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High collars and a show of color on the Oscars red carpet

Associated Press logo Associated Press 23/02/2015 Leanne Italie
Emma Stone attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. 2015 Oscars red carpet

Classic Hollywood took hold of the Oscars red carpet Sunday night — and color made a show among early walkers that included Anna Kendrick in a demure pale coral look with a jeweled halter collar.

Her custom silk-and-chiffon by Thakoon crossed at the front with a modest peekaboo at the front.

Updos were back: Patricia Arquette went for one with a one-shoulder white top she wore with a black skirt, all designed by her childhood friend Rosetta Getty.

"She was my best friend since we were 7 or 8 years old," said Arquette, nominated for best supporting actress for "Boyhood."

Arquette recalled the two playing with Barbie dolls and dreaming of their grown-up lives.

"I said, 'I want to be an actress.' She said, 'I want to be in fashion,'" Arquette told The Associated Press.

And what's the Oscars without a little sparkle? Thank you Jamie Chung and your princess-y fireworks-design in sequins against black on your Yanina Couture gown, with a boost from your diamond cluster earrings with a spot of bright blue tanzanite from Leticia Linton.

Faith Hill was draped in cool ice, draped and long-sleeved thanks to J. Mendel, while up-and-comer Gina Rodriguez choice a high sashed collar in a royal blue.

Zendaya was feeling the moment. Of her slinky bright white off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood gown, her long braids loose, she told the AP at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles: "It makes me feel very goddess."

Starlet-of-the-moment Dakota Johnson decided on a ponytail — ode to her Fifty Shades of Grey character Anastasia Steele? — to go with her red one-shoulder Saint Laurent with a dash of sparkle detail. Also in Saint Laurent was Margot Robbie, in a deep black draped at the front with sheer long sleeves.

Repping the guys were David Oyelowo in a wine-red tuxedo from Dolce & Gabbana. He wore a multicolored jewel ribbon pin on one lapel in support of Ebola eradication.

Nominee Marion Cotillard walked in a white Dior Couture gown with an overlay of circle cutouts, high collar and a caped effect at the back. She was sleeveless but high-necked in a stunning pair of diamond earrings.

"I chose it because I feel comfortable in it and I love it," Cotillard said during the AP's live carpet show.

Also high-necked in white: Lupita Nyong'o in a heavily embellished custom Calvin Klein.

There was a contingent in strapless red, including Rosamund Pike in Givenchy Haute Couture, while nominee Felicity Jones was Team High Collar in icy blue-white by fellow Brit Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

"It's all hand-sewn, even these little pockets of pearls," Jones said, pointing to chunky embellishment at the hip.

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