Fash­ion’s new stars

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By SA­MAN­THA CRITCHELL

Mara, Stone and Chas­tain make their pres­ence felt on the red car­pet.

THERE were many new fash­ion faces on the red car­pet at the 84th an­nual Academy Awards, but they brought with them a lot of old Hol­ly­wood glam­our.

Rooney Mara in white Givenchy, Emma Stone in red Gi­ambat­tista Valli and Jes­sica Chas­tain in Alexan­der Mcqueen were among those mak­ing bolder-than-nor­mal choices at the Hol­ly­wood & High­land Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les.

“I picked it be­cause I loved it,” said Mara of the Ric­cardo Tisci cus­tom-made gown made of mixed laces and mul­ti­lay­ered chif­fon.

Some sea­soned style stars stepped up their game, too, in­clud­ing Michelle Wil­liams in burn­tor­ange Louis Vuit­ton, Jen­nifer Lopez in a crys­tal-cov­ered Zuhair Mu­rad, Cameron Diaz in Gucci and Pene­lope Cruz in a smoky-blue Ar­mani Prive.

Angelina Jolie did her sim­ple, sexy thing in black strap­less gown with a high slit.

Gwyneth Pal­trow went sleek and chic in Tom Ford, and Stacy Keibler was stat­uesque in gold EVEN the hun­dreds of pho­tog­ra­phers, TV cam­eras and we­b­cams around the Hol­ly­wood & High­land Cen­ter can’t cap­ture ev­ery starry mo­ment of Sun­day’s 84th an­nual Academy Awards.

Celebri­ties re­unite on the red car­pet, min­gle dur­ing com­mer­cial breaks and ex­pe­ri­ence im­promptu star-cross­ings in the wings – and we’ve got our eyes and ears trained on those mo­ments.

From ar­rivals to af­ter-par­ties, here’s a run­ning ac­count of what you didn’t see on TV: 3.22pm – “Is the house open?”, a ca­su­ally dressed Billy Crys­tal asks a back­stage se­cu­rity crew a lit­tle more than two hours be­fore the Os­car show is to be­gin. Wear­ing jeans, a sweater, sneak­ers and his Os­car cre­den­tial, Crys­tal gazes out at an empty theatre as he hits his marks and silently re­hearses his mono­logue. A few min­utes later, he’s gone. 3.26pm – Out­side the theatre, things are be­gin­ning to heat up, thanks in no small part to the ar­rival of peren­nial Os­car heart­throb Ge­orge Clooney. The fan bleach­ers erupt in a cho­rus of cheers and whoops as Clooney ar­rives on the red car­pet, bob­bing his head in time to chants of “Ge­orge, Ge­orge, Ge­orge.” 4.01pm – Vi­ola Davis asks the bleacher crowd what it thinks of her new cropped cop­per do. The crowd re­sponds with an en­thu­si­as­tic cheer. 4.03pm – Clooney, who a few min­utes ear­lier had promised the bleacher crowd he would re­turn, keeps his word. He walks right up to a throng of fans to shake hands and sign au­to­graphs. 4.53pm – In­side the theatre, Jes­sica Chas­tain has taken her seat – make that her arm­rest. The Help ac­tress squats on the arm­rest to chat with Chris­tian Bale and oth­ers who are drop­ping by to say hello. The bon­homie is lame March­esa. Vi­ola Davis’ emer­ald-green, corset-style gown by Vera Wang had a lit­tle bead­ing on the bust­line and a chif­fon pleated skirt. She matched her ear­rings to the jewel tone of the gown, which seemed a pop­u­lar trend. Melissa Mccarthy also did it, pair­ing her rose Ma­rina Ri­naldi with crys­tal neck­line and waist­band with 10carat di­a­mond ear­rings dec­o­rated with pink di­a­monds by Chopard and a pink tour­ma­line cock­tail ring.

Rose Byrne in shim­mery Vivi­enne West­wood, Kris­ten Wiig in a del­i­cate cham­pagne J. Men­del and Tina Fey in a re­gal pur­ple gown by Carolina Her­rera also el­e­vated their fash­ion cred­i­bil­ity – and likely their star wattage – with their ap­pear­ances. Oc­tavia Spencer con­tin­ued to work with Tadashi Shoji on her awards-show wardrobe, this time in a hand-beaded, draped ivory gown with cap sleeves.

Milla Jovovich, best known as a model, chan­neled a screen siren in a one-shoul­der, white-beaded Elie Saab gown. “I wanted some­thing very clean, struc­tured, like a state­ment piece with­out be­ing over­pow­ered,” she said.

What you didn’t see on TV.

Berenice Bejo chose a mint-green, fully em­broi­dered gown by Saab. Her makeup artist Julie Hewett said they pur­posely cre­ated a fresh, un­fussy look to com­ple­ment the dress be­cause it was an un­usual colour. “We de­cided to go very sim­ple and not com­plete,” said Hewett, a Dior artist. “I kept her skin very fresh: not pow­dered, very clean, very nat­u­ral.”

Hewett saw the in­flu­ence of the 1920s and 1930s on the red car­pet and thought it could be a nod to The Artist, for which Bejo was nom­i­nated.

“Old Hol­ly­wood never goes away, it never goes out of fash­ion, but The Artist brought it back for a gen­er­a­tion that didn’t know about Hol­ly­wood at that time,” Hewett said. “It’s how we want our stars to look.” – AP interrupted by an an­nounce­ment over the the­ater’s loud­speak­ers: “Please take your seats. This year’s Academy Awards will be­gin in 25 min­utes.” 5.21pm – “Hey, thanks for dress­ing up,” a tuxe­doed Tom Hanks says as he passes a per­son wear­ing shorts and a T-shirt. Turns out the guy is part of the Cirque du Soleil troupe that is per­form­ing at the Os­car show. 5.23pm – San­dra Bul­lock is work­ing the front row, chat­ting up Clooney, awk­wardly smooching Bradley Cooper and get­ting smacked on the rear by a jovial Meryl Streep. 5.28pm – And the award for the last celebrity to take his or her seat be­fore show­time goes to ... Ac­tu­ally, it’s a tie this year, with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie claim­ing the hon­our. 5.44pm – Billy Crys­tal’s long awaited re­turn as Os­car host doesn’t earn a full stand­ing ova­tion, but per­haps that’s be­cause Michelle Wil­liams, San­dra Bul­lock, Angelina Jolie and oth­ers are too busy jump­ing out of their seats to schmooze dur­ing the show’s first com­mer­cial break. 6.10pm – When Oc­tavia Spencer is an­nounced as win­ner of the sup­port­ing

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