Oscars 2015 red carpet: White dresses, rain and other trends

The red carpet for the 87th Academy Awards is over. Rain soaked reporters and celebrities alike as white gowns dominated the sartorial selections among the actresses, several of whom opted to take part in the #AskHerMore campaign instead of talking about their wardrobe choices. Here's a recap.

No shades for Anna Wintour

Vogue editor Anna Wintour is here with her daughter, Bee Shaffer, and not wearing her trademark sunglasses. She's clinging to them, though, a pair of Chanels. The pair were drinking water -- no champs -- when they were introduced to Chiwetel Ejiofor. She wished him good luck as he walked away -- weird, since he's not nominated?

-- Amy Kaufman

Performers Tegan and Sara share their final look

What are they saying?!

Reese Witherspoon is in charge

She was all smiles as she stopped to chat on the red carpet. What's all the awards hubbub really about for her?

"It's about creating strong women's roles in this wonderful industry," she said, placing a hand affectionately on a reporter's shoulder.

Now that she's further along in her career, she says, things have changed for her as a female producer and actress.

"It's different because I feel more in control of my own destiny!"

-- Deborah Vankin

Kerry Washington's completed look

"Scandal" star and presenter Kerry Washington shares her full look.

Dakota and Mom, then and now

Meanwhile, inside the Dolby...

Times staff writer Amy Kaufman is attending the ceremony and shares a sneak peek of the stage.

How amazing does the #Oscars2015 stage?

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First year inside the actual ceremony! Let's do this. #Oscars

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Paltrow in pink

Probably it'll be 'Boyhood' or 'Birdman.' But you know, if 'American Sniper' helps vets to understand PTSD, if 'Selma' illuminates history, it's a win. It's about good movies and doing good things. These movies change lives.
Harvey Weinstein, when asked what he thought would win best picture

Rita Ora arrives

Singer Rita Ora is performing "Grateful," the Oscar-nominated original song from "Beyond the Lights," during the show.

White dresses everywhere, too

Move over, classic black. On the Oscars red carpet, the white dress is turning out to be one of the evening's biggest trends.

We're not talking basic white gowns either, but showpieces elaborately embroidered with sparkling pearls, beads and flowers, putting new emphasis on couture-level embellishment.

Pearl and ivory beading cover Lupita Nyong'o's custom white Calvin Klein halter gown.

Faith Hill is wearing a beaded, ivory long-sleeved J Mendel gown and Julianne Moore a strapless crystalline Chanel creation, with unique floral embroidery at the top.

Marion Cotillard's dramatic, modern-looking off-white silk creation by Christian Dior couture has a sheer polka dot effect and a low back bustle.

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Kerry Washington is also following the trend in a champagne bustier top with peplum bodice, and long chiffon skirt.

-- Booth Moore

Jared Leto is en route

Last year's supporting actor winner Jared Leto is presenting -- and getting in a selfie before showtime.

Boo! #oscars2015

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All the rage for men: White pocket squares

The standout menswear accessory of the red carpet appears to be a crisply folded white pocket square. A sliver of horizontal white fabric can be seen poking just perfectly from the breast pockets of Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall and Terrence Howard.

While the plethora of pocket squares could simply be a style flourish (it does a good job of adding a little -- but not too much -- flair to a standard-issue tux), as the skies over Hollywood opened up and the rain went from a trickle to a downpour, we're guessing more than a few of those pocket squares will end up being deployed for brow-mopping and -- for those truly skilled in the gentlemanly arts -- gently daubing the raindrops from one's date.

-- Adam Tschorn

'Gone Girl' is here

Rosamund Pike, nominated for lead actress for "Gone Girl," spent the morning feeding her babies, playing with them and working out. "You know, get the nervous energy out."

She also watched a documentary, she said, on the history of the Oscars.

"It's good to give things context. So that you don't feel like you're on your own little island!"

-- Deborah Vankin

Mark Ruffalo offers a preview

"Foxcatcher" supporting actor nominee Mark Ruffalo seems grateful just to be nominated. His wife, Sunrise Coigney, is his date.

Preview. Lots of love to all. Thanks for all the support and kindness. @TheAcademy

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On the way to the @TheAcademy awards.

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The rain won't get in Star-Lord's way

"Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt, who's presenting during the show, and his wife, Anna Faris, of "Mom," make their way to the Dolby Theatre.

Lupita Nyong'o: 'We've come a long way...but'

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Looking stunning - and dry - in a pearled Calvin Klein dress, Lupita Nyong'o, last year's supporting actress winner for "12 Years a Slave," was also especially relaxed.

"I'm happy to be here today when the pressure's off," she said. "I've felt a big difference in my life [since the win]."

On the issue of diversity, or lack thereof, at this year's Oscars, she added:

"You know, we've come a long way. But there's always room for more."

-- Deborah Vankin

Men's looks all over the map

So far, the men on the 87th Academy Awards red carpet are all over the map style-wise. Sure, there are a fair number of classic-looking, old-school tuxedo looks -- including Adam Levine in black two-button wool/cashmere tuxedo (extra points for the shawl-collar lapel) and Michael Keaton and Steve Carell (in Brunello Cucinelli), who chose to accessorize their tuxes with crisply folded white pocket squares.

Although we liked Common's uncommon choice of pairing a white bow tie and white shirt with a black Prada tuxedo jacket (which appeared to be black velvet), Kevin Hart's outfit, which was essentially a photo-negative of Common's with a black tie, black dress shirt and white jacket, was a sartorial misstep thanks to black contrast lapels that added some horizontal width that didn't work with the actor's stature.

And we're not sure exactly what was going on with's outfit, which included a bold shirt with vertical black-and-white stripes and a hat that was somewhere between a railroad conductor's hat and a kepi.

-- Adam Tschorn

Winfrey and longtime beau are red-carpet ready too

Oprah Winfrey, who appears in and co-produced best picture nominee "Selma," has longtime beau Stedman Graham escort her on the red carpet. The former daytime TV queen is presenting during the show.

On our way to red carpet. See you there. #OSCARS

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Backstage practicing for tomorrow.#OSCARS

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Michael Keaton is having fun

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Laughing: "Sorry you had a bucket of water dumped on your head!"

On tonight's race: "You know, I'm having fun," the lead actor nominee, for "Birdman," said. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't look at the other awards," he added, noting Eddie Redmayne's recent Screen Actors Guild Award win in the same category. "But the interesting thing is, it's like a political campaign and you can see how things shift. It's fun."

"Sorry about that," he added as he was pulled off, referring to the wet-haired reporter and the now giant tear in the tent.

-- Deborah Vankin

It's a crisis now - rain soaks red carpet

As the rain went from a slight drizzle to a torrential downpour, parts of the plastic tent began to leak, soaking the red carpet. Guests who'd been waiting in line to have their photo snapped at the spot where stars pose bypassed the queue to rush closer to the Dolby. There, in the hallway where stores like Louis Vuitton and MAC had been covered with red curtains, ticketholders opted to pose with human-size gold Oscars. Anyone who got too frisky -- touching the statue's toned derriere, say -- was swiftly reprimanded by security.

-- Amy Kaufman

A flurry on the red carpet

Rehearsals are done, the show is 'locked'

Third-time Oscars telecast co-producer Craig Zadan said rehearsals just wrapped. Host Neil Patrick Harris and company are backstage getting ready for the show, according to comedian Liz Feldman.

The theory of being cool and collected

Anthony McCarten, screenwriter and co-producer of "The Theory of Everything," was especially calm during the red carpet arrivals.

What are the film's chances of winning in any of the five categories in which it's nominated?

"I think if we win two or three, that'd be spectacular. I'll let you decide which categories that'll be," he replied.

"But we're very confident about Eddie [Redmayne]," he said of his lead actor, who took home the Screen Actors Guild Award in the same category last month.

-- Deborah Vankin