Red Carpet Favorites from a Danvers Fashion Expert

Former Lorraine Roy owner and current Bella Sera Bridal consultant Jeanne Hennessey offers some picks from Sunday night's Oscar awards.

Danvers-based fashion expert Jeanne Hennessey, former owner of Lorraine Roy and currently a consultant at Bella Sera Bridal, said she saw many trends that she is seeing locally in the best dressed Hollywood A-listers on the red carpet at the Oscars.

"It was one of my all-time favorites in terms of the gowns we saw (Sunday) night; really gorgeous, sophisticated styles," she said.

She saw four emerging themes:

  • Vintage DECO while remaining modern: There were several dresses in this category. Halle Berry in Versace - Amazing; Naiomi Watts in Armani, and Hennessey's favorite, George Clooney's girlfriend Stacey Keiber in Naeem Khan.
  • Soft, muted color palette: A trend that has been seen for three years. The color of choice is a muted metallic tone. Anne Hathaway's Prada is a example of elegance and sophistication while still being fun. As she says "business in the front and party in the back, " Hennessey said. Also Renee Zellweiger's muted gold Carolina Herrera.
  • Ball Gowns: Hennessey said saw more ball gowns this year or the past few years. Hennessey's favorite was Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. "OMG the fabric and color were delicious," Hennessey said. Also wearing ball gowns were Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta and Jennfer Aniston in one of the few pops of color in Valentino's red knock out.
  • Sequins and beads shone through making the evening shimmering and shiny, Hennessey said. "Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen was out of this world," Hennessey said. The soft color with tone on tone beading on the light chiffon fabric flowed beautifully feminine, she said.

    The few pops of color were welcome and worn so well by Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton's cobalt and Maria Menounos in Ramone Keveza's hot pink, Hennessey said.


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