While the 2013 Oscar jewelry red carpet sported stunning star looks from Jessica Chastain’s elegant “Old Hollywood-inspired” Armani Prive copper dress paired with 1960s Harry Winston diamonds, to Naomi Watts also in a shimmering Armani Prive frock and 20 carats of Neil Lane, I felt like I was Dorothy stuck in Kansas – never to enter the technicolor wonderland of Oz.
No emeralds. No sapphires. No rubies. No significant gemstone moment to speak of. It’s the first time tasteful diamond looks dominated on all of the nominees – as if the stylists sent a memo to keep things icy.
And Anne Hathaway, this century’s ‘go-to’ style star had a rare miss with a last minute switch from a Valentino frock to a pale pink Prada number, with darts in all the wrong places and a Tiffany and Co back necklace that saved her look from being an all-out fashion faux-pas.
While lovers of high fashion and classic diamond accessorizing will drool over the night’s stand-out trend – the back necklace (Anne Hathaway’s aforementioned Tiffany piece and Jennifer Lawrence in dainty Chopard diamonds), it was Jennifer Garner’s stunning 200-carat diamond and dark platinum Neil Lane statement necklace that made my mouth water. Great Gucci dress. Great jewelry. Great (nominated!) husband. What more do you need on Oscar night?
Diamond wristwear was the other big trend of the night with nominee, Amy Adams sporting a stunning Moawad diamond bracelet, Charlize Theron dazzling in a cuff-sized Harry Winston piece, and Jessica Chastain in a twisted diamond and yellow gold Harry Winston stunner – among many others.
Rare color statements made a splash with Renee Zelwegger sporting a rockin ruby and diamond cuff by Van Cleef & Arpels, and Jennifer Hudson dazzling in blue and green gemstone jewels by Sutra to match her skin-thin frock by Roberto Cavalli.
But gone are the Angelina Jolie emeralds and the jaw-dropping statement necklaces of Awards Shows’ past. Gone are the green statements. The blue statments. Heck – even the RED statement was only represented by the biggest A-lister fashion UNDERstatement, Jennifer Aniston.
Instead Veronica Lake wavy hair and a flashy manicure seem to be the accessories of choice these days.
And Helen Hunt did her best “Sharon Stone shocks in Gap” statement by wearing a dress by H & M (albeit with $700,000 worth of diamond accoutrements sewed in to the seams).
And then there’s Jane Fonda doing her best to bring back the 80s. Neon yellow? In dress form? Yellow gold? Are those shoulder pads? Now THIS is a fashion statement. I kinda love it. You?
Weigh in with your thoughts, jewelry hounds. And be sure to check in with my sugar momma, Jewelry.com tomorrow with our ‘Oscar Jewelry for Less’ sale. Ba-ling!