Fashion razzle dazzle is back on Oscar red carpet

Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:46pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The women of Hollywood returned to razzle dazzle with an array of strong colors and sparkling gowns on Oscar's red carpet on Sunday, in contrast to more somber ensembles that were in vogue the past few years.

The bright fashion choices turned the tide from more muted and conservative styles of recent years that reflected the world's economic woes. Indeed, Hollywood seemed jubilant when arriving for the world's top film honors.

Among the ladies in red were Oscar co-host Anne Hathaway in a Valentino dress with volume in the back, Sandra Bullock in a strapless Vera Wang and young best-actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence in a minimalist Calvin Klein.

"It's simple and beautiful," said Lawrence of her gown.

"Oscar gowns have gone so far away from the classic gowns with those plunging necklines," said InStyle magazine's fashion director Hal Rubenstein. "This year so much is about cut and shape and really strong color."

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, appearing on the arm of husband and best actor nominee Javier Bardem, wore a figure-hugging, sparkling red gown after giving birth to her first child only a month ago. Jennifer Hudson went even brighter, amping up with a tangerine Versace halter dress.

Stylist Quela Renee said the form-fitting gowns were very "Hollywood glamour." "It was back to the '60s, very 'I Am Woman,'" said Renee, citing such actresses as Cate Blanchett, Scarlet Johansson and Anne Hathaway as examples.

There were also several shades of purple, like the aubergine Rodarte on a pregnant Natalie Portman, a best actress nominee. Her "Black Swan" co-star Mila Kunis chose a wispy lavender Elie Saab.   Continued...

<p>Combination photo of actors Anne Hathaway (L-R), Jennifer Lawrence and Sandra Bullock arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Staff</p>