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(Later, during the telecast, Lopez looked close to a wardrobe malfunction with her plunging V neck.)

Viola Davis’ emerald-green, corset-style gown by Vera Wang had a little beading on the bustline and a chiffon pleated skirt. She matched her earrings to the jewel tone of the gown, which seemed a popular trend. Melissa McCarthy also did it, pairing her rose Marina Rinaldi with crystal neckline and waistband with 10-carat diamond earrings decorated with pink diamonds by Chopard and a pink tourmaline cocktail ring.

Her high-school pal, shoe designer Brian Atwood, made her glittery shoes. “He put a beautiful inscription on the bottom of the shoes, which made me cry and almost ruined all my makeup.”

Penelope Ann Miller also wore the rose color. She worked with Badgley Mischka to create her slightly retro halter gown made of rose gold sequins and chiffon.

Meryl Streep doesn’t always do it up for awards shows but she did this time in a gold dress by Lanvin that she paired with antique gold pendant earrings and a 19th-century diamond cluster ring by Fred Leighton.

Glenn Close did a modern mix of a menswear-style jacket over a feminine corset dress by Zac Posen. Posen also had a big celebrity get with Miss Piggy: She wore a gold V-neck gown with a Fred Leighton 55-karat diamond necklace and 10-carat diamond headband.

Rose Byrne in shimmery black Vivienne Westwood, Kristen Wiig in a delicate champagne J. Mendel and Tina Fey in a regal indigo gown by Carolina Herrera with a trend-right peplum and black velvet waistband also elevated their fashion credibility _ and likely their star wattage _ with their appearances. Fey was another fan of the matching earrings: Hers were almost 48 carats of blue sapphires from Bulgari.

Octavia Spencer continued to work with Tadashi Shoji on her awards-show wardrobe, this time in a hand-beaded, draped ivory gown with cap sleeves.

Milla Jovovich, best known as a model, channeled a screen siren in a one-shoulder, white-beaded Elie Saab gown. “I wanted something very clean, structured, like a statement piece without being overpowered,” she said.

Berenice Bejo chose a mint-green, fully embroidered gown by Saab. Her makeup artist Julie Hewett said they purposely created a fresh, unfussy look to complement the dress because it was an unusual color. “We decided to go very simple and not complete,” said Hewett, a Dior artist. “I kept her skin very fresh: not powdered, very clean, very natural.”

Hewett saw the influence of the 1920s and `30s on the red carpet and thought it could be a nod to “The Artist,” for which Bejo is nominated.

“Old Hollywood never goes away, it never goes out of fashion, but `The Artist’ brought it back for a generation that didn’t know about Hollywood at that time,” Hewett said. “It’s how we want our stars to look.”

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AP Writer Beth Harris contributed to this report.