Lifestyle Style 9 Trends That Ruled the Red Carpet From glittering headbands to shockingly sheer skirts, these styles made an encore throughout the evening By Alex Apatoff Alex Apatoff Instagram Twitter Alex Apatoff is the Executive Editor of PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for more than a decade, holding various roles on the Style and Beauty team before becoming the site's Lifestyle Director to coordinate the work across the commerce, evergreen, features and marketing teams. Prior to her role at PEOPLE, Alex worked at Us Weekly (where, among other things, she oversaw the Fashion Police pages) and graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelors in Journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 16, 2012 02:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 09 GLITTERING HEADBANDS Jason Merritt/Getty (2); Carlos Diaz/INF (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. 02 of 09 BRIGHT YELLOW Jeff Vespa/WireImage; Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa; Steve Granitz/Wireimage 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). 03 of 09 LEG-REVEALING GOWNS Frazer Harrison/Getty; Jon Kopaloff/Filmmagic; Juan Rico/FameFlynet 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. 04 of 09 PEACOCK BLUE Hubert Boesl/Landov; Jim Ruymen/Landov; Juan Rico/FameFlynet (2) 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. 05 of 09 TIERS Tammie Arroyo/AFF-USA; Sara DeBoer/Startraks (2) 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. 06 of 09 BLUSH Jason Merritt/Getty; DeBoer/Startraks; Steve Granitz/Wireimage; Marcocchi/Sipa 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. 07 of 09 BLACK AND WHITE Lionel Hahn/Abaca; Vince Bucci/NBC/AP; Jason Merritt/Getty 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. 08 of 09 FROU-FROU SKIRTS Granitz/Wireimage; Hahn/Abaca; Rico/FameFlynet; Arroyo/AFF-USA 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. 09 of 09 GATHERED DRAPING Jason Merritt/Getty; Steve Granitz/Wireimage; David Fisher/Rex USA Debra Messing and (both in Monique Lhuillier) and (in Dior Haute Couture) radiated Old Hollywood elegance in their carefully gathered gowns.