Oscar glitzy gala goes technicolour


LOS ANGELES: Lady Gaga sported the Tiffany Diamond around her neck and Glenn Close wore 40 pounds of gold dress to the Oscars. Charlize Theron rocked a bob in transformative dark brown and Jennifer Lopez was fit for battle in a head-to-toe mirror mosaic on a mighty silver dress.

Hollywood’s Fashion show on Sunday in Los Angeles went technicolour and soft, ruffly and classic. It showed off pink and red, white and black, all in plenty of tulle, chiffon, crepe and velvet.

Theron donned Dior in dusty periwinkle, a color called “unexpected” by People’s style and beauty director, Andrea Lavinthal. Regina King “looked so elegant in her perfectly-tailor white gown” by Oscar de la Renta, and Lopez took Lavinthal’s best-dressed spot.

Some highlights as the awards season comes to a close:


Her platinum locks were high in a side-swept updo. Her Alexander McQueen gown had an Old Hollywood feel, with long gloves to match. But it was the hefty yellow bauble around her neck that stole her look.

Weighing in at 128.54 carats, the 142-year-old diamond from a South Africa mine is one of the world’s largest yellow diamonds and rarely worn. In fact, it was only the third time it has been worn and the first time it has appeared at a major award ceremony and on a red carpet.

“From Lady Gaga debuting Tiffany’s most precious diamond to Charlize Theron dripping herself in Bulgari earrings, necklaces and bracelets, bling is most certainly back,” said Joyann King, executive digital editor for Harper’s Bazaar.

Gaga’s diamond was previously worn in 1957 and by Audrey Hepburn in 1961 publicity photos for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Gaga was more Old Hollywood than her usual shock-flash.

“She really toned down the theatrics during award season but not at the expense of her style,” said Channing Hargrove, a Fashion news writer for the millennial-focused site Refinery29.com.


It came in a variety of shades, from a honeysuckle pink lace gown by Jenny Packham worn by declutter guru Marie Kondo (she has a Netflix series) to the tiered confection donned by Kacey Musgraves, by Giambattista Valli Couture.

King said Gemma Chan’s voluminous bright pink Valentino Couture dress with a high ruffle neck “stole every Fashion editor’s heart.” And, bonus, it had pockets.

But Avril Graham, executive Fashion and beauty editor for Harper’s, said Chan’s large and loose dress proved that hugging every curve “does not always a successful Oscar red carpet gown make.”

King said Musgraves’ gown “may have had one too many ruffles to be taken seriously for years to come.”

Julia Roberts wore bright pink to present the best picture award.

Overall, major pink gowns, including Angela Bassett in custom Reem Acra, were showstoppers.


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