Red Carpet Trend Report: The Oscars Edition

02/28/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

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We were tempted to say that the two trends on the up are: Jennifer Lawrence. And Jennifer Lawrence. But we recognize we may need to reel in our obsession with the Best Actress winner just a tad, so we found two other Oscars trends worth taking note of. We also identified a beauty look that seems to be on the way out, based on how little we saw of it on the Academy Awards red carpet.

Up: Pale Pastels: Pastels, are by definition, pale, but the ones we saw at the Oscars were even lighter than typical pastels. We lost count of how many ladies wore so-light-it’s-almost-white gowns, but here are some of the ones we do remember: Jennifer Lawrence (ever heard of her?) stunned in a blush Dior gown, Anne Hathaway chose a baby pink Prada dress, Amy Adams slipped into pale blue Oscar de la Renta and Amanda Seyfried donned a lavender Alexander McQueen creation.

Down: Red Lips: The odds of spotting a cherry pout on a red carpet are usually about as high as seeing a black dress on the red carpet, but this year Jessica Chastain was one of the only stars to wear a red lip. Instead, the most popular lip colors of the night were similar to the go-to shades for gowns: light pinks and nudes.

Up: Matchy-Matchy Looks: At past awards shows, attendees went with accessories in shades that complemented their gowns, perhaps choosing a clutch in the same hue as the dress’s detailing or wearing a shoe in a shade from the same color family, only darker. But Jennifer Garner, Kerry Washington, Melissa McCarthy and Jennifer Aniston all surprised us by sticking with one color from head to toe.

For more on which trends to follow check out our thoughts on crop topsnavy and platforms.

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Tell us: Which Oscars trend do you hope to see more of? Vote in our poll below! 

–Jennifer Cress

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Debi on

Love matchy matchy..pastels are good too, but matched looks more elegant.

Pepper on

I don’t understand why Jennifer Lawrence’s dress supposedly blew all the competition out of the water. Nicole Kidman looked much nicer, in my opinion. The color is not as important as an elegant classy look. You can get an evening gown similar to Jennifer’s anywhere. I’m sure I’m in the minority here, but that’s OK; I can handle it.

Debi on

Jennifer Lawrences gown was gorgeous but it looked more like a bridal gown. I liked Charizes the best

Leisha on

I HATE red lips. Be glad if they are paler, especially the very large lipped women.

jenna on

I don’t get the obsession with Jennifer Lawrence’s dress. I thought it was safe and kind of boring. I’ve seen highschoolers wearing similar dresses to prom (that was meant as a compliment to highschoolers, as well as a slight to Jennifer’s stylist AND people magazine for going gaga over it).

Miri<3sFashion on

Why don’t they wear red lipstick!!?

Crick on

Not one dress blew me away this year. Nicole Kidman looked good, poured into her dress, but then I got lost in the swirls at the bottom. I don’t know…it was all anti-climactic.

Or maybe I just don’t care that much anymore.

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