Stars take fashion risks at amped up Oscars

Mon Mar 8, 2010 12:22am EST
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By Sue Zeidler

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood amped up the lights and colors at the Oscars on Sunday as leading ladies like Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz and Zoe Saldana donned shimmering metallic gowns to celebrate the big night.

The red carpet had less of the restrained elegance of other awards shows this season, and more edgier -- and sometimes shocking -- choices.

"We saw a heightening of the glamour we've seen all awards season. For the Oscars, we saw actors pull out all the stops, taking hair, jewels and make-up to the next level," said Melissa Liebling-Goldberg of People Magazine's

Style experts said stars took more risks, such as Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore a pale yellow Chanel, 1960s-inspired gown in silk charmeuse with exposed shoulders.

But some attempts misfired as in the case of Charlize Theron's light purple gown with ruching detail on the bodice reminiscent of a torpedo brassiere.

"People have held back, but now they want to have fun and want to escape," said Lawrence Zarian, TV Guide fashion expert, but he said some went too far.

"A lot of celebrities missed the mark," he said noting Theron looked like she had two hands holding her breasts.

Zarian also gave a thumbs down to Maggie Gyllenhaal's Dries Van Noten strapless blue and black patterned gown.   Continued...

<p>Actress Zoe Saldana of the film "Avatar" arrives on the red carpet at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>