Hollywood stylists bemoan plans for in-person Oscars ceremony

Hollywood stylists are bemoaning the lack of the digital crimson carpet, with the information that the Oscars shall be a small dwell occasion with no Zoom ingredient to it.

A letter from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launched to the movie business web site Deadline stated: “Our plan is to stage an intimate, in-person event at Union station in Los Angeles, with additional show elements live from the Dolby theatre in Hollywood.”

“You’re wondering about the dress code (as well you should),” added the letter, signed by the ceremony’s producers, together with the director Steven Soderbergh. “We’re aiming for a fusion of inspirational and aspirational, which in actual words means formal is totally cool if you want to go there, but casual is really not.”

Virtual crimson carpets, which have taken place primarily by way of Instagram, have been liberating for stylists. “It has given us a lot of control as stylists as we’ve been able to manipulate lighting, angles and backgrounds to our liking,” stated Wayman Bannerman from the duo Wayman + Micah who dressed Regina King for the Emmys and Critics’ Choice awards.

“I have really enjoyed the way some celebs and their stylists have turned that platform into full-fledged fashion shoots,” stated Heather Cocks, a style commentator.

“There is a definite fashion bright side to a virtual carpet in that truly anything goes from barefoot in pyjamas to full-on couture,” agreed Elizabeth Stewart, who dressed Viola Davis and Amanda Seyfried for the Golden Globes.

“Virtual dressing has pushed us to think more outside the box and have more fun, whether it be through colours or silhouettes,” added Bannerman.

Since the pandemic started, the leisure business has been combating costume codes for digital award ceremonies. At the Grammys, many embraced full red-carpet seems to be once more excluding John Legend, who celebrated his greatest R&B album win whereas sporting a Versace bathrobe.

“I’m unsure why the Oscars determined to deal with everybody like youngsters,” stated Cocks. “Also, come on: You’re actually not going to let in Viola Davis or Carey Mulligan in the event that they present up in denims? Sure, Jan. Honestly, all it’s accomplished is make me want that every one the invitees would present up en masse in flannel nightgowns and Ugg slippers, simply to thumb their noses at it.”

Stewart is wanting on the intense facet. “Not solely ought to the costume code honour the event of this very prestigious award present, however the crimson carpet may also be a present of help for the style business, which has actually suffered throughout the previous yr.”

The ceremony, which can have a Covid security workforce with PCR testing functionality handy, will happen on 26 April.

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