For a master class in timeless style, there’s no better teacher than Williams. In classic black and white and with a plunging neckline, her Louis Vuitton didn’t push any sartorial boundaries. Rather, it’s the kind of dress that will look just as lovely in a decade.
Ruth Negga in Valentino
High-necked, long-sleeved Valentino was sublimely romantic on the Loving actress. If the gown wasn’t enough for you, her accessories really clinched her best-dressed spot. A jeweled headband gave her a regal feel, and she was the first to be spotted wearing a blue ribbon to support the ACLU.
Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein By Appointment
Floor-length gowns are de rigueur for the Academy Awards, but Harris went high-low. Her white sequins were elegant and a major moment in the fashion world: It’s the first red-carpet moment from Calvin Klein since Raf Simons has had the top spot.
Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti
Henson may have some recalling Angelina Jolie’s famous leg-out Oscar look, but she’s owning it. Her custom midnight blue Alberta Ferretti gown had an off-the-shoulder neckline that showed off mega Nirav Modi diamonds; the Angelina leg slit revealed classy ankle-strap heels.
Jessica Biel in Kaufmanfranco
If you aren’t a complete red-carpet regular, learn from Biel and don’t play it safe. She went bold in a silver and gold Kaufmanfranco long-sleeve gown and feathered Tiffany & Co. collar necklace that, honestly, was best described by husband Justin Timberlake: “I call it perfection.”
Viola Davis in Armani Privé
There was the most perfect little hint of Greek goddess in the way Davis’s Armani Privé gown draped off her shoulders. She didn’t take the Grecian thing too literally though: A halter neck made it feel different, and the cherry red color popped beautifully.
Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta
Larson wore pink velvet Monse to the Oscars’ after party last year and she must have loved it—the luxurious fabric was back again, this time for the main event and in inky black. Tonight’s pick is also proof she’s a fan of Monse designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim: The pair took the reins at Oscar de la Renta this year.
Isabelle Huppert in Armani Privé
Because of course the French woman at the Oscars would have impeccable style. Huppert’s super sparkly Armani Privé gown pooled at the wrist and floor, yet didn’t feel like too much fabric thanks to a skinny (and gem-encrusted) belt at the natural waist.