By Michelle Graff

Watching the 2009 Academy
Awards, I found it hard to look past the proliferation of cream-colored gowns
without adding quite a few of them to my favorites list (Penelope Cruz in
vintage Balmain, Taraji P. Henson in glam Roberto Cavalli and Anne Hathaway in
sparkling Armani Prive, to name a few). Yet it was almost a breath of fresh air
to look out at the sea of neutrals and spot a few dashes of color.

With all the colorless
diamonds and nearly white gowns, it’s no wonder critics gave kudos to
Natalie Portman in a pink Rodarte frock and routinely called out Angelina
Jolie’s stunning emerald drop earrings by Lorraine Schwartz. 

One of the looks
I’m loving is this sunny style on singer and actress Alicia Keys. 
Keys hit the
red carpet in lilac Armani Prive, and then did a quick-change for
Vanity Fair’s
Oscar party. Her “Champagne Bubbles” earrings and bracelet, plus “Orielle”
flower ring, are all from Diamond in the Rough and feature more than 139 carats of
micropave diamond accents and natural rough diamonds in a pale yellow hue.

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