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Oscars Trend Alert: Pale Gowns on Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Octavia Spencer

Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Octavia Spencer, Anne Hathaway, Oscars 2013 Pastel Trend Jason Merritt/Getty Images, FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Now that's a bright idea!


One of the biggest trends on the Oscars red carpet Sunday was a light palate: Soft grays, delicate blues and lots of ivory.

No matter the star—Charlize Theron and Queen Latifah in white, Zoe Saldana in ice gray, or Octavia Spencer in sparkling champagne—the effect was the same: Pale fire.

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Zoe Saldana, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Queen Latifah , Oscars 2013 Pastel Trend Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Most of the dresses were embellished with sparkles or texture to keep them from fading out against the strong red of the carpet. Theron's peplum had a delicate dazzle, while Kristen Stewart rocked a Reem Acra with both tulle and burnout detailing. Even Jennifer Lawrence's daring Dior featured subtle bas-relief-like texturing.

The result: Stunning looks that needed little, if any, accessorizing.

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