Oscars fashion: hits and misses on and off the red carpet
Fashion editor Jing Zhang picks the Oscars night outfits that stood out, for all the right and wrong reasons, and some that didn't
This year's Academy Awards red carpet was more lacklusture than most, as whites, natural hues and all-over sparkle dominated and Oscars style came off more conservative chic than daring or exciting.
Even the usual red carpet bombshells like Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman and Kerry Washington eschewed sensational outfits and details for a pure, minimal direction. Those hoping for high-octane glamour were treated to 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson's red-hot outfit, Emma Stone's sexy backless Elie Saab number and Rashida Jones, who lent some bold flower power to the mix.
Sophia Vergara knows exactly how to highlight those famous curves, and in a gorgeous shade of deep cornflower blue. Gwyneth Paltrow made the cut in a sculptural Ralph & Russo dress, though a stronger hue would have heightened its impact.
Lady Gaga's Azzedine Alaia embellished white ball gown with red leather gloves might have appeared toned down by the singer's standards, but the wide top and sleeves overwhelmed her body.
And what to make of E! channel's fashion-police panelist Kelly Osbourne? She so often manages to get it wrong on the red carpet - this time her black lace gown featured a rather strange folded hemline.