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Ladies in pink light up Oscars red carpet

The fashion stakes on Oscars night are more important to some than the golden statuettes. Stephanie Bell selects her winners and losers

Gemma Chan
Gemma Chan
Olivia Colman
Rita Ora
Glenn Close
Regina King
KiKi Layne
Miley Cyrus
Julia Roberts
Linda Cardellini
Billy Porter
Kendall Jenner
Jennifer Lopez
Rachel Weisz

Fifty shades of pink dominated the designer dresses chosen by Hollywood's leading ladies as they turned on the glamour for the Oscars on Sunday night.

An eclectic mix of styles was sported by the stars, from classic elegance to super-sized bows and ruffles, but one colour dominated - albeit in a variety of shades.

A steady stream of stars dazzled with their choice of gowns and designer accessories and - as is usually the case for LA's top red carpet event - there was no shortage of odd outfits capturing the headlines.

The ladies though led the way and, as well as lots of pink, this year metallic gowns proved popular as well as women wearing trousers.

Lady Gaga not only stole the show with her intimate performance of Shallow with Bradley Cooper but she also dazzled in the fashion stakes.

The Star is Born actress and singer may have played it safe but nevertheless looked stunning in a custom sculptural black dress by Alexander McQueen, which she accessorised with elbow-length black leather evening gloves and a diamond Tiffany's necklace once worn by Audrey Hepburn.

The elegant theme continued with Olivia Coleman who took to the stage to pick up the Oscar for Best Actress looking radiant in a bespoke Prada gown.

The long, sleeveless gown in emerald green silk radzimir came with a smokey-grey silk organza cape with puffed sculpted sleeves.

Julia Roberts looked pretty in pink as she presented the award for Best Picture in a sexy yet elegant one shoulder gown with long slit skirt by Elie Saab.

She accessorised her ensemble with simple Stuart Weitzman heels and jewellery by the Taiwanese designer Cindy Chao. A major trend on the red carpet was metal tones, from gold to silver and everything in between.

Glenn Close may have missed out on a coveted Oscar but, at 71, won plaudits for her gold Carolina Herrera dress with a long flowing train which was created from an astonishing four million beads.

Many said the dress made Close resemble one of the golden statues for which she was nominated in the Best Actress category.

And just to prove that looking good often comes at a price, Close revealed before the show that her dress weighed a whopping 42lb.

Kendal Jenner didn't have any such weighty issues, turning up in a barely there, slinky black gown that left little to the imagination.

Rita Ora also flashed the flesh in a black gown as did Miley Cyrus who took the plunge in a gown that was slashed to the naval.

Also more cringeworthy than classic couture was Linda Cardellini, the Mad Men and ER actress, who turned up in a hot pink mess.

She wore a frilled fuchsia pink number with a mullet hemline that was cropped short at the front and flowed into a long train at the back which she teamed with black heels and a baby pink bow belt.

Meanwhile, the jury was out on whether or not Best Supporting Actress nominee Rachel Weisz of The Favourite rocked her unusual two piece red Givenchy dress.

The unusual ensemble featured a shiny latex caplet layered over an embroidered gown with sparkling embellishments. She carried a matching clutch by the French luxury house.

Another star working the pink theme was Gemma Chan, who wore an eye-catching neon Valentino number which appeared to dwarf her petite frame with its masses of material.

The Crazy Rich Asians star teamed the pink frock with silver gem-encrusted earrings.

Another star making the worst dressed list was the American rapper and actress Awkwafina, who wore a metallic silver suit with drainpipe trousers and an enormous pussycat bow taking over her top half.

However, no stranger to rocking a red carpet, JLo turned heads in a figure hugging shattered mirrored cocktail gown by Tom Ford which she complemented with a simple wave in her hair and stunning jewels.

Also in figure hugging metallic was The Favourite nominee Petra Flannery, who looked fabulous in a custom embroidered Louis Vuitton gown with sequins, pearls and beads, which she paired with Louis Vuitton High Jewellery Collection gems to match.

In keeping with the pink theme and cutting quite a dash on her first ever night at the Oscars was KiKi Layne who starred in If Beale Street Could Talk.

She cruised onto the red carpet in a sleek silhouette gown with oversized bow by Atelier Versace teamed with shoes by Stuart Weitzman and Atelier Swarovski jewellery.

The biggest surprise of the night, however, was the ball gown worn by actor-singer Billy Porter which caused a sensation on Twitter.

The Pose star, who was the first to arrive at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, made quite a style statement in a black velvet tuxedo gown with full ballroom skirt and ruffled white sleeves by Christian Siriano.

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