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2013 Academy Awards Red Carpet – The trends, the style and the unfortunate misses

Posted on February 24 2013

2013 Academy Awards Red Carpet - Understated elegance was the message of the night

2013 Academy Awards – Understated elegance was the message of the night

The awards season is finally coming to an end with the 2013 Oscars closing things out this evening at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. As usual, we have all the style moments from the night’s red carpet. We started the awards season with a lot of black and continued on with a ton of navy blue. This evening, the nude and light colors trend that we saw at the Golden Globes continued to make a strong showing. In fact, if there was a common theme on film’s biggest night, it was understated elegance. From Charlize Theron’s white peplum Dior gown to Anne Hathaway’s baby pink Prada and golden girl Jennifer Lawrence’s light pink Dior ball gown, the message was clear — less is more. Let’s note however that while some stars decided to go “light” with their looks, there was also a huge surge in embellished and embroidered gowns (although not all of them worked). Catherine Zeta-Jones, Amanda Seyfried and Kirsten Stewart went with full length embroidered gowns while Kerry Washington and Zoe Saldana opted for embroidered busts. This year’s red carpet unfortunately didn’t provide very many “wow” moments. Check out our full breakdown of the night’s trends plus best and worst looks below.

2013 Oscars: Jennifer Lawrence in blush hued Dior

Jennifer Lawrence in blush hued Dior

Charlize Theron looked simply stunning in a white peplum Dior gown and Harry Winston jewelry

Charlize Theron looked simply stunning in a white peplum Dior gown and Harry Winston jewelry

Jessica Chastain's elegant Armani Prive look accessorized with Harry Winston jewels was reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour

Jessica Chastain’s elegant Armani Prive look accessorized with Harry Winston jewels was reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour

Queen Latifah went with a flowing white gown

Queen Latifah went with a flowing white gown

Octavia Spencer looked lovely in a champagne colored tulle number

Octavia Spencer looked lovely in a champagne colored tulle number

Amy Adams looked lovely in a tiered tulle Oscar de la Renta ball gown

Amy Adams looked lovely in a tiered tulle Oscar de la Renta ball gown

Anne Hathaway's simple and pink Prada gown unfortunately underwhelmed

Anne Hathaway’s simple and pink Prada gown unfortunately underwhelmed

The award for "most mind-puzzling arrival" went to reality personality Brandy Glanville whose tan dress showed a little too much skin

The award for “most mind-puzzling arrival” went to reality personality Brandy Glanville whose tan dress showed a little too much skin

Kristen Stewart went for an embroidered Reem Acra gown with a tulle train

Kristen Stewart went for an embroidered Reem Acra gown with a tulle train

Amanda Seyfried also went for an  embroidered look in her Alexander McQueen halter

Amanda Seyfried also went for an embroidered look in her Alexander McQueen halter

The queen of detail, Georgina Chapman showed off her bump in her own Marchesa creation with embroidered sleeves

The queen of detail, Georgina Chapman showed off her bump in her own Marchesa creation with embroidered sleeves

Zoe Saldana went for an embroidered bust instead in Alexis Mabille Couture

Zoe Saldana went for an embroidered bust instead in Alexis Mabille Couture

Scandal star Kerry Washington also went for an embroidered bust in a salmon colored Miu Miu gown

Scandal star, Kerry Washington also went for an embroidered bust in a salmon colored Miu Miu gown

Olivia Munn carried on the embroidered bust trend in Marchesa

Olivia Munn carried on the embroidered bust trend in Marchesa

Louise Roe in a detailed red and tan gown

Louise Roe in a detailed red and tan gown

Catherine Zeta Jones in gold Zuhair Murad

Catherine Zeta Jones in gold Zuhair Murad

Nicole Kidman in a sequin black and gold gown

Nicole Kidman in a sequin black and gold L’Wren Scott gown

Salma Hayek opted for a black velvet gown with an embellished high neck

Salma Hayek opted for a black velvet gown with an embellished high neck

Adele in an embellished Jenny Packham gown

Adele in an embellished Jenny Packham gown

Sandra Bullock wowed in an Elie Saab gown and Harry Winston jewels

Sandra Bullock wowed in an Elie Saab gown and Harry Winston jewels

Stacy Keibler looked beautiful in Naeem Khan and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

Stacy Keibler looked beautiful in Naeem Khan and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

Naomi Watts was edgy in her metallic gown with cut out detail

Naomi Watts was edgy in her Armani Prive metallic gown with cut out detail

Halle Berry shimmered in a black and silver gown with exaggerated shoulders

Halle Berry shimmered in a black and silver gown with exaggerated shoulders

Norah Jones unfortunately messed up any potential her gunmetal gray dress had with her unusual ceiling high hair

Norah Jones unfortunately messed up any potential her gunmetal gray dress had with her ceiling high hair

Renee Zellweger opted for a simple gold Carolina Herrera gown

Renee Zellweger opted for a simple gold Carolina Herrera gown

Jennifer Aniston stepped out of her all black comfort zone and went for bright red Valentino

Jennifer Aniston stepped out of her all black comfort zone and went for bright red Valentino

Sally Field also chose red

Sally Field also chose red

Marcia Gay Harden completed the red looks of the night

Marcia Gay Harden completed the red looks of the night

Jennifer Garner brought a pop of color to the carpet in shocking purple

Jennifer Garner brought a pop of color to the carpet in a shocking purple Gucci gown

Reese Witherspoon also went for color in shocking cobalt blue

Reese Witherspoon also went for color in shocking cobalt blue Louis Vuitton

Jennifer Hudson in a textured blue gown

Jennifer Hudson in a textured blue gown

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