Pale metallics, bold jewel tones dominate Oscars red carpet

Sun Mar 2, 2014 10:29pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shimmering metallics, bold jewel tones and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o led the style at this year's Oscars red carpet, as actresses shunned runway trends to showcase colors and silhouettes inspired by Hollywood's golden age.

All eyes were on the year's best-dressed starlet on the red carpet - best supporting actress Oscar winner Nyong'o.

The "12 Years a Slave" star from Kenya wore a custom halter-neck pastel blue Prada gown which she helped to design, saying it was inspired by champagne bubbles and a color that reminded her of Nairobi. She accessorized with Fred Leighton jewels, including a diamond headband. Nyong'o, 31, is the current face of Prada's sister line Miu Miu.

"We were inspired by her family heritage and old Hollywood. We choose a color that was subtle yet vibrant and a classic neckline representative of Elizabeth Taylor," Nyong'o's stylist Micaela Erlanger told Reuters.

Elsewhere, pale golds, grey and cream gowns added a touch of dazzle to the red carpet, with best actress nominee Cate Blanchett leading the way in a blush gold embellished Armani Prive dress.

Angelina Jolie opted for a grey sequined gown by Lebanese designer Elie Saab, while Naomi Watts wore a beaded white form-fitting Calvin Klein dress.

Jessica Biel donned a column Chanel gown beaded with pastel pink and blue sequins and Jennifer Garner picked a pale silver beaded flapper-style Oscar de la Renta dress.

Julie Delpy wore a shimmering silver Jenny Packham dress, while Kristen Chenoweth and Kristen Bell wore metallic beaded gowns by Roberto Cavalli. Bell chose an ice grey strapless dress by the designer, saying "I wanted something dramatic and ice princess-like because I'm here for 'Frozen.'"   Continued...

Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater, best adapted screenplay nominees for their film "Before Midnight" pose at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson