I have not included any after-party looks in this post. Many, if not most, celebrities changed outfits for the after-parties. To me, the outfits worn on an award show red carpet and party red carpet have different purposes and so should be discussed separately. If you're lucky I'll discuss them :)
There are two main new trends that showed up on this red carpet: sleek silhouettes and allover sparkle. Very few women are wearing those long dresses with the trains that make them look like they're being swallowed up by the red carpet. I'm thrilled by this change because I was getting tired of those dresses. Embellishments - aside from the allover sparkle - are more minimal on this red carpet than they've been in the last few years. Lace is still making an appearance in these dresses.
Colour-wise, most women wore black, whites and other neutrals, and anything in the blue, purple, and red spectrum. There are a few outliers and a couple of prints but most dresses are these. I like seeing colour on the red carpet; black is ok but it's kind of a fallback colour. Just as the little black dress is the go-to dress for most women, so is the black gown.
Jewelry was fairly understand except for earrings and either a necklace or bracelet/cuff. Hair tended to be shiny, wavy, and loose. A few women went for a modified bedhead look, as though they'd started out with nicer hair and then messed it up in the limo.
Warning: image-heavy post after the jump! The images are there so that they don't take up the entire page and so that anyone who doesn't want to look at them doesn't have to scroll through them.
|Sharon Stone in Dior|
Why does she have a fluffy animal up at the top of this dress? The skirt is so sad and limp - is it afraid of animals, maybe?
|Busy Philipps in Douglas Hannant|
The hip swag saves this mermaid dress from looking too bridal. But that swag together with the pleated bodice is a bit much. This isn't horrible.... it's just not great.
|Cheryl Hines in Johanna Johnson|
At first I thought there was nothing at all to this dress but when I looked more closely I saw the pleating over the hip and the train. I like it. I love her hair.
|Reese Witherspoon in Giorgio Armani Prive|
The dress is simple and lovely but paired with her pageant hair and pose makes her look like she's about to give her opinion on how she, as a presenter, can use her position to foster world peace.
|Anne Hathaway in Vivienne Westwood Couture|
On-stage look number three. She does sort of look like a cake topper but at least she's an attractive cake topper. I'm not in love with her hair but that necklace - oh, that's beautiful.
|Julia Ormond in Anne Barge|
This black lace over silver bridal gown fits her very well, and I sort of like how the smaller lace is used at the top and hem. Even though this silhouette works for her, I'm not loving it.
Next up: white, silver, and nude-coloured dresses:
|Erin Andrews in Kaufman Franco|
Whoooo.. sexy! She looks totally hot but not in a skanky way. The colour and style suit her and I love her cascading hair.
|Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein|
Beautiful. I'm completely in love with this look. I love that the metallic fabric is used for this simple column silhouette because it really showcases this lovely fabric. She looks like she's glowing.
|Nicole Kidman in Dior Couture|
Apparently this was one of the most talked-about dresses on the red carpet but it leaves me speechless. If she wants to look washed out and to wear panniers over her hips then who's going to stop her?
Next let's look at the navy, purple, and red dresses. These cool colours were most prevalent after blacks and white/nudes.
|Marisa Tomei in vintage Charles James|
The colour and silhouette are lovely, and I love her hair. She looks radiant. However, the dress doesn't fit her as well as it could: the bodice and hips are a bit too big and the waist is a bit too small.
|Shaun Robinson in Christiane King|
Oooh, what a gorgeous colour! The bodice flower looks amazing and balances out the minimalism of the rest of the dress. She looks effortlessly elegant and composed.
|Nancy O'Dell in Vera Wang|
This colour is stunning against her skin and hair and the dress itself is quite flattering. I think it would look better without that ridiculous train and if the dress weren't quite as long.
Finally, here's everything else - bronze, green, and prints. They don't fit into any other category but they deserve a mention, too.
1980's Madonna called and she wants her lace glove back. I'm all for gloves but mesh globes paired with a long black and grey print dress are less red carpet and more beachy fetish nighclub.
photo sourcess: NYTimes, stylebistro.com, hollywooddame.com, instyle.com, webparks.blogspot.com, jsonline.com, tomandlorenzo2.blogspot.com, dailymail.co.uk