Wedding Inspiration From the 2013 Oscar Red Carpet
The Oscars didn't provide many surprises last night (Russell Crowe still can't sing, Anne Hathaway wore Gwyneth's dress picked up a statue for Best Actress) but who knew there would be so much wedding inspiration? From Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum's opening dance number - which is sure to have couples signing up for lessons in droves today - to Ben Affleck's loving words to Jennifer Garner ("Thank you for working on our marriage - there's no one I'd rather work with") we feverishly took notes for you during the red carpet parade before the actual ceremony began.
Top Oscar night trends: bare shoulders, subdued jewelry, necklaces that drop delicately down the back, minimal makeup and undone hair, fishtail hems and nude or pale gowns.
Bridal Looks from the Red Carpet
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Charlize Theron: This Dior Couture column gown with a sparkling peplum is simple, yet fashion forward. We love the simple styling, with bangles on both wrists.
Queen Latifah: We were wowed by this flattering Badgley Mischka - and Latifah's sleek style altogether!
Jessica Chastain: This champagne Armani gown worked well with Chastain's pale good looks, mostly because she chose great accessories - including a bold berry lip.
Jennifer Lawrence: A gown for a girl who's been planning her wedding her whole life, this is also Dior Couture.
Amy Adams: This romantically ruffled silvery-grey Oscar de la Renta elicited the most gasps and sighs at our watch party! Truly, a gown fit for a princess.
Honorable mention to Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman (Harvey Weinstein's lovely lady) for making a bump work on the red carpet! This would be a great bridal look for someone who's walking down the aisle with child.
Bridal Hair and Makeup Inspiration
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Say it with me: bold eyes, strong lips, can't lose. Remember when considering how you'll do your bridal makeup that what we saw last night won't translate well to wedding day photos. Choose a strong eye (Adele, Reese Witherspoon] or deeply colored lip [Jessica Chastain] so that your features stand out rather than fade away.
And while there was lots of "I don't care" hair (can someone please get Kristen Stewart some shampoo?) There was also lots of great retro glamour in hairstyles, from Reese and Jessica's Veronica Lake-style waves to Stacy Kiebler's art-deco bob and Adele's gorgeous half updo. Your wedding is a day you want to look like you put your back into it.
In a sea of neutrals, these women stood out in colorful gowns that we'd love to see on a bridesmaid - from Kerry Washington's sparkling Miu Miu gown to Jennifer Aniston's bold red Valentino and our favorite, Jennifer Garner's plum pretty Prada with a cascade of ruffles. (We left out Jane Fonda's yellow stunner - that's strictly advanced style, ladies. Maybe for your second wedding.)
What were your favorite Oscar styles? Will the red carpet inspire your wedding look?