Lights, camera, fashion. The Academy Awards red carpet is the most watched and talked about runway in the world. With close to a billion people tuning in to pick the looks they loved (Naomi Watts) and the looks they were on the fence about (Jennifer Aniston).
It's also the place new and revamped trends emerge for the fashion world to absorb and critique, and adopt or reject. The Oscars sets in motion 12 months of trends that trickle down through haute couture to high street and local department stores.
So what were some of the 2013 Oscars most interesting trends to be on the look out for? Here's the list:
If anyone can usher in a new jewellry trend, it’s Jennifer Lawrence. The Best Actress winner instantly added a youthful point of difference to her cloud-like Dior Haute Couture gown by teaming it with single fine chain of diamonds by Chopard, only this time worn backwards. The choker length at the front added sophistication, while the draping back encouraged your eyes to graze over her shoulders down her slender back for added sexy appeal. Anne Hathaway also embraced the trend with a shorter version. Expect to see this trend showing up on red carpets everywhere.Last time you saw it: Kate Hudson at 2010 SAG Awards
The original: Nicole Kidman in Chanel No 5 ad campaign
How we’ll wear it in 2013: Expect long single chain necklaces to get the old switch-a-roo and be worn backwards with everything from gowns to jeans and tees.
Naomi Watt’s Armani Prive cut-out neckline combined the flattering femininity of a sweetheart neckline with the strength and fashion forwardness of a full boat-neck. Perfectly tailored around her enviable bod, the strategic cut-out was both sexy and elegant and was the perfect departure from the traditional strapless gowns that have dominated the red carpet for decades. Les Mis’s Amanda Seyfried did her own slightly less original version of the cut out neckline in a custom Alexander McQueen pale lilac and metallic gown.Last time you saw it: Sophia Vergara 2012 Emmy Awards
The original: Gianni Versace in 1980s
How we’ll wear it in 2013: Bridal gowns will start featuring the semi-sweetheart neckline.
From Anne Hathaway’s smooth Audrey Hepburn-esque crop to Charlize Theron’s baby blonde spikes, the pixie cut was decidedly short, chic and to the point. After an award season dominated by one-sided Veronica Lake hair, this style was a breath of fresh (h)air.
Unfussy and free, this shorter style perfectly frames the face without hiding anything, conveying a very clear message of inner-confidence and bold sensuality without all the fuss, fuzz and curls of season’s past.Last time you saw it: Michelle Williams
The original: Mia Farrow
How we’ll wear it in 2013: For those not brave enough to do the full chop, we’ll see a move away from loose romantic waves towards sleek off the face looks.
Related: Best and worst Oscars hair
Other notable new looks:
Muted versions of sophisticated shades
See Amy Adam’s dust dove grey tulle and Jessica Chastain’s subtle copper.Back cleavage
Anne Hathaway’s "all business at the front, party at the back" Prada gown, and Lily Collins jaw-dropping Zuhair Murad backless dress.
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