Oscars' night in shining Armani

HOLLYWOOD'S elite fashion squad went into battle on the Oscars red carpet donned in metallic armour (or Armani it seems) this year with many A-listers sporting the similar theme.

Best examples were Naomi Watts with her almost sprayed on Armani Prive silver gown with artistic cut-out and Stacy Keibler whose Grecian inspired number was a classy match for her accessory George Clooney.

Jessica Chastain was another standout in Armani Prive with her perfectly matched strawberry blonde hair, skin tone and frock.

It could have looked like a washed out disaster but she absolutely shone transporting us back to the 'golden' age.

Gold was also in its element (so to speak) from full crusty numbers to selective embellishments.

Catherine Zeta-Jones wore the hue well thanks to her Zuhair Murad gown while Olivia Munn carried off her streak of precious metal among a red sea of fabric in her Marchesa frock.

Others like Jennifer Aniston, Sally Field and Reese Witherspoon went for the full primary colour treatment, Aniston's while a classic, looked like it had been done before as did Amy Adams' grey tulle and lace Oscar de la Renta statement piece.

Sandra Bullock managed to bring two trends together with her black and metallic lace Elie Saab creation while Helen Hunt gets extra points for wearing a gown from chain store giant H&M although adding more than half a million dollars worth of diamonds to the outfit lifted it into another realm.

Structurally speaking the winner on the evening was Charlize Theron with her impeccable white Dior gown.

She did for fitted bodices what  Gwyneth Paltrow did for capes last year.

Unusually Nicole Kidman's choice, a shiny black metallic L'Wren Scott creation with gold highlights, seemed to swamp the otherwise confident clothes horse.

A major thumbs down also to Heidi Klum whose golden zigzag design had too much zig and not enough zag when it came to supporting her 'boys' on this occasion.

She seemed to be venturing into crass territory rather than her usual classy.

Kristen Stewart won on the accessory stakes by teaming her crutches with her lacy tulle mermaid number only to ditch them later. Miracle.

Other disappointments included Jennifer Lawrence whose wishy washy cloud-like gown overwhelmed her while Anne Hathaway's Prada number under whelmed in every possible way.

After seeing what her amazing physique and bone structure can to do to a gown at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs this was probably the biggest let down of the evening.

Back to the drawing board for her stylist.

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