Oscars 2013: Red Carpet Trends

11/07/2013 20:08 | Updated 22 May 2015

The main trend from the Oscars 2013? Classic Hollywood glamour. We saw full skirts, embellished bodices and there's no point in going shopping at Harry Winston in the next 24 hours because all of its jewels are adorning nominees.

Think Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn - there was nothing understated about most actresses on the red carpet.

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That's not to say the feminine styling was frou-frou - if anything these were women saying, "I'm a leading lady and you better sit up and cast me, like, now". The overall look? In control, strong and starry enough to fall in love with.

Using the power of the awards season dress - it's a different breed to other dresses - nominees competed for the limelight with the exception of 1) Helen Hunt, reportedly in H&M and 2) Anne Hathaway (whose nipples had other ideas).

So let's talk about palette. Broadly, this could described as bridal with Amy Adams opting for an Oscar De La Renta dove grey strapless, ruffled, full-skirted number, Octavia Spencer in frothy cream Tadashi Shoji and Jennifer Lawrence in embossed ivory Dior.

Amanda Seyfried wore for beaded silver Alexander McQueen, Charlize Theron stark white Dior Couture and Anne Hathaway in straight cut and simple pale pink Prada.

The overall look was fresh, spritely and thankfully - unlike the almost completely nude fishtail populated Golden Globes - there were differences in shade and cut.

In terms of bolder colours, there was red (Jennifer Aniston in not-wearing-black-halterneck-shocker), black (the ever-glorious Adele in sparkly Jenny Packham) and midnight blue (Salma Hayek looking wonderfully Elizabeth Taylor).

Also, Jessica Chastain was incredible in Armani Prive gold and Naomi Watts dazzling in silver.

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Were there any huge surprises? Not really. Anne Hathaway could have worn a much jazzier frock but then if you've won every gong going this season, do you really need bells and whistles? Probably not.

Equally, Helen Hunt's dress could have done with a good iron but given that this is a woman who has had an awards strewn, solidly brilliant career, do you think this was the biggest night of her calendar? Shouldn't think so.

All in all, a sartorially successful red carpet reinforcing this Spring/Summer is all about the pale palette.


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