Sandra Bullock, Zoe Saldana, Meryl Streep and Maggie Gyllenhaal led the fashion pack
By Laetitia Wajnapel
All eyes turned to Hollywood for the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
As well as finding out who would win the coveted statuettes, it was just as important for some to know which fashion trends were adopted by tinsel town's royalty this year.
The Oscars are the ultimate red carpet fashion show, with outfits ranging from chic to shabby.
One of the main trends this year - as seen on the runway for spring/summer 2010 - were pastel shades, mostly in blues and greys.
Rachel McAdams and Anna Kendrick, who was nominated for best supporting actress, both made this trend their own in Elie Saab.
Kendrick played it safe in a floor-length blush number, while McAdams was slightly more daring in a floral print strapless dress with draped bodice.
Michelle Lee looked stunning in her Grecian inspired Naeem Khan frock, as did Kate Winslet in Yves Saint Laurent.
With pastel colours leading the way, a general air of softness and femininity seemed to sweep the red carpet, with ruffles, frills and glowing faces galore.
Among the very best dressed was Zoe Saldana in a fresh and fashion conscious purple Givenchy haute couture gown with matching shoes and bag - perhaps unsurprising for a fashion week front row regular.
Up In The Air actress Vera Farmiga, who was up for a best supporting actress statuette, channelled her inner little girl in a red fan-pleated Marchesa strapless dress and Fred Leighton jewellery.
The Oscars would not be complete without an overload of sequins and embellishments and this year did not disappoint.
Sandra Bullock, who won the best actress Oscar for The Blind Side, was stunning in a champagne-coloured Marchesa gown which made her look like the statuette she took home.
Cameron Diaz went for a gold paillette explosion in Oscar de la Renta, while Carey Mulligan made a bolder choice with her embellished black strapless Prada dress and Fred Leighton jewellery.
Along with Saldana and Bullock, Maggie Gyllenhaal in hand-painted Dries Van Noten and Meryl Streep in a perfect white Chris March dress, were the most elegant ladies in the room.
Gyllenhaal may have gone home empty-handed, but deserved to win the prize for most fashion forward outfit. Flame-haired 1980s teen dream Molly Ringwald drew attention in her purple draped dress that complemented her colouring to perfection.
The main fashion faux-pas came courtesy of Melanie Griffith in black sequined Versace as well as Diane Kruger and Sarah Jessica Parker who failed to impress in Chanel.
Nicole Richie in Reem Acra looked like a sardine in a can, while Jennifer Lopez and Amanda Seyfried, both in Armani Prive, appeared to have wrapped themselves in shiny quilted blankets before taking the stage.
As usual when it comes to fashion at the Academy Awards, the focus was very much on women, but some men wanted a piece of the action and tried hard to stand out from the tuxedo-clad crowd.
We can often count on Mickey Rourke to play that part, but this year it was a (bow) tie between Robert Downey Jr - wearing a Lanvin suit, trainers, tinted glasses and a bow-tie that may or may not have come directly from 1976 - and Nick Park wearing home-made plasticine neck wear.
A special mention went to Burberry for dressing the entire male cast of the Hurt Locker, plus Jake Gyllenhaal, Gerard Butler and Woody Harrelson.
Style-wise, this year's Oscars were predictable. Strapless, floor-length gowns dominated with only a few daring to be different.
Perhaps when stylists no longer rule the red carpet we will see a little more individuality and personality shining through.
Laetitia Wajnapel is the editor of fashion and lifestyle blog