Red ruffles, pink tulle, and even gold gowns inspired by Oscar himself overran the Academy Awards red carpet on Sunday, as Hollywood glitterati showed off their finery during cinema's biggest glam-fest.
Matching the colour of the world's most famous carpet was the attention-getting choice for many attendees. Call it crimson, scarlet or vermillion, the red gowns popped under sunny skies and a mild California breeze, as a steady cavalcade of stars entered Hollywood's Dolby Theatre.
Lady Gaga brought old Hollywood glamour - and the bling to match - in an Alexander McQueen black gown, leather gloves and a 128 carat diamond from Tiffany, as Emma Stone's coppery Louis Vuitton gown with futuristic shoulders was covered in sparkling paillettes resembling modified scales.
Frontrunner to win Best Actress, "The Wife" star Glenn Close chose a shimmering gold Carolina Herrera tunic dress - with four million beads, the actress noted - with a heavy flowing train, setting the evening off on the right note in an ode to Oscar, the coveted gold statuette.
"My God, how much does it weigh?" gasped E! host Ryan Seacrest, who struggled to lift her train.
"42 pounds (19 kg)!" enthused Close.
While pink made a major play, red ruffles were the choice of a bevy of actresses, including Best Supporting Actress nominee for "Roma" Marina de Tavira. But the theme was taken to the next level by "Green Book" star Linda Cardellini whose oversized flounce of red ruffles cascaded in layers down her body, cinched together with a pink belt.