prom dresses.” 

Hopefully the expectations surrounding the Oscars fashion looks will be met next year.