The 81st Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet Style

Last night, the 81st Annual Academy Awards brought all the stars to L.A. Before Hugh Jackman assumed his hosting duties & before awards were conferred, the spotlight was on the red carpet arrivals.

Although I’m pretty sure Reese Witherspoon & Queen Latifah were wearing the same one-shoulder dress during the telecast, generally, the dress picks varied. Strapless gowns are the norm, but there was no dominant color or silhouette among the Oscars dresses. There were, however, a few notable trends:

• • Ballgown • •
Best Supporting Actress winner Penelope Cruz looked glamorous in this very detailed, vintage Balmain gown. 2008’s Best Actress winner, Marion Cotillard, wore a sheer, blue-black tulle gown from Dior Haute Couture’s Fall 2008 Collection. In what was probably my favorite look of the evening, Sarah Jessica Parker looked like a pretty princess in her belted, pale mint, Dior Haute Couture gown.

• • Fishtail • •

Best Supporting Actress nominee Taraji P. Henson looked great in this cream, tiered, Roberto Cavalli gown & vintage Fred Leighton necklace. Diane Lane wore a slightly ruched, black Dolce & Gabbana dress with a mermaid/fishtail hemline.

Vanessa Hudgens wore a gorgeous Marchesa fishtail gown with floral appliqué. Melissa George was flawless in a white, corseted, Dolce & Gabanna dress. Beyoncé, who performed at the Oscars, arrived in a black, House of Dereon Couture dress with gold-metallic floral print.

• • Simply Strapless • •

Evan Rachel Wood wore a pale champagne Elie Saab dress with a a criss-cross bodice. Alicia Keys debuted a new look on the Oscars red carpet. Her auburn tresses & lilac Armani Privé gown, brought some color to the red carpet. Best Actress nominee, Anne Hathaway, sparkled in a champagne-colored Armani Privé Spring 2009 gown, complete with clear paillettes & rhinestones.

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