Classic shapes in the pink at the Oscars

Laura Dern (R) took her mother actress Diane Ladd to the Oscars, as she did in the 1990s.
Laura Dern (R) took her mother actress Diane Ladd to the Oscars, as she did in the 1990s.

Pink hues have dominated at the Oscars as stars opted for the rosy shade under grey skies and pouring rain.

Among them, Oscar nominee Laura Dern donned pale pink and black from Armani for Hollywood's biggest night - noting that Armani also dressed her for her first Oscars back in the early 1990s. She attended with her mother then and now.

While pink has been popular, a range of colours were plentiful at the Oscars. Princess and other classic silhouettes were the norm as fewer stars took fashion risks. Janelle Monae was an exception, as usual, in a drop-dead stunning Ralph Lauren silver dress with long sleeves and about 170,000 Swarovski crystals, completed with a hood.

Spike Lee paid tribute to Kobe Bryant in a Lakers-purple jacket with the basketball star's 24 on its lapels

Billie Eilish, her hair bright green, was all about Chanel in a fuzzy white button down and pants, not breaking with her tradition of wearing oversize looks.

Zazie Beetz wore two stunning diamond necklaces by Bvlgari with a custom Thom Browne look, and Billy Porter paid homage to the Cupola Room at Kensington Palace in a 24-karat bodice of gold feathers. Beetz, who co-stars in "Joker," sparkled in two pieces from Browne, her tight top fringed at the bottom. Her necklaces were in white gold, one with round diamonds and the other a choker with an oval emerald at the centre.

The look was "very chic dominatrix," Beetz said, adding: "I'm really into corsetry. It's a very beautiful classic shape."

Norwegian singer Aurora showed up in loose pants with a tunic top and red accents. Atop her head was a crown-like head piece in a flower design with touches of green and pearl.

Kaitlyn Dever, from "Booksmart," wore an eco-conscious strapless Louis Vuitton gown in red.

"There's a lot of change to be made," she said of saving the planet.

The company said in an email that the custom silk satin look embroidered with Swarovski crystals and glass beads is "ethical" and "eco-responsible."

Regina King went full Hollywood in a one-strap pink gown that showed off a perfect fit. Child-star Julia Butters, who appeared in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," wore a perky shade of pink with a matching bag.

Waad al-Kateab, co-director of the nominated, Syria-set documentary "For Sama," wore a gown adorned with Arabic messaging. Her war film tells the stories of loss, laughter and survival in Aleppo.

The carpet kicked off with a blast of hard rain and cold just as the stars began arriving.

Crazed staff ran around trying to keep the water off the tent with squeegees.

Australian Associated Press