Elegance, color take Oscars for red carpet fashion

Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:01pm EST
 
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By Alexandria Sage

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With the Oscars days away, Hollywood is primping for its annual red-carpet fashion parade where stars like Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman are expected to dazzle fans in elegant gowns of bold colors.

What exactly they will wear on Sunday is one of the top secrets kept by the fashion world's elite designers, but one thing is certain: the stars' goal is to be fabulous.

Academy Awards fashion coordinator Patty Fox predicted this red carpet would be "the biggest fashion show on Earth." While that may be hype, designers, cosmetic makers, jewelers and others are courting the stars hoping to win global attention for their brands.

"Every woman, when they have this amazing moment on the red carpet, they want to have the best dress," said Juliana Cairone of Rare Vintage, a New York boutique frequented by actresses in search of glamorous, sophisticated looks from the past.

Cairone, who supplied the flowing Hermes gown worn by Angelina Jolie at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, predicted Grecian-inspired gowns, strapless and one-shoulder necklines, and sexy Bohemian looks for some of the younger nominees.

"We're not going to see anything flashy, we won't see anything racy," Cairone said. "I think we'll see very beautiful dresses. There will be a level of sophistication and elegance."

Bright yellow, cobalt and purple have been the colors of the catwalk this year, and they promise to turn heads on Oscar's red carpet. Supermodel Heidi Klum has pledged to wear a bright red Galliano dress to benefit a sweepstakes promoting awareness of women's heart disease.

Scarlet red was Kidman's choice last year, so this year the Australian actress will surely mix it up. Spanish star Cruz sported a cascading ruffled train on her blush-colored Versace in 2007. Maybe this year she'll opt for a more vivid shade?   Continued...

 
<p>Actress Nicole Kidman arrives at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2007. With the Oscars days away, Hollywood is primping for its annual red carpet fashion parade where stars like Penelope Cruz and Kidman are expected to dazzle fans in elegant gowns of bold colors. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>