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“She looked classic Hollywood, but youthful … with an innocence but also a grown woman who is confident,” said Levy, who stuck to peach and coral Dior shades.

Zooey Deschanel wore a unique Prada dark-green halter gown with black and emerald glass pearls on the bodice and ivory pearls at the neck, and Rooney Mara, in a deep V-neck black gown with a bare, harness-style bodice. “It’s a Nina Ricci and it was the first one I tried on,” Mara said. “It was very comfortable.”

Rubenstein thought Mara is playing her cards right in introducing herself to a broader audience. “She’s doing a very savvy bridge between personal style and the character she plays in `Dragon Tattoo.’”

First-timer Octavia Spencer wore a lavender, draped gown by Tadashi with a V neck and jeweled details. “We wanted to create something Grecian that highlighted her curves and vibrant personality,” said Shoji in a statement.

Rubenstein noted how many women went the purple route, including Emma Stone in Lanvin, Jessica Alba in Gucci and Shailene Woodley in an embroidered illusion column dress by Marchesa.

Lea Michele wore one of the beaded, under-the-sea fantasy frocks from Marchesa’s spring runway.

Madonna, whose style has been all over the map in her long career, went back to her rock `n’ roll roots for this event wearing a dark green embroidered gown with cap sleeves by Reem Acra and a diamond-and-pearl cross by Neil Lane.

“I love it because I feel like I’m wearing chain mail and I’m ready to go to battle,” said Madonna.

Claire Danes took a very modern turn in a graphic black-and-white J. Mendel gown with an open back, and Kate Winslet did the opposites-attract thing in a Jenny Packham gown with a black hammered silk satin bodice and ivory silk crepe skirt.

“There was not a real miss, definitely nothing cataclysmic,” said Rubenstein. “Those days of big goofs are few and far between now. People are too smart, their stylists are too smart _ and they all have good relationships with designers.”


AP Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report.