With six hours to go before the stars hit the red carpet, here's our predictions on what trends to look out for on the red carpet.

Light & White (dresses shown from Elie Saab and Chanel)
Whites
White's already been spotted on some of the best actress nominees at the Golden Globes, and it's bound to be big at the Oscars too. For those who don't go for pure white there are a lot of light oyster colours, sparkling silver-whites and other ethereal showstoppers that would make fabulous choices.

Dramatic Colours (l - r Armani Prive, Christian Lacroix, Versace, Ungaro)
Colour
Many actresses go for simple shapes in bold colours, and this year I don't think it'll be any different. Purples, lavenders and lilacs are predicted to be big (all the desperate housewives wore shades of purple at the SAG awards), and I think we'll see some flashes of blue and red too.

Excessive Drama (l-r- Elie Saab, Armani Prive, Elie Saab)
Drama
Some actresses are bound to go all out in an attempt to top the best-dressed lists. With flowing gold grecian gowns, heavy embellishment and huge sweeping skirts on the couture catwalks this season, there's definitely plenty of choice.

Also look out for nudes and neutrals, feminine floral prints and (possibly) some edgy, shorter skirts.