Razzle, dazzle and loads of couturethats what Oscars red carpets are made of. For 2013, that meant a bevy of pale, sparkly and red-carpet-red gowns by every A-list designer in the book.
Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence kicked off the couture parade. The Silver Linings Playbook star, recently named the face of Miss Dior, chose a pale rose gown from Christian Diors spring 2013 haute couture collection.
Anne Hathaway, nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance in Les Miserables, also wore powder pink. My mom says its business in the front, party in the back, she said of her satin Prada dress, twirling to display a revealing back.
Sally Field, Kerry Washington and Jennifer Aniston brightened the red carpet in crimson gowns. Asked if she felt like a princess in her red Valentino gown, Aniston said, In this thing, I do. I feel this is very The King and I.
Armani also dressed nominee Naomi Watts, who shimmered in a steel-grey gown, and Quvenzhane Wallace. The youngest Best Actress nominee in history accessorised her Armani Junior gown with a puppy-shaped handbag. Although she couldn't say who designed the bag, it elicited more smiles and coos than just about anything else on the red carpet.