4 Takeaway Red Carpet Trends From the 2015 Academy Awards

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Hollywood’s A-list crowd of actors, actresses and celebrities gathered at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles last night dressed to the nines to celebrate the film industry’s greatest achievements over the past year.

Not only does being nominated for an Oscar take ambition, getting dressed for the star-studded red carpet is no small feat in itself.

Take newly engaged Lady Gaga, who absolutely radiated in her custom Alaïa gown, which took 25 people two weeks to create. Or Julianne Moore, whose custom Chanel dress embraced a new kind of Old Hollywood glamour with more than 80,000 hand-painted paillettes.

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Small, yet prominent, details are also not to go unnoticed, like Reese Witherspoon’s expertly tailored black and white Tom Ford gown, or Lupita Nyong’o’s white Calvin Klein Collection dress that featured 6,000 delicately strung white pearls (see above).

Out of all of the alluring gowns, and categorizing of best and worst dressed evolves certain key trends that wove the 2015 Academy Awards’s red carpet together.

1. Statement Necklaces
As seen on Scarlett Johansson (Atelier Versacegown and Swarovski crystal embroidered collar)
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Cate Blanchett (John Galliano for Maison Margiela dress with Tiffany & Co. turquoise necklace)

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and Margot Robbie (Saint Laurent gown with a necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels)

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2. Seeing Red
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“Gone Girl” Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike stunned with the perfect amount of sexy in a strapless, red hot Givenchy dress. Solange Knowles went for covered glamour in a bold crimson Christian Siriano, while Dakota Johnson of “50 Shades of Grey” wore a standout Saint Laurent column held together by a bejeweled shoulder strap

3. Sharp Tuxes
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The guys really took men’s style game up a notch at the Oscars, embracing color like never before. From L to R: Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen; David Oyelowo in Dolce & Gabbana; host Neil Patrick Harris in Brunello Cucinelli; Jard Leto in Givenchy

4. 3D Textures
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Stars turned heads in next-dimension dresses, like Naomi Watts’s iridescent Armani Prive gown with silver shells and black caviar beads, Oscar nominee Laura Dern’s embellished Alberta Ferretti gown and Felicity Jones’s Alexander McQueen gown, which featured embroidered stones, pearls, and floral appliques.

What were your favorite looks from the 2015 Academy Awards?

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