Something changed on this year's Oscars red carpet and party circuit. Women boldly wore suits, while men donned dresses, heels, and nail polish. These aren't just fashion whims, but an effort to democratize fashion and start playing by different rules (or no rules!). See the stars leading the pack.
Stephan James of 'If Beale Street Could Talk'
This handsome star of If Beale Street Could Talk and Homecoming wore a form-fitting suit, outfitted with a brooch, earrings, and boots with kitten heels. The tux was from Etrotux, Swarovski and David Yurman did the jewelry, and the boots were Giuseppe Zanotti, according to Just Jared.
The Oscar-winner wore a tuxedo gown -- with 15-foot cape! -- for her performance of "I'll Fight" from RBG. Pamella Roland designed the stunning ensemble, according to BET.
On the Oscar stage, Helen Mirren gushed over manly action star Jason Mamoa (Aquaman) proudly wearing pink. On top of his gorgeous suit designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld, Mamoa rocked a matching pink scrunchie designed by the Fendi fashion house, of which Lagerfeld helped steer.
Known for playing flamboyant characters, Criss showed off his own flashy side at Vanity Fair's Oscar party. Not only did Criss rock heeled-boots, but he accented his look with nail polish. Criss was wearing a Balmain suit and Christian Louboutin boots, reports Just Jared.
Shameik Moore of 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'
The voice behind Miles Morales wore a gorgeous pantsuit to the Vanity Fair Oscar party (if anyone knows the designer, let us know in the comments). The bling was fabulous, too.
Elsie Fisher of 'Eighth Grade'
This teen star looked anything but awkward in her Thom Browne black three-piece suit. Fisher, 15, accessorized her look with Sarah Wilde Jane jewely, according to StyleCaster.
The pop star looked like a fabulous fop at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. The tight white suit with high collar resembled a Prince outfit (save for the coloring). Not sure about the designer for this one.
There were a lot of suits on women at the Oscars, but Amy Poehler's appeared to be one of the most traditionally male (other than the ruffles and gorgeous flared pants) with the monochromatic black coloring; a forward-thinking male star could have strutted this down the red carpet. No clue on designer, though.
Sarah Kate Ellis of GLAAD
The head of the LGBTQ media watchdog group was a stunner on the red carpet. Though her white suit wasn't the most gender-nonconforming, she gets point for bringing down the patriarchy every day.
Of course, this Pose star had the most memorable outfit at the Oscars. Porter's Christian Siriano-designed tux gown possibly changed Oscar fashion forever. Read more here.