Regina King has not underestimated the power of a high-cut leg split, nor has she underestimated the importance of choosing a timeless, chic gown for her first Oscars nomination. Her Oscar de la Renta gown, with its nipped waist, sculptural hand draping, and gorgeous ivory cady fabric, fit her like a glove as she emerged onto the Oscars red carpet. She wanted to “look back in 20 years and feel that it was a classic timeless moment, with a modern twist,” explained her stylists, Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald. The design duo behind the gown couldn’t agree more. Oscar de la Renta Designer Fernando Garcia noted that he wanted King to “look back on this dress and not feel that it was part of a decade and it got stuck there.”
Garcia is no stranger to the red carpet—when he and design partner Laura Kim returned to the house’s helm after having worked with Mr. de la Renta on numerous red carpet numbers, they teamed up with celebrity stylist Cristina Erlich and actress Brie Larson, who had come off a whirlwind year and was presenting in 2017. Working with Larson and King, Garcia noted, “both [were] proud and humbled by all that’s going on around them. They both had the same look on their face: complete appreciation.” Bannerman and McDonald, who manage to keep calm during the crazy red carpet season with frequent, 45-second long dance breaks, said they lean on each other a lot to keep things light. But it seems like it was nothing but a delight working with King. “She’s decisive, smart women who knows what she wants,” they enthused, noting that she is never one to second-guess her look. And who would, when you’re wearing a classic Oscar de la Renta gown and reportedly a bling ring worth over $1.2 milion from Chopard? Here, a sneak peak into the hours leading up to Regina King’s Oscar-winning red carpet debut.