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 Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.