2011 Academy Awards: Top Trends

For every awards show that comes, we try to predict which trends will rule the red carpet. Most of the time, we are completely surprised (pleasantly) by the looks the stars step out in…which was the case at Sunday night’s 2011 Academy Awards. From lovely lace to shades of purple, here’s the lowdown on this year’s hottest Oscars red carpet trends.

IN THE NUDE: Mandy Moore, Halle Berry, and Florence Welch looked naturally beautiful in nude-hued gowns. Mandy wore a shoulder-baring Marchesa dress, while Halle also sported a magnificent Marchesa creation, and Florence gave the red carpet a vintage-y vibe in a tired Valentino frock.

Mandy Moore, Halle Berry, and Florence Welch on the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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RED HAUTE: Jennifer Lawrence (in Calvin Klein), Sandra Bullock (in Vera Wang), and Jennifer Hudson (in Versace) were just a few of the bombshells to wear a serious pop of color.

Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Hudson on the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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SHADES OF PURPLE: Purple reigned with Mila Kunis donning a boundary-pushing Elie Saab gown with white drop earrings, Natalie Portman showing her baby bump in a flowing Rodarte dress, and Cate Blanchett wearing a work of art in the form of a Givenchy frock.

Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett on the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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GLITTER AND SEQUINS: It’s one way to turn heads on the red carpet! Mandy Moore (in Monique Lhuillier), Amy Adams (in L’Wren Scott), and Michelle Williams (in Chanel) weren’t hard to miss in their sparkling gowns.

Mandy Moore, Amy Adams, and Michelle Williams on the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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SHEER THINGS: Mila Kunis, Hailee Steinfeld, and Scarlett Johansson looked lovely in lace. Mila’s lavender Elie Saab dress was demure yet insanely sexy. Meanwhile, Hailee looked like a modern day princess in Marchesa, and Scarlett’s Dolce & Gabbana gown was the talk of the carpet.

Mila Kunis, Hailee Steinfeld, and Scarlett Johansson on the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2011, in Hollywood, Calif.
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MORE 2011 ACADEMY AWARDS COVERAGE:
Top Looks
Red Carpet Live Blog