By Felix Mercado
Felix Mercado is a celebrity stylist and president and owner of Say it With STYLE.
(CBS) While there were a handful of celebrities who hit the mark on the Oscar red carpet, they were outnumbered by the misses.
That said, some of the trends I saw were one-shoulder, strapless or long sleeved dresses in metallics/sequins, white and black & gold combinations, and simple and smart jewelry choices.
Hair was swept up or left soft and wavy, and makeup was subtle and pretty. Overall most everyone looked good, but not great. (See my best- and worst-dressed lists for details.)
Pastels emerged as a fun and fresh trend. Here are some of the stars who showed us this:
Missy Pyle wore an aqua eco-friendly dress from Red Carpet Green Dress. It took a team to design this dress - costume designer Birgit Muller, patternist Angelo Santos, and designer Valentina Delfino
Berenice Bejo wore Elie Saab's soft green long-sleeved dress.. While the color was on trend, it was not age appropriate. Sheer long sleeves or embellished long sleeves on an evening gown can make a young person look much too old.
Kate Mara wore a blush-toned, floral bead-embellished Elie Saab gown. It was a very romantic and pretty look for her. Good choice!
Jennifer Lopez looked absolutely fabulous in faux Zuhair Murad dress. Ladies, if you're going through a breakup or divorce this is how you're suppose to look! Take notes and make your ex gag!
Penelope Cruz was dressed in Easter egg blue. Her custom Giorgio Armani organza evening gown had off-the-shoulder straps and a fitted bodice. It was interesting color choice to say the least.
White is clean and elegant and will be trendy for a while. Here are the stars who showed us that:
Milla Jovovich walked the red in a white, bejeweled Elie Saab Couture one-shoulderd gown. Her wavy hair is in. Her simple jewelry made a big statement
Shailene Woodley was covered up and conservative in Valentino Couture. While the color was on trend, the long sleeves were not age appropriate
Octavia Spencer was the absolute best she's ever looked. She was flawless, but predictable, in Tadashi Shoji.
Rooney Mara was eye-catching in Givenchy's plunging dress. I'm not sure whether anyone noticed the video editing on her chest bones so she didn't appear so skinny. Very obvious, E! producers.
Gwyneth Paltrow distinguished herself in a white Tom Ford ensemble. This is the best she's ever looked, and we all know Gwyneth's track record hasn't been the best.
Cameron Diaz looked gorgeous in Gucci. Enough said!
We'll soon all be shimmering in sequins and metallics. Here are the stars who showed us this trend:
Rose Byrne was in Vivienne Westwood 's black, one-shouldered gown. I loved everything about this dress and the way she looked in it.
Her "Bridesmaids" castmate Ellie Kemper was in Armani Prive copper strapless. There wasn't one thing wrong with her look or the dress. Bold choice and a hit!
Jane Seymour was ravishing in a red Pamela Roland
Judy Greer sparkled in a black and gold, figure-flattering Monique Lhuillier gown.
Stacy Keibler shone in a metallic one-shouldered Marchesa.
Jessica Chastain looked fabulous in Alexander McQueen's sparkly gold and black strapless stunner. It looked very regal and the print was unexpected.
Kristen Wigg totally pulled off the faux gold J. Mendel gown. It was the perfect shade and complemented her hair color and skin tone.