Oscars 2012 Dress Trend: Scarlet Fever

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Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Natalie Portman.

Though white was undoubtedly the night's go-to hue at the 2012 Oscars, a selection of rich reds and berries gave the proceedings a captivating "fire and ice" theme. And, let's face it, what's an awards ceremony without a splash of color?

We asked for color, and Michelle Williams delivered. The Best Actress nominee leapt to the top of many a best-dressed list by donning a strapless, peplum-waisted Louis Vuitton in a bold reddish hue she described as coral. The bright hue perfectly played off her creamy complexion and platinum pixie, and was a fitting follow-up to her much-loved mustard yellow Vera Wang from 2006.

Emma Stone had the red trend all tied up thanks to her scarlet Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown with an elaborate bow detail at the neck. Her matching locks secured in a sleek bun, the actress accessorized with an embellished clutch and white gold and diamond chain link bracelet, both by Louis Vuitton.

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Natalie Portman also dared to stand out from the pack, making the scene in a strapless red polka-dot Christian Dior Couture gown dating from 1954. A diamond V-shaped necklace and diamond drop earrings from Harry Winston gave the timeless look some extra glamour.

With Jane Seymour and Janet McTeer also turning up in ruby hues, this bold and beautiful trend was one of the evening's bright spots—literally.