(LOS ANGELES) — It was all about color on the Oscar red carpet Sunday night. The world’s biggest stars strutted in colors ranging from pale pinks and hot reds, to light silvers, greys and metallics and everything in between. Hollywood legend Jane Fonda went with canary yellow: the only look that could be seen from miles away.
Hairstyles were mostly in two categories: upswept, like Jennifer Lawrence and Amanda Seyfried, or down with a soft curl, like Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain. Bucking the trend with short locks were Halle Berry, Charlize Theron and Anne Hathaway. Those who went strapless mostly stayed away from necklaces, but the few who did adorn their swan-like necks went with a choker-style with the necklace part cascading down the back, the better to highlight the plunging backs on many dresses.
As for the guys, it was mostly standard tuxedos and bowties, with a few, like Channing Tatum and Dustin Hoffman, donning regular neckties. Daniel Day Lewis stood out, though, in a navy blue tux, as did Samuel L. Jackson, in a red velvet jacket and silver shirt.
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Here’s a closer look at who wore what:
One of the best-dressed of the night was Jennifer Lawrence in white Dior Couture. It was strapless with an enormous puffed-out bottom. She also wore diamond globe earrings and a ring you could see from space, as well as a very fine necklace that draped down her back. Her hair was upswept and perfect.
Jessica Chastain chose a Giorgio Armani Prive strapless gown in salmon metallic with sequin beaded pattern. It complimented her skin tone and hair, which was down in a soft wave. She wore big diamond hoops in her ears and a big bracelet, but no necklace. Her mother, who was her date, sported black Michael Kors and Harry Winston jewelry.
Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis walked the carpet like a pro in navy Giorgio Armani with a matching shawl. Her hair was up in pin curls, and she carried a purse that looked like a puppy.
Django Unchained star Kerry Washington wore a sleeveless Miu Miui gown with a hot red bottom and a bejeweled top, as well as a bow at the waist and a bit of a train: it was a little too much.
Jackie Weaver of Silver Linings Playbook was dripping in two million dollars’ worth of Steven Webster diamonds: dangling earrings, a rock of a ring, and giant bracelet.
Helen Hunt, nominated for The Sessions, wore a navy blue satin strapless by — believe it or not — H&M.
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Django Unchained‘s Cristoph Waltz wore a navy Prada tux, with a white shirt, bowtie and hornrim glasses. Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell also wore a Prada tux.
Ben Affleck wore a standard tux with vest and bowtie; he sported a mustache and beard. Hugh Jackman also wore a standard tux with bowtie; his wife Deborah also wore a tux, with a bustier underneath.
Robert De Niro wore a navy blue tuxedo; his hair looked uncombed.
George Clooney was in a tux with a bow tie and very full grey beard.
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