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Where to find Oscar fashion trends in Baltimore

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Starlets draped themselves in a bevy of gorgeous gowns at the Oscars.

And while you won't be able to get your hands on many of the custom pieces the celebrities wore as they paraded down the red carpet, we've found dresses that share the same trends as the stunners that made the majority of experts' best-dressed lists.

We recruited Lana Rae, head of the Annapolis-based KISS Modeling Agency and founder of Fashion Awards Maryland, and Latease T. Lashley, founder of Creatively Speaking, a Baltimore-based public-speaking company specializing in fashion commentary, to discuss some of the top trends from Hollywood's biggest night.

Red

Rosamund Pike saved her best gown of the red-carpet season for the Oscars. Her textured red Givenchy gown made most best-dressed lists. Solange Knowles in Christian Siriano, Dakota Johnson and Giuliana Rancic in Mireille Dagher all decided that the carpet wasn't going to the only thing red that evening.

"Red-carpet red was definitely the it color to wear on the carpet this year," Rae said. "Red dominated and in so many styles, from bustier-style dresses to one-shoulder gowns, high slits and mesh with appliques — we saw it all in red. ... My personal favorite was Giuliana Rancic's amazing gown."

White

Truly confident women wore varying shades of white while walking the red carpet. Lupita Nyong'o and Marion Cotillard did it best. Lady Gaga wore an Azzedine Alaia gown with success.

"White definitely was the color to wear if you wanted to take a risk this year," Rae said. "Many of the most memorable white looks from the carpet were either a hit or miss, and sometimes both. From Lady Gaga's huge structured Azzedine Alaia gown paired with red gloves, to Lupita Nyong'o's dress made from 6,000 white pearls and Marion Cotillard's polka-dot Dior Couture gown that featured an interestingly placed black strap on the back — there is no shortage of conversation pieces over here."

Black and white

Meryl Streep stood out in her Lanvin ensemble. The color combo was also worn by Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette. Many, including Rae, thought Reese Witherspoon's Tom Ford gown was a winner.

The pairing of colors is a recipe for success, according to Rae.

Black and white "is a great way to color-block, and it accentuates your curves," she said. "It's also an easy way to be safe yet a little unexpected."

Pastel/light hue

Octavia Spencer got plenty of camera time wearing her sky-blue Tadashi Shoji gown during Neil Patrick Harris' painfully awkward skit. Thank goodness she was at least dressed well, wearing one of the evening's top trends—a pastel-colored gown. Zoe Saldana wore a figure-hugging blush-colored Versace gown. Oprah Winfrey, Felicity Jones and Anna Kendrick all successfully pulled off light-hued dresses.

Jennifer Lopez was tops for Rae.

"I am very much into pale tones this year, and many of these gowns were easily at the top of my favorites list, starting with Jennifer Lopez," she said. "She looked like an absolute princess. I was expecting to see the usual sex kitten with her, but J. Lo definitely hit a high note with her dreamy gown."

One shoulder

From Gwyneth Paltrow's miserable attempt at sartorial splendor with that flower-accentuated number by Ralph & Russo to Dakota Johnson's stunning red gown with the bling-embellished shoulder by Saint Laurent, the one-shoulder gown was a memorable look for the evening.

"It seemed to make a little bit of a splash this year," Rae said. "The trick to wearing this style is to make sure it flatters your body type. One-shoulder gowns can accentuate your neckline and shoulders in a beautiful way. Another tip is to wear your hair up or back."

Deep V

How low could Jennifer Lopez go? The neckline of her Elie Saab gown nearly touched her bellybutton. But the dress was somehow tasteful. Chrissy Teigen was even more daring when she opted for a deep V and a high slit in the front of her Zuhair Murad gown.

Lopez did it best, according to Lashley, who said Lopez looked "flawless."

"I loved this look on J. Lo because the full skirt didn't overaccentuate her assets and she looked so fresh and youthful with her flowing high ponytail and modern monochromatic look." Lashley said. "J. Lo always gets it right on the red carpet."

Pearls

They were displayed in a variety of ways on the red carpet — most strikingly by Lupita Nyong'o in a Calvin Klein Collection gown.

Felicity Jones' Alexander McQueen gown also incorporated pearls into the bodice of the dress. Viola Davis paired a pearl bib with her Zac Posen gown.

Nyong'o's outfit was the best, according to Lashley.

"The intricate beading, metallic tulle and silk lame made for a timeless image of perfection for Lupita that still read very modern," Lashley said. "You can't compare her look to what she wore last year, as she always reinvents her look. This look worked for her because she is Lupita, point-blank and period. Celebrities followed suit with pearl details, but no one made a statement like Lupita."

Sparkle

Some actresses relied on their gown to provide the glitter.

Emma Stone turned heads in her long-sleeve chartreuse Elie Saab, which featured mesh and sparkly details. And Julianne Moore dazzled in her shimmering Chanel dress. Laura Dern radiated in a black- and silver-embellished gown by Alberta Ferretti.

Lady Gaga was clearly hitting all the trends with her ensemble. Her sparkly crocodile-pattern metallic gown took 25 people 10 weeks to make. The look, Lashley said, left her "in awe."

john-john.williams@baltsun.com

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