Ad­vo­cacy and high fash­ion on the red car­pet

The Hamilton Spectator - - A & E - LEANNE ITALIE

Ruth Negga, drip­ping in re­spon­si­bly sourced ru­bies with a cus­tom Valentino gown to match, ac­ces­sorized with some­thing ex­tra Sun­day on her first Os­car red car­pet as a nom­i­nee — a blue rib­bon in sup­port of the ACLU.

She gave ku­dos to the civil rights group for help­ing the real “Lov­ing” cou­ple as they fought their way to le­gal mar­riage as a mixed-race cou­ple. And Negga shouted out her home coun­try, Ire­land, poised in her red tiara and state­ment ear­rings.

Her gown was long-sleeved with a high lace col­lar in a bright red that can be tricky on red car­pets. As for the cer­e­mony at the Dolby The­atre in Los An­ge­les, Negga planned to en­joy her mo­ment: “My win is my nom­i­na­tion.”

Negga’s lit­tle rib­bon popped up else­where on the red car­pet, in­clud­ing the lapel of Lin-Manuel Mi­randa, who noted his tuxedo came from Yonkers, New York, the same shop where he got his high school prom tux in 1998.

A stand­out this awards sea­son, “Elle” nom­i­nee Is­abelle Hup­pert, shim­mered in a blush-tone Ar­mani Prive, her hair loose with di­a­mond ear cuffs ideal punc­tu­a­tion marks. Does the French leg­end care about fash­ion? The dark lac­quer on her nails popped against her belted gown with loose, ro­man­tic sleeves.

“Well it looks like I do pay a lit­tle bit of at­ten­tion,” she said. “I think all these things are ri­tu­als and you have to hon­our the ri­tu­als.”

In Cham­pagne: Felic­ity Jones, who wore a princess look that fell above the an­kle.

Mi­randa, a song nom­i­nee, choked up a bit as she was ser­e­naded by “Hamil­ton” cast mem­bers, in­clud­ing some Schuyler sis­ters.

“I hate you for mak­ing me cry be­fore the Os­cars have even started,” he laughed, ac­com­pa­nied by his mom, Luz Towns-Mi­randa, who also donned the blue ACLU rib­bon.

Lit­tle Sunny Pawar, the kid star of “Lion” who has been a source of great fun on the car­pet this sea­son, flashed a peace sym­bol and ad­justed his bow tie on the car­pet in a bite-size, black tuxedo, a huge smile on his face and train­ers on his feet.

Hailee Ste­in­feld, a pre­sen­ter, walked in a pleated back ruf­fle cou­ture gown in a floral de­sign with a long, sheer train, from Ralph & Russo. She’s been a re­cent per­son-of-in­ter­est on red car­pets. This time, her hair was up and she let her bare shoul­ders speak vol­umes.

Who slayed in trendy vel­vet? Pre­sen­ter Taraji P. Hen­son, in off-shoul­der deep blue by Al­berta Fer­retti and a di­a­mond necklace per­fect to show off her decol­letage. She looked ev­ery bit the movie star with a high side slit. Her “Hid­den Fig­ures” co-star, Olivia Spencer, also went off the shoul­der in a feath­ery laven­der gown by March­esa.

Ave DuVer­nay, the cre­ator of the film “13th,” wore high-neck, longsleeved grey, pleats pro­vid­ing a bit of a bus­tle ef­fect.

Chrissy Teigen joked with hus­band John Leg­end on the car­pet, dressed in white Zuhair Murad Cou­ture with gold em­broi­dery and a dra­matic cape.

An­other favourite car­pet cou­ple, Jes­sica Biel and Justin Tim­ber­lake, chat­ted ami­ably — he in a Tom Ford tux and she in a slinky Kauf­man Franco tex­tured gown with a state­ment gold and sil­ver col­lar adorn­ment that lent the ap­pear­ance of metal­lic fringe.

FRAZER HAR­RI­SON, GETTY IM­AGES

Ruth Negga is ra­di­ant in red Valentino.

NOEL WEST, NYT

Lin-Manuel Mi­randa and his mother, Luz Towns-Mi­randa, ar­rive on the Red Car­pet.

FRAZER HAR­RI­SON, GETTY IM­AGES

Ac­tor Olivia Culpo un­veils a one-of-a-kind March­esa for Stella Ar­tois gown fea­tur­ing beads made from the Stella Ar­tois Lim­ited-Edi­tion Chal­ices that ben­e­fit Wa­ter.org.

JOR­DAN STRAUSS, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Oc­tavia Spencer ar­rives at the Os­cars in a soft laven­der gown by March­esa.

FRAZER HAR­RI­SON, GETTY IM­AGES

Taraji P. Hen­son in a gown by Al­berta Fer­retti.

JOR­DAN STRAUSS, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Is­abelle Hup­pert wears Ar­mani Prive.

FRAZER HAR­RI­SON, GETTY IM­AGES

Sunny Pawar had fun.

JAY L. CLENDENIN, TNS

Jes­sica Biel is golden in Kauf­man Franco.

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