Oscar fashions literally turned to ‘red’ carpet fashions this year with most of the celebs wearing the striking colour in more number of shades than you’ve seen.
Whether it was Katherine Heigl’s one-shoulder number or supermodel Heidi Klum’s fire engine-toned satin gown with extravagant collar detailing… red was clearly the mood of the evening.
“The actresses went regal and royal with rich reds and purples,” said Oscar.com fashion analyst Tom Julian.
Helen Mirren, Miley Cyrus, Ruby Dee and Anne Hathaway were among the stars in red gowns and shades of plum were worn by Cate Blanchett and Jessica Alba.
Blanchett, who is seven-months pregnant with her third child, donned a midnight blue halterneck by Dries van Noten and confirmed that she and husband Andrew Upton were expecting a boy.
Apart from red, feathers were a recent trend on the runway and Penelope Cruz’s black strapless gown had them too.
W magazine fashion market editor Treena Lombardo was impressed with Heidi’s style statement.
“Heidi Klum was the most beautiful I’ve ever seen her,” Lombardo said. “Amy Ryan was the opposite. She was very minimal and very chic — an exact 180 from what Heidi was doing.”
One-shoulder gowns were also popular, worn by Hilary Swank in Versace, Olivia Thirlby in Vera Wang, Hathaway in Marchesa and Heigl in Escada. Heigl’s gown had a slim-fitting draped bodice, and the front of Hathaway’s gown was covered in fabric roses.
Cameron Diaz’s strapless Christian Dior gown was a pale peach color and had pleats on the bustline. “I put it on and felt like I was wearing nothing,” she said.
While, Jennifer Hudson, who caused last year’s biggest fashion flap with a futuristic bolero jacket, was more appropriate this year in a white halter gown, Best actress winner Marion Cotillard was a fashion knock-out in a form-fitting cream beaded gown by French label Jean Paul Gaultier.
For hair, the classic chignon was the biggest trend of the red carpet, with several starlets opting for simple low styles, often off to one side.