The style stakes are heating up this red carpet season, and at the
on Sunday night, it was the risks that paid off.
The sea of sameness we saw at the
gave way to some major individualized fashion statements.
Emma Stone's dress — by Sarah Burton for
— was a total knockout because of its "exploding lace" bustier," as the fashion house describes it; and the fresh, mid-calf length, all the better to showcase a killer pair of peep-toe shoes.
gown was distinguished by the twist of a one-shoulder bodice and short, red lace sleeves. The surprising ankle-length, cutaway hem showed off her red Roger Vivier cage sandals.
And when it came to details, Zoe Saldana's white
by Riccardo Tisci gown, with its tank bodice under a sheer overlay and spiky jeweled neckline, was unlike anything else out there.
But the biggest risk-taker was Rose Byrne, who dressed in a white lace
jumpsuit. Her inspiration, she said, was the late 1970s/early '80s feel of the movie "Scarface," and with her bob haircut, the ensemble worked in a kooky chic way.
As far as trends to take away, there were many shades of pale:
's opal gray Tadashi Shoji gown,
's buttery yellow
halter gown and
' dove gray, floral-embroidered Calvin Klein dress.
The goddess look was big, as evidenced by
strapless white Grecian chiffon gown with antique gold embroidery,
's pleated white jersey
's draped black metallic jersey Jenny Packham gown. Even the braids we saw on Dianna Agron,
and others had a goddessy vibe.
When it came to the extras, there were loads of unique jewelry, including Wiig's 19th century diamond lattice Fred Leighton choker (a miss), Jolie's striking vintage black and gold House of Lavande hoop earrings and bangle bracelet, Sofia Vergara's bold Lorraine Schwartz amethyst cuff and earrings and
's frog bracelet by Nini Jewels.
So it seems, not just any borrowed diamonds will do.