Oscars Go Wicked: Ariana & Cynthia's Spell

Witch style wins?


In an evening that glittered with film industry stars, the 2024 Oscars celebrated cinematic achievements and became a runway for breathtaking fashion statements. Among the most talked-about appearances were those of Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo, who paid homage to their roles in the eagerly awaited film adaptation of the Broadway hit, "Wicked." 

Held at the iconic Ovation Hollywood, the 96th Annual Academy Awards saw celebrities from all corners of the entertainment world gather to celebrate the year's best in film. Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo stole the spotlight with their thematic ensembles, adding a layer of storytelling to the red carpet's usual glamour.

 Ariana, portraying Glinda the Good Witch in the upcoming "Wicked" film, floated down the red carpet in a custom Giambattista Valli creation that seemed as if it were woven from the softest clouds at dusk. The gown, a vision in pale pink, featured a strapless design accentuated by dramatic puff sleeves and a sweeping train that trailed behind her like a fairy tale come to life. Styled by Mimi Cuttrell, Ariana Grande paired the dress with delicate Jimmy Choo Romy pumps and sparkling jewels from Tiffany & Co., embodying the ethereal grace of her character. 



Cynthia Erivo, on the other hand, embraced the power and mystery of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in a striking Louis Vuitton ensemble. Her masterpiece in deep green lamb leather gown boasted dramatic ruffles that cascaded down its back, ending in a subtle train. A matching bolero added an air of regal defiance, perfectly capturing Elphaba's spirit. Jason Bolden, the visionary behind Erivo's look, ensured she was a force to be reckoned with on the red carpet. 



The two stars, set to lead in Jon M. Chu's film adaptation of "Wicked," offered a sneak peek into the magic and majesty we can expect from their performances. The story of how Elphaba became the infamous Wicked Witch of the West and how Glinda rose to be the Good Witch of the North is a tale that has captivated audiences since its Broadway debut in 2003, winning three Tony Awards. 



The 96th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the fourth time, was a celebration of the past year's cinematic achievements and a testament to the enduring power of storytelling, both on-screen and through the medium of fashion. 

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