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Brief Published: 25 Feb 2013

Oscars 2013: Ghostly Romance


There was a soft romance to last night’s annual Academy Awards, with many of the night’s biggest stars opting for pale hues atop fair, untanned skin. 

Two of the night’s winners, Anne Hathaway (Best Supporting Actress) and Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress) demonstrated the look in washed-out, girlish pinks. Lawrence went for strapless Dior Couture (in which she took a tumble on her way to collect her award), while Hathaway wore a demure Prada satin column dress. Both actresses refrained from going for an obviously sun-kissed look, choosing natural, pale yet luminous skin instead.

Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain also championed the trend, offsetting her trademark red lips and auburn hair with a caramel-coloured Armani Prive gown. Actresses Amy Adams and Kristen Stewart worked the look in fairytale Oscar de la Renta and Reem Acra respectively, while at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, Topshop’s current poster girl Kate Bosworth paired a nude and pale pink Giambattista Valli mini dress with a barely-there tan.

Strapless was the most popular neckline of the evening and the décolletage was predominantly left bare and free of jewels. The pale and interesting colour palette suggests a soft, romantic mood, as well as a backlash against the honey-coloured fake tan that has come to be associated with preparing for the red carpet, recently highlighted by an article by Melanie Rickey for the Guardian’s online fashion content.

See Stylus’ coverage of the Sundance Film Festival for a look at the direction of the film industry for the upcoming year.