Oscars Fashion: Blue, Actually, Is the Warmest Color

AP Images
From left: Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong'o and Sandra Bullock

From Sandra Bullock's Alexander McQueen dress to Amy Adams' Gucci Premiere gown, blue is definitely is making a bold statement on the red carpet.

Blue gowns started at the Golden Globes, and continued through the Critic's Choice Awards and SAG Awards (Anna Gunn and Amy Adams). Now we know, blue is the big color statement this spring, whether it's navy, midnight, ice blue or cobalt.

Why blue? It's stately, clean, chic and flattering -- but it's somehow always subtle. Many designers did navy for spring 2014 daywear, but it's about to become ubiquitous for evening as well. Is blue the new black? It's certainly a lot more subtle than orange, so it's possible.

PHOTOS: Oscars 2014: The Red-Carpet Arrivals

Sandra Bullock stepped out in a strapless, chic Alexander McQueen gown -- in a blue that fits somewhere between navy and a clear military blue -- with a pleated silk sash running across it. The shape was trend-correct with other Oscar gowns: Lots of fluid fabrics in simple shapes, no obvious trains and lots of loose fits. Nothing too tight or too voluminous.

Amy Adams' Gucci Premiere gown was a dark sapphire blue -- almost black -- and of course, Lupita Nyong'o's sky blue, accordian-pleated Grecian Prada gown already is being referred to as "Nairobi blue" online. We expect to see a lot more Nairobi blue at night -- and day -- this spring.