Black begone! This year the red carpet came alive with color — emerald green (a favorite of the evening), feminine pinks, festive metallics and sultry reds. Red-carpet veterans, Armani, Versace, Calvin Klein and Lanvin, delivered gorgeous gowns for deserving ladies, while a few sartorial surprises took our breath away. An expectant Natalie Portman showed off her blossoming figure in a pink silk Viktor & Rolf gown and Tilda Swinton looked forever elegant in Jil Sander.
Angelina Jolie’s sparkly long sleeve emerald green Atelier Versace and Anne Hathaway’s coppery Armani Prive backless gown with puff sleeves. Olivia Wilde in a strapless sequin dark chocolate Marchesa ball gown was stunning (worn with gold Christian Louboutin heels), as was Mila Kunis in a one-shoulder draped emerald gown by Vera Wang.
Nude – Barely There Colors
At the other end of the spectrum, pale, sandy shades were also a hit on the red carpet. Sandra Bullock in light pink embellished Jenny Packham one shoulder gown , Leighton Meester in beige printed Burberry Prorsum dress with long sleeves, Scarlett Johansson in a nude Elie Saab gown with cape sleeves, Dianna Agron in off-white pleated beaded strapless gown with peplum from J. Mendel.
These ladies show how an unembellished dress in a single color can outshine even the most spangliest of creations. Claire Danes in neon pink Calvin Klein halter gown, Emma Stone in fluorescent coral Calvin Klein cap sleeve, backless dress, Eva Longoria in a black mermaid cut Zac Posen dress, Lea Michele in a powdery pink Oscar de la Renta one shoulder ruffle gown.