Oscar Fashion: Bright Color, Tight Waists, Great Shapes and Lots of Detail


Deep green, bright rose red, poppy and shades of white ruled Hollywood's biggest night.

The night we've all been waiting for is here, and fashionistas everywhere are busy noting all the trends, as they will transfer into actual fashion looks designers probably are making note of right now.

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Jessica Chastain's straplessAlexander McQueen gown was embedded with a multitude of gold hammered beads. And we already saw that Madonna donned black and gold (Givenchy), an art deco look that The Artist has helped kick in in a big way, during her Super Bowl halftime show. Look out, Jazz Age lovers; black and gold will work well all the way into fall 2012 and beyond. 

Michelle Williams' Louis Vuitton red/orange tiered gown with ruffled lace was all about not just color but strong, strong color.  Red/orange -- or poppy or coral or whatever you want to call it -- can be seen a mile away. It demands low-key makeup, hair and jewelry; Michelle wore a bold red lip, and her stylist Kate Young knew exactly how to make it work. Interesting that Michelle keeps saving the dresses with color for the big shows: SAG Awards (red Valentino), Golden Globes (blue Jason Wu).

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Both Glenn Close and Viola Davis wore deep, strong green, which takes on a different look on a blond and a brunette. Glenn's green satin suit -- a tight-waisted Zac Posen jacket with peplum and a long fishtrail dress with train -- and Viola's forest emerald green Vera Wang gown with encrusted beading at the bust and a chiffon pleated fishtail showed that green is now a classic color up there with navy blue and red. Primary, they call it. Berenice Bejo's bright green Elie Saab was a very different shade of the leafy tone. 

Emma Stone's rose pink vermillion Giambattista Valli satin gown had a tight waist, and she went against the color with Louis Vuitton crystal jewelry and clutch. Her red hair contrasted with her vermillion dress, the color of the inside of a rose.

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Pale shades were highly dramatic on Rooney Mara (Givenchy couture), Gwyneth Paltrow (white Tom Ford), Cameron Diaz (Gucci premiere) and Jennifer Lopez.

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