Early bird fashion watchers at the Oscars were getting a little nervous seeing a parade of black dresses and messy tresses.
Was this going to be a safe, unremarkable Oscar red carpet at the Dolby Theatre?
But then Jessica Chastain arrived. Her tea-rose figure-hugger by Armani Prive made her look as if she stepped out of a 1940s time capsule. Her coiffed hair, scarlet lips and understated Harry Winston diamonds screamed old Hollywood glamour. I love cinema so much, the Zero Dark Thirty star told Ryan Seacrest. Its a very Happy birthday Mr. President dress.
Others also rose to the occasion:
Kerry Washington ( Django Unchained) was ravishing in a red Miu Miu with a stunningly embroidered top.
Octavia Spencer told People at a pre-Oscar party that though shes plus sized, she refused to wear a muumuu. That cream Tadashi Shoji was a far cry.
Catherine Zeta Jones refused to be ignored in a gold, glittery Zuhair Murad. Movie star all the way.
Jennifer Hudson (Roberto Cavalli Couture) keeps getting better with age.
GMAs Robin Roberts, back from her health issues, triumphed in a cobalt Marc Bouwer.
Amy Adams feather-trimmed, pale grey Oscar de la Renta did her justice (love the Cinderella train).
Jennifer Lawrence, in Dior Haute Couture, was a little too bridal catalogue, but what a knockout. The backward necklace may just be the next trend.
Quvenzhané Wallis puffy Giorgio Armani dress may have been a tad too mature, but her signature puppy purse reminded America of her tender age 9. Also in Armani was a sequinned-up Naomi Watts.
More blue: Reese Witherspoons Louis Vuitton was upstaged by her perfect Breck Girl tresses. I just had a baby, and your hair gets so thick, Witherspoon explained.
Also riding the red brigade: Silver Lining Playbooks Jacki Weaver (Rani Zakhem) and Sally Field (Valentino).
The Oscars always see some major misfires: Amanda Seyfrieds edgy Alexander McQueen with laser cut outs seemed to be searching for an after party.
Anne Hathaway isnt going to live this one down. Prediction: Her nipples are going to have a hashtag of their own. That was Prada?
Did Helena Bonham Carters ghoulish husband Tim Burton design that debacle? Nope, Vivienne Westwood Couture.
And finally, the most down-to-earth celebrity award goes to . . . Helen Hunt: Her navy dress, she told Seacrest, is from none other than H&M.