Classic Glamour

Oscar-gown designers looked to yesteryear to give today's actresses that movie star look.

Focus On Fashion

March 07, 2004|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff

Shades of Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Veronica Lake. What this year's Academy Award fashions lacked in hip edginess they made up for in retro glamour.

The Academy Awards' red-carpet styles paid homage to just about every fabulous leading lady who ever graced the silver screen. Best Actress winner Charlize Theron, with a wavy bob and a pale, glittery slip gown by Tom Ford for Gucci, was only the most obvious example of siren appeal.

THE TRENDS

Why do we care? (Other than pure voyeuristic delight, of course.) Oscar fashion trends will have a huge influence on the clothes we'll be seeing in the stores. Here are some of the key trends:

* Color. If the stars weren't wearing pastels or brilliant reds, greens and blues, they were dressed in white satin or ivory silk. What was in short supply was black.

* Lots of fabric. This year's gowns had yards of trains, tiers of ruffles, oversized back bows, ribbons, tucks and flounces.

* Skin. With all the deep cleavage, bare backs, strapless bodices and off-the-shoulder styles, the red carpet was only slightly less revealing -- although definitely more tasteful -- than the Super Bowl halftime show.

* Bling. Diamonds are always a girl's best friend on Oscar night, never more so than last Sunday. But often it was the dress itself that glittered with beads, rhinestones or sequins.

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