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The best looks and beauty of the Oscars 2022

Da Zendaya in Maison Valentino a Lily James in Atelier Versace

The best looks and beauty of the Oscars 2022 Da Zendaya in Maison Valentino a Lily James in Atelier Versace

The 94th Academy Awards marked a return to understated elegance, far removed from the daring fashion experiments of the past. No swan-shaped dresses or bizarre hairstyles, this year the stars preferred to return to a certain understated Hollywood glamour, focusing on iconic Maisons such as Valentino or Armani and no make-up. The best-dressed award was won by two actresses who chose a combo already experimented by Sharon Stone in 1998, namely Zendaya and Uma Thurman in shirt+long skirt. Many years have passed since the diva of Basic Instinct walked the red carpet wearing a Gap shirt and a lilac satin skirt by Vera Wang, but her style lessons still work perfectly today. Last night, in fact, Zendaya looked radiant and beautiful in her Valentino Haute Couture outfit created especially for her by Pierpaolo Piccioli: a white silk cropped shirt and a silver sequined train skirt, teamed with Valentino Garavani Tan-Go shoes, bracelets and Bulgari jewelry. Law Roach's styling was emphasized by a vertical, disheveled crop, but, above all, by silver shimmer eye shadow, glossy lips and a mirror effect manicure. Uma Thurman, on the other hand, opted for a total Bottega Veneta look and Cartier jewelry. 

Jessica Chastain picked up the Oscar for Best Lead Actress for The Eyes of Tammy Faye (which also won for Best Makeup) in a custom Gucci gown, a cloud of tulle and sequins that faded from bronze to lilac and, together with her pink beauty look in shades of pink by Charlotte Tilbury, highlighted her diaphanous complexion enhanced by make-up composed of the highly recognizable must-have Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and the new Pillow Talk Multi-Glow highlighter in Romance Light. highlighted her diaphanous complexion. The other big female winner of the evening was Ariana DeBose, Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story. The first openly queer woman to win an Oscar, Ariana wore ultra-bold smokey eyes with a fiery red Valentino Haute Couture dress, very similar to Tracee Ellis Ross' Carolina Herrera outfit. Missing out on the statuette, but winning everyone over with her elegance was Nicole Kidman in pale blue Armani Privé, accessorized with a very precious Harry Winston necklace, red lipstick and a low side braided hairdo.

One of the stars' favorite shades was pink. Lily James, who walked her first Academy Awards red carpet in a pink lace slip dress by Atelier Versace, chose it for both her clothes and make-up; Zoë Kravitz, always impeccable even with her baby fringes and cat-eye, in Saint Laurent; Mila Kunis in Zuhair Murad, who took to the stage for a moment dedicated to the Ukrainian people (the actress is of Ukrainian origin!). Going against the grain as always, Kristen Stewart, competing for her performance as Lady D in Spencer, wore a Chanel outfit consisting of black micro shorts and a white shirt unbuttoned to the navel, a plunging neckline filled with a long necklace. Styled by @taraswennen, her beauty counterpart was ultra-flat waves combed to the side and a cat-eye marked by a wide stroke of eyeliner.

Even the famous Vanity Fair after-party had some interesting fashion moments, starting with the mini-reunion of Euphoria's cast which included Zendaya in a beautiful Sportmax power suit, Hunter Schafer in Rick Owens FW22, Sydney Sweeney in custom Miu Miu and Maude Apatow in Saint Laurent, the same Maison and stylist (@mimicuttrell) also Hailey Bieber. The it-girl turned the photographers' heads with her cut-out dress, but just as cool were the looks chosen by Emily Ratajkowski in Armani Privé Fall 2011 couture, Laura Harrier in Off-White FW22, Kim Kardashian in a sky-blue Balenciaga, Kendall Jenner again in Balenciaga, but from the SS22 collection, and the HAIM sisters in custom Louis Vuitton. The most chic? Anya Taylor-Joy in Christian Dior FW22.
Despite the many moments in which beauty triumphed, this year's Academy Awards were marked by an unexpected event involving Will Smith. After tearfully accepting the Best Actor award for his performance in King Richard, the actor got up from the red seats and slapped his colleague Chris Rock for making an unfortunate joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith's alopecia. The latter, seated in her green and ruffled Jean Paul Gaultier Couture, only gave him a dirty look. The usual insiders say that backstage Will and Chris were urged to make up by Denzel Washington and Bradley Cooper, but in the last few hours rumors are multiplying that Will's unexpected reaction could result in his Oscar being revoked. Has the fight on the stage of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood stolen the thunder from the red carpet glamour?