Shadowed by the controversy over no actors or actresses of color nominated for Oscars, the mood at the 88th Academy Awards seemed subdued. That carried over to the red carpet, where hardly a princess gown was to be seen and evening wear was not nearly as flashy as in years past. (Even Sofia Vergara toned her look down, at least compared to her showy standards.)
Even so, it was a year where just about every star looked nearly flawless, with modern looks and fresh attitudes. It was hard to find candidates for a serious citation by the Fashion Police, but there also weren't many memorable gowns that are likely to be recalled in the future.
However, we were still able to compile a list of standouts and those who should-have-tried-harder.
Charlize Theron just about always hits a fashion home run and she did it again in this red Christian Dior gown with a plunging neckline, accented with a 48-carat Harry Winston secret cluster diamond necklace, diamond earrings and rings, totaling $3.7 million. It's a far cry from her Mad Max: Fury Road look.
Sofia Vergara admitted she toned down for the Oscars in a navy Marchesa gown with her hair in a sleek ponytail."It's kind of different for me. I always have a big dress and my hair back," she told E's Ryan Seacrest, "but I like it."
We do too.
Best supporting actress winner Alicia Vikander took a bit of a risk with the color (pale yellow) and poofy hem of her custom Louis Vuitton gown. But it paid off with a fresh red carpet look.
Brooklyn's Saoirse Ronan looked super sexy in a sequined gown with plunging back that was custom made for her by Calvin Klein Collection. She had requested the color green to honor her home country, Ireland.
Best actress winner Brie Larson's ethereal Gucci gown with a jeweled belt was a winner, too. And the flowing skirt was easy to maneuver in, so Larson easily made it up the stairs to accept her award without tripping.
Kerry Washington looked like a gladiator in the edgiest look of the evening — an Atelier Versace black-and-white gown with leather bodice. We'll follow her into battle — even if a Scandal develops!
Among the fashion crowd, Rooney Mara took top honors in a daring sheer white gown by Givenchy Haute Couture with a midriff cut-out.
Margot Robbie is as gold in an Oscar-worthy sequined Tom Ford gown.
Lady Gaga's Brandon Maxwell evening jumpsuit with long skirt had a split personality. From the waist up it's dramatic, but from the waist down it's ill-fitting around the crotch area. She said Maxwell, who is also her stylist, created five gowns for her. She should have chosen another one for the big night.
Vying for red carpet couple of the evening were the dazzling duo of Olivia Munn, in a tangerine one-shoulder Stella McCartney gown that was one of the evening's big winners, and boyfriend Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a dashing blue tux with black shawl collar lapel. Munn also sported a $1 million Forevermark diamond cuff bracelet featuring 12.06 carat diamonds.
Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso in a form-fitting red gown, turned heads when they arrived at the Oscars.
Sarah Silverman, in a black strapless Zac Posen gown, and Michael Sheen in a classic black tuxedo, were among the evening's best dressed couples. And he's a gentleman, too, as she was spotted in the audience wearing his tux jacket in the chilly auditorium.
We're a bit conflicted about Star Wars heroine Daisy Ridley's Chanel dress. The ankle length and cut seem more suited to a high-style cocktail party than the Academy Awards, but the look is fresh and stood out on the red carpet.
Rachel McAdams's August Getty gown had the right ingredients: a great green color, long train, thigh-high slit and plunging back.
Cate Blanchett's fussy Armani Privé seafoam green gown has a bit of a "Haven't we seen this before?" saloon madam style. But the Tiffany jewels, including drop earrings in platinum with marquise and round diamonds, starfish cuff in platinum with round diamonds, and ring in platinum with a 2.30-carat round diamond and round diamond border, are dazzling.
Reese Witherspoon wore an Oscar de la Renta corseted, strapless lightly ribbed purple gown with black underpinnings and topstitching that featured the same silhouette that she's worn at several awards shows in the past. But she, too, wore more than $1.5 million in Tiffany jewels, including a ring with a 7.49-carat emerald and a bracelet in platinum with marquis and pear-shaped diamonds.
We give Jared Leto points for pushing the envelope but this black tux trimmed in red piping, with a misplaced carnation is cringe worthy.
Heidi Klum in a floaty Marchesa gown that was unveiled recently at New York Fashion Week is a bit too frothy for the occasion.
Jennifer Garner exuded movie star glamour in a one-shoulder Atelier Versace gown with sparkling black beading on the bodice and a ruffled detail on the skirt.
Jennifer Jason Leigh showed off a smokin' figure in a Marchesa dusty blush gown with floral appliques.
Kate Winslet is usually a knockout on the red carpet but she struck out in a black Ralph Lauren gown made of fabric that was too shiny and a silhouette that she has worn too many times before.
Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio looked dashing in a Giorgio Armani Made to Measure tuxedo.
Jacob Tremblay gave Leonardo DiCaprio a run for his money as the best-looking man on the red carpet. The amazing co-star of Room wore Star Wars-patterned socks with his tux.