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Oscars 2012 Dress Trend: Winter White

Rooney Mara, Gwyneth Paltrow Shailene Woodley Oscars red carpet

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Rooney Mara, Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley on the Oscars red carpet.

Hollywood loves a good sequel, so is it any surprise that the 2012 Oscars saw a second helping of the white gowns that stormed the SAG Awards? Proving that one most certainly can (nay, should) wear white well after Labor Day, these beauties gave the red carpet a gorgeous cherries-in-the-snow effect. Love!

Best Actress nominee Rooney Mara led the pack in an ivory-hued Givenchy Haute Couture gown she claims to have selected just that morning (better late than never?) The breakout star's severe black bangs, pale skin, and scarlet lips gave the beautifully structured, plunging dress a vampy edge, while the cut-out back provided a sexy modern touch.

Gwyneth Paltrow was a vision in snow white in her chic Tom Ford number paired with a floor-sweeping cape and Anna Hu jewelry, while Cameron Diaz hit the red carpet in a strapless Gucci gown with a ruffled fishtail hem.


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Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller, who play sisters in The Descendants, each scored gleaming white gowns from Valentino Haute Couture. Paired with Harry Winston jewelry, Ferragamo heels, and a Valentino clutch, Woodley's Spring 2012 number boasted demure long sleeves and a vintage-style peekaboo bodice. Miller, meanwhile, was precociously chic in her sheer-sleeved dress paired with Jimmy Choo heels and Forever Mark jewelry.

A touch of shimmer helped some stars add oomph to their white wardrobes. All eyes were on Milla Jovovich as she hit the red carpet in a sparkling one-shouldered gown from Elie Saab's Fall 2009 collection, which she paired with red lips, a retro wavy up-do, Jacob & Co. jewelry, and an Edie Parker clutch.

Staying true to her go-to designer Tadashi Shoji, Octavia Spencer dazzled in a beaded, short-sleeved number with a ruched midsection, while E! presenter Giuliana Rancic opted for a glitzy Basil Soda cap-sleeved gown. Finally, Jennifer Lopez flaunted her famous curves in an icy Zuhair Murad gown with long cut-out sleeves, stunning sheer pleats, and a plunging bodice that recalled her infamous Grammys moment.

So ... does this mean white is the new black?

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