The 87th Academy Awards

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Is there any Hollywood event more exciting than the Oscars? Capping off an impressive awards season, the 87th Academy Awards saw waves of stars in twinkling gowns full of unique embellishments in predominantly neutral colors like pearly grey, soft taupe, and blushing nude. Occasional pops of red, black, and white broke the pattern as did a few other surprises. Take a look at these memorable Oscar styles, then click on the links to shop through celebrity and trend profiles!

SHADES OF GREY

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Laura Dern: Reminiscent of modern day armor, this completely embellished gunmetal gown from Alberta Ferretti commands attention and flatters the “Wild” actress's long and lean figure. The soft blowout and coordinating accessories compliment the styling, though the necklace is one note too many on this already heavily decorated piece.

Naomi Watts: Could her Armani dress have been any cooler?! The unique light-catching textile was cut into a sleek, modern design complete with a black bandeau element at the bust for a hint of sporty cool. A wavy lob, dark plum lip, and black accessories rounded out this excellent offering.

Reese Witherspoon: In the iciest tone of light grey, the Best Actress nominee stunned in sleek Tom Ford. The minimal approach highlighted Reese's hourglass figure and classic good looks while the sharp black banding lent a modern, yet still classic voice to this dress. Softly waved, center parted hair, subtle makeup, and a few diamond baubles finished of yet another well executed style.

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Felicity Jones: The first time Oscar nominee donned a custom Alexander McQueen featuring a pearl embellished bodice with a modified tribal-esque halter top which lead into a dramatic gathered skirt. The petite actress seems a tad overwhelmed by the voluminous design though the piece is striking and looks lovely against her creamy complexion and dark, swept up hair.

Anna Faris – Every inch the modern princess, the comedienne made us swoon in her Zuhair Murad strapless gown complete with metallic belt and warm platinum blowout. Simple accessories and a smoky eye helped to balance the sweet nature of this glittering confection.

Viola Davis – The light taupe color sings against the gifted actress's dark skin but frankly, this Zac Posen gown doesn't seem suited for someone with her strong personality and generally contemporary approach to red carpet dressing. The design seems to hide her muscular physique while the necklace is too long for that high off-the-shoulder neckline. Her makeup, however, is gorgeous and contrasts nicely against the hue of the dress.

NAVY IS THE NEW BLACK

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Rita Ora – We can always rely on the British singer to bring some drama to any red carpet. Her fearless choices have led her to experiment with a variety of different styles though on this occasion, Rita opted for elegant Marchesa. Gold embellishments at the bust were lovely notes on this opulent dress featuring a mermaid hemline. Her newly cropped platinum cut was slicked to the side while classic makeup completed her look.

Sienna Miller – Another British beauty walked the red carpet last night, this time in Oscar de la Renta. The beautiful lacy texture and expertly placed black bows yielded a look that was glamorously prim. Sienna's up-do, smoky eye, and elegant posture were all she needed to finish her styling.

Jamie Chung – With her movie being nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, the actress and style blogger selected Yanina Couture for her Oscars debut. The classic fit-and-flare cut rang as timelessly elegant while the nude underlay and shimmering starburst embroidery brought it into the modern era. Soft waves and beautiful makeup refined this newbie's excellent first Oscar outing!

Jessica Chastain – Redheads have the unfair advantage of unintentionally enhancing a look with their strikingly colored tresses, and so it goes with the “Zero Dark Thirty” screen siren in this curve hugging Givenchy. A sparkling bodice was framed by a scooped neckline and nearly off-the-shoulder cut for a unique combination of structure and fluidity. Enviable coloring and curves aside, this dress appears to add bulk where it isn't welcome and might have benefitted from a simpler bust-line. Shimmering brown eye makeup and a breathtaking diamond collar completed the somewhat underwhelming look.

RED AHEAD

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Sophie Hunter – Newlywed Sophie came to support her Best Actor nominated husband, Benedict Cumberbatch and brilliantly dressed her baby bump in rich, red Lanvin. The one shoulder construction skimmed over her body and featured gold safety-pin-like details at the shoulder and sides for an unexpectedly risque touch! The thigh high slit and subtle flashes of skin were enough to make any fashion lover's heart flutter but then she went and picked the perfect linear drop earrings to compliment her stellar offering. Did we mention the equally perfect gold sandals, clutch, & cuff? And her beautifully retro styled hair? Or her gorgeous red lip? We seriously can't get enough!

Rosamund Pike – After an awards season of predominantly black or white looks, the English rose finally donned a lacy, strapless Givenchy number that truly swept us away. The feminine scalloped neckline was balanced by the thigh high front slit letting the “Gone Girl” actress show off one of her favorite features. Simple ankle strap heels, clean makeup, and a classic bun elevated this look to award show pro status.

Behati Prinsloo РThe Victoria's Secret Angel came on the arm of her handsome husband, Maroon 5's Adam Levine. Wowing in Armani Priv̩, the lanky model showed off some superior accessorizing skills with her dark, glittering, bead necklace and coordinating dark studs. The unique red flecked tulle textile provided a new way to wear this award show favorite color and we couldn't be more thankful for Behati bringing it to our attention.

Dakota Johnson – Resplendent in Saint Laurent, the daughter of Hollywood royalty and new household name after her “50 Shades of Grey” movie was released earlier this month, the young actress looked lovely and fresh. A modern peaked neckline and silvery detailing at the shoulder of this form fitting piece felt effortless and modern as did her expertly coiffed ponytail.

RIGHT IN WHITE

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Marion Cotillard – Being the house's muse, is it any surprise that the French actress wore Dior Haute Couture on Oscar night? In a white circular eyelet fabric whipped into a unique piece complete with a banded cascading back, Marion oozed contemporary quirky glamour. Her side swept hair, interesting curvilinear earrings, and matching black clutch made for ideal finishing touches.

Jenna Dewan Tatum – Channing Tatum's better half donned a crisp white Zuhair Murad piece which sported a plunging neckline, metallic belt defining her tiny waist, and glitzy embroidery. A coral lip, breathtaking diamond earrings, and a metallic clutch provided the final flourishes.

Lady Gaga – Aglow from her recent engagement and present to perform a medley from “The Sound of Music” in honor of its 50th anniversary, Gaga went glam in custom Alaïa. The structured bodice and shimmering mosaic like fabric were striking elements on a surprisingly subdued dress for the singer who tends toward more costume like clothing. Nutty red gloves and a coordinating hair ornament ensured that the strangeness we little monsters love showed through.

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Lupita Nyong'o – The Oscar winning actress took our breath away in this custom Calvin Klein by Francisco Costa dress completely encrusted in pearls. The texture and luminescent quality of the embellishment was heavenly against Lupita's dark skin. Her drop earrings and, as always, skillfully done makeup couldn't have resulted in a more superb look.

Nicole Kidman – The Aussie actress certainly takes risks every now and again but this Louis Vuitton strapless column dress just missed the mark. The silhouette is classic and highlights her statuesque figure but her pale skin against the iridescent sequin covered white dress, which reads more like a peculiar yellowish color, clashes terribly. The strange additions of the box clutch and silver ankle strap heels didn't help matters though the red band at the waist was indeed a welcome and pleasant touch. Final say – Fine dress but needs a different fabric.

Julianne Moore – Another example of a red headed beauty increasing the impact of her dress by virtue of her coloring was Julianne in custom Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld. The paler the complexion the harder it is to wear white, however the winner for Best Actress floored us with the streamlined design of her sequined gown punctuated by black centered rosettes at the neckline, hips, and hem. Her beautiful warm smoky eye, berry lip, constellation-like earrings, and lovely swept back hair rounded out one of the actress's best looks to date!

BLACK IS BACK

Screen shot 2015-02-23 at 10.47.07 AMCate Blanchett – As a presenter, the Aussie actress opted for a quieter look courtesy of John Galliano for Maison Margiela. With subtle frayed detailing at the edges and a large cutout at back, the fitted gown showed off Cate's lean figure and provided an ideal canvas for bold accessories liker her Tiffany & Co. turquoise bib. We can't deny that she looks beautiful but even though she wasn't nominated for an Oscar this year, this dress needed more. Good but not great.

Patricia Arquette – With a draped one shoulder bodice and fitted black skirt, this two-tone dress from Rosetta Getty did nothing but favors for the Best Supporting Actress winner. Her shorter stature was elongated via the asymmetrical design and the fit was on point. A knee high slit, strappy black heels, matching box clutch, simple up-do, and bright coral lip  completed her classic look.

Meryl Streep – Never one to shy away from a good belt, the winningest of actresses opted for a belted Lanvin look made complete with a structured jacket and sparkling chandelier earrings. The ensemble certainly seems to be within her wheelhouse but there's no pizzazz here. We wonder what this might have looked like without the jacket…

Margot Robbie – The Aussie stunner had a serious 70's moment last night that we're sure made Rachel Zoe's heart melt. Her Saint Laurent gown had a retro sort of ease to it with its sheer sleeves and plunging draped neckline which formed a fitting backdrop for a jaw-dropping, sapphire tassel necklace. A sleek lob, lined eyes, and punchy matte red pout consummated this daring look.

BLUSHING NUDES

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Oprah Winfrey – In what might be described as the frothiest latte color you could imagine, the talk show host and “Selma” actress amazed us in Vera Wang. Flattering panelling, gathering, and draping led to an incredible piece which owned an enduring elegance that we'll be remembering for a while. Divine.

Jennifer Lopez – Considering she was merely presenting, the multi talented Ms. Lopez opted for a striking gown in a light caramel color by Zuhair Murad. On principle, we're irritated with the fact that this is not the occasion to be showing off that gratuitous amount of cleavage; a standard the singer/actress ignored. On the bright side, the dress is indeed beautiful though perhaps a smidgen too close to the wearer's skin tone.

Keira Knightley – It took her long enough but it appears that the British actress finally figured out how to dress that baby bump. In a floral and quote embroidered Valentino confection, Keira looked lovely in a charming woodland nymph inspired dress with an empire silhouette. Soft waves, a sparkling hair ornament, and natural makeup finished her excellent styling.

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Jennifer Aniston – Somewhat reminiscent of Jessica Chastain's Armani Prive 2013 Oscars dress, the “Cake” actress donned a gorgeous sculpted bustier gown from Versace. Curved seams wrapped around her body creating a languid effect while the fully beaded treatment made it just glitzy enough for the red carpet. Now, if she would kindly sweep her hair into a low bun we'd be even happier.

Zoe Saldana – Her new mommy glow was on full display last night as the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star showed off her curves in a custom Atelier Versace dress. Cleverly draped and fitted in all the right places, this piece suited the actress to a T showing off her olive skin while framing her beautiful diamond necklace. Zoe's curly hair was swept back into a low chignon with a few bouncing tendrils softening her pretty-as-a-picture look.

Kerry Washington – With a fitted peplum bodice and beaded skirt, the actress selected Miu Miu for the evening but unfortunately fell a little short for us. The warm creamy color looked lovely against her darker skin but the skirt felt a tad matronly while the bodice didn't have enough visible embroidery to elevate the look. Nice but a little ho hum… She had a magnificent makeup job though.

WARMING EFFECT

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Gwyneth Paltrow – We couldn't help but be a little torn upon seeing the consciously uncoupled star in this powder pink Ralph & Russo gown. We certainly approve of the color as it plays up her tan but that massive shoulder rosette would have been better served by a soft up-do and significantly smaller earrings. Her dark makeup also didn't seem like the right fit for this surprising choice. Perhaps with a few tweaks this could've been a serious wow moment alas, this remains a prime example of how styling can rob a dress's potential.

Anna Kendrick – We loved the unexpected color choice but boy, oh, boy was this custom Thakoon halter neck dress a letdown. The teeny actress often goes the ladylike route which suits her well but this offering was a bit of a snooze fest, reminding us of the prom dresses of yesteryear. The hair wasn't a great success either but since there's a lot of room for improvement, she can't go elsewhere but up…

Jennifer Hudson – Sunny and bright in a streamlined Romona Keveza strapless gown, the singer and actress who won previously for her role in “Dreamgirls” looked cool and comfortable. The thin waist defining gold belt, green chandelier earrings, coral lip, and playful pixie cut capped off a wonderful display of red carpet style.

Emma Stone – Probably our favorite of the night, Emma shut it down in Elia Saab Haute Couture. The deep yellow gold embellishments on this backless gown looked magnificent against the radiant actress's peachy skin tone and provided a unique contrast against her red waves, which were pinned up on this occasion. Matching ankle strap peep-toes and a refreshing coral lip made for a superlative award season finale outing. Bravo!

COOL DOWN

Screen shot 2015-02-23 at 11.16.38 AMScarlett Johansson – Undoubtedly the most daring look of the night goes to the new mom in her emerald green Versace gown. A plunging neckline was balanced by a glittering neck piece in varying shades of green bringing all the attention to the petite actress's tiny waist. Angular panelling throughout added subtle structure to this revealing dress while Scarlett's newly side shaved 'do and mismatched ear cuffs lent a truly modern voice to this head turning piece. Brilliant.

Chrissy Teigen – Dutifully clinging to her husband's side as he was nominated for Best Original Song, Chrissy looked otherworldly in this baby blue Zuhair Murad dress which featured a beaded bodice, plunging neckline, thigh high slit, and whimsical metallic belt. Her cascading waves, dark cherry pout, and fabulous chandelier earrings were the perfect accompaniments to this off-the-runway look.

Octavia Spencer – With a talent for both comedy and drama, Ms. Spencer looked equal parts relaxed and splendid in a sea-foam tinted off-the-shoulder Tadashi Shoji frock. The embroidered train and opulent matching earrings were lovely notes, however we might have lightened up on the gathering at the bust and sleeves so that it wouldn't compete with the skirt so much. We also wish her makeup had been a bit lighter; perhaps a hint of blush to sweeten the overall effect. Otherwise, not too shabby.

And there you have it – Awards Season is over and done with so we'll be returning to our regularly scheduled programming soon!

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