Why Musician Tems’ Extravagant Oscars Look Went Viral
At the 95th Annual Academy Awards this Sunday, stars were widely celebrated for their daring fashion choices. On the red carpet and after parties, there were barely there bandeau tops, salmon satin tuxedos, a surprising proliferation of capes and at least one googly-eyed bow tie on parade. It was the Oscars, after all.
Nominated this year in the category of Best Original Song, Nigerian musician and producer Temilade Openiyi, also known as Tems, debuted one of the most extravagant looks of the evening: a voluminous dress from the label Lever Couture based in Los Angeles. The dress featured a sculptural flourish of pleated, boned strips of fabric that curved across the bodice and around the head, seemingly frozen in space, and a skirt so full it spilled over the surrounding seats.
The bridal style design was widely described as ethereal and angelic; it was high on many social media users’ best-dressed lists, but others, however, took issue with its sheer scale.
Tems takes to the Dolby Theater for the 95th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday in Hollywood. Credit: Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
In a digital landscape that increasingly rewards trendy fashion and values fast-paced viral moments, extravagant second-hand outfits are becoming more and more common. Just last week, at the Fall/Winter 2023 fashion shows in Paris, a guest made headlines after sitting front row in pajamas, a face mask and a full set of bedding – blocking sight of at least three people.
Tems’ Oscar look was not to be overlooked. Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
Tems, meanwhile, has yet to address the conversation herself — hopefully because she made the most of her Oscar night even without a win to celebrate. And besides, cocooned as she was in her dress, it is quite possible that the controversy completely missed her.