It was a chilly night in L.A. outside the Kodak Theatre, and goose bumps were a major accessory. But the Oscars fashions were hot stuff.Metal was a big hit, as were sparkles and studs (not the male kind). Case in point: Melissa Leo showed up in a white number with high collar, deep décolletage and metal accents. Too bad it resembled a giant doily. “I needed a crane to put this on,’’ The Fighter star joked to Ryan Seacrest. “It’s reflective!’’ remarked Seacrest of the Mark Bouwer dress. Little Hailee Steinfeld was shivering, but all for a stylish cause. “It’s cold out here!’’ said the 14-year-old in an age-appropriate Marchesa gown. Mila Kunis ( Black Swan) could have used a little more “support’’ in her cleavage area (were those pasties?), but overall, the lavender Elie Saab dress was gossamer and romantic. Purple was costar Natalie Portman’s color, too. The mother-to-be was ravishing in raspberry Rodarte. Usually can’t go wrong with Chanel – but Blue Valentine’s Michelle Williams missed the mark. The sparkles were on trend, but the short sleeves were more mother of the bride than Hollywood princess. Nicole Kidman ( Rabbit Hole) went with white, too – a strapless Dior with some odd, grey appliqué action. The Fighter’s Amy Adams channeled Rita Hayworth in a figure-hugging navy sheath by L’Wren Scott. “I’m in love with this dress!’’ gushed the new mom. But her silver necklace just sat there. No jewelry was necessary! Ladies in red are always welcome. Leading the brigade was Jennifer Hudson, ravishing in a halter-top tangerine-y Versace. What a bodacious bod. Talk about bodies that rock: Jennifer Lawrence ( Winter’s Bone) had on a fire-engine slip-type frock, which, although flattering, reminded me of Pamela Anderson swimsuit from Baywatch. Cohost Anne Hathaway made a choice of which Miranda Priestly would approve – her Vintage Valentino had Hathaway’s stylist, Rachel Zoe, written all over it. Sandra Bullock, also in a red, strapless Vera Wang, redeemed herself from that bangs-over-the-eyes disaster at the Golden Globes. Speaking of disasters, the eyesore of the night had to go to Cate Blanchett. Is she sleep deprived from caring for three kids? Her Givenchy looked as if a purple donut exploded on her chest. And the appliqués could have come straight out of a Claire’s catalog. Helena Bonham Carter is so over these ceremonies. She wanted to celebrate film, not fashion, so the Brit risk taker collaborated with Alice in Wonderland costume designer Colleen Atwood. The Morticia-esque velvet getup made the actress look like an 21st century courtesan — but at least it kept her warm.
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