Subtle elegance and lovely prints at the Oscars

Oscar 2010 red-carpet parade gives a lead for the spring season event dressing. The newest neutrals: nude shades (soft hues of pink and beige) will show everywhere in formal/cocktail/party occasions.

Versatile silver gray or warm shades of taupe make transition from sporty casual to indisputable elegance. Dazzling looks are still a strong option for party wear; the iconic LBD makes way for the impeccable little white dress while lace brings a retro romantic vibe.

Oscar 2010: floral gowns

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries van Noten and Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab

But the loveliest trend of spring 2010 must be the floral print in its newest painterly form: large flower prints with blended/ faded contours in rich colors or soft pastels. A body conscious mini dress, a bohemian gown or a silky coat in the updated floral print fit perfectly into your spring wardrobe

spring 2010 trend: painterly floral

Nude shades are everywhere this year from shoes to bags to nail polish and all styles of clothing. Soft shades of pink and beige that go together with draping and frills or sheer lace are perfect mediums for a romantic look, polished or lingerie-inspired.

Oscar 2010: nude shades

Anna Kendrick in Elie Saab Couture, Demi Moore in Atelier Versace, Diane Kruger in Chanel Haute Couture and Miley Cyrus in Jenny Packham

Nude-colored cocktail attire, meaning even a pair of tailored trousers matched with a sheer blouse, seems to be a must-wear for spring 2010.

spring 2010 trend: nude shades

Among the most inspirational appearances on the red carpet were the “grey ladies” swirling around in their diaphanous silvery gowns.

Oscar 2010: silvery grey

Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta, Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka and Elizabeth Banks in Versace

Easy to wear, light shades of grey and warm hues of greige make a graceful step forward from sporty chic/casual to downright classy. Of course the quality of fabric & cut and the innovation of detail make the difference; hence, the conclusion: the newest shades of grey are a great choice for event wear be it opulent textures or impeccable minimalist looks.

spring 2010 trend: the grey lady

The Oscar winner, the promising newcomer and the socialite chose to shine on the red carpet also with their sparkling gowns, in a very classy manner though: slick hair, subtle makeup and delicate jewelry completed the look.

Oscar 2010: shine, sequined & bejeweled

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa, Carey Mulligan in Prada and Nicole Richie in Reem Acra

Shiny looks in forms of metallic textures or sequin/crystal appliqué are perfect choices for parties this season. From boyfriend glittery blazers to loose tunics and disco-dancing-fit-for jumpsuits, this trend continues to shine.

spring 2010 trend: shine on

For a more elegant retro/feminine look lace is a better option. Sandra's gown signed by Marchesa "hit" two of this seasons event wear trends and I have to admit lace makes a graceful "team" with silky/metallic textures.

spring 2010 trend: lace

I have only admiration for one of the greatest actresses of our time that, way beyond the need of fashion experimenting, chose to wear a (very flattering) plunging white gown signed by a new talent of the fashion industry. Until now white was proper only for certain formal events but we will see it and wear it more often (although so hard to maintain).

Meryl Streep at the Oscars 2010

Meryl Streep wearing a Chris March design

The tailored white dress (along with sharp white suits) takes LBD’s place for cocktail wear. The look is very refined with a monochromatic tendency in accessories; so no red shoes, please. The silhouette is the timeless hourglass figure or a slightly diaphanous cocoon shape in dresses.

spring 2010 trend: little white dress

And as a wondering conclusion is it pure chance that these distinguished appearances that fit with this year’s color fashion trends (classic white & black, metallic gold and silver and the neutrals grey and blush tones along with cheerful floral prints) are the only ones that manage to look good against that dreadful red carpet?

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