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It's a Parade of Pink on the Oscars Red Carpet

Jacob Chan
It's a Parade of Pink on the Oscars Red Carpet

The Oscars red carpet has quickly morphed into a sea of pink—like an ultra-feminine, ruffled, very pretty mind-meld happened to Hollywood's elite.

First, we spied Gemma Chan in a voluminous Valentino Couture gown that made fashion editors weep at the show last month. Kacey Musgraves brought all the frilly baby pink fun in a Giambattista Valli couture dress, complete with a crystal belt, face-framing ruff, and full skirt. Angela Bassett is an actual gift in a one-shouldered Reem Acra dress with a bow. Sarah Paulson was a later showing, but didn't hold back in a stellar Brandon Maxwell dress with side cut-outs. Helen Mirren can't seem to stop twirling in her pleated Schiaparelli. Want even more femininity? Maya Rudolph wore not only pink but high-necked florals and all we know for sure is that Linda Cardellini tied all her tulle up with a bow.

So why all of this unabashed pretty now? 2018 was marked by an awards season where fashion took a back burner to more pressing topics. On the Golden Globes red carpet celebrities stepped out almost exclusively in black in solidarity with Time's Up, many with activists on their arm. Actresses like Evan Rachel Wood donned suit after suit throughout the events season in solidarity with the #MeToo movement.
Sarah Paulson in Brandon Maxwell
It's been both a harrowing and empowering time to be a woman, especially a woman in a Hollywood that's been run by men like Harvey Weinstein for decades. Perhaps after a year of fighting it's time to celebrate the small victories—a more diverse nominee pool, the ability of women to join forces like never before to change the landscape of Hollywood. There's still work to be done, but that work can be done in ruffles and florals and pink. The notion that fashion isn't for "serious" women is part of the problem. Because in the end it doesn't really matter what you wear to the revolution, as long as you're there for it.

Helen Mirren in Schiaparelli

Gemma Chan in Valentino

Kacey Musgraves in Giambattista Valli

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