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Brad Goreski: The Oscars Dresses Didn't Thrill Me, But the Accessories Rocked

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Brad Goreski was kind enough to share his pre-Oscars gown picks with us (and in fact, his KaufmanFranco selection did make it to an afterparty!) and now that the dust has settled on the most A-listy red carpet of them all, we wanted to know how he felt about the night.

“Last night the carpet was so — there were some really beautiful moments, but it wasn’t as strong as the Golden Globes red carpet, in that no one took any fashion risks,” Goreski, who dressed Laura Dern, tells PEOPLE. “It’s the most glamorous night of the year and I didn’t feel like a lot of people went totally for it. I hope that next season there’s another return to the big dresses, the fantasy.”

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We recalled Goreski saying that his favorite red carpet moments are the accessories, though, so we asked him to name a few pieces or trends that really stood out to him. “With the gowns being so simple, a little more reserved, people really went for it with their shoes, their bags, definitely their jewelry,” he says, pointing to the megawatt diamonds seen on Jessica Biel, Charlize Theron and more.

Some of his favorites included (clockwise from top left) Jennifer Garner‘s “interesting, structured and heavily beaded clutch,” many stars in platform heels still, including Anna Kendrick (“girls love an extra bit of height!”), Naomi Watts‘s black-and-white Art Deco Bulgari clutch (“she’s always one of my favorites to watch”) and Lupita Nyong’o’s Fred Leighton diamond headband (“it’s the perfect use of jewelry, right amount of sparkle, cherry on the ice cream”).

Goreski, who is working with Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion body products (red carpet glow and all that), also pointed to a trend of stars wearing more custom shoes, clutches and jewels — not just gowns. “As a stylist you want to present your clients with the most special options, especially on the day of the Oscars,” he says. ” People reach out to ask if they can make a certain piece for someone. The more couture, the more special the experience, the more ‘wow factor.'”

What do you think of the red carpet trends? Were you more wowed by the accessories than the dresses?

–Alex Apatoff