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MICHELE OBAMA STARTED IT with her magnificent inaugural gown.  Karl Lagerfeld picked up the trend and ran with it heavily in his latest Paris runway shows.  Now, the Oscars have put a glamorous imprimatur on it:  White is the color of the season.  White!  White!  White! It is the color for spring, for summer, for fall and who knows how far beyond that? 


In the rush of glorious couturier gowns and million-dollar jewelry, white glistened and glowed and gave everything and everybody a startling glow of light and beauty as it reigned in sartorial splendor against the traditional red carpet of Hollywood’s biggest night.


                                                  White Versace


Actress after actress wore white, one more splendid than the other.  Marisa Tomei, nominee for supporting actress, was fabulous in her white Versace gown with pleated white train.  She wore jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpel’s Heritage Collection. 


Sarah Jessica Parker said of her full skirted gauzy mint-toned white strapless gown, “It’s magnificent.  It’s classic Dior.” With her long hair curled around her shoulders, we thought the popular actress was dressed more like a teenager at her junior high school prom than an Oscar presenter, but that’s us.  Her jewelry: A simple, thin golden bracelet worn high on the forearm.  









                                            Biel in Prada



JESSICA BIEL WAS PARTICULARLY DRAMATIC in a super-timely, satiny white Prada gown with a large bow at the bustline and a tight, sheath-style bottom.  She carried a black clutch bag and wore multiple bracelets up one arm.


Penelope Cruz, who took the Oscar for best supporting actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, was glorious in a long white lace Balmain dress that she claimed was “60 years old.”  Her fitting Chopard jewelry included a necklace, earrings, bracelets and a ring totaling more than 100 carats of diamonds!


Taraji Henson, supporting-actress nominee for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button wore a horizontally ruffled yellow-tinged white dress from Roberto Cavalli for the big Oscar showcase.  She also wore a crimson satin clutch by Mary Norton, and a fabulous beaded green choker with matching earrings.







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                                          Spectacular Necklace


Of course, not everyone was in white.  Amy Adams, the best supporting actress nominee, wore a satin red Carolina Herrera gown, saying “I love jewel tones.  This dress was unlike anything I’ve seen.” With it, the actress wore what might have been the jewelry standout of the evening:  a huge, jewel-encrusted collar in shades of grape, mint and blue. Spectacular!


Quietly elegant, Kate Winslet, who took Best Actress Award for The Reader, wore a stunning Atelier Yves Saint Laurent dress by Stefano Pilati.  But it was her jewelry that deserved the attention:  Gorgeous, large crescent-shaped diamond cluster earrings were the most outstanding of the evening. With it, she wore an equally impressive heavy diamond-encrusted bracelet.  All by Chopard.


Angelina Jolie, best actress nominee for The Changeling, wore black. Conservative, startling black.  With it, she carried a small clutch bag and wore magnificent, large emerald green jewel teardrop earrings.





                                                Soft Heart



And, finally, can we ignore the affable Mickey Rourke, who failed to win anything for his role in The Wrestler, but who nevertheless was an Oscar night favorite with his delightful necklace:  A small square framed picture of his beloved Chihuahua Loki, hanging from a black cord.  Loki died last week.

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