Hollywood Film Awards Go Modern in White, Black and Gray

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Keira Knightley at the Hollywood Film Awards

The severely clean palette at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards is a harbinger of awards shows to come

Color of the season? What color? There was a proliferation of whites with a smattering of black and gray in the somewhat severe styles at the Hollywood Film Awards on Friday night at the Palladium — a much more important fashion prognosticator due to it being televised for the very first time, on CBS.

By far the most detailed gown was Keira Knightley's white tiered and long-sleeved Giambattista Valli spring 2015 embroidered silk lace dress. It was textured in fabric but stark in color: a great new mix of elements that made her an absolute standout.

Julianne Moore was also one of the ladies in white — in a long-sleeved Balenciaga tea-length dress with illusion details. The look was another case of stark and clean, with the surprising element of texture insets. It was a great contrast with her red hair.

The other standout redhead was a little quieter: Amy Adams in a Dior silver-toned sheath in stretch pique for a tweed effect: a soft-spoken dress — until you enlarge the photo of it and see all the amazing detail.

Kristen Stewart's Chanel couture from fall combined silver with white for a double-trend effect, but the mesh top over a short white skirt got displaced when she was handing Still Alice co-star Moore her award, and the press is reporting a so-called "nip slip," something her stylist might have avoided with double-stick tape or the right underpinnings.

Jennifer Lopez's Zuhair Murad spring white tight sheath with a floral black embroidered décolleté worked well into the evening's clean and chic trend, though Lopez's version was admittedly sexier.

Shailene Woodley's lovely Valentino cream gown had a tight bodice and waist, with a metallic bit of embroidered print on it. And Felicity Jones wore a stark black shiny gown in a similar fairytale-style silhouette, ethereal and a bit prim, which is certainly a "hot" look right now.

Angelina Jolie's Atelier Versace couture gown combined a winter fabric — smoke gray cashmere — with a summer silhouette — strapless sleek column — for a cool study in contrasts and more of the neutral theme.

Only Reese Witherspoon braved color, but then, half her spring 2015 J. Mendel gown was black, the other half of the strapless chiffon being flame red.