Stars Go Simple on Oscar Night

June 1998

Professional Insider:Trend Spotting

Stars Go Simple on Oscar Night

Anyone expecting a red carpet full of spectacular jewels at the Academy Awards in late March was probably disappointed as actresses paraded their interpretation of "simple elegance"- minus the jewelry.

Many of the women in the spotlight wore their dresses cut low and their necks bare, with tiny earrings as their only adornment. Best Actress winner Helen Hunt accepted her award in a strapless Gucci dress accessorized only by diamond studs, while Best Supporting Actress Kim Basinger also wore only demure diamonds in her ears.

Some attendees, such as Geena Davis, chose to wear no jewelry at all.

On the other hand, the stars who did choose to bejewel themselves did so with a reverence for the past, obviously influenced by the styles in this year's Best Picture winner Titanic. Singer Celine Dion, who performed the film's Oscar-winning theme song during the presentation, wore a $1.5 million sapphire necklace crafted by Asprey to resemble the "Heart of the Sea" necklace from the blockbuster film, while Best Supporting Actress nominee Gloria Stuart, surrounded by bodyguards, wore a $20 million Harry Winston blue diamond necklace. Titanic star and nominee Kate Winslet wore a blue stone on a delicate, antique-looking diamond chain.

Other jewelry trends: the antique look of "chandelier" necklaces and chokers; chunky diamond cuffs and geometric bracelets; and feminine diamond and colored stone barrettes and hair clips pinned in disorderly fashion through stars' coiffures.

 
 Cameron Diaz wears diamond and platinum barette from Fred Leighton. Helen Hunt wears three carat diamond trilliant studs from Martin Katz.

by Stacey King





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