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Fashion and sustainability take center stage as Oscar tradition returns

LOS ANGELES, California — Just a few miles from Oscar’s red carpet in West Hollywood, exclusive dinners like a pre-Oscar party and the inevitable post-Oscar soirees are signs that the annual rituals are returning.

The stars are out and ready to glitter again. Hollywood Boulevard is bathed in red after the ceremony was held downtown in the corner of a huge train station last year.

“This is one of the most important red carpets we’ve seen in many years,” said Alex Badia, WWD’s style director. “It was a return to life as we know it and a return to glamour. The return to life.”

Favorites have emerged at a number of previous awards shows, and Will Smith has won all the big ones for playing the father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams on King Richard.

“I turn my attention to the hearts and experiences of those around me rather than whether or not my name is mentioned,” Smith said.

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Troy Kotsur received the first-ever Oscar nomination for a deaf male actor, and the film “Coda” has emerged as the leading contender for the grand prize for best picture. It’s a feel-good film that seems to fit what the time calls for.

“We’ve learned a lot of things and one of them is that we have to enjoy life and celebrate each other,” said Badia.

“People are really excited to get up and get out of their homes and go out and see other people and see the silver linings of how we can make a difference,” said Suzy Amis, Founder of RCGD Global.
Call it Fashion Forward with Care. All is not business as usual on the world’s most important runway, which won’t be nearly as busy as it will be in 2020, less than a month before the pandemic hit.

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“We’ve seen a lot of difficulties over the past few years, so having something positive to build on is what everyone needs,” said Samata Pattinson, CEO of RCGD Global.

Last year, the Eyewitness News entertainment reporter had to chat with Zoom’s Suzy Amis Cameron, but this year they got to see first-hand Oscar dresses made from recycled materials and re-worn older garments.

Call it “couture with a clear conscience”. Each of the dresses is part of an Academy-sponsored initiative called “Red Carpet, Green Dress,” a more recent Oscar tradition.

Sustainability is back in focus and personal again.

Mark your calendar: March 27th is Oscar Sunday. Red Carpet special coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. ET 10:00 a.m. PT and continues throughout the day leading up to the 94th Academy Awards ceremony. Stay tuned to “On The Red Carpet” after the last awards show for continued coverage. Be sure to follow @OnTheRedCarpet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for all your Oscars news and information. Click here to download our CTV apps and watch “On The Red Carpet” wherever you stream.

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Dais Johnston

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