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Oscar fashion: a subdued night on the red carpet

Pale gowns, understated jewelry and shimmering makeup combined for a ho-hum night of fashion at the 85th Academy Awards.

Chicago Tribune

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Oscar fashion shot from midnight dark (Sandra Bullock) to 1,000-watt bright (Jane Fonda) but lingered longest in the soft and shimmery range in between.

Peach, gray and white gowns added touches of sparkle to keep from receding against fair-skinned stars and the radiant red carpet. Jennifer Lawrence wore a strapless pale Dior Haute Couture gown whose biggest point of interest was a long necklace draping down the back. Anne Hathaway elevated an apron-front Prada gown with a diamond necklace and side cleavage, but it still seemed a bit plain.

Bucking the trend, for her first Oscar appearance in four years, Jennifer Aniston wore racy red. But her day-to-day hairstyle wasn’t up to speed with the ballgown style.

Sparkly jewelry was in short supply. And peachy lips were another notable beauty trend.

Us Weekly fashion director Sasha Charnin Morrison liked the dominant palette, “like breath mints,” as she described it. But, “as beautiful as it was,” she said, “I miss the Angelina (Jolie) leg of last year and the almost-nude Zuhair Murad gown on Jennifer Lopez. This year, fewer fashion risks were taken.”

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