Oscars 2011 Dress Trend: Sequin Gowns

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Sequins galore at the 2011 Oscars as seen on Hailee Steinfeld, Hilary Swank, Mandy Moore, and Halle Berry.

It just wouldn't be the Oscars without a little shimmer. Or in this year's case, a lot.

Sequined gowns shone on the red carpet, giving the ceremony an effervescent shot of sparkle.

Ushering in a parade of glittering neutrals, Mandy Moore—opting for coral lips and a simple updo—wowed in a champagne-hued stardust embroidered Monique Lhuillier with three-quarter sleeves, an illusion neckline, and tulle skirt.

The sequins/bubbly-hue combo also proved popular with Halle Berry, whose strapless Marchesa sported a frothy ruffled train and plenty of twinkle.

Nominee Hailee Steinfeld opted for a more youthful take on the trend with her own Marchesa, a tea-length tulle number in the palest shade of pink. The full-skirted gown featured a more restrained spray of sequins on its sheer bodice.

Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank may pick up a trophy for Best Dressed thanks to her platinum Gucci gown. The strapless silhouette boasted an icy, sequin-accented bodice paired with a stunning feathered skirt.

Amy Adams and Penélope Cruz, meanwhile, both cranked up the color with shimmering creations from L'Wren Scott. While Adams was a total knockout in a cap-sleeve navy gown that recalled the night sky, Cruz impressed in a slinky bold red look.

With all this designer bling, who needs jewelry? 

See all the red carpet looks in our Oscars 2011 gallery.