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Black was the color of the night, but the mood was more celebratory than somber, as evidenced by the festive silver sequins and beading seen on stars including Jessica Chastain (in Armani Privé), Dakota Johnson (in Gucci), Saoirse Ronan (in Atelier Versace) and Michelle Williams (wearing Louis Vuitton)
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Stars had fun with the all-black mandate, choosing outfits with interesting details from all angles - just look at Nicole Kidman (in Givenchy Haute Couture), Alison Brie, Lily James (in Valentino Haute Couture) and Millie Bobby Brown (wearing Calvin Klein by Appointment).
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Stars including America Ferrera, Gal Gadot (in Tom Ford), Pamela Adlon (in Laura Basci Couture) and Michelle Pfeiffer (in Dior Haute Couture) were particularly well-suited to the powerful moment on the red carpet.
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It was unequivocally women's night to shine, and many stars took that mandate literally too, choosing fully sequined styles - as seen on Sarah Paulson (in Calvin Klein by Appointment), Kerry Washington (in Prabal Gurung), Maggie Gyllenhaal (in Monse) and Octavia Spencer (wearing Tadashi Shoji).
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Stars supported the movement from their head to their toes - literally. Kate Hudson, Rachel Brosnahan, Susan Sarandon and Christina Hendricks (in Jennifer Behr) tied their locks up in a bow.
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Jessica Chastain (in Piaget), Laura Dern and Alison Brie (both in Bulgari) all selected delicate timepieces to go with their black gowns - which, as Laura and Alison confirmed on Instagram, were picked to symbolize the Time's Up movement.
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And making a superhero statement in sweeping style: Diane Kruger (in Prada), Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren (in Zuhair Murad) and Issa Rae (in Atelier Prabal Gurung).
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As Emma Stone's makeup artist pointed out, emerald was a symbolic color for suffragettes - which may explain the precious green stone making an appearance on many stars including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Debra Messing and Issa Rae (all in Lorraine Schwartz).
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Naomi Campbell, Reese Witherspoon (in Zac Posen), Greta Gerwig (in Oscar de la Renta) and Rachel Brosnahan (in Vionnet) all made a striking impression in asymmetrical dresses.
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Alison Brie (right) said it best: pants were a favored pick of stars including Debra Messing (in Christian Siriano), Alexis Bledel (in Oscar de la Renta) and more, because “Tonight is about women wearing the pants so I chose to literally wear the pants."
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Kendall Jenner (in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture), Jamie Chung (in Ermanno Scervino) and Heidi Klum (in Ashi Studio) all picked looks that had legs.
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Whether just a touch on the lapel (as seen on Jude Law in Saint Laurent) or a fully-fabricated velvet jaccket (on James Franco in Salvatore Ferragamo, Aziz Ansari in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, and Neil Patrick Harris in Tom Ford), the luxe fabric was the tuxedo material of choice for men supporting the #timesup movement.
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Red lips are a classic pairing with a black dress, but they felt especially powerful tonight, especially when seen on women including Mandy Moore, Ashley Judd, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jessica Chastain and Claire Foy.
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Shailene Woodley (in Ralph Lauren Collection), Sally Hawkins (in Dior Haute Couture), Dakota Johnson (in Gucci) and Jamie Chung (in Ermanno Scervino) all knew that picking a stylish black gown would be a cinch.
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When you can have the best of both worlds - as Saoirse Ronan, Mary J. Blige (in Albertta Feretti) and Gillian Anderson know - why choose one sleeve length?
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Emma Stone (in Louis Vuitton), Penélope Cruz (in Ralph & Russo), Halle Berry (in Zuhair Murad) and Frankie Shaw (in J. Mendel) all selected dresses featuring the romantic fabric.