LOS ANGELES – Hollywood’s A-list stars flaunted gold and silver gowns on the Oscar red carpet on Sunday, doused with a generous helping of diamonds, feathers, sequins and symbolic blue ribbons on the world’s most cinematic runway. Emma Stone, nominated for best actress in “La La Land”sparkled in a 1920s inspired gold fringed Givenchy gown, as”Hidden Figures” supporting actress contender Octavia Spencer opted for a silvery Marchesa adorned with a flounce of feathers.

Emma Stone. Photo: Reuters

Resembling a real-life – though much more chic – Oscar award, actress Jessica Biel sported a shimmering gold-copper Kaufman Franco beaded gown accessorized with a bold African-inspired necklace from Tiffany’s.

Jessica Biel. Photo: AFP

“I call it perfection!” piped in husband Justin Timberlake, wearing Tom Ford. “Lion” supporting actor nominee Dev Patel and television host Ryan Seacrest shared fashion warnings about the dangers of wearing white tuxedos jackets on a red carpet filled with women in red lipstick as Dakota Johnson floated by in a flowing gold Gucci.


Isabelle Huppert, nominated for best actress for “Elle”showed her typically refined style in a long-sleeved silver Armani Prive gown, while Ruth Negga, also nominated in the same category for “Loving,” chose a lacy Valentino in the fashion house’s signature vibrant red. 

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Best supporting actress nominee Nicole Kidman also went for Armani – a halter-neck nude gown with intricate silvery and kaleidoscope beading, her hair swept up and her lips bright red.

Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban. Photo: Reuters 

“Rogue One” star Felicity Jones, a nominee two years ago for the Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything,” earned mixed reviews for her gauzy pale Dior ballerina gown that recalled a Degas painting of dancers at the barre.

Also very much on trend: Models Karlie Kloss, in a caped white Stella McCartney gown, and Chrissy Teigen in a revealing Zuhair Murad frock, along with actress Hailee Steinfeld in a sheer floral Ralph + Russo gown.

Janelle Monae, who featured in both “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures,” went for a major fashion moment. Her daring black Elie Saab gown featured a bodice with strategically placed embroidery – reminiscent of Halle Berry’s sheer burgundy Oscars dress, also from Elie Saab – and a massive Marie Antoinette skirt. A golden headband completed the look. – 

A version of this article appeared on AsiaOne.