The Biggest Trend at the 92nd Oscars Red Carpet: Sustainability

The Biggest Trend at the 92nd Oscars Red Carpet: Sustainability

Award Season 2020 started with a major statement by Joaquín Phoenix, now Best Actor Oscar Winner (also Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Critics’ Choice Award) for Joker, when he decided he would be wearing a custom Stella McCartney suit for every single red carpet and award show. Many applauded him for promoting sustainable fashion on these global platforms, and others questioned the weight that this would hold on female stars throughout award season, stating that there is far more pressure on women to look flawless and new on the red carpet than there is for men. Alas, the 92nd Academy Awards proved naysayers wrong as women brought back looks from years past, showing that they too can repeat a gown and look even better than ever while reducing their environmental impact. Let’s take a look at the biggest fashion trend from last Sunday’s Oscars Red Carpet, sustainability!

Actor Joaquin Phoenix poses in the press room with the Oscar for Best Actor for “Joker” during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Calif., Feb. 9, 2020.Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

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Elizabeth Banks brought new life to a red Badgley Mischka gown she first wore on Oscar night 16 years ago. “It’s gorgeous and it fits… so why not wear it again?!” the actor and director wrote on Instagram, adding that her goal was to “bring global awareness to the importance of sustainability in fashion and consumerism as it relates to climate change, production & consumption, ocean pollution, labour & women”.

Elizabeth Banks in Badgley Mischka 2004 (Left), 2020 (Right). Photo via Instagram

Iconic Actress and Activist Jane Fonda re-wore a sequin Elie Saab couture gown previously worn six years ago at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The Grace and Frankie star also dazzled in Pomellato jewelry showing her support because “it only uses responsible, ethically harvested gold and sustainable diamonds.” on her social media. Fonda has been a lifelong activist , most recently taking on the climate change cause in weekly manifestations. On another note, she traded her signature ash blonde locks for a silver pixie cut, receiving endless praise by the general public.

Jane Fonda in Elie Saab. 2020 (Left) 2014 (Right) Getty Images

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Aside from the closet hunting, other stars opted for vintage or archive pieces like Penélope Cruz and Margot Robbie, both of whom wore archive Chanel. Lily Aldridge gave us Old Hollywood glamour in a white vintage Ralph Lauren dress. Even Kim Kardashian West, who is notorious for her showstopping looks, opted for pre-loved, arriving at the Vanity Fair party in the Oyster gown from Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2003 collection, Irere.

Kim Kardashian West at Vanity Fair Party © George Pimentel

Model Lily Aldridge © Amy Sussman

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Vintage gowns and Closet Hunters weren’t the only eco-friendly winners during Oscars Night, as others opted for sustainably made ensembles. New comer Kaitlyn Dever wore a red Louis Vuitton gown made with sustainable and ethically-sourced materials, in support of the Red Carpet Green Dress Initiative. Former Bond girl Léa Seydoux also acted as an RCGD ambassador – her monochrome Vuitton gown was crafted from eco-friendly Tencel luxe yarn. Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan’s Gucci gown, meanwhile, was made using leftover fabric from the dress she wore to the BAFTAs, which was also Alessandro Michele’s work.

Kaitlyn Dever in Louis Vuitton

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The Award show itself took a sustainable approach as well, following previous awards like this year’s Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards in embracing plant-based menus,

“The Academy is an organization of storytellers from around the world, and we owe our global membership a commitment to supporting the planet,” the group wrote in a Jan. 27 statement reported by The Independent. “For the past decade, the Academy has been committed to reducing its carbon footprint. For the past seven years, the Oscars show has had a net zero carbon imprint. We continue to expand our sustainability plan with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral.”

“Going green” is not only trending but also inspiring us all. Whether it’s eco-friendly fashion with vintage, archive, recycled, reworn or sustainable materials, fair labor, plant based menus, moving speeches for human and animal rights or decreasing their carbon footprint, we are definitely seeing a change in the air in Hollywood. 2020 seems to be promising as this “trend” is spreading worldwide.

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Jeanelly Concepcion
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Originally from New York City, Jeanelly is of Dominican roots. Having lived in Puerto Rico for over 22 years, she now enjoys a highly successful fashion blogging career at She is a Texas influencer and has been a freelance fashion contributor for Style Lush TV for several years. She believes in empowering women through fashion and helping them feel beautiful no matter what their financial situation, body shape, age or where they live or work.