Oscar Fashion Preview 2005

Expect classic elegance and a little bling

Old Hollywood glamour will be making a comeback for the 77th Annual Academy Awards. Skin is no longer "in," at least not in that sexy in-your-face way. Instead, look for ultrafeminine and classic style to dominate the award show.

It all began with understated elegance at the Golden Globes, where Jennifer Garner wore vintage Valentino and Charlize Theron wore Christian Dior. Since a number of period films were nominated for both the Globes and the Oscars, there is no doubt that the sophistication of bygone eras will be played out on the red carpet as well. "Think Grace Kelly, think Audrey Hepburn," says celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch. "It's all about looking glamorous and ladylike, looking like a movie star."

 

Bling It On

But for those who look forward to seeing eye-popping looks, don't despair. Jewelry and shoes are expected to be "blingier" than ever. After all, Star Jones (Reynolds) did show up at the Globes sporting a 54-karat '- that's right, 54-karat '- $7 million diamond brooch from Chopard. According to a recent report in Women's Wear Daily, century-old jeweler Kwiat has formally teamed up with Lisa Michelle Boyd, stylist to Charlize Theron, to design a red carpet collection that will make its debut in time for the Oscars. Harry Winston and Fred Leighton will also be sure to adorn the necks, ears and wrists of some of Hollywood's biggest stars. A few designers are even creating one-of-a-kind diamond wraps for some of the A-list celebrities.

 

Fade to... Brown

Brown isn't just for UPS drivers anymore. All shades of chocolate are being touted as the "new black," and these warm tones make an excellent background for all the modern metallic accessories that are on every fashionista's must-have list right now. We caught a glimpse of it at the Golden Globes. Hilary Swank looked like a goddess in her bronze Calvin Klein gown, and Kate Hudson wowed us as usual in her coffee-colored Atelier Versace strapless gown.

 

White Hot

White was right at the Golden Globes, and it will also be represented at the Academy Awards. While Natalie Portman's bohemian ensemble at the Globes seemed a little too big and flouncy for her, she was on target by choosing white. This is not in any way drab, ingenue, little-girl white; we're talking alluring, radiant, luminous white. Uma Thurman, Emmy Rossum and Naomi Watts all looked stunning in their white gowns. This new trend lends itself to the flowing feminine styles that we'll be seeing more of this year.

 

Dedicated to the One... Who Pays Me

Some stars no doubt stick with one designer because they consider themselves a "muse," or because they simply prefer the style and fit of a particular line. Renée Zellweger, for example, can usually be counted on to wear Carolina Herrera. But there's another group of starlets that represent certain designers at major events because they're being paid to do so. Hilary Swank is the face of Calvin Klein, Nicole Kidman is now featured in the dramatic Chanel No. 5 ads and Charlize Theron can be seen in the "J'Adore Dior" campaign. While these stars don't always wear the masterpieces of their "employers," there's usually pressure to represent at major press happenings such as the Oscars.

 

Red Carpet Trends to Look For

  • Jeweled clutch bags and shoes
  • Vintage, golden-era-Hollywood gowns '- column dresses and full-skirted looks
  • Bohemian chic
  • Silk chiffon in soft colors
  • Metallics and browns
  • Fishtail hems
  • Draping and ruching
  • Dazzling diamonds
  • Long and loosely curled hair, soft updos
  • White
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