Lupita Nyong'o's ice blue or JLaw's bright red?

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 3, 2014 at 1:04 am •  Published: March 3, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — That's a wrap, Lupita Nyong'o, but may all the best dresses keep coming your way.

With a supporting actress Oscar now in her possession, a tearful Nyong'o concluded a red-carpet season Sunday night as a fashion darling for sexy silhouettes and colors that wow.

She didn't disappoint at the 86th Academy Awards, wearing a pale blue Prada goddess gown and a sparkly gold-and-diamond headband from Fred Leighton.

Nor did Jennifer Lawrence in a $2 million, 100-carat diamond necklace from Neil Lane to accent her girl-on-fire orange-red strapless dress from Dior. On Cate Blanchett's ears were 33 carats of opal in a huge drop design that did justice to her beaded Armani gown in a light tan color.

Blanchett's heavily embellished gown sparkled under the lights at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles when she collected her Oscar for best actress in "Blue Jasmine."

While she's not under contract by Giorgio Armani, Blanchett does favor the house. "Armani has made donations to the theater that she and her husband run in Sydney, so she's very loyal to him," said Hal Rubenstein, editor at large of InStyle magazine.

Muted colors, like those worn by Blanchett and Nyong'o's ice blue, were one of the night's big trends, said Estee Stanley, a stylist who worked with Portia de Rossi, in a regal Naeem Khan halter with beads and lace, and Jessica Biel, dressed in a metallic sparkler from Chanel dripped with diamond jewelry from Tiffany.

Fitted, body-conscious gowns prevailed on the red carpet, said fashion bloggers Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez.

"The colors of the night were pinks and blues. Statement necklaces were back," Fitzgerald said.

But Marquez mused: "A general sameness hung over the whole thing. There was not enough experimentation."

While some of the necklines plunged, said Rubenstein, "there was nothing overtly sexy. They were all fairly reserved."

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LUPITA NYONG'O

"I felt Lupita's dress was glorious," Rubenstein said. "She's just not making a mistake."

He praised her color choice and the full-pleated gown with a plunging bodice. The color, he said, was perfect for her dark skin tone. He called her jeweled headband a nice touch of youth and wit.

"There are now so many other awards shows where you can take chances. You can be silly, you can be funny. The Oscars is like coronation night. On Oscar night you look for classic glamour, you look for the glamour that really is defined for us by Hollywood, by the movies that we've seen. All those great Edith Head costumes. ... The way Grace Kelly was dressed by Hitchcock. That's what we have drilled into our head as what glamour is and so many people reference that type of glamour," Rubenstein said.

On this night, Nyong'o was among them.

"She carries herself so beautifully. She has such poise. Such grace," he said.

Marquez added: "I loved this, full stop. Every single bit of it. The color is perfect, the way the skirt flows and moves is sublime. She won the entire night as far as I'm concerned."

Fitzgerald said he "loved it, but not as much. I think the neckline is too plunging and too wide. Everything else about is pretty close to perfect, though. It's a fresh take on the princess gown, with an even fresher take on the tiara."

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

Ok, so yeah, she tripped again, this time on the red carpet as opposed to running up the Oscar steps to collect a statuette, but she giggled it off and stunned in strapless Dior akin to the bright color of a Calvin Klein she wore in 2011.