Has anyone else noticed the change in the red carpet interview this season? We're referring, of course, to the slow disappearance of the question made famous by Joan Rivers — "Who are you wearing?" — in the aftermath of the industry and social media push for entertainment reporters to focus less on actresses' outfits and more on their cinematic work. We certainly aren't the only ones to have picked up on this. Even Chris Rock mentioned it at the Oscars on Sunday evening, joking that the absent fixation on actors' clothing has something to do with the fact that they're all wearing variations of the same thing: "You know, if George Clooney showed up with a lime green tux on, and a swan coming out his ass, somebody would go, 'What you wearing, George?'"
Is it sexist to ask about a star's clothing? Not inherently — and let's not ignore the fact that the red carpet has been a glorified fashion show for a long time now — but it becomes a problem when the interviewer's dominant line of questioning revolves around that topic, and does so only for the women.
That said, we're still very interested in which designers the stars are wearing, since it reflects the industry that we cover day in and day out. Please read on for our annual Red Carpet Score Card — a who's who of the most powerful brands this awards season. Spoiler: It's exactly who you'd think.
Bronze medal: Versace
Golden Globes: Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amy Adams
SAGs: Brie Larson
Oscars: Jennifer Garner, Kerry Washington, Tina Fey
Donatella was the queen of the hourglass figure, with Versace dressing seven starlets. The label made third place.
Silver medal: Armani
Golden Globes: Emmy Rossum
SAGs: Kate Winslet, Kathryn Hahn, Sarah Paulson
Oscars: Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Diane Warren, Charlotte Rampling
With a powerful showing at the Oscars on Sunday night, Armani reasserted its power on the red carpet by dressing more nominees than anyone. The legendary brand finished second.
Gold medal: Marchesa
Golden Globes: Zendaya, Viola Davis, Sarah Hay, Lily James, Heidi Klum
Oscars: Chrissy Teigen, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Isla Fisher
It has been a while since we've seen Marchesa on this list (since 2012, to be exact), but with ten looks over the course of the season, the brand took first place.
See you next year!