Emma Stone, nominated for best actress in "La La Land"
sparkled in a 1920s inspired gold fringed Givenchy gown, as
"Hidden Figures" supporting actress contender Octavia Spencer
opted for a silvery Marchesa adorned with a flounce of feathers.
Resembling a real-life - though much more chic - Oscar award,
actress Jessica Biel sported a shimmering gold-copper Kaufman
Franco beaded gown accessorized with a bold African-inspired
necklace from Tiffany's.
"I call it perfection!" piped in husband Justin Timberlake,
wearing Tom Ford.
"Lion" supporting actor nominee Dev Patel and television host
Ryan Seacrest shared fashion warnings about the dangers of
wearing white tuxedos jackets on a red carpet filled with women
in red lipstick as Dakota Johnson floated by in a flowing gold
Fashion experts agreed the elegance quotient was high, with nods
to "old Hollywood glamour" updated for today.
"This is a fantastic year for fashion on the red carpet," said
InStyle's fashion news director Eric Wilson. "It's unusual to
see this many great gowns, each with something unusual that
makes it feel like a new look."
BLUE RIBBON STATEMENT
Diamonds adorned the throat of "Hidden Figures" star Taraji P.
Henson, poured into a cleavage-baring midnight blue velvet
Alberta Ferretti gown with a daring split at the leg.
Velvet ruffles from Oscar de la Renta cascaded down last year's
best actress winner Brie Larson in an old Hollywood glamour look
with a dramatic decolletage.
"The velvet is big. That will be a trend continuing in 2017 as
we've seen on runways," said Glamour fashion news director
Isabelle Huppert, nominated for best actress for "Elle" showed
her typically refined style in a long-sleeved silver Armani
Prive gown, while Ruth Negga, also nominated in the same
category for "Loving," chose a long-sleeved lacy Valentino in
the fashion house's signature vibrant red.
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Supporting actress nominee Viola Davis poured herself into an
off-the-shoulder red Armani, as Charlize Theron went for a metallic
look in Dior.
Negga and other attendees like model Karlie Kloss added a blue
ribbon to their gowns and tuxedos to show support for the American
Civil Liberties Union, an advocacy group that worked to get
President Donald Trump's travel ban blocked in U.S. courts.
Both Stone and Johnson, meanwhile, wore pins in support of Planned
Parenthood, a reproductive healthcare group that Trump has pledged
to defund because it provides abortions.
Also sporting a blue ribbon was Lin-Manuel Miranda, best known for
Broadway's "Hamilton." He had his mother on his arm as his date and
noted proudly that he bought his tuxedo in Yonkers, New York, at the
same shop where he bought his high school prom tux years ago.
"Chanel Pharrell!" proclaimed singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams,
decked out in a fitted Chanel tux accessorized with a dramatic black
bead necklace that fell down over the lapel.
Two stuffed pandas, meanwhile were the arm candy of Jackie Chan,
stand-ins for the real pandas the action star adopted at a breeding
facility in Chengdu, China.
"I am the panda ambassador! They go wherever I go, they take photos
with famous people, Stallone, Clinton...," Chan said.
(Writing by Alexandria Sage; Editing by Mary Milliken)
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