The world's most-watched stretch of red carpet seized the spotlight in Hollywood on Sunday (February 28) as stars in luxurious gowns, glittering sequins and daring necklines strutted and twirled on their way into the Academy Awards. Fashion designer Nick Verreos applauded stars for their strong color choices, on a carpet filled with jewel tones.

Oscars Fashion Heidi Klum, Kate Blanchett and Emily Blunt pose on the red carpet in this combination photo before the 2016 Academy Awards in Hollywood Photo: Reuters

Best actress nominee Cate Blanchett wore a sea-foam Armani Prive gown adorned with a profusion of hand-sewn flowers and feathers. In a similarly skin-baring dress, best actress nominee for "Brooklyn" Saoirse Ronan channeled her inner mermaid with a sparkling emerald Calvin Klein dress with an open back and dramatic V-neck. Verreos picked Brie Larson's blue silk Gucci gown with cascading ruffles as a standout. On the men's side, Verreos said Eddy Redmayne's tuxedo choice was lean and elegant.