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Celebrities and their dazzling fashions did not disappoint

Fresh colors, feminine gowns and flounces galore on the women … and a red carnation instead of a bow tie on one guy?

It was another fun night to check out the fashions on the Oscar red carpet Sunday. No wonder. This year’s nominees are a stylish bunch. Several actresses were named red carpet winners at recent award shows – even before Oscar night. Alicia Vikander, Best Supporting Actress winner for her role in “The Danish Girl,” for one. Best Actress nominee for “Brooklyn” Saoirse Ronan, for another. And “Room” star and Best Actress favorite Brie Larson and “Joy” star and Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence.

The always-elegant Cate Blanchett did not disappoint with yet another unexpected look. Blanchett, the Best Actress nominee for “Carol” who wore a pale-pink cape dress to the Golden Globes, went with a pastel blue-green gown bursting with dimensional blooms.

Colors of the evening included more pastels (pale yellow, pink, lavender), brights (orange and purple), but it was the beautiful shades of blue and green that stood out.

Among the more memorable looks of the evening:

• Vikander wore a gorgeous, embellished pale-yellow strapless custom Louis Vuitton gown. So pretty and youthful – and something she could actually move in, with the flouncy bottom slightly shorter in front.

• Olivia Munn wore a one-shoulder orange gown that somehow did not clash with the red carpet.

• Larson’s cobalt-blue gown was made for swirling. Naomi Watts’ blue/purply gown appeared to have an iridescent quality to it.

• English actress Charlotte Rampling, Best Actress nominee for “45 Years” who is usually seen wearing black and more black, turned up in a two-tone, long-sleeved gown and sensible pumps.

• Slits have been a big trend on red carpets this awards show season, and actress Kerry Washington’s gown with white bottom and fitted black top offered a fresh twist on the trend.

• Presenter Charlize Theron, who called the Oscars “the best party in town,” went for a bright-red gown with train and a deep-V neckline. Very deep V.

• Actor Jared Leto punctuated his black tux with what appeared to be a red carnation in place of a bow tie. It matched the red piping of his jacket.

• Anticipation always surrounds what Lady Gaga will show up in on big nights, and her white, not-quite-a-gown ensemble had wide-leg pants under the long skirt.

Gowns we didn’t find too flattering: Actress Reese Witherspoon’s purple number didn’t seem to fit right. “The Hateful Eight’s” Jennifer Jason Leigh’s choice was not the most flattering color. And “Carol” actress Rooney Mara’s lacy gown with high leg slit and diamond-shaped cutout on her midriff didn’t quite work. Her bun was a little too tight, too.

Other notes and details:

• Interesting jewelry: Mismatched dangling earrings – one emerald, one white – on Ronan. Presenter Whoopi Goldberg had some major hand and wrist jewelry action going on. But sparkle was not reserved for jewelry. Larson’s colbalt-blue gown was cinched at the waist with a wide, bejeweled belt.

• The award for trickiest top has to go to presenter Olivia Wilde, whose pleated gown featured a plunging neckline and bare back.

• There were some lovely long hair-dos.

• “Room” actor Jacob Tremblay, 9, just looked so handsome – and proud – in his pint-sized Armani tuxedo.


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