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Classic silhouettes - plus Billie and Janelle - at Oscars

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NEW YORK (AP) — Spike Lee paid tribute to Kobe Bryant in a Lakers-purple jacket with the basketball star's 24 on its lapels, while Oscar nominee Laura Dern donned pale pink and black from Armani on the red carpet for Hollywood's biggest night Sunday.

Dern told The Associated Press that Armani also dressed her for first Oscars back in the early 1990s. She attended with her mom then and now.

“It feels really special,” she said. "I'm very grateful to them.”

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.

“We gotta do Chanel,” she said, pointing to the brand's baubles in her hair. “I don't know why. It was just the vibe.”

While pink has dominated this awards season, a range of colors 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.

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 center.

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

Porter's latest red carpet statement was custom, from British couture designer Giles Deacon. His orange silk ball skirt was printed with touches paying homage to the Cupola Room at Kensington Palace. It was the first of several looks for the “Pose” star at the Dolby Theatre.

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 Porter, Tamron Hall and others had arrived. Crazed staff ran around trying to keep the water off the tent with squeegees.

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Associated Press producers Marcela Isaza and Amanda Lee Myers in Los Angeles contributed to this story.

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