High collars and a show of color on the Oscars red carpet
Classic Hollywood took hold of the Oscars red carpet Sunday night - and color made a show among early walkers that included Anna Kendrick in a demure pale coral look with a jeweled halter collar.
Her custom silk-and-chiffon by Thakoon crossed at the front with a modest peekaboo at the front.
Updos were back: Patricia Arquette went for one with a one-shoulder white top she wore with a black skirt, all designed by her childhood friend Rosetta Getty.
"She was my best friend since we were 7 or 8 years old," said Arquette, nominated for best supporting actress for "Boyhood."
Arquette recalled the two playing with Barbie dolls and dreaming of their grown-up lives.
"I said, `I want to be an actress.' She said, `I want to be in fashion,'" Arquette told The Associated Press.
And what's the Oscars without a little sparkle? Thank you Jamie Chung and your princess-y fireworks-design in sequins against black on your Yanina Couture gown, with a boost from your diamond cluster earrings with a spot of bright blue tanzanite from Leticia Linton.
Faith Hill was draped in cool ice, draped and long-sleeved thanks to J. Mendel, while up-and-comer Gina Rodriguez choice a high sashed collar in a royal blue.
Zendaya was feeling the moment. Of her slinky bright white off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood gown, her long braids loose, she told the AP at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles: "It makes me feel very goddess."
Starlet-of-the-moment Dakota Johnson decided on a ponytail - ode to her "Fifty Shades of Grey" character Anastasia Steele? - to go with her red one-shoulder Saint Laurent with a dash of sparkle detail. Also in Saint Laurent was Margot Robbie, in a deep black draped at the front with sheer long sleeves.
Repping the guys were David Oyelowo in a wine-red tuxedo from Dolce & Gabbana. He wore a multicolored jewel ribbon pin on one lapel in support of Ebola eradication.
Nominee Marion Cotillard walked in a white Dior Couture gown with an overlay of circle cutouts, high collar and a caped effect at the back. She was sleeveless but high-necked in a stunning pair of diamond earrings.
"I chose it because I feel comfortable in it and I love it," Cotillard said during the AP's live carpet show.
Also high-necked in white: Lupita Nyong'o in a heavily embellished custom Calvin Klein.
There was a contingent in strapless red, including Rosamund Pike in Givenchy Haute Couture, while nominee Felicity Jones was Team High Collar in icy blue-white by fellow Brit Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
"It's all hand-sewn, even these little pockets of pearls," Jones said, pointing to chunky embellishment at the hip.