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Linda Miller Modified: May 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm •  Published: February 24, 2008
Actress Katherine Heigl on the red carpet for 2008 Academy Awards
Actress Katherine Heigl on the red carpet for 2008 Academy Awards

Katherine Heigl … looking red carpet worthy.

As I watched the red carpet coverage leading up to the Academy Awards show, trend expert Leon Hall’s words raced through my mind.

If a woman wants to stand out in a sea of black tuxedos, she should wear red, he once told me.

And so it went on the redder-than-usual red carpet. Two stand-outs were Heidi Klum in John Galliano and Katherine Heigl in a one-shoulder gown that showed off her curves. Others in red included Anne Hathaway, Miley Cyrus, Ruby Dee and Helen Mirren. Hathaway’s gown feaured rosette detail and Mirren’s sleeves sparkled with silver beads or crystals.

Ahh, it’s all in the details.

Regal red shared the spotlight with purple, the color of choice by Cate Blanchett and Jessica Alba, both of whom are pregnant. John Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, was in a strapless yellow/orange gown by Roberto Cavalli and Amy Adams donned a deep green strapelss satin gown by Proenza Schouler.

Others in strapless included Jennifer Garner, whose black mermaid-style gown featured eye-catching detail at the hem, and Laura Linney in dark blue. How do you make dark gowns stand out? A lot of sparkle at the neck.

Other trends included a few feathers (these were all over the runways for fall 2008) and one-shoulder, a look that continues to be popular for the red carpet. and on the runway. Hilary Swank in a one-shoulder black Versace with detail at the bodice and shoulder looked stunning.

While almost everyone looked red carpet worthy, there wasn’t much to go and on about either. Safe is the word that comes to mind. After a long writers’ strike and the anticipation of the granddaddy of all awards shows, I just expected more sizzle and less understated.

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