While movie legends and breakthrough film stars may pull out their most glamorous attire for Hollywood’s biggest night, we can always count on Frances McDormand to do something totally off-beat. While presenting the Best Actress Oscar to Olivia Colman, the actress took to the stage wearing a pair of custom yellow Birkenstocks underneath her pink Valentino Spring 2019 Couture gown.
McDormand rarely walks the red carpet and isn’t into name-checking designers, but she has grown close to the Italian house and its creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli ever since she wore one of his couture confections to the 2018 Met Gala. Though the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star kept to her usual no-makeup look, her couture-meets-comfort ensemble made a bold red carpet statement. Tonight, the 2018 Oscar winner elevated the Brooklyn mom wardrobe staple to Hollywood fashion icon status.
From head to footbed, McDormand always does her own thing, which is certainly a red carpet trait worth celebrating. To forgo heels for a pair of cork-soled slides is fearless, cool, and a totally appropriate move in the wild world of Frances McDormand.
This article was originally published on Vogue.com.