There have been exceptions, of course, such as the memorable bubble gum pink
Which got us thinking: what came down the runways during New York Fashion Week that we wouldn't mind seeing on the Oscars red carpet?
It would be a big coup for someone to wear a look from Peter Copping's first Oscar de la Renta collection, for one.
I’d also love to see almost anything from the Marchesa runway. The label was established in 2004 by British designers Karen Craig and Georgina Chapman (who is married to Hollywood mogul
But sadly, there's not a lot of risk taking on the Oscars red carpet. Again, if there were, I'd love to see someone wearing one of Narciso Rodriguez's finale looks, such as the white silk, bias-cut top that spiraled into a formal wear-type tail—a new kind of creative black tie.
Or, for the ultimate thumb in the eye to armchair fashion critics, how about a pair of Michael Kors' crystal-covered silk pajamas?
Take that, fashion police.