Stars score fashion points with classic couture
"The stars know they are being judged on what they wear," says fashion stylist Lindsay Campbell. "A classic look lasts a lifetime while a high trend fashion piece will go down in history as a bad choice."
With that in mind, a pregnant Natalie Portman wore a simple, flowing Rodarte dress in a deep purple, disappointing fashion fans who were hoping for something more adventurous from her.
Portman's Black Swan co-star, Mila Kunis, was one of the fashion favourites on the night in a lacy, lilac Elie Saab gown, while presenter Cate Blanchett wowed in an unusual Givenchy haute couture dress with neon embellishment, which earned her serious points among fashion critics.
A number of stars - including Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock and the show's presenter Anne Hathaway - opted to match the carpet in striking red gowns, while shimmering pale neutrals were a strong trend for the second year in a row.
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Hilary Swank went for sequins and ostrich feathers on her Gucci gown while Halle Berry wore frothy Marchesa, Annette Bening donned a slinky, sparkling number by Naeem Khan, and 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld glowed in a ballerina-style dress she had helped to design.
"Fashion at the Oscars is a monster in itself," says Tessa Hartmann, the founder of the Scottish Fashion Awards. "So many careers feed off of that one platform; a look can make or break careers."