Leading ladies' old-school fashion parade

Leading ladies' old-school fashion parade
Julianne Moore poses with her Oscar for best actress for her role in "Still Alice" at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015.

LOS ANGELES - HOLLYWOOD'S A-list actresses oozed old-school elegance in white and glittering silver on the Oscars red carpet yesterday, even as rain tumbled down on Tinseltown's top fashion parade.

Beyond the icy colour palette, another trend for the actresses was lots of pearls and beads. Many of the gowns seen on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre were embellished to the max.

Luckily, organisers set up a canopy to protect the stars from the drizzle.

Julianne Moore, who won the best actress Oscar for playing a woman with early onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice, wore a custom beaded white strapless Chanel gown with black accents, her red hair swept back in a bun.

"Karl Lagerfeld made this for me!" she exclaimed.

France's Marion Cotillard, a previous Oscar winner and nominated again on Sunday in the best actress category, also chose white - a sleeveless Dior polka dot gown with a geisha-style bustle.

"I dreamed of cinema glory, for sure...but I would have never thought I would be part of this American family of cinema," Cotillard told E! television's Ryan Seacrest.

Lupita Nyong'o - the best supporting actress Oscar winner last year for 12 Years A Slave and a red carpet darling - wore a custom pearl-encrusted sleeveless Calvin Klein gown.

"The pressure's off," she said. "I can just dress up and enjoy the show."

Wild nominee Laura Dern - who brought her actor father Bruce to the ceremony - glittered in a fierce silver-studded strapless Alberta Ferretti gown worthy of a warrior princess.

In a pale shade of silvery-grey was best actress nominee Felicity Jones, who was resplendent in a hand-sewn, pearl-covered gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, her shoulders bare.

Bucking the pale colour trend was British actress Rosamund Pike - a nominee for her startling turn in thriller Gone Girl - who looked sultry in a fire engine-red Givenchy gown with a high slit up the front.

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