Oscars 2021: crop tops ruled the red carpet

Zendaya also wore yellow, but her daring Valentino Haute Couture dress, with a ruched bandeau top, loose waves and $6 million worth of Bulgari jewelry, evoked a mogul vacationing on a private island. Zendaya never, ever fails, and tonight’s Oscars red carpet is no exception. It also looks comfortable, which is impressive. The only downside is that, perhaps, her neck is tired from carrying around an entire display case of jewelry. That’s the only problem we’d ever wish on him.

Zendaya, on point as usual


Vanessa Kirby, named best actress for her role in Pieces of woman, wore a custom pale pink Gucci column dress with a dramatic train and a structured strapless top that featured a glimpse of the midsection. It’s a polished and stately crop top, one you could wear on Easter with the Queen (well, maybe with a gigantic shawl). Kirby, who you know from her role as Princess Margaret in season 2 of The crownwears it well.

Vanessa Kirby, ready for a hearing


At the 2012 Oscars, Angelina Jolie said, without saying anything at all, that the theme of the evening was “legs”. In 2019, Gemma Chan’s dress – it had pockets! – led a year devoted to weapons. And this Oscar is undeniably all about bellies. It’s with great love for the ’80s, an all-too-precocious nostalgia for the 2010s, and still-simmering anger at high school dress codes that we welcome the belly-themed Oscar party. It’s a nice middle ground between the heavy, giant dresses of past red carpets and the high-fashion suits celebrities have worn to look “relatable.” For the first time in years, these women look like they’re in Southern California on a spring day.

Cut-outs, high slits, diagonal straps, bandeaus, strapless dresses and puffy skirts seem to promise a hopeful spring and a happier, safer summer. Charm fashion writers were on the floor (well, sweaty in our own living rooms) scanning Oscar attendees. So far, not a single navel has been spotted, but hey, it’s still early days.

Jenny Singer is an editor for Charm. You can am here on Twitter.