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(in Fred Leighton for Forevermark), (in Cartier) and Busy Philipps accessorized from head to toe – literally – topping off their looks with the sparkling, strand-smoothing accessory.
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How to stand out in a sea of blacks, blues and neutrals? Wear a sunny shade, like Paula Patton (in Monique Lhuillier), Maria Menounos (in Blumarine) and Mireille Enos (in Naeem Khan).
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Piper Perabo (wearing Theyskens’ Theory), Jenna Dewan (in Maria Lucia Hohan) and (in Elie Saab) found a way to show off their stems even in full-length frocks, choosing gowns with translucent skirts.
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Vera Wang stunner, Freida Pinto’s Prada ball gown, Bérénice Bejo’s gathered dress and Kelly Osbourne’s Zac Posen number were elegant takes on this deep, saturated green-blue shade.
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Whether all over the skirt (as in Dianna Agron’s red dress), just at the hem (like Julianne Moore’s mermaid gown) or from top to bottom (à la Amanda Peet’s frilly number), actresses brought a touch of hippie chic to the red carpet.
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The barely there shade was present on many nominees and presenters, but these classic takes on the tricky hue were among our favorites: Kristin Wiig’s plunging halter, Julie Bowen’s girly Reem Acra confection, minimalist Calvin Klein Collection dress and beaded Roberto Cavalli gown.
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BLACK AND WHITE
Packing a powerfully graphic punch, the gowns of Claire Danes (in J. Mendel), Kate Winslet (in Jenny Packham) and Shaun Robinson were standouts thanks to their bold, modern look.
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fuchsia Oscar de la Renta, Helen Mirren’s navy number, elaborate emerald Reem Acra and Mary J. Blige’s feathered Michael Kors were all prime examples of the fact that fun with fashion doesn’t end after 40.
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Debra Messing and (both in Monique Lhuillier) and (in Dior Haute Couture) radiated Old Hollywood elegance in their carefully gathered gowns.